When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do a lot of research concerning other big writers and other businesses, reading and listing to other kinds of music. I love to browse to find out other opportunities on the internet. sometimes, as an architect, I go-to site to inspect my workers for a good job done. I deeply love to share my ideas with my followers and love to motivate others on some occasions.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through searching on the internet and on the mobile devices.
All my life I have been a writer. Since the age of 7 I kept a diary. I have been traditionally published in nonfiction and I really enjoyed the support of a large publishing house but for novel writing, I have discovered the independent route and love the degree of input I have to the whole writing and publishing process. I publish books at my own pace, generally one a year - and I am in charge of providing the vision and image for my covers. The indie route feels like the future.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By giving great access to so many distribution channels. Smashwords are an author's best friend.
I guess I've always been a writer. My mother saved my first "book" that I wrote in the third grade. Bound in purple construction paper, it was a fully illustrated story about a family of rocks living on Mars. (I cringe to look at it, but apparently she was impressed with it back in the day.) While I didn't take on any large scale projects until adulthood, I would often write little things for personal pleasure or as an outlet for the angst of youth. And I couldn't help but throw myself into my school writings. Time and again, teachers saved my papers as their classroom example, and classmates grumbled as I set new standards (and quietly slid under my desk). I never won any awards, but I do feel like I left a sort of academic legacy along the way.
What are you working on next?
All the things! When discussing how to juggle my miscellany with a colleague, he made the observation that this seems to be a common problem with creative people -- overworking ourselves with multiple projects. He speaks such truth! As of this summer (2018), I am nearing completion on a six-part children's chapter books series, after which I'll be launching into a collaboration on a new children's series. I also have several adult novellas stashed away patiently awaiting their turn, and my variety blog is a wonderful outlet for essays, poetry, and ramblings on faith and parenthood. (Not to mention any surprise short stories that ambush me along the way!)
I start with a general idea and two well-developed characters. From there, I determine where and how these two people are going to meet. Once each person has his or her own voice, I turn the story over to them. Often, I sit down and think to myself, "I wonder what so-and-so is going to do today?" I'm simply an observer, attempting to record what these characters are doing and saying and seeing and hearing and feeling. It's an amazing experience, really.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read for personal enjoyment was THE SECRET GARDEN. I remember the pleasant surprise of envisioning the garden in my mind so vividly ... all the little details. I found that I was only limited by my own imagination, and that's a powerful realization as a child. Thus, reading became a lovely escape for me.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I don’t think there was a single moment where I actually realized I wanted to be a writer, it was more of a lengthy process over the last seven years. In 2011 it was actually the therapist I was seeing for PTSD that suggested that I begin writing on a serious basis since I’d always enjoyed it as a little hobby on the side. Since then I wrote several full length manuscripts that remained dormant on my computer for years until I decided I wanted to publish my works in 2017. After studying the publishing industry for several months, my first book finally came out in January 2018!
What, in your opinion, is the hardest thing about writing?
For me, the hardest thing is keeping things consistent. If I don’t write for a long time I’ll probably become disinterested in the story, but my creative juices flow whenever they want and I don’t try to alter that, so that inconsistency can definitely cause big bumps in the road despite that it doesn’t usually take me very long to complete a story. In the entire publishing process though, writing is the easy part!
I grew up in an environment of oppression and subjugation in South Africa.This led to many of us to shun Christianity because it was associated with the oppressor. I was one of those who believed Christianity was used as a tool to make Blacks docile. After receiving Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, my heart was illuminated with new light. What I discovered from the gospel propelled me to dig deeper. I realised that without proper understanding and application of Righteousness, all the promises of God will be like a pie in the sky, so, I developed a deeper hunger for understanding Righteousness. This hunger was increased when our Pastor preached a riveting message on Righteousness. This inspired me to read more about it. I also realised that many believers know that they have been made the righteousness of God, yet things don't seem to align. I was propelled to write the book on Righteousness that would awaken every person to the benefits of Righteousness and to make Righteousness work for them rather than being under the whip of the devil. It is my desire that through this book, the readers will be buoyed with new energy and put on the free gift of righteousness, living a life of victory, joy and peace. God's righteousness freely given to us is the very essence of life.
When did you first start writing?
I remember way back in Form1 (Grade8), after school, scribbling around on the chalkboard, oblivious of my friends who were gambling with coins. I think I just wanted to pass time while waiting for them to finish. What I was writing about was based on the Church Reformers: Calvin and John Knox, but the characters I chose to use in the story were two my friends. I did this not knowing that one day I would write a book. It didn't even feature in my wildest imagination. Since then there had been snippets of writing here and there including a newsletter for the Unisa students who were under the guidance of an organisation called Sached as well as the newsletter for the Soweto Teachers Action Committee. Last year 2017 I wrote a book: "The Word Immortality and Power," which is presently distributed privately.
After being told I was never allowed to talk about my childhood due to a fear for my own life, I was silenced! Over the years I was told I needed to forget I was ever abused and move on with my life but at the age of 30 I suddenly became widowed and while grieving I found that writing about my past was therapeutic and i hoped that one day my own story would help others see that they are not alone.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I co-write and also Ghost write for other survivors of abuse to help get their own stories heard. I also receive messages daily telling me how my own courage is helping others overcome and deal with their own abusive pasts. Knowing that i am helping others in my quest for what is right is the biggest achievement i could ever wish for xo