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By WritingJulia, Binghamton, NY

Writing fiction pieces can prove to be a humbling endeavor. Writers must not only have a strong grasp on the nature of their characters, but they must also create a believable, comprehensive plot that challenges their developments. Autumn Cornwell says that what readers would be must surprised to learn about her first novel, Carpe Diem, is that eighty percent of the occurrences within the story are taken from personal experience.

Vassar Spore is in one word a planner. Determined to be valedictorian of her class in the Seattle Academy of Academic Excellence, she strives to outdo and overachieve in everything in everything she does. The sophomore of sixteen lives a life of meticulous strategy, yet all is altered when her grandmother bribes Vassar’s parents to send Vassar backpacking through Southeast Asia in the summer’s unforgiving heat.

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