Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a 21 year old Speculative Fiction and Historical Fiction writer who loves to try tones of new things. I was born in a little city called Kitwe here in Zambia though I was mostly raised in different cities in Botswana. When I was around 5 years old my dad moved the rest of the family to Francistown in Botswana because he had just gotten a new job there. So from around the time I was 5 years old till the age of 14 years old we mostly lived there in Botswana moving from one city to another before finally moving back to Lusaka city here in Zambia where I currently live.
I’d love to travel a little more in the early months of 2016 and I’d really love to visit the city of Nanchang, China for a few weeks.
I really love being experimental and explorative with my stories and I personally believe my childhood travels are what influenced my writing style.
I’m currently studying for my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at DMI-St. Eugene University.
I have written 3 Christian Education books, “Who and What a Christian really is”, “Biblical Knowledge” and “Understanding Authority” and one Speculative Fiction novel called Quantos Rising, though I also write a little historical fiction
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My most recent book is Quantos Rising and it is the first in my Crest of Dreams series.
Crest of Dreams is the story of a world that has been split into four colonies after a Great War in which knowledge, civilizations, and time were lost from the world. After five hundred years of recreation civilization is split into four colonies: those that live on the ground call their colony ‘Damiroo‘; those who live in underwater cities call their colony ‘Retarctica‘; those who live in floating cities that hover above the clouds call their colony ‘Anotreshpore‘; and those who live in space cities following the same orbit as the moon around the earth call their colony ‘Centralis‘.
How I love to write books is that I would first create or recreate a whole world before building stories inside, and what takes the longest in my process is the quality of the detail in the world I create so it shouldn’t come as much a surprise to know that it takes me quite a while to fully have a story ready because of the heavy processes involved. I began working on the Crest of Dreams world in the last few months of 2012 and I’ve been working on the story ever since. And since the story is so exciting and detailed, I would love to tell the story of each of the four Domiciles.
Quantos Rising is simply the first and introductory short novel to the Damiroo Domicile and there will be three more short novels to tell the story of the other three Domiciles (T-16 to tell the short introductory story of Retarctica, The Superimposition to tell the short introductory story of Anotreshpore, and Sons of Time to tell the short introductory story of Centralis). After each of these short introductory stories will come full length novellas of each of the stories of the Domiciles.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to be a little too picky with the quality of my stories: if it’s spent less than three years in my mind then personally I consider it “not ready to be told yet”. It’s too often that I would see a story with a beautifully created world and system with holes in its plot and that tends to break my heart each time.
I usually spend years working, developing, and building stories before penning them down and writing the novel out of them. Not necessarily because I need it to be perfect, but simply because I just feel comfortable knowing my story inside and out to the point I know the flaws and perfections.
I spent 4 years working on the whole Crest of Dreams world before finally starting to write the first introductory novel, “Quantos Rising”.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
In the case of authors who influence me so much, I side with J. R. R. Tolkien for his Lord of the Rings and perhaps George R. R. Martin for his A Song of Ice and Fire simply because I love how they create whole worlds. Personally I too love to create or recreate worlds and systems and create stories within those worlds that I would write about, such as my “Crest of Dreams” world. And the reason they had such a massive influence on my stories is because of how deep and detailed they create their own worlds and that pushed me to go as all out as I could on my own recreations of the world at large.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the second introductory book, T-16, of the Crest of Dreams series. Also I’m working on a whole knew series called “Ghost Tribes” to be told simultaneously.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I would have to go with Goodreads for attracting reviews and perhaps Facebook for marketing. I am starting out as a published author however so as it stands I’m still looking for a few more better ways of promoting my books. I’m also exploring the ideal of interviews and guest posting on websites that are looking for guest posts.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
When you have a good story, take as much of your time as is needed to make it as perfect as you can. There are too many good concepts I’ve observed that seem a little too premature. It’s rare that I would simply create a concept, pen it down into building a story out of it, and turning it into a novel project over a course of a few months. I usually spend years working, developing, and building stories before penning them down and writing the novel out of them. Not necessarily because I need it to be perfect, but simply because I just feel comfortable knowing my story inside and out to the point I know the flaws and perfections.
I spent 4 years working on the whole Crest of Dreams world before finally starting to write the first introductory novel, “Quantos Rising”. I had completed planning the whole world around July of 2014 and spent the rest of the year planning out the first few novels.
I believe it takes time to create a good story and the longer you take thinking, recreating and restructuring it, I feel the better the quality of the story.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
It was around midway into 2013 and one of my friends made a statement saying “Never aim to be the best at anything, rather aim to always the second best at everything.” What he meant was relative to the context in which we spoke and he was pretty much saying for the person to be called the best at any particular thing, he commits himself fully to that one thing that he does and does well.
I write a lot, but above being a writer I’m a storyteller and I writing is simply a means through which I can tell my stories, as is art, and poetry, and music, and so on.
So what he meant was relative to my being a storyteller. He was implying that my aim shouldn’t be focusing on one avenue of storytelling because I’m not just a writer or just an artist, rather being as good as I can at all forms.
What are you reading now?
I just finished reading Nicholas Sparks Love Stories Three-Book Set (A Bend In the Road, The Rescue, Message in a Bottle) and so now I’m reading a little Teen Titans Vol. 1: Blinded by the Light. Every after a book I read or so, I love reading a little comic books before starting to read my next book.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I believe for the next few years or so I’ll mostly be focused on my Crest of Dreams book series and my Ghost Tribes book series. Each series has a total of 9 planned books and I’m dedicating the next few years in just telling those stories.
I do plan on traveling however, perhaps to China and England with my girlfriend, Emmie, for a bit.
I write as a part time gig, though I would also really wish to turn it into a full time commitment.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Definitely Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes