Name is Claude Bornel.
The given name is French, the surname name is Italian, but he was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and currently live in Florida, USA.
Writing is his passion since he was a young child.
He used to turn blanked boring notebooks into chapter books and comic books. One time, he amazed his third grade teacher with a four page essay about “E.T. – The Extraterrestrial.”
It was not a coincidence that he graduated in Journalism and worked for almost twenty years in the field. He wrote almost about everything, but the most he had in the career was writing about people and travel.
In 2011, Claude was already living in the USA when he decided to learn the craft. Despite English being his second language (Portuguese is his first), he never let this fact limit his creativity or will to be a story teller.
He started small, attending critique groups in public libraries. Because of those meetings, he learned about a presentation of the New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry in the Delray Beach branch. Berry came to promote his book, “The Emperor’s Tomb.”
Claude left the event with a signed book in one hand, and a lot of valuable notes in the other.
Three years later, he read in a Kravis Center booklet about some writer’s classes and enrolled in one of them. The teacher was the Pulitzer Prize nominee Julie Gilbert, author of biographies, novels and plays.
At the end of that course, Claude finished the first draft of his first ever short story, “For Those Who Don’t Like To Read.”
Encouraged to take college classes because of his job, Claude used the opportunity to enroll in Creative Writing classes. He participated in writing clubs and formed critique groups. He published short stories and poems in three college anthologies and was awarded Palm Beach State College Writers Club Leader of the Year (2015-2016).
Claude also took part in literary contests with The Write Practice, which lead him to publish four short stories with Short Fiction Break and finish the first draft of his novel yet to be published, “Bicycles in Munich.”
Along his life, he had many story telling role models, heroes and inspirations.
In music, Bono from U2. In literature, Stephen King, Nicolas Sparks, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver and Dr. Seuss. In poetry, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Vinicius de Moraes, Ferreira Gullar, Manuel Bandeira and Jacques Prévert. In comic books, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller and Kurt Busiek. In movies, Steven Spielberg, Luc Besson, Krzysztof Kieślowski and Christopher Nolan.
Claude has a lovely wife and an amazing son and daughter.
They are the reason he writes.