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At age 12, she began writing her first trilogy. Now at 14, Prescott High School freshman Kelsey Olesen is making plans to find a literary agent and finish her three books.

Enthralled by such stories as "Harry Potter" and "Eragon," Kelsey spends most of her free time behind her desk creating a vibrant world that comes to life inside her mind. Currently, she's written more than 200 typed pages to her first book, "Blade," has the plots planned for her next two books, and has typed 85 pages of scenes for her second story, "Little Secrets."

"I want to be done with the first draft of the first book by summertime," she said, adding that she'd like to start sending out queries to literary agents by the time she's 16.

The name of Kelsey's young-adult series is "The Murlas Trilogy," a combination of her two favorite characters from "Eragon" and "Lord of the Rings" ­ Murtagh and Legolas.

"There's this elf named Jazzy, and she's 14, and she's the main character," Kelsey explained. "She lives in the forest of Murlas. The other character is Nithelian. He's 15."

Before long, Jazzy discovers she has magical powers, a force that puts her and Nithelian in danger. Together, they begin a journey to escape the evil St. Leviticus of Evola, who wants Jazzy's powers for his own selfish reasons.

"(The story) is a lot about injustice," Kelsey said.

The majority of the trilogy is about the characters' quest, their interpersonal relationships, and their own internal conflicts, she continued.

"She's a great storyteller," said her mother, Gwen McNallan. "I love reading her stuff, and I love to read, too."

When Kelsey was in

fifth-grade, she wrote a short story called "Dragon Hunter." After reading her work, Gwen realized her daughter was a true writer.

"(My favorite aspect of the trilogy) is the character interactions with each other . . . You totally get how the characters are feeling all the time," Gwen said.

As Kelsey sat in her room Monday afternoon and explained her books, her passion for writing shone through her eyes and her actions.

"It feels like I'm reading a book from my own mind," she said about why she loves writing. "I can do what I want with (the characters). It's like a book, but it's not reading a book . . . You take all these ideas and feelings and you make it into this story."

Currently, Kelsey is working hard to obtain straight "A"s in school. She wants to get a scholarship for a degree in journalism and photography, an education she hopes will lead her to her eventual goal ­ travel journalism.

"To me, she is a writer already," Gwen said. "As long as she can write and enjoy it."

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