WHILE most seven-year-olds were busy running around the house getting on their parents’ nerves, Imraan Dixon was planning on writing his first book.
Fast-forward four years, and the now 11-year-old from Gelvan Park youngster is busy with his second book.
“I first got interested in writing when my Grade 2 teacher told us about a magazine that wanted to publish children’s stories.
“I started writing my first book, Its Always Good in Veronaville, in 2009 and took a year to complete it.
” It is kind of a mystery where one guy is suspected of killing a doctor.
“The twist is that he has an identical twin who is the one who killed the doctor,” said the Grade 6 pupil.
His second book, The Element is based on his own comic book of the same name.
“It is basically a story of people with elemental powers who are trying to save the world.
“It is inspired by the Dragon Ball Z [American cartoon], but it is not like them,” he said.
His first book was not published because “he did not like it”. He hopes to publish his second which he thinks is better.
“I was young when I started writing it and thought it was good, but I am embarrassed when I look at it now. I hope to have my second book published though.”
Imraan said he wants to be a “game designer or a writer” when he grows up.
“I like being creative but I do not like the crafty art. I like drawing,” he said.
His stepfather, Nizaam Coetzee, said they encourage him to be the best he can be.
“We encourage him to read a lot and we have bought him a lot of books.
“After every exam if he does well we reward him by buying him something he really wants.
“We also encourage him to go to Madressa – God is important.
“We are very proud of him,” Coetzee said.