Original article from Kent Live
A boy from Tunbridge Wells has completed a beautiful tribute to his cousin who died last year.
Oliver Bowman, 14, had been writing a book together with cousin Emmie-Rose Taylor, 16, who had provided the illustrations.
While studying at Redcliffe School in Milton Keynes, Emmie developed a cyst, which led her to be hospitalised and, tragically, she died within a matter of weeks.
In honour of Emmie, Oliver, who attends Beechwood School has now finished the project and is also raising money for charity.
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Titled, The Boy Who Created A Religion, the book is available for £14, with £1 of each sale going towards Harry's Rainbow Charity, which has helped the family cope with the loss of Emmie.
'She was a really talented artist'
Paying tribute to his cousin, Oliver said: "I knew she was a really talented artist.
"She specialises in biro art, so if you make a mistake you can't do much about it."
"I thought that would go really well with my book."
Oliver picked Emmie-Rose to help him create his first book as he thought her artwork was "brilliant".
He continued: "She lived quite far away, so my mum would send her a chapter of the book and she would draw what she thought – up until the fourth chapter as she passed away.
"She was a really nice person and really caring, especially to her younger brother Riley.
"She always wanted to have her name written in a book."
Oliver began writing the book during the first lockdown last March.
Currently available for £14 on Amazon, the books main theme circles around religion.
The description on the site reads: "The Boy appeared from nowhere, who was he? Some believed he was the new Messiah, or was he just a boy?
"The world turned to him and followed his teachings.
"As a fatal disease took hold of the world people looked to him to save them. Does he speak to God? Is he truly the saviour, or is he something more sinister?"
From a very young age, Oliver was determined to become a director and screenplay writer.
Oliver added: "I'm really into film and I love just creating like an imaginary world, I can escape to.
"I'm really interested in religion, I think it's a really interesting subject to talk about."
Having already published his first book, the Tunbridge Wells author is creating a second, which is to be set in the Second World War, where the story will unfold through the eyes of a German dog and a Jewish dog.
'Emmie was a kind and gentle girl'
Samantha Bowman, 50, is the mother of the talented young author, Oliver.
"I read it and it just blew me away. We were very surprised and proud of him," she explained.
"It's like a Stephan King prodigy.
"When I picked the book up and I saw how beautiful it was and the beautiful images, it's just overwhelming. It makes you smile."
Samantha has been excited to help her son make Emmie's wish come true.
She explained: "We were going to get it printed for him, so he had a copy for his memory box, but then obviously when my niece died, because she had been doing the illustrations for it, we thought no we're going to publish it.
"It will be an amazing little memory for Emmie-Rose.
"Four of the images were drawn for the book, but unfortunately she didn't get to finish them so then we just scoured through all of her artwork and just made the images fit the book.
"Emmie was quite a kind and gentle girl, so she wasn't like the typical girls that are a bit catty.
"She was very quiet and softly spoken but really really smiley, constantly smiling. She was lovely.
"Emmie was a gentle soul.
"When she first started at school she was put on the gifted register because she was so bright.
"My sister's got a picture that she drew when she was about four and it honestly looks like a proper piece of artwork.
"She's always been really, really talented when it comes to being an artist."
Emmie-Rose, who lived in Milton Keynes with her mum Becky and younger brother Riley, always wanted to be a book illustrator and had planned to carry on her education at university.
Harry's Rainbow helps children and young people, in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas, who have been bereaved of a parent or sibling.
Their services provide regular support groups, activities and trips, and individually tailored support as appropriate.
If you need to seek the help of Harry's Rainbow charity, you can reach them on 01908 061676 or email them on email@example.com.
If you would like to purchase Oliver's new book, The Boy Who Created A Religion, press here.