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Imagination and faith: High School student Sydney Witbeck brings story to life

When imagination, love of literature, faith and purpose collide in a young author, the possibilities are endless. 

In the case of Sydney Witbeck, an 18-year-old high school senior, the result is her first – but not her last – book. Witbeck began crafting plots and characters long before she could put them on paper.

“I’ve always enjoyed stories,” she said. “Even before I would write them down, my sisters and I would perform them as plays.”

Witbeck is homeschooled and helps with her family’s business, The Learning Cycle, a homechool supply and curriculum store in Greenville. Her first novel, “A Journey to Unshakable Faith,” has been a labor of love. But unlike those early plays, this story is not only written down, Witbeck published it. She spent nearly a year bringing the tale to life.

“It was really rewarding doing this book,” she said. “When they came in, actually holding the book I had been working on was really rewarding.”

The story focuses on a princess and her strength and faith. Witbeck said it is a Christian adventure set in the Middle Ages. It is a genre she delights in, citing “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis and “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien as favorites from her bookshelf. 

Witbeck plans to study writing and editing after high school, and she is already working on her second book. Beyond the great feat of completing a novel, she has learned much through publishing and now marketing her work. 

“I’ve been thinking about doing a series of journeys,” she said. “I want to explore different journeys of faith with different people.”

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