YOUNG Wellington woman Elizabeth Jade, who struggled at school because of Asperger’s Syndrome, is set to launch a new children’s book.
Elizabeth Jade, 19, who lives with her family in Wellington, was home-schooled from the age of seven but only recently discovered her struggles were due to the condition.
She stumbled into writing at the age of 14 and quickly found her story ideas pouring out faster than she could get them onto paper.
‘Akea – The Power of Destiny’ will be her first book published in print and is aimed at nine-12-year-olds. It follows the young husky Akea through the unexpected twists and turns of a ‘journey’ that will change not just her own life but the lives of almost everyone she meets.
Elizabeth Jade has always had a passion for animals and is known as ‘The Cat Whisperer’ by staff at the Cats Protection Rehoming Centre at Blackdowns Garden Centre, near Wellington, where she volunteers.
She will be holding her book launch there at a date to be announced with 25% from each book sold on the day going to the charity.
Elizabeth Jade, who has ideas for further adventures for Akea, said: “I don’t write stories, I just put a bunch of words onto paper and the characters do the rest. Plot twists are never planned, they just happen. If you let your imagination run riot, trust me, you’ll be surprised at the result – I always am.”