Paulo Coelho

Born Aug 24th 1947, Paulo always wanted to be a writer - and followed this inner dream with sufficient strength to realise it. His introversion and opposition to the traditional path of his parents caused them to commit him to a mental institution from which he escaped three times before being released.

After a very interesting few years in 1986 he walked the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compastela where he had a spiritual awakening which led him finally to realising his destiny of being a writer.

His books are what I call Metafiction - inspirational stories with a higher meaning.