Interview with Esther Msiska

What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything and more. They are the people I depend every poem I write on. If they are satisfied, then automatically I become satisfied because then I know that the job done on each work was worth it.
What are you working on next?
Working on another poetry collection that I have set to release either end of January or early February. The collection will be based on appreciation of life and everything that comes with it. In it, I want to feature at least four other poets from Malawi so that we can grow together.
Who are your favorite authors?
Would have to say that three make it to my list: Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and Maya Angelou
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am the worst person when it comes to leaving my bed, if I could make money by just laying in bed all day, I would grasp the opportunity. But, I'd have to say that the beauty of the environment makes me get out of bed, this is because the environment inspires me to write. Secondly, money makes me get out of bed each time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am not much of an extrovert person and so when I am not writing I am mostly sleeping or watching the telly.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most people recommend to me what I should read. But the few times that I choose on my own, it is the cover page and the prologue that catches my attention.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Don't laugh but I had called it "Mr. Right and I"
It was based on the fantasy I had about how the right guy for me was going to look and act like. That was before I realised that there is no perfect match ever.
What is your writing process?
Well, I mostly write with some good slow music oozing from the earplugs. I mostly do not plan what I'll write about, the title hits me and automatically I turn into a machine with words all over.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first ever story I got to read in my life was "The Da'Vinci Code."
The story made me question a lot about what I believed in. My faith in the Church was highly question and for months on end I couldn't make myself go to church. But I recovered.
How do you approach cover design?
I am not the best of designers, look at my Christmas Collection and you will understand.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Pen Side of Tim, it is a poetry compilation that brought together different poets from Africa. I was glad to be featured in it. I love it because it shows diversity of the African mind. Most poets did not concentrate on the poor things that Africa is known for but worked on unveiling the richness of the continent.
Storm & Silence, In The Eye of The Storm, Silence is Golden by Rob Thier. He is just a very good vintage story teller and I love that.
Me Before You, it made justice for itself than the movie ever did.
Da'Vinci Code, Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. He showed me what its like to write a book and make it look like reality when it is all fiction.
What do you read for pleasure?
I mostly take a romantic novel, curl myself in bed with a good glass of wine.
Published 2016-12-27.
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Books by This Author

Merry Christmas, A Poetry Collection
Price: Free! Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » African Poetry
Every Christmas celebrations needs poetry to spice it up. Enjoy the poetry collection.