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Jozi Flash 2018 Authors: Johanna Swart

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 11: Johanna Swart


Author Interview

This week we meet a good friend whose story-telling flair is reminiscent of fairy tales for adults. Please join me in welcoming Jo Swart.

 1. So, tell us about yourself but in old school Twitter 140 character format.

A 34-year-young lady dabbling in the art of writing, using books and stories to escape reality.

2. We always hear about why you started writing but now, what keeps you writing?

I have this friend… no… I promise she is my friend. She owns her own publishing business and does freelance editing. She keeps me writing.

3. What would you say is your writing quirk?

My writing is very abstract. Until I’ve got the words down, I don’t know what the story is going to be.

4. What genre would you say is your worst, and why?

Horror is by far my worst genre to write in. I don’t see the point of it, so I don’t watch or read it.

5. What’s one thing you love about writing?

Creating anything I want. There’s a chance to create the impossible and still make it believable.

6. If you were a character in your favourite genre, who would you be and why?

In the fantasy book series, Bewitched and Bewildered by Alanea Alder, the main character; Meryn, is my choice. She’s just an awesome, quirky, sarcastic computer hacker with a big heart.

7. Was writing something you saw yourself doing as a child?

No, not at all.

8. If you could rewrite any book, what would it be and why?

I wouldn’t rewrite any books as I feel the authors have their own ideas, visions and directions they want their stories to take.

9. Being published is a major step forward so what will you do, now?

Just keep writing.

10. If you had to ask the person closest to you, what kind of author do they think you are?

I think most people would describe me as a fantasy author.