Only by accident did Alain Van der Steen (°1963, Antwerp) realize that he was a writer, that he had stories jumping up and down his veins. Stories that needed to be released so they could start a life of their own.
In the first half of his adult life, he was a typical product of his upbringing and education. For twenty-five years he worked at a global IT-service provider. There he continually convinced himself that he was a practical and analytical member of society. Until he felt the need to show his wife, who at the time dreamt of writing poetry, as well as his two children, that taking action is the only way to get your dreams to come true.
All these years, he had kept his personal view on life hidden in the back of his mind, disguised as a story. So, to make a point to his family, he wrote in only three months, his debut adventure novel "The Balance Principle". Then it took him no less than nine years to find the courage to have it published. Nine years to demonstrate to his self, his wife, and his children, that it is easy to have dreams, but it is somehow tough to gather enough self-belief to make them materialize. Some would call these nine years wasted time. He calls them personal growth.
Trying to be the best possible husband, father, and employee leaves not a lot of time to also write these stories. But now he understands that when you have discovered your true passion, you do become unstoppable! Being a member of the supportive #WritingCommunity only strengthens that belief in himself and his work.
The ultimate dream is to have his books turned into motion pictures. He, therefore, imagines the stories in his mind as moving images which he then translates into words.