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Friday, June 18, 2021

'Ultimately . . . You Get to Decide'

 “Because characters are your creations, you are the one who ultimately gets to decide their fate.” – Alexandra Adornetto

A child prodigy, Adornetto was born in Melbourne, Australia on this date in 1994 and began writing for children and young adults at age 13.  Her best-known works are The Strangest Adventures series, the Halo trilogy and The Ghost House Saga.


The daughter of an English teacher and a drama teacher she grew up in Melbourne's inner east district, won the State Legacy Public Speaking Competition at age 12 and was 13 when she decided to become a recluse and write her first book.  The result, The Shadow Thief, was inspired by Peter Pan with the two main characters based on herself and her cousin and their own adventures together as children.  An instant hit, it put her on track to successful writing and acting careers (She has acted in half-a-dozen movies so far).

On the writing side, Adornetto has had six more successful novels and commented in print on politics and other matters while working on degrees at the U. of Mississippi.


“Imagination makes us aware of limitless possibilities,” she said.  “How many of us haven't pondered the concept of infinity or imagined the possibility of time travel? In one of her poems, Emily Bronte likens imagination to a constant companion, but I prefer to think of it as a built-in entertainment system.”



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