March 4th, 2012 18:40 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with 17 Year Old Emily Beaver, Author of 'Slipping Reality'
Emily Beaver wrote her first book at 14 years old as a tribute to her older brother and only sibling, Matthew, who passed away from cancer. A dedicated writer since the age of 8, she dreamed of publishing a novel in her teenage years, and it was her brother who gave her the courage and passion to do so. Slipping Reality released July 2011 and is a thinly veiled fictional story based on Emily`s own experience dealing with the pain of her brother`s battle with Ewing`s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
Emily is an AP Scholar and enjoying her senior year of high school. Her writing can be seen in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book, various magazines, and thisibelieve.org. She is also a regular contributor on SparkNotes.com, where a piece on her brother received an award for Most Inspiring. "
In addition to writing, Emily loves acting and singing " she recently led school productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Noises Off, and is in the audition-only Women`s Ensemble as a section leader. She also enjoys public speaking, taking voice lessons, playing the piano and volunteering as a teacher of Hebrew and Judaica to third graders at Temple Adat Shalom. Emily is based in San Diego, but is happiest roaming Disneyland as often as possible.
Facebook: Slipping Reality
Memorial Video for Emily`s brother, Matthew Beaver: www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4Wgh0Bydvo