ONCE UPON A TIME…
I am not an award-conscious person but I am very proud of this prize because it really is different.
Once upon a time … a publisher, J.L. Poitevin, and the big boss of a large press group, Fabrice Boe, a talented and visionary man (who was one of the first to bring together the employees of the group’s 16 magazines in one ecological building that he had built long before everyone started talking about ecology). One day, they had the idea of creating a new kind of literary Grand Prix that does not exist anywhere else: A prize whose members of the jury are not limited to a small committee, but which would be composed of members of the general public, booklovers one and all, who would not know each other and who would receive anonymized manuscripts by mail (without any information about the author, such as name or gender, etc.). Just like Paulo Coelho, I found that really great because it was the only guarantee of a healthy and total impartiality: the public would therefore choose the texts they liked best, without any interference, publicity or influence and would discover, subsequently, who had written them.
They contacted a star writer, Paulo Coelho, music lyricist and world famous author, distributed in more than 150 countries and translated into more than 80 languages, who agreed to be both the mentor of this new kind of Prize, and the President of this public grand jury (several hundred people) with a little more than 300 manuscripts, as he explains himself briefly in the video above. The assessment sheets were then sent back to the editor responsible for sorting and assembling them.
To arrive in first place – unanimously at that – was both a great surprise and a great joy. Less for the Prize itself than for what it meant: the fact of having known how to reach the hearts of the public.
In addition to being a “full-scale” test, it’s therefore a bit like getting my very own Golden Globe 😉 !
And this was confirmed by the comments received via my website when the second novel was released.
Strong souls are not jealous
Honoré de Balzac
As for Proust, his thoughts were that:
It is incredible how jealousy, that likes to spend its time making false assumptions, has so little imagination when it comes to discovering the truth
Winning this prize also led me to being confronted with jealousy from certain quarters, an emotion which I had hitherto not been familiar with.
Positive by nature, always ready to encourage others, this is a character trait that I do not have. So I can’t understand why a person would spend time and energy going to sites and “knocking out” another person, whether they are an artist or not.
So much so that under the fallacious pretext of giving their opinion, some comments arrived shortly after the announcement of the Prize but before the novel was distributed!
Strangely, that did not affect me as I could see the smallness of mind of their authors. Real creators never criticize because they know how difficult creation is. Regardless, from now on, I am always leery about the “reviews” I am reading and prefer to form my own opinion.
A year after the first novel was published, the press group was bought up by a larger one and the new boss had no interest in book publishing, he was totally focused on the magazine business. Sadly, neither Paulo Coelho nor I agreed with his plans for the company and so we parted ways with this publishing house.
I then focused on writing the second Part of The Genesis Protocol, a complex work requiring months of planning and research.
That is the reason why my publications were interrupted in the short-term but I’m looking forward to presenting you my new creations soon!
SPECIAL MOMENTS WITH PAULO COELHO…
I really enjoyed meeting with him. We got along very well immediately, and there was great complicity between us.
He gave me some precious advice …
Nice People… Nice Atmosphere
WITH FLASH… AND WITHOUT 😅
SIGNING SESSION UNDER A BLUE SKY AND PALM TREES…
One of my best memories