Etna teen publishes book that takes readers to a new world
“I hope I’m still writing when I’m an old lady,” said Lily Warken, 16, from Etna. If she does, Warken is bound to be a prolific author – she’s already published one book and has two more in a planned trilogy.
“The Protectors – In the Land of Light” was released on March 5 and can be purchased online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Warken hopes his book will be sold locally soon.
Lily was born and raised in Wisconsin and moved to Scott Valley at the age of 9. She is currently a high school student, homeschooled through the Golden Eagle Charter School.
His book was self-published by Writers Republic. To raise the funds necessary for the publication of her book, Lily asked for help through a Kickstarter campaign, and many people in the community stepped up to help.
Warken said she enjoys creating her own worlds and has a passion for books and writing. “I like to use my imagination and let my mind go and come away with an idea,” she said.
Lily wrote the first draft of “The Protectors” at the age of 13 and began to rewrite it in earnest last March when the COVID-19 pandemic left her with a lot of extra time at home.
According to the book’s description, “The Protecters – In the Land of Light” follows Muriel Wiley, who lives in a shattered world. After World War III, planet Earth is found lifeless. At least that’s what she thought. There is something more. Someone more. Muriel has a secret ability that is triggered by the Benders, people who live on a magical island. Muriel and her friends are taken to Zilliad, a land full of surprises and strange abilities. But the world is not as perfect as it seems.
Warken is currently rewriting the second book, which she hopes to publish next year.
Much help in the editing process came from her grandmother, Linda Mette, who lives in Illinois. The two would communicate online for several hours a day, flipping through the pages as they worked on the book together.
“I worked so hard to get this far,” said Warken, who writes under the pseudonym “LD Warken”. “It’s really wonderful to have these ideas and these stories in your head and to see them come together and get them published.”
She said she had received positive responses from audiences before, including a girl who wrote to her to let her know how much she enjoyed the book.
For more information, visit their website at ldwarken.com.
The book can also be purchased at www.writersrepublic.com/bookshop/protectors-land-light