[KHTS] – An Academy of the Canyons student is creating an escape from reality in her first published book, “To Survive the Labyrinth.”
Delenn Jadzia, 16, of Saugus, published “To Survive the Labyrinth” in December 2014 after two-and-a-half years of writing and editing.
“To Survive the Labyrinth” is a story about a teenager and his boyfriend who find themselves trapped in a deadly prison and have to find their way out, she said.
“I love writing science fictions and jumping through alternate dimensions,” she said. “I have so many (book) work in progresses.”
Jadzia is a sophomore at Academy of the Canyons who also takes classes at College of the Canyons. She plans to graduate with her high school diploma and associate’s degree in mathematics in two years.
She is also looking to receive degrees in chemical engineering and creative writing.
In her free time,Jadzia has earned her black belt in Gung Fu, and is starting to work on her Gold Award for Girl Scouts.
She also enjoys science fiction television, books and movies.
“I love the thought of a world slightly different than our own,” Jadzia said. “I don’t think of characters of specific storyline, I like to think of an alternate universe and then play out that universe.”
Her books not only focus on science fiction, but also diversity.
“In a lot of young adult media, there is not a lot of diversity in sexual orientation,” she said, adding that she tries to add sexual orientation diversity into all of her books.
Jadzia is holding a book signing at The Open Book, at 24250 Town Ctr Dr, Ste 190, Santa Clarita, CA 91355 on May 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Signed copies of the book will be available for $10 at the signing event.
Her book, “To Survive the Labyrinth,” is available online for $14.99 at Amazon or Barnes &Noble and digitally for Nook and Kindle.
“I’ll hang out and if anybody wants to talk to me that’s great, she said. “I’m hoping some people show up and say they’re interested in starting to write. I can talk to them about how to self publish and get an agent.”
Jadzia has also published a short story and plans to publish her second and third books, “Welcome to the END” and “The Counterparts Program,” before she graduates high school.
“I think (writing a book) is a really good opportunity,”Jadzia said. “There’s a lot of jobs you can’t do when you’re young, but you can write at any age.”
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