A GRADE 9 pupil from Wartburg Kirchdorf School, Nobukhosi Buthelezi, launched her first book recently, called Royal Scars, which was published by Intentionally Elegant Publishers. Nobukhosi told the Gazette that writing is her hobby.“It’s funny because I never used to like reading in my lower grades — I’d sleep in class when the teacher was reading us stories — but, as I grew up, all that changed, I also don’t know how. “I look up to people like Dudu Busani-Dube, the author of Zulu Wedding and Hlomu the Wife. My brother is also my source of inspiration, he motivates me a lot. He is a fashion designer so he always tells me that being an artist is the best excuse for being crazy and, trust me, my brother is crazy. “Nobody in my family is a writer, I’m the first one although my mother used to like writing when she was young but, due to a lack of knowledge about writing, lack of access to publishers and financial struggles she neglected the idea and became a social worker instead,” she said. Nobukhosi said she is always writing, even during school time, but somehow she never falls behind on her school work. “During the June exams I was writing my book Royal Scars but I still got good grades. I think it’s a matter of knowing what you want and knowing how to utilise your time wisely. “I want to study journalism or law — I’m still stuck between choosing either of those two. I definitely am planning on writing more books in the future,” she said. The book Royal Scars is about a girl who’s life changes drastically after the brutal death of her mother. She falls in love with a prince, who she discovers has a secret that may affect his image in the community.Nobukhosi was raised by a single mother and has an older brother. She has spent most of her schooling career in boarding schools; where she learnt how to interact with different individuals with differing backgrounds. She loves to study the people around her and write about them, she also enjoys predicting stories about strangers.Her school wishes her everything of the very best for her bright future.