Well let see, where do I begin. The beginning is always a good start. My name is Alyshia Marie Hull and I was born July 12th 1997. I am fifteen years of age and I am loving life more then thought I could! The best thing about my sophomore year is a tricky question. Maybe it was April 13th my first book signing. Or maybe it was in February, January or possibly tomorrow. All days of a few of my book speeches. I guess to answer this question I have to give you the old undecided or sound professional and say no comment at this time. To many choices you pick! My biggest concern this year has been this town. Mexico, the place I love and the place I want to get as far away from as possible. This whole time I have lived my life with a question mark after it. Who I want to be? Where I want to go and who I want to meet? Now I can finally give you an answer and say California. So what is my concern? How about how I will get there. To much to fly, to long of a bus ride and to far to walk. Trust me I have asked. Maybe that will change soon, but no matter where I go Mexico is my home. School has always been a struggle for me. But just like any other student I have my strengths and weakness in all my classes. My best class this year is not much of a shock but it is English. I am not saying this because my teacher is reading this right now or because this is an English assignment. But because I can speak my voice through writing and that is I something I will always be thankful for. Now back to strengths and weaknesses, my hardest subject has been Global. If you asked me I would say I could live with out it. But for many other people they would disagree. So yeah school is hard but my closet friends are the ones who help me through. I have my friend Cheyenne who is always on my side and understands the wild child in me. I also have my best friend Catrina. When I met her I instantly nicknamed her Cat, I repeat Cat not kitty. I will never call her that again. She has been there for me and someone I couldn't live with out. I have made many mistakes through the short period I have lived. But as for regrets I do not have many or at all to be honest. Mistakes are lessons and lessons let you move forward and not dwell in yesterday. Being able to move forward gives me the strength and courage to accomplish what I desire. Such as my novel A Thousand Miles I wrote this and published it after the heartbreak I had from my eighth grade year ending. Writing the novel allowed me to enjoy my summer and eventually the days I have been living. A Thousand Miles has changed my life and has made me a stronger believer in God! My expectations on myself have been set much higher and I have become a stronger person since the day I wrote page one. My dreams have grown bigger and the biggest wish I have for myself is to make it on Ellen. Burbank California is something I say I would do anything for. I am reminded a lot, “you will do a lot for it, not anything.” Even though that statement is true sometimes it does not seem that way. Its heart breaking to think I will not make it that far. But harder to believe that the thought of giving up crosses my mind daily. My mind and heart are into different places. As I write this I know which one is where. If I could describe myself this year I would say I am a dreamer, I am determined and most of all I am confident. One thing that sets me apart from the crowd is the book speeches I have been doing. I will never forget my second book speech in Central Square High. A girl named Kaitlin taught me a lot that day. I write my speech, and speak what I wrote. I tell my story as of how I have done this and at the end of the table a girl is crying. Our eyes meet and the teacher explains. “Alyshia I want to thank you she has never reacted to anybody this way.” I was informed early on Kaitlin had lost a big piece of her life in a car crash. She is now unvocal and will never walk again. She holds her thumb in the air and my heart begins to break. I thought that was bad, moments later I ask what are your dreams. “ I want a house, to do art and to write ext.” I get to Kaitlin and she types on her IPAD. “I want to walk.” This book speech changed the way I have looked at life and has made me want to prove all of tomorrows future. Each speech teaches me something unique and makes different from my class. Other then just Kaitlin, I look up to many people! Authors, TV show hosts, models you know the average teen hero. But my biggest role model I have now is Betti Halsted. There are no words to describe the impact she has put on my life. I do not know if I could tell you what she has done for me that has made me look at her this way. It is simply just who she is. I need her in my day to day school life and she is always there. Outside of school I spend most of my time writing or doing things normal teens do. I am a country girl all the way and that's the way I like it! If you asked me the things I don't like or tolerate I would say the classic answer bullying. I have seen people bullied, listened to the stories and understood it most when I became the victim. The girl who bullied me is someone I have forgiven. It is what it is, there is good in all people and who am I to judge. My biggest concern for my last two years of high school would be not making it to where I want to be. People already think I cant and I have been told I wont. Proving people wrong especially your family is the hardest thing you can do. But in the end it is worth it. After I graduate I will live life to the fullest. Maybe I wont be the next Nicholas Sparks or J.K Rowling but one thing I can promise is that I will give it my all. In ten years, I would like to say I am an author and that I have created my own challenge to help kids dreams come true. But most of all I will say my name is Alyshia Marie, and I am giving life my all. No matter where I am writing will be my escape, my passion and a dream of mine!
Favorite Quote ~ " I'm an author! Not a dictionary."
Video Interview In My Home Town!
by Kelly M. Freihofer
Alyshia Hull is a 15-year -old sophomore at Mexico Academy and Central High School and she is the daughter of Rick and Missy Hull of Port Ontario. She is also, quite excitedly, a recently published author.
“A Thousand Miles” is Hull’s novel that she began writing one year ago, in February 2012.
What is the story line in her 224 page work?
“My novel is about a girl named Alicia Jean Tipmen,” begins Hull. “She is very nervous about going into her eighth-grade year but when she gets there it changes for her. Miss Kimberly and other students help her through the year… Instead of running from her eighth-grade year she ran toward it.” In the midst, a plot develops and a drama ensues when a promise is not kept.”
Hull wrote her novel, which is based on true events, in her spare time at home, in the car, at school and even in a restaurant a few times.
The book, self-published, is available on Lulu.com.
How does Hull feel about being published?
“I like it,” she answers. “In the beginning I wasn’t very confident about my novel, but once it was finished I received a lot of support from family, friends, and even people I don’t know. Now I feel confident and I am getting more confident as I go along.”
In school, English is Hull’s favorite subject. She enjoys photography and art as well. For volunteer work she helps out in her school library and at ARISE, in Oswego, where her mother is employed.
How does the future look for this young author?
Most immediately, Hull’s book will be available at Mexico Public Library. Soon she will host a book speech, signing, and sale event in the high school library.
Looking further ahead she says, “My biggest dream is to get on the ‘Ellen’ Show… I’m going to keep writing.”Speaking about this accomplishment Hull concludes, “I worked really hard for it and this is what I want to do… This was my dream. Life is very short and I think the sooner you can accomplish your dreams the better.”
When searching for the book online, type in the words Alyshia Hull and “A Thousand Miles”.
Photo Caption: Fifteen-year-old Alyshia Hull, of Port Ontario, is a recently published author. Her novel is titled “A Thousand Miles”, after a line in the book.
Teenager By Day, Author By Night! Either Way The Dream Is The Same!!!