How did you know you wanted to be an author? From before I went to school and read Enid Blyton and thought ‘I’d like to do that.’ There was also a history if writing in the family, but was told to ‘get a proper job.’ I only fulfilled my dream in my thirties, from teaching to writing educational programs for radio.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Read, read, read and then write. Stop talking about it and do it – get it down on paper. A professional editor will help correct all your mistakes.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? When I power up my PC I allow myself one game of spider! I need peace and quiet to write, beauty around me and I set a daily word count – I am very disciplined.
What message to you want readers to remember? Maybe it’s the teacher in me but I want to take the reader into the real Africa, the good, the bad and the ugly and explain a mindset that is very different to that of the western world, not necessarily the story told in the general media.
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