First novel a dream come true for Haitian immigrant
(Palm Beach Post) 8 August, 2018 – Palm Beach State College alumnus John Charmant moved to the United States from Haiti in 2009 when he was a teen. He didn’t speak and couldn’t write much English, but his high school teachers and college professors were encouraging, especially concerning his writing skills.
Despite the obstacles, Charmant continued to learn the language and write and has written his first book, “Luxers’ Multiverse: The Grand Design,” published in English earlier this year.
“The book is set in the year 2090, where the traditional borders between countries have dissolved, leaving only a handful of large, competitive regions. Solar energy dominates, capitalizing on the increased radiation that penetrates the atmosphere due to global warming. Flying cars fill the skies and houses are carved from solid gemstones. It is into this strange and distant future that the book’s main character Adnex Courageux is born,” according to Charmant’s book press release.
Charmant said the title, “Luxers’ Multiverse: The Grand Design,” derives from the word “lux,” Latin for “light.” In the first book of the Bible it says, “Let there be light,” he said. And one of the common traits between many of the characters is that they’re very insightful, Charmant said.
“They are very willing to know what’s going on. They keep asking, ‘Why am I here?’” he said. “Most of the characters are preoccupied with (learning, finding knowledge).”
Charmant, 26, attended Palm Beach State College where he earned his associate degree. He is also working on his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
Charmant currently lives in Lake Worth, and the young author is also a mathematics and physics tutor at PBSC in Lake Worth.
Charmant said he hopes after reading this book, people will ask questions about reality, especially life.
“I feel like by the end of the book, people should have an answer to the question, ‘Why are we here?’” he said. “I hope people can figure it out because the book will really answer that question at the end.”
Charmant said it took him three years to write the book and his biggest challenge was not having a “supporting cast” during his journey.
“(Some) people didn’t support me in my career, my writing career,” he said. “First when I was trying to write the book, some people were not encouraging. They didn’t encourage me to keep moving forward.”
Charmant said even though people can be discouraging, there were people who encouraged him, such as former high school teachers and professors from Palm Beach State College. “Even with mathematics (math problems), they noticed my writing (skills) and encouraged me to continue writing,” he said.
Charmant attended Santaluces High School in Lantana and credits ESOL teacher Trinesha Bloomfield for “nudging” him along when he needed a little push. He also said his PBSC English professor Laura Dejong and math professors Reginald Butler, Jermaine Gordon and Alex Opritsa were encouraging concerning his studies and supported his passion for writing.
Charmant said he came to the United States from Haiti when he was 17 years old. He said he knew a few basic words in English and a few phrases but it actually took him about a year to learn the language after arriving in this country.
Charmant said aside from the language barrier he faced initially, living in a world where people are so divided has been the most difficult obstacle.
“My biggest problem has always been living in the world and witnessing how people are so divided,” he said. “Why do we have to fight when we are one species?”
Charmant said his greatest achievement so far, however, has been writing this first novel.
“I had other dreams but this achievement was number one,” he said. “After years of hard work and thought, I wanted people to see something I had written.”