Born in Poland in time to see the iron curtain go down, I have since lived in the US, the Netherlands, Belgium, and for the past six years in the UK. I studied English literature in Poland and in the USA. A storyteller at heart, I wrote my first “book” at the age of eight. It was supposed to be the first one in a series – alas, the sequels never happened.
When I got serious about writing, I tried my hand at fiction, enthusiastically committing two novels and several short stories before deciding to move on to film scripts.
Writing for the screen is a great pleasure, but seeing the films made is even better. And so I decided to branch out yet again and turned a few of my short scripts into movies, which I directed. A fantastic experience that taught me lots.
My films were well received: they screened at many festivals and brought me several nominations and awards. The next move was into the world of feature films – but this is where the fun stopped. I spent five years working on consecutive projects which collapsed because of one random thing or another, I was just about ready to throw in the towel.
But while I waited, I dug out an idea I’d been turning around in my head for a while, and decided to go ahead and write another novel.
The experience was amazing. In the meantime I’d learned a thing or two about storytelling and I could now enjoy weaving the tale without having to worry about budgets or production feasibility. I could just create. Ah!
I haven't closed the door on filmmaking. But until a suitable project comes along, I'm busy polishing the current novel and outlining the next...
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