WITH a natural wit and an ability to draw, it is no surprise that Harvard J.H. has a book to his name. Growing Pains: Memoirs of a Witty Boy, published last year, is about some incidents that occurred in the 12 years of his life, with some made-up ones thrown in.
Harvard tells us about himself:
“When I first started writing, I did it just for fun. I wrote and drew on loose paper and they were all over the place. I didn’t even have the intention to let anyone read it. They were quite messy actually. Thus, writing a book wasn’t my intention. One day, my dad read my stuff and he found them funny. He told me that he could learn more about me and what I was thinking from the stories. Dad enjoyed them so much that he asked me to write more. At one point, he suggested that we could write a book. That was how it all started.
If you have read my book, you would not be surprised to find out my favourite author is Jeff Kinney who wrote the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. My book is also written in a similar fashion – diary format with pictures drawn in the chapters to make it more interesting. Most of the stories in the book are real. Some are inspired by true events, and some are just bluntly from my imagination.
At first, when my friends found out about my new book, they were very surprised. But soon everything went back to normal. My friends like the book and they said it is very funny. They are happy for me and I am happy that they are my friends.
I am in the process of writing my second book. My target is to publish the second book by the third quarter of this year. The second book is more adventurous, and I will introduce a few more characters. Hopefully, readers will find it more fun.
I realise that if you want to write a book, you don’t have to be a full-time writer, you can do it when you are free. It can be your hobby.
Apart from this, I don’t have any great achievement although I have represented my school in swimming for the MSSS (Selangor Schools Sports Council) games, running for MSSD (District Schools Sports Council) games, being the leader in my school red team, and class monitor or assistant class monitor for four years.
I think my parents are happy for me and want me to keep up all my activities. In fact, my parents are very supportive of my brother, sister and I in whatever we undertake. Dad always advises us to pursue what we are interested in. I think my dad motivates me the most because he is open-minded and likes to share with us good life principles.
While I think studying is important and we should make it a priority, I also believe we should take up other activities. If we can, we should learn some new skills and make friends outside of our school.
For now, I think I want to be an architect. But in the future, I don’t know what will happen, I might change my mind. Who knows, I might find something else that I like more.”
Harvard’s book is available at www.mphonline.com/.