I’m Elira and I'm just an Afro-Italian girl who loves reading books and has a passion for creative writing.
As a little girl in primary school back in Italy, whenever I was given a task that involved storytelling, I would get super excited. All my classmates would form groups and work together on creating a story, but I was rather shy and preferred working on my own. At the end of the task, each group would stand in front of the whole class to read their story out loud. Whenever it got to my turn (I always avoided being the first one), my teacher would read the story to the class for me. Yes. I was that shy and not-so-confident about my work. But my teachers and parents alike were always praising my work and telling me how proud of me they were. I obviously loved the flattery!
So, I decided: “When I grow up, I want to be a writer”.
Fast-forward to when I was about to complete middle school and had to decide which high school I wanted to attend. I knew deep in my heart that I wanted to be a writer, but when you come from an African family, that is not what you are expected to dream about. Your dream jobs should be a doctor, engineer, lawyer, and other stuff like that. So I decided to be “mature” about it and go for a course that will lead me to a realistic career. The course I chose was “Finance, Administration and Marketing”.
During those years I kept dreaming about writing, but obviously, I had to study.
Once I got my diploma, I moved to London to study... Law. Yep, once again I went to for the safe route,
and although I enjoyed the course, I have told myself: “do not waste time thinking about writing. Write!”
And that’s when I started learning as much as possible about the craft of storytelling by watching Youtube videos (thank God for Authortube!), reading blogs about novel writing and joining Facebook groups to connect with like-minded people.
I am now proud to say, that I am writing a novel. There is a lot of hard work involved, but it is so fun and exciting, I just can’t wait to share my book with the world!
I started this blog to encourage people like me, who want to go from a story idea to a published book.
Are you looking for writing advice, author platform tips, and motivation for writers?
Then you have come to the right place! You can find all of this on my blog page, along with book reviews, other bookish posts, and also some of my flash fiction stories.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or reach out to me on any of my socials.