Three Mason Middle School students are now published authors.
Erin Beaudry, Danielle Morey and former student AnnMarie McNamara were selected from more than 800 student-authors to have their works published in “Your Stories Volume 1″ (Four Star Publishing).
The anthology is edited by Taylor Joseph, a Michigan teen and published author of eight books. Joseph toured 135 schools across the U.S. speaking about her experiences and collecting hundreds of stories from students.
Joseph visited Mason in April of 2011 where she inspired many students to put pen to paper.
Erin’s story, “The Dream Key,” features a girl who finds an unusual key in a cemetery that allows her to predict the future through her dreams. She had written an early version for the Power of the Pen competition, a writing competition for middle school students, but “it bombed,” she said.
“But, I got great feedback from the judges which I used to edit the piece and re-work several parts. This experience proved to me just important it is to never give up,” she said. “I love writing. It’s something I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Danielle’s story, “The Hourglass,” began as a simple writing prompt given by her English teacher.
“I never expected this piece to go this far, but I’m thrilled because I always wanted to be a published author,” she said.
Both girls are now encouraging their classmates to take the leap and begin writing. They held an end of the year book signing event at school and signed copies for fellow students.
“I am very proud of our students and our school,” said Judi Stewart, a school media specialist. “I know we have such talented writers, and I hope more students will send their stories.”