A GIBRALTAR man launched his first book on Friday after completing a mentorship program for young aspiring writers run by his government’s cultural services.
Jared Cruz, 25, wrote the psychological thriller “Into Dark Shadows” after a year of discussions with mentors, mental health professionals and authors.
He said he was immensely proud of the final product which is now on sale at John Mackintosh Hall and online at a popular bookstore website.
Gibraltar’s Cultural Services selected Cruz among other aspiring writers last year.
Over the past 12 months, the Gibraltar government said in a statement that the writer “has gained insight and understanding of the timeline and challenges of producing a book”.
He was involved every step of the way, from developing the idea, writing, proofreading and designing the cover.
“His journey took him to meet mental health professionals, teachers Melissa Bosano and Natalie Cocklan and established author Janine Galliano to ensure quality work,” the government said.
“Jared was also part of the Rock Retreat residency, benefiting from the expertise and knowledge of published authors and learning more about publishing options.
“The 25-year-old also worked with local artist Monica Popham to design the cover pages for the short story and with local printers to ensure a high-quality finish that lived up to his expectations.”
The first-time author will now speak about his experiences in local schools during Gibraltar Literature Week and as part of the Lightning Talks initiative.
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