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Get To Know Me #WritersTag

Fellow author and low-key my inspiration, J.M Williams nominated me to participate in the Writers Tag, started by Lorraine Ambers  and Ari Meghlen (who have a knack for these things I won’t lie). Click on the names to visit their blogs and let’s work to continue both growing the writing community and expanding our circle of writers.

The Writer Tag has the following prerequisites so other bloggers can link back to each other and we can all see how other authors answer the questions. So here we go:

  • Post the Tag and Image on your blog (see above)
  • Thank whoever nominated you and give a link back to their blog.
  • Mention the creators of the award and link back to their blogs.
  • Nominate 6+ deserving bloggers and notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

I have been trying to keep my personal life out of my “author” life as these feel like two separate entities encompassed in one body – and yet the same person. Not even close to the Trinity but the analogy works haha. Right, so let’s get into it.


Name one novel that inspired you to write.

It was not a book that inspired me to write, but an old writing program called Storybook Weaver by MECC. I was in Grade 2 or 3 when we were taken to the computer lab to “learn” and I was using it craft my own stories. It was also here that I fell in love with computers and decided to study Information Technology (I.T).

As for books, perhaps R.L Stine’s Goosebumps and K.A Applegate’s Animorphs? It could also be a Stephen King novel (Cujo? Carrie? Firestarter?) or Clive Barker’s “Books of Blood” or James Herbert’s “Once” as I progressed to harder horror at the tender age of twelve? It’s very hard to pin down but Storybook Weaver still stays with me always.

What’s your favourite genre to write and read?

Of course it’s horror. Everyone knows this. Although, over time, I have grown to love writing and reading Fantasy and Sci-Fi.

Do you prefer to write stand-alone or series?

I have no real preference. The story dictates where it will all lead and whether there should be a follow up, or leave it as it is. Initially I was a stand-alone writer, then I discovered I could also write short stories and novellas which could be put together into a series. Interestingly enough, I haven’t published a stand-alone novel yet, though I have tons in my drafts haha.

Use 3 words to describe yourself.

Fluctuating. Creative. Fickle.

Reveal your WIP aesthetics or an image that represents your MC or setting.

GIF of Netflix TV series, Scream.

How long did your first MS take to draft?

Wow. No idea. I don’t think I’ve ever completed a MS… oh wait, in 2015 I actually won NaNoWriMo with my African-based fantasy novel Ngwana Wa Lesedi – The Child of Light. I also managed to knocked out the first draft of my upcoming novella Beneath the Wax in about a month.

Who is your author idol?

Have you read my blog? I should rename it to Stephen King Fan Account.wordpress. Haha, although I have idolized Clive Barker, H.G Wells, Frank Herbert, H.P. Lovecraft and a host of other authors.

Share a writing memory that made you determined to carry on.

This is one of my most vivid memories growing up. I was in Grade 9 and instead of using my Biology notebook for, you know, Biology, I used it to write. I remember once in class I was sitting half-way near the back, scribbling furiously away at one of my (sadly now lost) stories and a classmate walked past my desk, saw what I was doing and said,

“You sure love writing huh?”

And just that little acknowledgement pushed me to carry on writing.

It was also the growth of this blog once I started posting my short stories and people actually enjoyed them. That was how I got featured in my first Internationally published anthology Dark Tales, and told me perhaps I’m not such a terrible writer after all.

Tell us something surprising or unique about yourself.

While I was learning the craft of writing, I immensely enjoyed singing and music. I found an old diary from back in the 90’s when I was a tyke, where I re-wrote the classic song La Bamba by Ritchie Valens to be about me. *Cringes with joy

Share the hardest part about being a writer and how you overcame it.

I don’t think I have overcome it, and there are days (sometimes weeks) where it fully and wholly encompasses me. Just the idea of opening my word processor is enough to deter me from writing. And of course it’s the fear and irrational anxiety that I’ve wasted my time as a writer because I am not good enough that is the hardest part of writing for me.

This blog, my friends both locally in South Africa and Internationally, as well as some of my own stories (surprisingly) have been imperative in pulling me out of that funk and getting me to get on with it. I doubt it will ever go away, but I hope it gets better.

What’s your favorite social media and why? Share your link.

