It took Thuso Monyemore less than an hour to finish the draft of her first book, though she was only 10-years-old at the time.
Monyemore, 14, of Zakarriya Park in southern Johannesburg, was in Grade 4 when she finished writing Pins and Needles, which was published last year.
"I had pins and needles in my feet from sitting in the library for a long time. That's where the idea for the story came from," she said.
Set in an English countryside, the book is about a girl who uses her superpowers to outwit a wily wolf.
"I have always loved fantasy and magic. The main character, Ezabella Brown, was inspired by my best friend at the time, whose surname was also Brown," she said.
The book was born out of a creative writing project called Dancing Pencils, which was done in partnership with the Gauteng department of education.
She said the younger children at her old primary school were eager to get their hands on the book, copies of which she had given to the library.
"So many came to me for autographs. Having the book published was a big accomplishment. I hope to write more books," Monyemore said.
A Grade 8 pupil at St Mary's School for Girls, Monyemore said she would spend the school holidays crafting her next book, which she hoped would be published by the end of next year.
"I am halfway through the next project. It is more for teenagers and the challenges they face. It is partly based on my life. It is completely realistic although fictional," she said.
An avid reader, Monyemore is a fan of books such as the Harry Potter series.
"I also like gadgets such as cellphones. I carry my cellphone everywhere and use it to record new ideas."
Though she will continue to write for as long as she can, Monyemore wants to be a neurosurgeon or an actor in future.