Books


Length of time it took to write each book


Dreams Really Do Come True: 4 Years

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones: 5 Months  

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones Here We Go Again: 8 Months

Two Worlds Collide: 4 Months


 

Zara's NaNoWriMo

2013 - Irresistible (20,715)

2014 - Two Worlds Collide (50,132)

2015 - Various Stories (31,893)

2016 - Two Worlds Collide: Lights Camera Action (50,039)

2017 - TBA

Zara's Camp NaNoWriMo

2014 April - Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones (10,478/10,000)

2014 July - Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones: Here We Go Again (20,349/20,000)

2015 April - Don't Look Behind You/Immortal Shadow (25,287/20,000)

2015 July - Two Worlds Collide Alternate (13,078/10,000)

2016 April - Calling All Campers (5,528/5,000)

2016 July - Calling All Campers (10,148/10,000)

2017 April - 365 Days! (42 hours/40 hours)

2017 July - Two Worlds Collide: Lights, Camera, Action

Zara Chapman was born on December 25th 1996, at the Princess Anne’s Hospital in Southampton, England. She started to go to a special pre-school where she was taught how to talk. She finally started Primary School, where she felt like she couldn’t fit in, and she dealt with some bullying, although she did have the love and support from her family.

As soon as she learnt how to read, she would always be found with her nose inside a book reading as much as she could. Due to having few friends, she would mostly be in the library reading a book that she liked. She soon reached year 5, where she started to write for school work, and she realized her love of it. She would then start to write short stories of anything she could think of. Her teacher in year 5 even said that she was working consistently at the average expectation for her age in English, and in year 6, her teacher said that she can describe the main features of the genres that they covered, and has started to use the knowledge of structure and language to enhance her own writing.

She finally finished Primary school, but going onto Secondary school was not any better, as she felt like she couldn’t fit in, once again. She was also heavily bullied, but the only thing that never changed was her passion for reading, and little writing that she did. She was quite happy with her nose in a book, than being outside with the few friends that she did have. In August 2010, she started to write her very first book, but only as a short version, only stopping it at the beginning of September.

Moving up to Corby, England, Zara soon found her passion for writing again. She continued writing her book, only to finish it a couple of months later as a 30 page book, but she knew there was more she could add. Any time she had out of school, she would be rewriting it, in the hope of making it into a novella. Finally, in August 2013, she finished the story and became proud of the work she had done. Zara knew she had wanted to publish it, but didn’t know how, yet she still made the effort to edit it, so that it would be the best it would be, and it would be something she could be proud of.

A couple of months of editing, she had to give the story a rest for the month of November, due to her writing her fan-fiction Irresistible for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Although she didn’t complete the story in November, she did manage to finish it by January 2014. She then went on to continue Dreams Really Do Come True, only to finish it in May, 2014, yet again having April off, as she was doing another story for Camp NaNoWriMo, successfully finishing with a word count over her goal of 10,000 words.

Zara then started planning for a couple more stories, making a total of 14 stories on the list of her own work. Finally in July 2014, she triumphantly finished another month of Camp NaNoWriMo, with a word count over her goal of 20,000 words, feeling very proud of how hard she had worked to finished earlier than planned, plus with the support from her older sister.

Going back to college in September, Zara knew that she wanted to stay home and write, but she decided that she wanted to also finish her college course. In November, she was mixing college with her voluntary job in the library, and writing for NaNoWriMo, where she managed to win, writing over the 50,000 word goal. The story that she wrote for NaNoWriMo was called Two Worlds Collide, which she has completed at an incredible 106,000 words.

Zara has now finished college, completing her NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing, and going on to her writing as well as spending time with her friends, and her boyfriend. She participated in the 2016 NaNoWriMo, and successfully won with 51,000 words with her story Two Worlds Collide: Lights, Camera, Action!

Zara continues to write her books with the support of her boyfriend and family, as well as participating in Camp NaNo and NaNoWriMo, between working as a kitchen associate.

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