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inkpopper of the Week: mscheponik

Posted by inkpop on October 13, 2009

Michelle Scheponik, aka “mscheponik,” a self-described “goofball who can’t stand being bored,” realized she was a writer at age 10. The inkpopper, who’s now a creative writing sophomore at California University of Pennsylvania, discovered her talent while cooking up a story about a ski lodge whose lift was rigged to crash. “I found the story a few years later and wanted to burn it, but that’s where it all started for me.” MichelleScheponik

inkpop: What book has made a dent in your life?

mscheponik: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The protagonist, Santiago, goes on a sojourn from Spain to the Egyptian pyramids in search of a hidden treasure. Along the way, he meets people who have some sort of impact in his life, and he learns to open his eyes to the world around him after he meets an alchemist.

One of my favorite lines is, “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.” The book taught me that even if you are afraid of something, you can never let that fear hold you back. Otherwise, you’ll pass up every good opportunity that has any sort of risk when it might have been the greatest thing in your life.

What’s your  first inkpop  book submission, Sit Tight, Take Hold, about?

It’s a learning-to-grow-up thing. Transitioning from high school to college was one of the hardest experiences of my life, so I infused struggling with who you’re going to be in this new life chapter with being yourself and trying to have that one last hurrah before real life hits you.

What’s your inkpop experience been like?

A lot of fun, because I have a similar type of thing going on with a group of my friends, but there isn’t the chance an actual editor would read the work. That in itself is an opportunity that most teenagers never have, so I love that inkpop is trying to find teen authors. It’s an amazing opportunity, and since I love reading just as much as writing, I like having something new to read every day.

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