Introducing another young Tauranga Writer…


The challenge continues. Writers in the Tauranga Young Writers group have sent me flash fiction inspired by my upcoming book Brave’s Journey. Here’s a wonderful 100 word piece by 12 year old Lia Chalmers:


Broken Light

A flash of light ripped the sky and the rain began to fall; hissing down like liquid starlight as the drops shone gold. The once dark sky was illuminated by watery fire. Another flash, blue as a moonlit pond, filled the air. Now the fiery rain had stopped and in its place fell shards of glass. This glass was like no other, for when it hit the ground it was almost as if a lake was forming. A lake where once there was solid ground. A lake that not only blazed with stars but reflected the broken moon.


What a great piece of writing. Lia’s choice of words really drew me in.

IMG_1122Lia likes to read general fantasy and animal fantasy books and enjoys writing horror, mystery and poetry. She told me she found it a challenge to keep her writing short and concise.

“First of all, I found it hard to get it down to 100 words when I had so much I wanted to say and so few wor
ds to say it,” said Lia. “I also found it difficult to capture the audience’s attention and then finish the piece with a satisfying, yet mysterious conclusion.”

Lia said she was inspired by the elements. “The first thing that caught my attention when reading the back cover blurb was the elements. That got me started. I was imagining that it was almost as if the world was falling apart, as if something was trying to destroy it. But, by doing so, they had still created something beautiful; the lake that was reflecting the moon.”

Lia has big plans for her writing this year and is inspired by authors that have made their characters seem real.

“Something I’ve always found hard in writing is trying to elaborate on my ideas. I would really love to be able to write some sort of novelette, but when I try I always end up with nothing more than a short story. In books that I read, there could be a whole page of description of the place the characters are in but when I write, there usually ends up being only a few sentences. I aim to be able to elaborate on my description of characters and places, while still maintaining audience interest.

My inspiration for writing is the thought that only you know what you want to write and that you can write absolutely anything.”

Thank you Lia. I totally agree.

If you’d like to know more about the Young Tauranga Writers group, please leave a comment on the blog or email Piper on


Comments (9)

  1. piper mejia 5th September 2015 at 11:13 am

    I am truly impressed at how quickly she captured a moment and a mood.

  2. Michelle Child 5th September 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Wonderful writing Lia, very inspirational. Great work, Jan!

  3. Lia Chalmers 5th September 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you Jan! I really appreciate you putting my writing on your blog!

  4. Kelly Brown 23rd September 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I love your stories Lia. I’m upset as this one isn’t as dark and gross me as they normally are.😉 I love this piece of writing. It’s fantastic!

  5. Jennifer Leck 26th September 2015 at 11:58 am

    Lia, your descripton was so vivid that I felt as if I was watching the moment unfold on a movie screen in my mind. I hope to read more of your writings on this blog or in other places! Keep writing!

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