Now in it’s fourth year, the Jozi Flash anthology of flash fiction and short stories is bigger and better than ever.
Jozi Flash 2018: Colours of the City is due for release in September! Pop in every Wednesday from now until then to meet the authors involved in the project!
Week 7: Nthato Morakabi
Joining Jozi Flash for the fourth time, our very own “African Stephen King”, (Yes, Nthato. I did it. And believe it! Let’s make it happen! >.o) Nthato Morakabi :
1. So, tell us about yourself but in old school Twitter 140 character format.
A published author, looking to expand worlds… and books with my name in them.
2. We always hear about why you started writing but now, what keeps you writing?
I must admit that I struggle to keep writing sometimes. However, I constantly have worlds and characters and “what if” scenarios vying for my attention in the midst of all the other things happening in life. Until those voices grow quiet, I doubt I’ll stop writing.
3. What would you say is your writing quirk?
Uhm. Well I’ve come to accept this about me now that I do it in public…occasionally. I speak to myself out loud, especially when the story is fresh and ideas are popping into existence faster than I can manage. Imagine someone exclaiming “’Cause he’s half dragon!” in the middle of a crowded mall…
4. What genre would you say is your worst, and why?
Surprisingly, I feel that fantasy is my worst genre. It’s rife with so many possibilities and massive immersive worlds, I end up getting overwhelmed by the scope even before I can begin writing. So my fantasy stories are always missing that one “thing”.
5. What’s one thing you love about writing?
Everything? Ha-ha. Okay in all honesty I love the idea of creation, of bringing characters and worlds and stories to life. One of my favourite feelings is riding the inspiration train during the creation process…
6. If you were a character in your favourite genre, who would you be and why?
This is a tough one. I would probably be Danny Torrance from Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ and sequel focusing on Daniel, ‘Dr. Sleep.’
I simply want his ability… to “shine” even though that means seeing ghosts, knowing when people are about to die… and getting chased by cultists shine-vampires. *shivers*
7. Was writing something you saw yourself doing as a child?
Not really, even though I’ve always had a passion for writing. I was drawn towards computers from the age of around 8 or so. Interestingly enough, one of the programs we worked on back then was called Storybook Weaver which required us to create stories from graphical characters so…
8. If you could rewrite any book, what would it be and why?
Okay, so I was thinking of ‘The Children of Hurin’ which is an epic fantasy novel by J.R.R Tolkien because it was so difficult to read and Tolkien never did finish editing it. But I feel I would only make it worse ha. So probably ‘The Fog’ by James Herbert and only because the characters were lacking so many things.
9. Being published is a major step forward so what will you do, now?
Well I’m currently working on my second novella and a bunch of other works, so I’ll just keep writing more and see how far I can push this mantle of published author.
10. If you had to ask the person closest to you, what kind of author do they think you are?
I’m actually not sure how other people perceive me as a writer beyond being “The Horror Guy” which, fair enough, is my go to genre. Although I would love to hear things like “an African Stephen King but better” or something. Let’s aim high, right?
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