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Writer Sylvia Berka attends Tennessee book festival

Local high school student Sylvia Berka recently traveled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to take part in the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival held at Middle Tennessee State University.

Known as the SE-YA Book Fest, the annual event is designed to give teen writers and authors of young adult literature the chance to interact. The 2019 author lineup brought about 40 writers together. On that list was Becky Albertalli, the author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the book on which the film Love, Simon is based.

WTIP caught up with Sylvia to talk about the festival, as well as her inaugural work, a book titled The Last Warrior, a young adult fantasy novel, written under her pen name Sylvia Johns. The book can be ordered online.

Here’s WTIP’s Rhonda Silence speaking with this young author about her literary adventures.