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Youthful author escapes into a world of fantasy

Luxi Li: Woodbury student writes book. Submitted photo

Oftentimes, people can get lost in a book, but 12-year-old Luxi Li found her way with one.

Li, a Woodbury resident, has just released "Revenge," a fantasy novel that was entirely conceived and created by her.

"Sometimes when I get bored, I just want to write," she said. "I just sat down one day, and I was bored, so I thought I should stop surfing the Internet, so then I started writing."

"Revenge," which took about a year to complete, is the story of Lilyannie Minwood, who lives a peaceful life in the magical land of Yonder until magic, or so it seems, takes her to the dark and foreboding Forest of Images, where she meets William Larson, a boy who possesses a special gift.

Lilyannie and William team up to defeat the evil that inhibits their world in the shape of an evil magician named Lars.

Throughout this entire battle of good verses evil, Lilyannie begins to sense William's secret, but in the end it is Lilyannie who has the secret.

"My story might be a little wandering around," she said. "But we're going to come back to it. It's like life, some things disappear for a while, but they come back up again."

Writing "Revenge" came fairly easy to Li, she said, since she has always been an avid reader and was exposed to the works of so many "brilliant authors."

"Sometimes I'm reading and it's like 'Wow this author is really brilliant how did he come up with this stuff.'" She said. "And now, I actually came up with something brilliant, I need to share it with someone right away, right now."

Some people might find the task of plucking places, characters and things out of thin air a daunting, and even torturous task, but Li said her ideas came so fast that she couldn't get them down on paper fast enough.

"The ideas came too fast sometimes," she said. "A lot of times it was 'Oh no, I'm not with my computer, I need to do something, somebody get me a piece of paper.'"

Li said she decided on fantasy because she was able to have so many liberties with the story, unlike realistic fiction.

"Fantasy gives you more freedom," Li said about why she chose to write a fantasy novel. "If you have realistic fiction you can't just make something up out of the blue."

And that's just what she did when it came time to create her world and her characters.

"With characters, they're like you're imaginary friends," she said. "You want things to be perfect, you want perfect characters, you want perfect settings, but that's not what happens in real life, so you practically torture yourself to make something bad happen to them."

Li said she has already completed a sequel to "Revenge" and hopes to continue writing or doing something creative in the future.

"With writing, everything is yours, she said. "You can put your ideas down and look back and remember those."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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