“SO are you some kind of genius?” Dimitrious Havadjia (aka Dimitrious Charles) was asked when he casually mentioned he started working on what would lead to his first self-published novel in primary school.
The Stories of Earth WWIII author howled with laughter at being called a genius and said he was just someone who liked to write stories.
Dimi, as he is known to family and friends, loves to write and it was when he attended Illaroo Road Public School that the bones of Stories of Earth WWIII were shaped.
He was asked to write an in-depth story and creativity followed.
“I even got an A plus for the assignment,” he said.
Stories of Earth WWIII will be a trilogy and Dimi is not afraid to explore heavy topics.
“A nuclear explosion is an interesting topic - but something you don’t want to see. The story is warning against nuclear war,” he said.
Stories of Earth WWIII follows five teenagers as they face the aftermath of a nuclear explosion that kills thousands and they begin a battle that will ravage Australia.
The book has all the elements you would expect; villains, heroes and bit of a love story.
“I am proud of the final result,” he said.
The Cambewarra resident wanted the work to have a South Coast feel and the Shoalhaven and Illawarra both feature in this sci-fi adventure novel.
His peers, who have read the book, gave it their seal of approval.
Dimi is awaiting his first royalty check and will then find out how well accepted his book has been.
He is a dedicated writer and once his school work was organised, he would regularly immerse himself in his novel.
A nuclear explosion is an interesting topic - but something you don’t want to see.
Dimi is a Year 12 Smith's Hill High School student and former Cambewarra and Illaroo Road Public School student.
He wants to continue his writing but also hopes to study engineering or law at university.
Dimi has also given thought to entering politics.
“I am going to start my own political party,” he said.
His advice to other budding authors was sound.
He urged people to have confidence in their ability and to ignore the knockers.
“I think the important message is that if you are dedicated to a book you too can be published,” he said.
“Writing is hard and time consuming but if you take things slowly, like writing a few pages per week, then it is possible to get there in the end.”
Who knows - Stories of Earth WWIII may even one day be made into a movie.
“It would have to feature Australian actors – I don’t want to have American accents in it,” he said.
Stories of Earth WWIII was released early this year and is available from good book stores, Xlibris.com.au, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
A Kindle version is also available.