Some things DON’T need to be said aloud (but I’m doing it anyway)


So, I wrote a really terrible YA horror novel when I was around 12 or 13. [Okay, confession: I was 12 AND 13, ’cause it took me a year to write it.] The whole thing was the result of consuming too many R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike novels, though I have no regrets.

Ten years later, I read a chapter from it at a session of Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids. AND! Luckily for me, the incomparable Laura Godfrey recorded the whole thing.

Now, luckily for you, I’ve decided to post it here. Enjoy!

Child of Evil: Chapter 15 by 12/13-year-old Zalina Alvi

P.S. Please remember that I wrote this as a child. Please.

4 thoughts on “Some things DON’T need to be said aloud (but I’m doing it anyway)

  1. 12 AND 13, Zalina. You were 12 and 13.

    Also, you’re welcome. An it’s a good thing you’re embracing this and posting it now, or I totally would have hoarded it and sold it to a major media outlet to embarrass you with when you became a famous author!

    Good times.

    1. It’s been corrected! The records are now accurate…

      Pfft. When/if that ever happens, I’ll scan the whole thing myself and post it here in its entirety. I’m sure you’ll still have plenty of embarrassing photos of me, though, as an alternative. So no worries.

    1. Yes! A thousand times yes!!! The delightful mocking is the only positive thing we can ever get out of these (presumably failed) attempts at novel-writing, after all. Solidarity, friend. 😀

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