Nicholas, the Wiki version
Nicholas Alexandre Gagnier (Nov. 27, 1985- ) Nicholas Gagnier aka Nicholas Alexander and Nick Walker, is a Canadian writer (as yet unpublished) and musician (as yet unsigned). He was born at the Pasqua Hospital, Regina, Saskatchewan on a night so cold the tires squared. He currently lives in his mother’s basement and is looking for work after having lost his job at Loblaws for making too many suggestions to improve the safety of the fresh food section.
Nicholas is the son of the blogger Rose Simpson and Mr. Big, a former mandarin and bigwig in the resource and beer sectors. His early years were happy ones living in Regina, Ottawa and Oakville although he couldn’t talk until he was four, and he was born without a thyroid. He used to ride his bicycle looking backward, which gave his mother much concern. As a toddler, he nearly cut off his index finger with a soup can and overdosed on Triaminic cough syrup.
Nicholas’ interest in music was evident from an early age, thanks to a near obsession with a Fisher Price tape recorder. He also loved to run around the house singing Disney tunes, particularly those from the Lion King.
After his parents divorced when he was six, Nicholas asked to live with his father and his new stepmother, with whom he fought daily. While attending private school, he lived a life of indentured servitude, taking most of his meals in the garage and finding solace in music and books in his room. While this kind of oppression might have scarred a child for life, it actually fueled Nicholas’ creative side. Since that time, he has been a prolific writer of novels, poems and songs. After his stepmother burned him with an iron and he threatened her, Nicholas’s father sent him to live in a group home, then a boarding school in Barrie where he learned to smoke, stopped taking him medication and took an unhealthy interest in damaged women.
At age 15, Nicholas returned to his mother’s home where he engaged in some interesting behavior including drinking, taking drugs and spending time with a girl whose mother was a professional shoplifter. He lived on the street for a time, and eventually was arrested while in the company of the aforementioned mother. Nicholas’ mother spent $2,000 to ensure he didn’t get a criminal record, and he eventually straightened himself out, and finished high school, then attended Carleton University for a short time. Then Algonquin College. Then Everest College. He also had long time relationships with two nice girls named Olga and Kim.
It was evident that school was not working for Nicholas so he decided to move to Barrie after being offered an assistant manager’s job at a video store. The video store immediately cut his hours and refused him the management position resulting in his near starvation. Fortunately, Nicholas was looked after by a third nice girlfriend, Robyn. emaciated and discouraged, Nicholas returned home to Ottawa a few months later, and decided to try his hand at writing a novel. His first book, Harbour City Story, was a critical success with his friends, not so much with his mother. It remains unpublished. His second novel, Leonard Campantella is nearly finished and he is hopeful he has hit a run out of the park. It remains to be seen and he, his mother and his friends remain forever hopeful. Meanwhile, he is still looking for work, so if anyone knows of something, he can be reached headbanging and writing in his mother’s basement (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nicholas has proven to be a resourceful and kind individual who has overcome great difficulties in his life. He is tenacious, determined and good-humored and has proven to be a comfort to his mother, who also struggles to make a living as a writer. If he can finally land a job and get out of debt, Nicholas faces a bright future. He is a talented writer and self-promoter who possesses great insight into all things but himself. His family and his friends wish him the very best 25th birthday, and look forward to many more adventures.