You can call me, TC. My parents might as well have plugged a neon pulsing bull’s eye on my back “direct all lame name jokes here.” Yes, my given names are that bad. Even my new best friend Jett hasn’t managed to excavate this privileged information. So unfair; Jett’s parents named her after a rock guitar goddess (so much cooler).
My personal stats:
Age: 13 years old (going on 3000 mummy years according to my Uncle Max; he’s an archaeologist like my parents).
Eyes: Blue (or bloodshot from too much reading if you listen to Aunt Letty; she’s Max’s twin and an eco-journalist).
Height: still growing (note no Supermodel needs to feel threatened by my growth spurts).
Hair: blonde, braided (with one purple braid). Well, purple is my favourite colour.
Accessories: ear-buds and gloves (I’ll explain later why I wear gloves most of the time).
I live with Aunt Letty in Hokitika (it’s a Cool Little Town on the West Coast of the South Island of NZ).
Three years ago my parents disappeared while on an archaeological dig. It’s been tough, and I miss them every day, but I haven’t given up hope one day I’ll find out what happened to them.
Letty isn’t a typical “old” auntie (no tightly permed hair, support stockings, or denture breath) she’s a 26 year old flame-haired, vegetarian dynamo. Hokitika town have nicknamed her as the Eco-warrior.
Her twin, Max, lives in Australia, and I have a full on adventure when I visit Uncle Max in Sydney. He needs to prove that the Gosford Hieroglyphs are real or he’ll lose his archaeological funding. And that’s where I come in as I have a secret supernatural gift; I have visions when I touch ancient artefacts with my hands. So that’s why I wear gloves. Yes, this does single me out as a bit of a freak at school, but I’ve learned to live with it.
I haven’t confided in anyone, including Max and Letty, about my talent, so it makes it rather tricky when I try to help Max prove his theory that Ancient Egyptians visited Australia.
Three International Awards:
Wendy Scott has a New Zealand Certificate in Science (Chemistry), which allows her to dabble with fuming potions and strange substances, satisfying her inner witch.
Wendy writes fantasy and children’s novels.
One of the creeds she lives by is to always – Live a life less ordinary!
WJ Scott shares books, photos and thoughts from NZ.
Click on Cronkite (the bird) below, to download, Gypsy Wishes, a companion scene for Tails.