St. Lucia Teen Makes History as the Country’s Youngest Published Author

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A report from the Atlanta Black Star.

Guests at a crowded auditorium at the St. Joseph’s Convent got firsthand insight into her new book as Kurmysha Harris, a fifth-form student at the school, proudly presented her first novel, ‘The Lost Sister,’ an intriguing thriller set in 19th-century London.

According to the charismatic author and avid reader, “This journey started over three years ago through inspiration and support from my uncle Terryl Monsanto and my incredible parents, Dana and Kurt Harris, who encouraged me to always strive for the best,” Kurmysha said.

Kurmysha, 16, had words of encouragement for other young people who have a dream and a voice that no one seems to hear: “‘Never give up and always remain humble’ are the best lessons I have learned growing up, and I will continue to strive for excellence with these words as my guide.”

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Sister Rufina, principal at the convent, expressed how elated she was to have the country’s youngest published author as a student at the school and how amazing it has been to be a part of the incredible journey. “We always encourage all our girls to take pride in what they have achieved and promote self-expression and creativity,” she said. “On behalf of the teachers and students at the St Joseph’s Convent, we want to share how proud we are of Kurmysha and wish her success in her future endeavors.”

Published by Xlibris, “The Lost Sister” is now available online on thelostsisterbook.com, Xlibris.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online sources. Sponsors who have assisted the young author in this journey include AdVizze Consulting Inc., Terryl Monsanto, the St. Joseph’s Convent and family and friends.

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