INSPIRED by the world created by author Stephanie Myer's in her blockbuster Twilight series, Isabella De Horta can lay claim to having produced her own work of dark fiction.
The 16-year-old Bossley Park High School student recently published her first novel, Half-Blood. She describes the experience as a dream come true.
She says it was an avid passion for reading which inspired her to first put pen to paper, and it was the likes of Myer's Twilight series and the works of her favourite author, Alyson Noel, that gave her the drive to call on her own imagination and create.
Isabella said that her interest in reading sparked when she was 11 after her mother "shoved a random book" in her face.
That book, The Dairy Of Anne Frank, served as a tantalising introduction to an amazing new world.
It was just two years on that she would turn her hand at writing her first short stories for her high school English teachers.
Isabella says her teachers have always encouraged her passion for the craft, as had her friends and family.
"I wouldn't have finished this book without the infinite support of my family and friends," she said.
"I'd like to acknowledge my English teachers who have always encouraged me to write."
Isabella is currently writing the sequel to Half-Blood and is working on another book, based on Uruguay.