Meet Emmeline, our newest Serial Story Columnist! Emmeline is a rising senior in high school and has two younger brothers and two little sisters. Her family has had three cats over the years and lives in New Hampshire. Her friends would most likely describe her as a social, smiley girl who harbors many passions, such as sewing, writing, reading, visiting Europe, eating chocolate, and listening to music. Throughout our two video interviews, we discovered similar interests and talked about the strangest things.
Our interview started off with Downton Abbey. My sister was watching the show behind me when I answered our first call. Immediately, Emmeline asked what my sister was watching because she and her Mom had just finished the same season. Our conversation then ranged from Emmeline’s friend giving away a character’s marriage to bonding through our agreement that no one can skip the intro to Downton episodes. We had a fit of laughter after our Downton talk!
This will be Emmeline’s third year at TPS. She will be taking French 3 with Mme Starosciak, AP Psychology with Mrs. Stevens, and Introduction to Videography with Mr. Reynolds. Her three favorite books are The Wingfeather Saga, Jane Eyre, and Mary Barton. She especially loves The Wingfeather Saga’s author, Andrew Peterson, because he is not only a writer, but a songwriter. Emmeline herself can pick out almost any tune on any instrument. Some of her favorite songs are “Faith to Be Strong,” “Evermore,” and “The Last Goodbye.”
Emmeline started writing when she was eight and has even finished the first draft of her own science fiction novel! She has such patience for what she loves; her first draft took a year and a half to finish. Throughout the process, she said, “I learned the value of having someone [else] edit and read [my novel].” One of her favorite quotes, which she keeps in her notebook dedicated to great sayings, is by G. K. Chesterton. “Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. They already that know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.”
Now for a few fun facts about Emmeline:
Her favorite place she has visited is Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Scottish Highlands in general would be her dream destination.
If she could transform into any animal or mystical creature, she would be a horse or a winged human.
A chocolate chip cookie best represents her personality because it is old-fashioned and timeless, simple and sweet.
If she had to time travel, she would go backwards in time.
If she could “delete” one thing from the world, she would pick mosquitoes.
She wants to be a film director because it pulls together the music, costume design, and storytelling she loves so much.
Near the end of our call, she told me “I can never do anything small.” She repeated this a few more times because overall, Emmeline has big dreams, big passions, and a big personality.