South African author writes 3 books entirely on his BlackBerry Curve
There is a saying that “Everyone has at least one book in them” and with out access to technology writing a book is something that many people attempt, and only a few complete. Lack of time is usually the main reason given for non-completion as “life” usually takes over with its many priorities relegating the book-writing down the list of priorities.
The lack of time was going to be the fate of Brett Restall’s books too until he accidentally discovered a small technological saviour which allowed him to publish his first set of books – Brett wrote his books entirely on his BlackBerry Curve phone.
Brett started off writing his book on a desktop computer that was kept in the family study just after his son Kyle was born. Initially he managed to balance work, being a new dad and his writing. However, as time ticked on, Brett found that he able to spend less and less time delving into his imagination in order to write – there was just no time. Thinking a laptop would help the situation proved to be ineffective too. But then “a small miracle happened” as Brett puts it, as one day he was “fiddling” with his BlackBerry Curve and discovered the Memo application. It was a light bulb moment as Brett realised he could write anytime he had a free moment.
“I could write anywhere I wanted and at a significantly quicker pace than with my one fingered effort on a cumbersome computer” Brett goes on to say that “[ BlackBerry Curve] has its own built in spell check, a phenomenal capacity to store information and its shape makes it ideally suited to speed write with ones thumbs. A lot of other cell phones are cumbersome and difficult to write quickly on and also I liked the clicking sound the keys made when I typed. There weren’t any real challenges at all. In fact when I finally moved over to the Blackberry Bold it was like being reintroduced to an old friend, only better.”
From that moment, Brett was hooked and during his downtime, you could see Brett one-thumb tapping furiously on the BlackBerry’s keys. 140 000 words were hammered out to make up not one book, but 3 books as the Shadow Axe Trilogy was came to life right out of the Memo app:
The entire story unfolds on a small planet called Quanasses in an obscure galaxy where a group of young Shadow children set out on a mission to recover a family heirloom that was accidentally lost by the village chiefs only son, Joaquin. Their adventure leads them on an exciting and treacherous whirlwind ride against Gorts, carnivorous Gorpers, snakes and giant worms in a headlong rush to save their world from a multitude of ever increasing dangers until only the one true saviour is found.
Brett has now upgraded to the BlackBerry Q10 and is working on his next book. “BlackBerry 10 offers a unique mobile experience that maximizes my productivity. Thanks to the keyboard that adapts to me, I can type faster and more accurately. It is a great fit for my needs,” says Restall.
Brett joins an elite team of BlackBerry authors who use their phone as their method of choice to be productive wherever they are. Other author’s info available here
The books are available on Amazon