EDMOND â€” At 14, when girls can be preoccupied with clothes, makeup and hanging out with friends, Mikayla Holden is busy writing a sequel to her first Western novel, which was published this summer.
Holden began writing â€œAddy Loveâ€ when she was only 11 years old. She said she can't remember a time when she wasn't writing something.
â€œThere are a few other books that I am hoping to publish sometime,â€ she said. â€œThe others are just fun stories to write to get my teenage emotions out.â€
After two and a half years of writing and another year of editing with help from her mother, Cathy, Holden's 224-page book was published by KidPub Press.
Holden was first exposed to the Western genre after her sewing teacher gave her some books in the â€œCode of the Westâ€ series by Stephen Bly.
â€œI started reading it and I automatically fell in love,â€ Holden said.
Her novel tells the story of Addy Adams, a 16-year-old girl living in Kentucky in the 1800s. After her mother dies, Addy finds herself having to raise her younger sister at the same time she has fallen in love with a young man named Ned.
â€œShe loses her faith in God and doesn't know what to do after her mother dies,â€ Holden said. â€œAfter she puts her faith in Him, all of the horrible things that had been happening to her turn into miracles.â€