Author of his destiny

Those awkward first attempts did not stop him pursuing his dream of becoming a published author.

Twenty years later he is working on the third draft of his debut novel.

He is one step closer to completing it with the help of a $10,000 ArtStart grant.

The money will give the Joondanna resident access to published authors for a paid mentorship.

�I was an odd child, I started reading at three years old and by seven years I was reading a lot and always writing stories,� he said.

�My parents have kept some stories and I have kept some and a few of them are cringe-worthy, but others I think are pretty good for the age I wrote them.�

The Edith Cowan University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree is one of five WA recipients of the grant.

�This is a big ticket item for my career,� Mr Guagliardo said.

�It will give me access to authors through the Australian Society of Authors for X amount of hours so they can critique my draft.�

He described his novel as a young adult fantasy set in Western Australia with a male protagonist.

His first published story A Man began as a class assignment in his second year and was later published in the acclaimed literary journal, Indigo.