Fifi J U Pottier. Born in Mukingi in Rwanda. Adopted by a lovely Belgian family and has lived mostly in the UK since she was 6 years old.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
Why I write
Once I learnt to read, I gobbled up books to be transported into their world. Reading taught me to see the world from different perspectives. I had a torch that I kept under my pillow so that I could read under the covers when my parents told me to sleep.
My first book I wrote was about a teddy bear, followed by a stranded princess on a desert island when I was around 8. They were not very good.
Writing allows my soul to be expressive. I can get lost in the worlds of my characters, so that I am discovering and not just creating.
I therefore write to escape, to free my soul, to express myself and feed my imagination.
I started this website to promote my book, but it’s changed based on feedback from you beautiful readers. Based on your emails and outreach, you tell me that it’s refreshing to have such honest and open posts. Life isn’t about projecting the perfect image but about evolving to become better, and that means being your genuine self.
I often wonder if I have shared too much, however what I aim to create is based on a lacking in the market. I’ve made some of you cry, others laugh, others have connected because you’ve gone through similar situations and where possible I have provided further assistance. I am honoured you read my site.
I do not know how it will change in the future, but I guarantee anonymity where needed. I am strong enough to be open and, so should you wish to express something, I’m happy to collaborate whilst you remain protected under a pen name.
“you are very talented, let your words continue to provide peace… Especially in these times!! Your biggest fan”-anonymous
Born in Rwanda to a teenage mother, I spent a lot of time at my great aunt Taté’s as a child. Having begged my bio-mum to introduce me to my bio-dad, I was taken by him and moved around. He didn’t want me, he wanted to punish my bio-mum. The only reference of how long this went on for is when my adoptive parents tracked her down and I had a 3 year old sister.
My first birthday was when I was six years old. They assure me that my age is roughly correct. They also had to buy a birth certificate for me in order to be adopted. The people they bought it off decided to name me Joan of Arc instead of using my actual name Fifi. That I imagine was one of the easier parts in the hard journey my parents took to adopt me and bring me to Europe. They had gone to Rwanda for my dad’s work placement and they came back with an extra child.
England was a strange land filled with even stranger customs and people. For the first time I stood out everywhere I went simply by being the only black person. But now it is my home, and Africa has become the place of strange customs and people.
About me now
The world is beautiful and interesting, it is both big and small. Graduating with a 2:1 in Psychology & Sociology only fuelled my desire to understand people and the world. Everything is connected and so we must all do our part to help it prosper, be it cleaning up a beach, volunteering or remembering to turn off the lights when you’re not in a room.
Life is about learning as much as I can. This is why I chose my career in digital technology- an industry that is constantly evolving. The sales roles I’ve had have allowed me to delve into my clients’ businesses, help drive their growth and understand many different industry sectors.
Thank you very much for your interest.
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