Writer Rebecca gets some inspiration from horror at Halloween

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Rebecca Noble thinks she might like to be an author one day – and she's made a good start by winning the 15-and-under category in our Christmas ghost story competition.

The 13-year-old from Lavant Close, Waterlooville, said: 'I like writing horror stories. Over Halloween I watched some movies and maybe that's where the idea for my ghost story came from.'

She added: 'I concentrated on the beginning as I think that's what makes a story.'

Rebecca, a pupil at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville, receives a 50 gift card to spend at the Portsmouth branch of Waterstone's.

Proud mum Julia said: 'It was a lovely surprise when I found out Rebecca had won. It's fantastic news because she worked really hard on her story.'

Julia added: 'She really likes English and her teacher has given her a lot of encouragement.'

Rebecca, who is a young leader with 4th Waterlooville Brownies, said she enjoyed writing short stories.

Last year her work was selected to appear in a publication called Mini Marvels, produced by Young Writers.

Her favourite authors are Michael Morpurgo and Sophie McKenzie.