I’m 30 years old, of Congolese, Belgian and Portuguese descent. My hereditary predispositions and experiences growing up in London have led me to develop a vast array of interests and hobbies. These include participating in testosterone fuelled sports, playing Japanese Go, and listening to a whole spectrum of musical genres and being equally captivated by Science fiction, crime drama and Biopic thrillers. My multicultural upbringing and these interests have helped to create a mind that perceives the world and people in it in unique and diverse ways. These elements of myself combined, manifest themselves in my writing – bringing a certain eccentricity that flows throughout my storytelling — something I hope you will find interesting in my work.
Brief literary history
I first began my writing when I was 16 years old, inspired by a journal my dad gave me for my birthday. As one would perhaps expect, all of my work back then was in the form of poems about my sixth form crushes. Looking back at them now, makes for some painful and 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) 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. After university, i wrote a couple of pieces but over all it was still a very dry period in my life. But soon my writing was about to undergo a directional change, specifically towards writing of the fictional kind. There were several key instances which planted the seed in my head that I 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 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 literary path, this time in the shape of a fictional novel –the ideas were already overflowing and in desperate need of transfer into words.
Present day, I mix my studies, work and physical training with continuous development of various other pieces of literary expressions of myself. Sharing these pieces of work, with all who care to read them, is the purpose of this blog and I hope it brings you as much pleasure to read, as it did me — to write.
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