Thanks for taking the time out to answer a few questions Norbert. Actually, I have Polish family in the Poznań area, which I believe isn't far from where you grew up?
No, not far at all. I grew up in a little town called Góra in western Poland, about 120km south of Poznań. I barely remember my childhood though, but back then, in the early nineties, it was a good place to live in, very calm. Because I was rather introverted I didn’t have many friends; I was crazy for the point'n'click adventure computer games.
Can you remember writing down your first structured words at school?
Yes, definitely! Maybe I shouldn’t brag about it though as my national language teacher didn’t look favorably at my first attempts at writing. They were weak!
Did you have a love of words back then?
Not really, I found the love for words many years later when I decided to write my first story.
Did you go to University?
I finished just two semesters in Political Science at the university, but then I realized it’s not for me. It might be funny, but in fact I got a valuable lesson; a diploma won’t make you smarter and better.
Is writing your full-time job?
No, writing is my passion but I worked as a care assistant for many years and, right now, I’m learning to work at an office.
Tell me about your very first writing engagement.
It was during the holidays in 2007. After reading a few Sci-Fi novels, I needed to write my own story. The plot - obviously, only for me - was fantastic and unconventional; the whole story presented the experiences of a scientist who invented a 'nano-costume,' which could heal our bodies and take control of cars and other machines. The plot goes something like: 'After a huge academic conference, the lead character met a stranger who offered him a lift. Suddenly the scientist realized that this was no ordinary man; he came from the future, from the world devastated by his invention.' A few of my friends were really impressed by both the plot and my creativity, but now I think it was full of ambiguity and blatant errors.
Tell me about the projects you are working on at the moment.
I’m still trying to work on my second book of dark poetry.
What really inspires you?
I’m really inspired by the dark elements of our lives; depression, grief, lost love etc. Bad experiences has taught me that there is only the shadow of joy; most of the time we spend in the murkiness of the everyday.
What is the process of transforming that initial moment of inspiration, or idea, into actual words on paper?
Always looking for the right title at the beginning. As a rule, I focus on poems, so first two lines are very important – they have to carry the whole stream of the lyrical transmission. Usually I try to name the feelings that accompany me during the process of writing. It really helps.
Do you have a particular writing location?
What are your plans for the future?
I’d really like to write my first novel, but I still don’t have time for it. I hope to finish my second poetry book too.
Name your THREE most favourite books and why.
Blind Faith by Ben Elton. It crushes more than rock. It supposed to be SF novel, but contains more realism than life ever can hold.
Returned by Jason Mott. I was damn jealous of this idea, just marvelous!
The Thirst by Jo Nesbo. I found something magical in the main character. Sometimes I think that I look like him.
Lastly... what does writing MEAN to you?
Writing for me is like exploring space without the ship. All the stars remind you of the forthcoming ideas, but there are so many of them that you can barely think. Obviously, in space, you cannot breathe, but writing looks the same. You have to deal with the plot, as hard as you can, and it really can block the trachea.
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