I’m 33 years old, of Congolese, Belgian and Portuguese descent! I think a very excellent genetic cocktail. I’m not just saying that because Ronaldo’s from Portugal – He’s my sporting sensei btw.
Brief history of scribbles.
I first began my writing when I was 16 years old, inspired by a journal my dad gave me for my birthday. As you would perhaps expect, all of my work back then was in the form of poems about my sixth form crushes, i wonder if i should name them all..? Maybe at the end. Looking back at them now, makes for some horrendously embarrassing reading. But I guess it’s normal in any of the creative arts to look back at ones previous work and see only its flaws. A few years of prolific writing followed, exploring the joys and woes of a teenager’s perpetual pursuit of the opposite sex. But when I started university, my creative writing (apart from one particular poem, i wrote for a ‘bear on a horses back’) stopped, I’m not really sure why… Thinking on it now, it could of been a myriad of reasons, I won’t bore you with them now. Actually i will; Pro Evolution Soccer 5, 6 & 7! Probably also being heart broken. After university, i wrote a couple of pieces but over all it was still a very dry period in my life. Later on it would come to be known as the ‘Age of Sand’. But soon my writing was about to undergo a Schumacher esq directional change, and move towards writing of the fictional kind. There were several key instances which planted the seed in my head that even I – a none literary academic – could and should write in that form. For one, a colleague of mine telling me about a book he had started writing – despite not having any academic experience in the art. Plus, several people discussing with me how much they enjoyed the Twilight books, even though they felt they were ‘poorly’ written. And finally, several years afterwards, I saw the movie Ruby Sparks. The movie is about an author with writer’s block, who imagines a girl into life. Its engaging character-driven love story stirred something inside me that re-ignited my desire to write. A few days later, on an unremarkable bus journey home from work, was the moment the metaphorical light bulb of inspiration shone. I had decided to once again travel on the Shakespearian path, this time in the shape of a fictional novel. The ideas were overflowing and in desperate need of transfer into words.
Present day, I mix my fitness manager role, Strength training with the continuous development of my writing. Currently I’m working on my next book, which will be a graphic novel, dense enough, great enough, and life altering enough to rival One Piece & The Dark Tower book series. Sharing these, and every other piece of writing my brain churns up, is the purpose of this blog. I hope it brings you as much pleasure to read, as it did me — to write.
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