I used to be very active on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. They aren’t my favourite but they are useful. I even tried to start a Bookstagram and linked all my blog posts to Tumblr. I just found that at the end of the day it was about statistics rather than about people enjoying my content – which you now know doesn’t help with the question above.

A “Like” doesn’t mean they read what I posted, or any proof that they actually did like it. On occasion, I know I do the same, and I know many who do too. Now I will take the time to go through the content and if something resonates, I will take the time to comment.

Share some uplifting wisdom in six words or less.

Find Yourself. Be Yourself. Live Freely.


Right, now to tag some of my faves.

  1. Carin Marais – Hersenskim
  2. Michael Baker – Thousandscars
  3. AllThingsUncanny
  4. Justin J – JustinJTheWriter
  5. Kelly Griffiths
  6. Adam – Writet
  7. Lionel Ray Green

Looking forward to reading all of your responses, and thank you for taking the time to have visited my blog (as many others have too).

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Welcome to 2017

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Hey! Welcome to the new year! Hope you had a wonderful festive season and holiday if you had one. I’m back from a two week holiday in which I was in Malawi, then headed to a beautiful damn in the valley south of the Magaliesberg mountains, then spent quality time with friends, family and Netflix. I am well rested, and already knee deep in rolling out a collection of short stories for 2017 in a new Jozi Flash anthology.

You will remember that five of us last year, following NaNoWriMo, decided to keep chatting, writing and spurring each other on in our personal writing goals, and this led to the 2016 Jozi Flash anthology. Well we’ve decided to keep it going with a newer, bigger, better, anthology for this year. It will still be free to read and I’ll upload all the links to the .mobi, .epud and .PDF version once we’ve completed the book.

The usual content will still be posted so you can look forward to Book Recommendations, Book Reviews, Poetry, Friday Flash Fiction, and general writing tips, tricks, insights etc.

You can also get updates from the links below. Happy New Year and hope to have a successful 2017!

Patreon | Newsletter | Book Recommendation Guest Post | Gamecca

January Recap | February Goals

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Can you believe that January is gone. Just like that 2016 has swept into existence and has already dusted off its first month; although I must admit that it did drag itself in its last few days. Nonetheless, here we are, staring at a 29 day month with anticipation of what is to come – and no, I am not talking about Valentines Day or Leap Year proposals. *Wink wink nudge nudge*

Reading

January was the trial month to see how well I could do with reading a book a week and I must say it has been going exceptionally well. The books are at least 400 pages long so that seems to be my limit; anything that seems a bit longer is intimidating. The books I’ve read in January are:

  • The Well by Catherin Canter (3 out of 5)
  • Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (4 out of 5)
  • Finders Keepers (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) by Stephen King (4 out of 5)
  • Whisper in the Dark by Robert Gregory Browne (5 out of 5)

I am currently reading two books at once right now, Endgame: The calling which I am finding more interesting than Perter James’ Sweetheart but perhaps it’s due to the change of genre and writing style.

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461 Pages – Science Fiction – Dystopian – YA

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335 pages – Thriller – Mystery

Writing

Apart from this past Friday, my writing  has been on track with a short story every Friday (Friday Fiction) and working on a couple of stories and novels here and there when time permits. My goal for the year is to get something published. Short story. Novelette. Anything.

My previous Friday Fiction entries can be found here: Friday Fiction, and this Friday I’m posting a Double Friday Fiction to make up for this past week’s lack of story.

Blogging

I am currently a Guest Blogger on Rachel Poli’s blog  in a four part World Building series which she will be putting up on her blog once a month. You can read that here: World Building – An Intro Into World Building

I will also post updates and such as time permits, such as this one, and anything else that pops up.

February

I will be looking forward to more reading as I am really enjoying delving into a book and losing myself in the fantastical fictional worlds that exist in other people’s minds.

Also, eventually, I look to tackle Cracked Flash Fiction on Saturdays (or until Sunday 9 AM thanks to Time-Zone difference, according to a sneekily reliable birdie – yes I am looking at you Carin Marais).

As usual, I’m still going strong with Gamecca Magazine so I know my writing is always covered.

So here’s to you fellow blogger, reader, writer, a prosperous 2016.

What are your February goals?

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