I’m simply a normal guy who happens to be in love with the English language. The first hint that I was going to be one of those creative types came when I was in primary school, and started folding up paper to make a mini comic that followed the adventures of an anthropomorphic worm named Wormy. From there I found myself in junior school, writing a series of short stories where my friends and I were Pokemon trainers, which ended up being passed around the classroom and probably didn’t do much for my coolness quotient. I didn’t care, though; I’d found my passion.
I spent the majority of my adolescence indoors, reading, writing and studying literature and further destroying my street cred. Whole worlds began to spin from my fingertips, whether it was the endlessly complicated universe of the Chao or the strange fascination with alternate worlds that would over time be honed into the Mirrorworld concept. In the earliest example of sharing my ability, I helped a friend with a Romeo and Juliet essay that he’d been breaking his brain over, and spell-checked the love letters of another poor, besotted buddy. By my college years I was neck deep in Shakespeare and Frankenstein and knew that this what what I wanted to do with my life; to write, to teach, to help others with that subject I loved so much.
Somehow, however, through a series of incredibly unlikely coincidences, I found myself at university studying philosophy. It didn’t take me long to realise that although I was interested in the subject, it wasn’t something I wanted to actively study, so I dodged out of that and shacked up instead with The Open University, which allowed me to chase the degree in my true vocation whilst allowing enough time that I could continue to spend time invested in writing as a hobby on the side.
So here we are. I’ve finished my first novel and am working on redrafting it as I write this. I’ve co-run a film review site with a friend, annotated my education on Tumblr, and reformulated that casual interest in helping people with their essays into a business model for the future. Once my degree is set in stone I aim to stride forward into a career as a teacher, giving back to a new generation all this interesting knowledge that I’ve been accumulating. But I’ll never stop writing.
Some of my favourite literature:
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
Last Chance to See – Douglas Adams / Mark Cawardine
Night Watch (Discworld) – Terry Pratchett
Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
The Wheel of Time (series) – Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson
Thank you for Smoking – Christopher Buckley
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
In Search of Lost Time (a la recherche du temps perdu) – Marcel Proust