When I was 18, just finishing gymnasium, I had the possibility to have a one day session at the Career Consulting Centre. This organization gives advice on your carrier options best suited for your talents and ambitions. They run you through different tests, some IQ-ones, some psychological ones. Once this is finished and you receive your career advice you can even include that document with your university application.
Although I had a pretty good idea where I was going, I still visited the Career Center, just so that they re-confirm my decision.
Bunch of different types of tests lasting a whole day. Few days after, I’m invited back to discuss my career and future possibilities. For me, the results were very clear, my advisor told me: I’m about to become a writer.
I’m like: What??? A writer? What kind of a career is that? No, no, no…. I might do that in my spare time alright, but I’ll move forward with my plan: I’ll study molecular biology! Now, to be quite honest with you, there was a bit of snobbism there, because molecular biology was an elite study direction where only the best of the best students can enter. And I wanted to be the best of the best!
So to cut a long story short: molecular biology, neuroscience, a genetic engineering company and a position in a robotics company brought me to where I am today. No “Interactive writing” course anywhere (hmmm….), but all of these steps were, I think, important for me to draw out information which I can use in my books.
But with all of that knowledge, the book I’m currently writing, and those that I have in mind to write, are in fact love stories. Because I just fall for love stories. I love to read about them, I love to hear about them from my friends and family, and I love writing about them. (In the background you should now hear “Love is all around…”… No? I think your speakers are off…. )