As a young girl in Kazahkstan, a small country in Asia, Darya Jandossova loved to write, even at the age of six years old, she would sit down and create stories and poems from things that she saw and felt.
“I’ve been writing since I was five or six years old— poems mostly” she said. “I still write poems a lot.”
In 2005, Jandossova moved to Lake Stevens with her mother, brother and step-father and graduated from Lake Stevens High School last year.
She took creative writing classes in high school and joined the yearbook staff and she continued to write.
Jandossova wrote because she loved to write and it was a creative outlet for her. She wrote about people, movies and music she would listen to and never thought that anyone would actually read them except for those close to her.
“When I was writing the stories I never thought they would be read by anyone other than my family and friends,” she said.
Sharing her talent with her mom, who is currently working on a novel of her own, changed all of that. Her mom decided to send her short stories to a publishing company in Washington D.C. and a few short months later, Jandossova was contacted and asked if she would like her stories published into a book.
“I didn’t even want to publish them. I was just writing them as little things came to my mind, but my mom said to send it to the copyright center in D.C.,” Jandossova said.
The book was published last July and contains over 50 short stories and is titled The Book about Friends Stars and Oceans. The cover is illustrated by Jandossova herself.
“The stories are about random people with little accounts of their lives and things that happen to themm,” Jandossova said. “None of them have the same pattern. Some are horror stories, science fiction, love stories. It’s never the same thing.”
One of her favorite things to write about is the ocean, even including it in the title of her book.
“The ocean is inspiring because it is so different all the time. Sometimes it is calm and other times it has huge waves. I love water. Whenever I see it I feel inspired,” she explains.
Her favorite story and also the favorite of her mother, is called the Chicken Catcher, the story of a young boy who learns the importance of keeping your dream alive and not listening to naysayers.
“I think it’s a very bizarre story,” Jandossova said.
Currently, Jandossova is traveling for a year and preparing to attend The Seattle Art Institute in the fall where she will study fashion photography. She dreams of one day writing a novel.
That dream will come true too one day and she encourages those who love to write to just sit down and do it.
“People may say that your stories are silly or childish, I think you should never stop writing. Write whatever comes to your mind,” she said. “If you really love it, pursue it and you may end up with a published book. Just keep on writing.”
If you would like to purchase one of Jandossova’s books they are available online at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. You can also order one by calling 1-800-788-7654.