You never know where you will encounter talent. It could be in well written stories that speak, in bittersweet truth, to the human condition. Though refreshing in this day and age of "Text Speak", grammar, accurate spelling and sentence structure are of minute importance in comparison to the way the story makes you feel. If the story draws you in and makes you feel the angst, fear, dread, happiness or joy of the characters, then it doesn't matter who wrote the words. They could be written by someone so young that you might question her ability to have such keen insight. The insight remains in despite your questions. The words could be written by the teenager who served you breakfast at the local diner, the majesty of the story remains. In the case of Zoe Rose, all of the above applies. Her ability to elicit emotions in her short works, belies her tender age. I predict that as she gains even more courage, her work, though wonderful at present, will continue to improve. Who knows? - You may someday be able to say that you knew her when...
The remainder of this article is in her own words:
"I was born and raised in Florida. I am a high school senior. I hope to write professionally, but am currently working my nights and weekends as hostess in a local diner. Some of my favorite authors include Kurt Vonnegut, Virginia Woolf, and Jack Kerouac. The biggest dream for my life is to write something that stays with the reader for even just a little while after they've seen it in the print.
I've been writing little stories and things since maybe third grade, but I've only decided to become serious about it sophomore year. I guess I started because I'll be in the shower or driving somewhere or just doing some general mindless thing when all of the sudden something will just pop into my head and then I know that I have to put it down somehow. I've experimented a lot in different forms of writing- I have had some success in placing as the "honorable mention" in the playwriting competition in a district theater festival last year, and I've gotten a thrill out of performing spoken word poetry once in a great while- I mostly write prose pieces. I live in Central Florida.
My biggest struggle in writing is really just finding the time to do it! I work primarily in a diner (which I really like), but I also have another job on top of still being in high school. Needless to say, sometimes it can be really hard to carve out a place in my schedule to do what I want to, rather than what I have to. And a lot of times I don't share or otherwise put out what I've written in any way. Sometimes I'll look back at what I wrote and feel like it's too intimate- like it's a piece of my own skin I accidentally cut out- to ever have someone else read. Or there are the times where I'll look back at something and thinks it's absolute trash, and suddenly the delete button becomes my best friend.
But writing never feels like a chore for me, and I count myself lucky for that. I've never been able to consider what else I could do for the rest of my life. I'm actually totally happy to spend years and years working the jobs I do now if it means I don't have to give up on someday writing for a living. It really does mean that much to me."
You can read a couple of her pieces at the links below: