How long have you been writing? I guess for more than twenty -five years now.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? To have a work of art that has been published traditionally, especially poetry for that matter.
What projects of yours have been recently published? I recently had two books published, namely Of the Saliva and the Tongue which came out in September 2017 and Cutting-edge Cache: Unsympathetic Untruth which was put out in November of the same year.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? On one hand I`m currently translating Dr. Milutin Djurickovic`s collection of short stories, How The Twins Grew Up into SiNdebele. On the other, I can`t wait to see my work which is being translated into Serbian! It is a challenging and learning experience for me. Milutin tells me that for his book about the twins he has three literary awards under his belt. This publication has since been translated into fifteen languages around world, namely: English, French, German, Russian, Vietnamese, Rumanian, Hungarian, Macedonian, Greek, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Catalan, Yoruba and Japanese. Ndebele will soon be added to that long list!
What inspired this work? Well, in November 2017, Djurickovic invited me to team up with him in translating and publishing books. I jumped at the opportunity. That`s how everything took off the ground.
Where can we find your work? My books are sold through Amazon, Kobo and Ingram Spark. Please see the microsite here: amazon
How do you react to rejections? I don’t take a publisher`s rejection as a personal rebuff. Whilst a rejection could be a letdown, I take it as something acceptable, temporary and instructive. It gives me an opportunity or a possibility to reflect on my submission, on the market and the publisher`s preferences and policy.
How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? Naturally, I feel happy and motivated.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Discover your main area and voice. Nurture them. Write when you are inspired. Remember it is right to write.
What is your favorite book? I think it`s a toss between Love O`clock and The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Who is your favorite author? Chinua Achebe, Alex Haley, Okot p’Bitek, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, John Grisham and Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? In Ngugi’s novel The River Between, the main character is Waiyaki. Hardly a teenager, he makes women uncomfortable when he looks into their eyes. That`s intriguing. What is more important, perhaps is his leadership role in the face of two fighting villages. He appeals for unity: “Didn’t we swear that we of the hills were comrades?”
What makes you laugh? Comical writing and acting. I sometimes laugh at some of my pieces too! Who said writing isn’t therapy?
What makes you cry? The passing away of a close person.
What is your preferred drink while you write? Zimbabwe’s staple juice— Mazoe Orange Crush.
What is your favorite food? Isitshwala/pap/ugali (Maize Meal) and amasi (fermented milk). I don’t know how many times I have swallowed up my tongue whilst tucking into this deadly combination!
Shakespeare or Bukowski? Shakespeare
Personal website/blog: https://ndabasibanda.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/first-blog-post/
Books for sale and/or press:
Of the Saliva and the Tongue
Cutting-edge Cache: Unsympathetic Untruth
Football of Fools
The Dead must Be Sobbing
Cabinet Meetings (Forthcoming)
The Ramingo’s Porch Issue #2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998847674/