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Maika Branch, 13, publishes second novel Sisters of Serenah

She may be only 13-years-old, but Maika Branch has just published her second novel and says she is now passing on what she has learned to other budding authors.

Moncton girl is visiting New Brunswick schools and encouraging other young people to write their stories

Since publishing her second novel, 13-year-old Maika Branch of Moncton is now visiting schools and encouraging other young people to write their stories. (Vanessa Blanch/CBC)

She may be only 13-years-old, but Maika Branch has just published her second novel and says she is now passing on what she has learned to other budding authors.

"I absolutely love the journey of being an author," Branch told Information Morning Moncton.

Her first novel, Calagarmii Cliffs, was published when she was 10 and since then she has become involved with the Writers in the Schools Program through the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick.

13-year-old Maika Branch is back to talk about her second novel, The Sisters of Serenah 4:40
"I really enjoy it — hopefully I can pass on some of what I've learned to a bit of a younger generation," she said.

Branch describes her new novel, Sisters of Serenah, as a fictional fantasy for young adults. It tells the story of two sisters looking for a new home.

"They live alone in this huge forest they call Serenah — the two of them are forced to work together with a boy they find in the forest ... to find a new home after theirs is destroyed by a hurricane."

You always have to write and you always have to read. You can do pretty much anything if you practice it enough.- Maika Branch

The young author said she was inspired by the forests of New Brunswick.

"I absolutely love going for a hike or a walk just to be surrounded by silence and the trees ... so I tried to transfer a bit of that into my writing."

Branch is also offering writing workshops to other children and teens who struggle to tell their own stories. She says her number one tip is to write about what you see around you.

"You always have to write and you always have to read," she said. "You can do pretty much anything if you practice it enough."

with files from Information Morning Moncton

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