Bailey student self-publishes first novel
Bailey student self-publishes first novel
Posted on 08/01/2014
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WEST HAVEN, Aug. 1, 2014 — A Bailey Middle School student has self-published her first novel after transforming what started as a fun and simple at-home writing project into a full-length book. 

Briyana Mondesir began writing a story at the end of fifth-grade just for fun at home and even in the school cafeteria at lunch time. Once she was close to 50 pages, she set a goal of reaching 100 pages and then eventually kept going, while also deciding to turn it into a self-published book.

“I want to be an author. I love to write. Ever since I learned to write, I’ve loved it, but I wasn’t serious about it until recently,” the spunky eighth-grader said.

The novel, entitled “Humanely Dark,” is of the supernatural genre and centers around a girl who has been reincarnated and her mission to rid evil from the world with help from her guardian angel.  Briyana finished the piece in March and used a self-publishing company associated with Amazon.com to print copies in June. “Humanely Dark” is currently being sold on Amazon.com.

She says she reads all types of books, but is most comfortable writing in the fantasy genre and was inspired by Kyla LoPresti, a former Bailey student who self-published the first book in her own supernatural series in 2012.

“I never realized someone my age would be able to publish book, but one day in the public library here in West Haven, I came across a book called “Flashback” by Kyla. When I saw she lived in the same city as me and had gone to the same school, I so inspired and thought, ‘If she can do it, I can do it,” said Briyana, who also had a prominent role in Bailey’s “Mulan JR” play this spring and enjoys acting.

Briyana’s step-dad, Garry Paulemon, said her family is proud of her accomplishments with her book and at school and that they encouraged her to keep writing. And she intends to—this novel is just the first in a series, and she’s already started the next part of the story for her second book.

Deana Ferraro, one of her teachers at Bailey, said it was a pleasure to have Briyana in class.

"Her accomplishment in publishing a novel didn't come as a surprise to me, because of her creativity and drive in everything she does  She truly is an example of what you can do when you set your mind to it," Ferraro said.

Briyana's message to peers is to simply write for fun and see where it takes them.

“When I talk to my brother about writing or other people, they say, ‘Oh, it’s such hard work. I only do it for school,’” she said. “But writing is a very fun experience and when you do it for fun, you can write as much or as little as you want. It doesn’t always have to be school-related.”