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Writing’s impossible if it isn’t grounded in real life...

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Novels

The Saltamontes Chronicles - Escape from Darkness

is an adventure story for all the family packed with action and excitement. It tells of a long journey made by Adam and Alex...

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The Saltamontes Chronicles - The Secret Brotherhood

The Secret Brotherhood is the second installment in the adventures of Adam and Alex, which sees them take a long road trip full of love, magic and mystery.

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The Saltamontes Chronicles - New life

The third part of the trilogy coming soon ...

Audiobook The Saltamontes Chronicles - Escape from Darkness

A novel packed with thrills and adventure for the whole family, but this time as an audiobook!

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For Children

Witty Ditties

A collection of poems for children, where the heroes are both people and animals. They teach us how to deal with negative emotions such as jealousy, and how to reach your goals...

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Vanessa and the Elixir of Life

"Vanessa and the Elixir of Life" is a fairy tale for young children who like fairies, magic wands and great mysteries...

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Witty Ditties

A collection of poems for children, where the heroes are both people and animals. They teach us how to deal with negative emotions such as jealousy, and how to reach your goals...

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Biography

Place of birth: Poland, Szczecin
Education: M.Ed and MBA
Career: journalist from 1997 onwards
Currently: author
Passion: motorbikes, travelling
Motto: “Writing’s impossible if it isn’t grounded in real life”.


“Writing’s impossible if it isn’t grounded in real life…

so I believe that there’s no better education for a writer than life itself. I value my own experience in education, first at university, and then working with children. Studying economics helped me get organised. But the most important things happened later. I’d always loved travelling and motorbikes and these took me to other continents, onto the racetrack and onto the editorial team at several magazines. Thanks to travel and journalism I met lots of fascinating people, and sport gave me a sense of discipline as well as awakening the spirit of healthy competition. My first article for Playboy in 1997 brought me fame, and the rest I wrote over the following years simply strengthened my position as a journalist. Voyage, Motocykl, Elle, Auto Moto. Then came television work. I find passion in everything I do, and writing books forms the crossroads of all the roads I’ve come down so far.”

The other important thing for me is children. I decided that I’d also write some things for them. I believe that their innocent minds are the world’s future, and their dreams can take them to places we couldn’t imagine in a million years. So along with books for adults, I enjoy writing for children and teens, and I treat this side of my work as a mission and my little contribution to the future of the world. In my own life I love to combine things which are seemingly contradictory, but, for me, all these different things are a source of joy and inspiration. My hobby is riding motorbikes, something I’ve been doing for over 20 years. It’s never got in the way of anything, and in fact has really helped me in my writing, since I worked for over 10 years as a journalist (mainly motoring and travel). I’m not denying I feel good in the peace and quiet of my own home, but I also love heated discussions with friends in noisy restaurants. I’m happy on a desert island and in the middle of a huge city. I love inspiring, creative people and like to surround myself with them. I’m a huge fan of Tuscany, olives and good wine. In my books I write about important things, but like to give my readers hope, which is something they don’t often have if they watch the news on TV. It’s also not unknown for me to write under a pen name, and then it’s much more ‘grounded’, fun and ‘light’.”

Philosophy

“I could talk for hours about the important things in life… So maybe that’s why I love writing books.

I’m often asked if I base my writing on experience or imagination. Literary works don’t exclusively reflect the life experience of the writer (there are books that don’t contain any). The key to creative work is imagination (which, allegedly, is ‘more important than knowledge’), and skills of observation. That’s not to say that you’ll find a bit of me in every character I create or every story I write. But bits of my books are in places I’ve drawn upon, and worlds I’ve had a glimpse of serve as inspiration when I’m writing. That’s why I love talking to people from different cultures and environments, and travelling is my favourite way to spend my free time. But… what’s really important? The first thing that comes into my head is… Life. Life itself. Not just those spectacular moments, but ordinary days, which I try to pour a little magic into.
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