Writer, Producer, Director, Author @ Three Times Dot Org

I’m an auditory learner so listening and telling stories is the most natural and enjoyable thing to me.

As a Kiwi-Samoan living in Mississippi, I am blessed with a perspective that’s genuinely unique. I was born to immigrants in New Zealand. My parents migrated from Western Samoa in the late ’50s.

When I moved to the US in 2016, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The South is full of great people, and a place rich with history—stories waiting to be told.

My first language was Samoan. My parents knew I would learn English by default. So, I listen in Samoan, think in English, and communicate in a hybrid pigeon mashup of my experiences. My view of a subject is often a softer meeker version when everyone else’s is a harsher take. That’s not to say I don’t tell the truth; I prefer selling an idea rather than jamming stuff down someone’s throat.

As an author I sometimes sound naïve, I think that’s more to do with my fascination with the idea of innocence within a set of circumstances that would entice people to want to read my stuff rather than style. I’ve explored various writing methods and formats in getting to a place where I wholeheartedly accept that’s it’s about story! Nothing more, nothing less.

John Reyer Afamasaga