Lucy Rogers, (left), in year 11 at Diocesan School in Epsom, won an international short story competition based on the fantasy novel Conspiracy of Calaspia.
Lucy says she never expected her story to be a winner, especially as the competition was international.
"When I sent it in, I didn't expect to hear from them because I had so much competition."
She is one of 10 winners chosen from all over the world to go on a literary tour around Britain in July.
It will include a visit to Cambridge, Bedford, Oxford, and Stratford-upon-Avon - the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
The Ellerslie resident says she's looking forward to seeing where some of her favourite authors once lived, and especially Cambridge and Oxford, where Lord of the Rings author J.R.R Tolkien and author of The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S Lewis, both taught literature.
"With C.S. Lewis, I like his philosophy."
After the 10-day tour, Lucy will participate in the triennial Summer Institute of the C.S. Lewis Foundation to be held in Oxford and Cambridge over two weeks.
This year's theme is: The self and the search for meaning.
Lucy says her passion for writing grew out of her love of reading.
"Up until the age of eight, I hated writing. But I loved to read.
"When I'd finished reading all the books in the house, I started to write my own," she said.
"I wrote my first book when I was nine, called The Quest of Cabirides."
I should say that Rosemary Tidsall deserves some thanks for all of this, she supplied Lucy with a constant stream of good fantasy books when she was working as the Remuera Primary School Librarian, and was one of the promoters of the writers in schools programme. She also encouraged Lucy to read widely and to write stories.