Have you ever wondered what goes on inside the mind of children? From fairy godmothers and talking unicorns, to superheroes and parallel worlds, in a child’s mind, there is no dearth of possibilities, no limit to imagination.
This holds strong for 16-year-old Melita Tessy, author of the fantasy novel Battle of the Spheres. Melita was just nine when she started reading her first novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid and ever since, there was no looking back. Reading, for her, was a means of letting her imagination soar, taking her to new places and letting her see things she’d never see otherwise. “I was so fascinated by fantasy fiction. I couldn’t put those books down. Authors like Suzanne Collins and JK Rowling are my favourites,” says Melita.
By the time, she was 13, her father began encouraging her to try writing. “It was during summer vacation. We had gone to our native place in south Tamil Nadu. I started writing this novel, trying to piece in everything I was imagining. It was so addictive that my friends and family would often wonder what I was always doing with my pen and notebook,” she says.
In 2016, Melita’s book was finally completed and was recently published by Notion Press, and is currently available to readers worldwide. The book is about a fifteen-year-old Jacelyn, who accidentally disappears into the core of the Earth, where she encounters strange creatures and a whole different world. The creatures have been waiting to wage a war against humans and use Jacelyn as their trump card. However, Jacelyn, with the help of two other people forms a league to try and protect the Earth and bring peace between the three layers — the crust, the mantle and the core.
“Ultimately, the backdrop is ecology,” says Melita. “It’s about protecting the environment and making it livable for all creatures,” she adds.