Defying the odds for the write stuff

Fifteen-year-old Lauriane Povey pictured with her book.

Fifteen-year-old Lauriane Povey pictured with her book.

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A SCHOOLGIRL who suffers from a debilitating condition that can cause her joints to pop out at any time has defied the odds to write her first novel.

Lauriane Povey was a dedicated athlete involved in cross-country running, karate, football and trampolining, but had to give up the sports she loves after being diagnosed with a joint condition.

It means sufferers’ joints easily move beyond the expected range and because the joints are capable of excessive motion, sufferers are susceptible to injury.

Symptoms of joint hypermobility syndrome include pains in the knees, fingers, hips, and elbows.

The illness results in the 15-year-old’s bones popping out of their joints and it often means she can hardly walk – causing her to take days off school.

But Lauriane, from Billingham, has not let the syndrome stop her from having her first book published.

The grade-A student at St Michael’s RC Secondary School, in Billingham, wrote Living A Nightmare after the idea for her novel came to her following a nightmare about her granddad.

Her granddad, Ken Turner, of Thornaby, is very much alive, but in Lauriane’s book he dies in a car crash.

She is now in talks with a bigger publisher about another book she has written about cyber-bullying in schools.

Lauriane, who has already gained an A* for her maths GCSE, and is on course to receive As in biology, physics and chemistry, spent more than a year writing the story.

The teenager, who hopes to become a writer, but also plans to be involved in politics and environmental issues later in life, said: “It was very hard to write.

“It’s set in the past, present and future but all written in the first-person.

“It’s for teenagers and all about dreams coming true.

“I wasn’t really thinking of a novel to be published, I just wanted to write this particular story.”

The book, published by The Wacky Wordshop, is priced £7.99 and now on general release.