Alex Gavrilenko

The story of every person starts with his or her birth. Mine is no different.

I was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Like everybody else, I went to school. Like many, I entered a university after school. Like most students, I graduated five years later, got my degree and set sail.

My creative story started one day, or one morning, when I woke up and wanted to write down my dream. I was about eight years old. I just found an empty notebook and started writing. I wish I could remember what it was about, but this story is considered to be my first.

My experiments went on in high school. I wrote numerous short stories that are now kept somewhere in my archives hidden deep in my embarrassment.

In 2007 I got an idea to write something big and fundamental. I was still a kid, played video games, and like many other teenagers was pretty much fond of fantasy and science fiction. Of course, my first book was supposed to be a fantasy novel. Its first version was finished in 2008, then I re-wrote it several times, and then the novel was abandoned.

In 2008-2011 I wrote more short stories, as I had no time or inspiration for anything bigger. In 2011 I was influenced by a university teacher and decided to make up for lost time. In 2012 I finished Revenge of the Priest - my first and only novel written in Russian.

2012 was a fruitful year. I had various ideas, and I wanted to develop them all. I started to understand what it was that I wanted to write and how I should do it. By the end of the year, Revenge of the Priest seemed ridiculous, and now I consider this book to be something I needed for experience, but not a serious novel I'd want to be the author of. However, I got an offer from a publishing house in 2016, and the book was soon published.

In 2012 I discovered an interesting form - novella. I finished my first one - Three Times No - in August.

2013 turned out to be a year of deep existential and creative crisis. I had a rest from writing and reconsidered my priorities.

2014 was perhaps the most productive year in my life. Having graduated, I now had more time to go deeper into something I had always wanted - filmmaking. I finished my first short screenplay, Once upon a Mine, in spring, and got an offer to shoot it in summer.

Once upon a Mine was premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2015, and since then it has won Best International Short prize at Balinale (Bali Film Festival).

I spent 2015 writing various screenplays, and in 2016 I finally finished my second novella and my first work in English - Acid Green Story. Now I'm planning to adapt it into a feature film screenplay.

Many people draw their inspiration from nature, some - from cities and events. Every person has his or her own source of inspiration. I am inspired by people. And above all, I am obliged to those who read my works. I am grateful to all my readers. This wouldn't have become possible without them. With their help, I'm going to keep on writing and looking for my own purpose of life.