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 8: Angelique Pacheco
Today’s author is the lovely newcomer to Jozi Flash, Angelique Pacheco, whose stories are a real delight to read, and whose passion for writing shines through in everything she does!
1. So, tell us about yourself but in old school Twitter 140 character format.
Teacher. Writer. Creative. Tries to see beauty everywhere. Has many cats.
2. We always hear about why you started writing but now, what keeps you writing?
Writing is part of my routine and it keeps my brain active and my imagination flowing. I enter a lot of competitions so that when rejections come, they don’t sting as bad. I did win the Writer of the Year Award 2018 given by the South African Writer’s Circle. This year I’m not getting anywhere. You win some, you lose some.
3. What would you say is your writing quirk?
I always name my characters in accordance with their personality or, if I’m writing about animals I’ll give them a name that means the same thing in a different language. I love my coffee and tea and I play movie soundtracks while I write.
4. What genre would you say is your worst, and why?
Horror. Don’t read them, don’t write them. Too scary.
5. What’s one thing you love about writing?
I love pantsing. A story has the potential then to “wow” me.
6. If you were a character in your favourite genre, who would you be and why?
I love historical fiction and I love a strong female character. It gives me confidence and inspires hope inside of me.
7. Was writing something you saw yourself doing as a child?
I’ve written since I was a child, but I never saw myself doing it as a career. I just love writing so that people can enjoy my stories.
8. If you could rewrite any book, what would it be and why?
I would never change a book. I would be stealing its essence, its reason for being. There is a place in this world for every story to be written and every tale to be told.
9. Being published is a major step forward so what will you do, now?
Carry on writing.
10. If you had to ask the person closest to you, what kind of author do they think you are?
Off the wall, different, sometimes insane.