Twins co-write fantasy novel
Twin sisters from Woy Woy, Lydia and Santina Casablanca, have co-written a fantasy novel based on their shared childhood games and memories.
Their story sees a new generation of star-crossed lovers emerge on the planet of Magika, where witches rule and demons lurk.
The sisters were born in Brisbane, raised mostly in New South Wales, but moved around all the time and never staying in one place for more than three years.
They are now both settled in Woy Woy.
Growing up, the twins had wild imaginations and would often play make believe where they lived in their own supernatural world.
They made up all kinds of characters and story lines but when they were 14 years old, they noticed they were starting to forget the stories, the characters and the families they had made up.
The twins decided to write down all their adventures, all the characters and the families they had made up.
While writing their stories, they realised they had a passion for it and decided to share the families they had created, the adventures, the characters with the world.
Lydia and Santina worked on their novel, The Dawsons, for 10 years.
They approached the self-publishing company Xlibris in October 2016.
The twins knew that self-publishing a book was not cheap so they saved up for years, working in a number of local businesses to earn the money that would help them to publish their first novel.
The book was finally published in April 2017.
Lydia is currently working on a sequel.