Showing posts from August, 2012

[Interview] Lauri Kubuitsile

Lauri Kubuitsile writes romances novels; crime fiction; books and stories for children and teenagers; and, literary fiction. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and has won awards that include the PanAfrican prize for children’s literature, The Golden Baobab Prize and the Orange/Botswerere Botswana Artists Award . Her books include the collection of short stories, In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata and Other Stories (HopeRoad, 2011); and the novels, Signed, Hopelessly in Love (August 2011) Tafelberg, 2011) and Mr Not Quite Good Enough (Sapphire Press, 2011). In this interview, Lauri Kubuitsile talks about her concerns as a writer: When did you start writing? I started writing 8 years ago, just when I was turning 40. I actually became a published author almost by accident. My books in my Kate Gomolemo Mystery Series were actually all first published in a small newspaper I owned in Botswana. We were changing format and wanted to see what we

[Interview] Catherine Czerkawska

Catherine Czerkawska is a poet, a novelist and a playwright. Her books include The Amber Heart (Amazon Kindle, 2012), Bird of Passage (Amazon Kindle, 2012) and The Curiosity Cabinet (Amazon Kindle, 2011) In this interview, Catherine Czerkawska talks about her concerns as a writer: When did you start writing? When I was very young I wrote poems, stories and fan fiction before fan fiction was ever invented – stories about The Beatles , especially John Lennon . I found some of them a little while ago in a box of old papers. They weren’t too bad, considering how young I was. I think I probably wanted to be a published writer from the start. But it’s so long ago that it’s quite hard to remember. I submitted poetry and stories to all kinds of magazines and when I was still in my teens, I began to get personal letters instead of standard rejections. By the time I was at Edinburgh University, I’d had various poems published. My first biggish sale was a short story called "

[Interview] Jean Holloway

Jean Holloway lives in Kennesaw, GA. Her books include Ace of Hearts (PHE Ink, 2009)) which is also available as an audiobook ; Black Jack (PHE Ink, 2009); Deuces Wild (PHE Ink, 2010) and Full House (PHE Ink, 2011). In this interview, Jean Holloway talks about her concerns as a writer: When did you start writing? It all began when my sister, Lori, commented, ‘You read so much, I bet you could write book,’ and I answered, ‘I bet I can!’ and began writing Ace of Hearts in long-hand in 1980. I completed the manuscript in 1982. I was 30 years old and the mother of six. I never considered the possibility of becoming a published writer, in fact, if someone had told me I would become a published author at the age of 57, I wouldn’t have believed them. Lori pushed me into this career when she bought me a ticket to the National Book Club Conference in Atlanta and instructed me to print copies of my manuscript and give them to anyone who wouldn’t throw them back. That’s wher