Back to the amazing and mysterious things that play a part in the how you get to be and become who you are. While browsing the same Encyclopedia my mother had bought as a research tool, I opened one of the books randomly, just looking for some curious fact at the time, and came across a picture that gave me pause. Reading the caption under the picture I found out it was a photo of the Irish West coastline. From that picture, I read the entire entry about the country. The more I read, the more I loved each word, each fascinating fact about the past of the country that would become embedded in my heart for a lifetime.
From that day, I decided I would visit Ireland and see with my own eyes all those things I had previewed in the book. I was twelve at the time and had a long way ahead of me before I could make that dream come true. From that day on, I dedicated time and effort in learning to speak English—a language I already read and wrote—fluently. I attended extra-curricular classes, fluency courses, diving into the language head first. At the age of sixteen, I attended two months of prep classes in England to take the University of Cambridge: Proficiency test and passed with flying colors. I believe it to have been another pivotal experience in my life, another preparatory step to lead me to writing as a career, as a life choice.
Ireland was the fuel to my determination to be able to speak, read, and write English as proficiently as a native speaker. I dreamed of the day I would be able to set my feet on the land and discuss the history, the fantasy, the plight of the Irish, with those who lived there and I wanted to do it without the need of interpreters and dictionaries.
In order to achieve a goal, you have to set one. That single thought was my goal and pushed me through high school. Ireland has always been and will always be a powerful drive to succeed for me.
Chris Almeida (also known as C. Almeida) began writing children’s stories at a very young age. Born in Brazil but currently living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Chris’ life took a totally different course when technology came into play, and the following 17 years were spent delving deep into the world of programming and web design.
It was in 2010, when Chris began role playing online as a hobby, that writing worm its way back into the picture. This time, writing storylines for the role playing group.
The ideas and plots created for the game awoke the inner writer and a few months later, together with partner in crime Cecilia Aubrey (C. Aubrey), began writing romantic erotica.
Now, still together, they have written a number of short stories and novels and are currently working on book two and three of their series as well as several short stories part of the spin off series. Through it all they have continued to enjoy role playing through their favorite characters.