Today we have a special guest at It’s My Footprint (IMFP), as part of the Self-Publishing Africa initiative. We are joined by Michelle Natali Kwaramba (MNK) a young lady aged 16, who is an author and a poet. She grew up with her mother after her father abandoned them. She leaves in Greendale in Harare, Zimbabwe. Michelle did her primary education at Courtney Selous Primary School and her secondary education at Oriel Girls High School also in Harare. At this young age, Michelle has a message for the world.
(IMFP) Welcome Michelle, and thank you for spending time with use at It’s My Footprint.
(MNK) It’s a pleasure.
(IMFP) Can you start by giving our followers a brief background of yourself and where you are coming from?
(MNK) Okay…Umm. I come from a family of three, with two boys and I being the only girl.
(IMFP) Where do you get your ideas from?
(MNK) I get my ideas from my surroundings. I see the problems most people face and I say to myself I have to put this into writing.
(IMFP) Why do you write?
(MNK) I write to educate the girl child.
(IMFP) What do you find most appealing about your chosen genre?
(MNK) It helps girls to understand what is happening in this present day and to make them plan their future.
(IMFP) How do you deal with bad reviews, rejection and criticism?
(MNK) Hahaha, that is really bad, but however it would have happened so I just have to understand.
(IMFP) Michelle, you surely have developed in your writing. Have you published yet? What are you busy with now in terms of writing?
(MNK) My book is currently being published. I am still writing right now I am working on a new book.
(IMFP) What do you find difficult about book writing?
(MNK) To gather information and put it into one book.
(IMFP) What is your opinion on self-publishing vs traditional publishing?
(MNK) Ummm. I think traditional publishing is best s since experienced people get to read and review the book before it is published.
(IMFP) What advice would you give to aspiring young writers like you?
(MNK) Do not despair. Keep on writing you will surely get somewhere.
(IMFP) If you could go back in time 12 months, what would you advise yourself?
(MNK) I would advise myself to do my own thing and never look at what other people think.
(IMFP) Who is your favorite author and why?
(MNK) Ralph Jonathan Kadurira because he writes truth.
(IMFP) Do you do book reviews? What type of books do you review?
(MNK) Yes, fiction.
(IMFP) What types of books do you normally recommend to your friends?
(MNK) Set books.
(MNK) I am a very social person and so is my family. Most of the time we spend it together if I am at school I interact with people and hear about their lives how they manage it as I give them advice.
(IMFP) Any final word for our followers?
(MNK) Aspire to inspire before you expire.
(IMFP) Many thanks for this interview, Michelle. Good luck with your writing.
(MNK) Thank you so much.
Michelle Natali Kwaramba Links and Contacts