I was spending time with two of my friends, Aleksi and Maria, in the center of Helsinki in May 2012. We were talking about our favorite topics: books, reading, movies and writing. When we came to Kaisaniemi, Aleksi told us about a fantasy novel he had been plotting many years ago. The complexity of the world amazed me.
But that wasn't all. After his story Aleksi looked at me and said:
"It would be great to see what kind of book this story could become. But I think I don't have the patience to write it. So, if you want, you can write it with me."
For a moment I couldn't say a word. I had heard of a story that was full of potential and had came out of my friend's mind. I could imagine myself reading it all night long, but I never would've guessed I would get a chance to write it. I said something like this: "Are you sure? Me? Of course I want to do it, this book must be written!"
This is how I became a co-writer of the novel I told you about before. I'm really excited about this. I believe we'll learn a lot during this new adventure and become better both as writers and humans. This opportunity is a privilege and I appreciate it very much. Aleksi has shared something unique with me. Books are written in the soul, somewhere deep down in there, and I know how much the author can love them. That's why I'll do my best with this story and give it all the attention it deserves. I hope we'll write a book we both can be proud of.
P.S. My favorite band, Daughtry, is coming to Finland in March! I couldn't be more excited!