By Travis Sloat
Phoenix Staff Writer
Daeneira “Dae” Treesh has been writing short stories since she was 12 years old. It only took three years for her to turn short stories in a journal into a full-length novel, and she has no plans of stopping there.
Treesh, who attends Haskell Public Schools as a sophomore, is the author of “Isle Night,” a 110-page journey through the life of a hybrid vampire named Devanii on the hunt for the individuals responsible for her parent’s deaths.
Treesh said you don’t have to read too far before you figure out who her literary influences are.
“My favorite authors are Stephenie Meyer and P.C. Cast,” she said. “In fact, P.C. Cast writes novels with her daughter, so I thought my mom and I could give that a try soon.”
Treesh got started on her novel when her grandmother purchased a laptop computer for her. In just three short months over summer break, she spent quite a few late nights writing, and then used Create Space and Amazon to get it all self-published.
“I never really got writer’s block,” Treesh said. “I wrote mostly at night, I didn’t have much time during the day.”
Treesh also said the self-publishing process was very easy to use.
“It’s very user-friendly,” she said.
Treesh’s mother, Gabriel, said she thought the laptop was a bit extravagant, but she couldn’t be happier with the use her daughter has put it to.
“When she first started, I had doubts,” Gabriel said. “If there is anything I’ve learned from this, it’s that you should let your kids be what they want to be. I’m happy she has done so well.”
Treesh has just marketed the book locally, at the school and at stores around the Haskell area. She has bigger plans for the future, including turning her novel into a trilogy, and trying to get some national attention.
“I’ve applied to be on the Ellen DeGeneres show several times,” she said. “I’m also hoping it will attract the attention of some local colleges and help me with scholarships. I’m about a quarter of the way through the second book, and it will be at least twice as long as the first.”
Gabriel, a nurse, said that’s just fine with her.
“I’ve already read the first book three times,” she said. “I can’t wait for the next one. Everyone I work with is waiting for it as well. I even had a patient talk to me about the book a few days ago, and I got to tell them my daughter wrote it.”
Treesh’s success has landed her a job with the local newspaper, The Haskell News, churning out short stories one chapter a week, keeping her audience ready for more.
“My family has been so supportive through all this,” Treesh said. “My school has been supportive, my friends love the book, and I can’t wait to write more.”
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