In 2016, I picked up a paperback copy of How to Read Fiction.
I was really surprised to discover how much the story of how I read it affected my own life.
When I read that book, it made me realise that I was more like my parents.
I’ve spent my life wanting to be liked.
The same is true of my favourite books.
I want to be seen as smart, smart, and smart.
I also want to have a sense of humour, which is often missing in literature.
As a kid, I was obsessed with superheroes.
I wanted to be a superhero, and I got a lot of help from my dad.
He was a big nerd and a big sci-fi nerd.
He bought me my first computer, and he’d read every science fiction and fantasy book I’d ever read, and there was this little collection of books called The Secret of the Nth Planet.
That collection of sci-fantasy novels had these very beautiful cover designs and I loved the artwork.
I would go to the library and I’d read the books, and my favourite sci-fiction books were probably The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars.
I’d go to my local library, and all I could find were these giant space books.
So I read The Secret Of The Nth Earth.
And I started to see how this weirdly alien world had a place in literature and in culture, and then I started learning how to read.
So that was the beginning of my love affair with reading.
That was the starting point for my love for writing.
And now I write a book every month.
I write one every week, I write the first draft of the book every week.
And it is a lot harder than it was when I was a kid.
It is harder to read because I have this massive amount of material.
It takes time to read everything.
And my writing is also very specific.
I don’t write about people.
I only write about characters.
And if I’ve written a book that is about the same character, then it will be about the character.
So a lot has changed in how I see myself, and in the way I think about writing.
I’m more of a writer than a novelist.
And so I can relate to the people I write about.
It’s been a wonderful experience for me.
I feel like I’m living a different life, because I am writing.
But I feel really blessed, because writing has been a very big part of my life.
And the writing has made me appreciate life, and to see what I’ve gained from being alive.
So if you’ve been reading a book recently, what book would you recommend?
Do you have a favourite?
How do you think the literary world is shaping up these days?