Seventeen years ago I made a decision, from that moment onwards I would be a full-time writer. I hadn’t published anything yet. A year later my first poems appeared in literary magazines, followed by my first novel four years later.
Did I become more of a writer because my work started selling? No, because writing was and remains my passion. It’s something that will never go away, and it’s really a particular way of looking at the world around you.
On Saturday February 25 I was at Portobello Market on the Holland Park Press stall. We were located next to an elderly lady selling designer stockings and panties. She came around to say hello and was very interested in books. She turned out to be Laura Del-Rivo, born in 1934 she published her first novel, The Furnished Room, in 1961. This book was adapted into a play, and subsequently into a film entitled West 11 by Michael Winner in 1963. This hasn’t made her world famous, but the wonderful thing is that she is still writing, because I suspect she has to write, because first and foremost she is a writer.
© Arnold Jansen op de Haar