by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Spark Photography

Inspired Mystery Writer

student_mcintosh2Lifelong Scripps Ranch resident Emma McIntosh recently celebrated the publication of her first novel, The Girl with the Roses. While this would be considered a great accomplishment for any writer, Emma’s debut novel is a bit more notable; she’s only 15 years old.

A freshman at Cathedral Catholic High School, Emma is a successful student, earning A honors for academics. She also participates in the glee club and art club. “I love my school because there are so many things I can get involved with such as clubs, sports, and service groups,” Emma shared. Her favorite subjects are Geometry Honors with Mrs. LaPorte and her art class taught by Mrs. Goyette.

In the community, Emma is active with her church, St. Gregory the Great Parish, Girl Scouts, and volunteering for the San Diego Polio Survivors Group.

Name: Emma Clare McIntosh (15)
School: Cathedral Catholic High School
Grade: 9
Parents: Kathy and Tyler McIntosh
Sibling: Andrew (12)
Favorite Places in 92131: My house or Yanni’s Bar and Grill

student_mcintosh1As a writer, Emma looks to J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, as an inspiration. “She is an incredible author, and I want to be like her,” Emma explained. “I want to transport people to a new place to let them escape even for a little while from their crazy lives.” She also looks to her former classmates as inspiration for her characters. Each of the characters in The Girl with the Roses, a middle-grade mystery novel, is based on her middle school classmates from St. Gregory the Great Catholic School.

While Emma is aiming towards college, she is not quite sure where she wants to go or what she would like to pursue yet. “I have thought about becoming an artist, author, detective, or forensic pathologist,” she said.

“I want to transport people to a new place to let them escape even for a little while from their crazy lives.”

Between her writing, academics, and volunteering, Emma finds time to enjoy some of her favorite things. “I love traveling, holiday decorating, sunsets, music, beaches, and being organized,” she shared. Living in Scripps Ranch affords Emma the opportunities to do all of it. “I enjoy living in Scripps Ranch because I am able to connect with everyone and there are lots of ways to get involved,” Emma said.