I have loved reading and writing ever since I can remember.

That love has been a constant thread throughout everything that I have ever done. Every work report. Every essay. Every journal entry. Every to-do list. In other words, every task on any front that would allow me to experience the joy that comes from bringing together pen and paper.

When it came to my personal creative work, however, I wasn’t exactly shouting about that love from the rooftop. Being unsure of myself, I spent many years (far too many of them) as a secret scribbler. But after completing the Becoming a Writer course from The Asian Writer in 2018, I decided it was time to start calling myself a Writer-with-a-capital-W and sharing my words with the world.

Something magical happened when I embraced that capital W. Not long afterwards, Numbers, my first competition entry as a Writer, was shortlisted for the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize in 2018. I then went on to be a mentee in the first cohort for the Middle Way Mentoring Project (2018-2020) and a finalist for the David Higham Associates Open Week 2020. In that time, I also wrote my first full-length novel, When You’re Smiling, for which I am now seeking representation and publication.

Of course, as any writer knows, a love for writing can never be contained to secret scribbles alone. It tends to seep into all manner of things. It wants to make itself known. And so, over the years, I have poured my love of writing into my academic and professional work and used my experience, skills, and passion to support others on a freelance basis.

When I’m not busy writing or working, I can be found reading, cooking, tending to spiritual matters, avoiding housework, buying stationery, harassing my writing group Koyal Writers, torturing my family with my terrible singing, or cheering on Leicester City Football Club. I can also be found hanging out on Twitter @nazvanz.

Peace and blessings,

Nazira F. Vania