Interview with Gerald Kithinji

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Kamandu's Bull. Before that I was writing poetry.
What is your writing process?
The short stories usually come complete and I sit down to flesh them out.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really. I grew up hearing stories of Mau Mau freedom fighters but those were scary. Then in school I started hearing Christian stories. By the time I actually read a story I already knew quite a number. But I suspect the first one was 'O my, what do you know?' and that is a translation from Kimeru (Kenya) my native language. It made wish I knew more!
How do you approach cover design?
I try to think of something that captures the mood or scope of the entire story. Then I talk to an artist. I have also researched for appropriate photos and have been lucky to find three. I seek permission to use.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible
Wit and Wisdom of Africa
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Red Phoenix
For one good reason or another.
What do you read for pleasure?
Novels in French or Portuguese.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
PC so prefer pdfs or epubs.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None yet.
Describe your desk
Very small. Five books. Two cell-phones. Cup of coffee.Some CDS. 3 Flash disks. Nail cutter. English, French and Portuguese dictionaries.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
On the eastern slopes of the 17000ft Mt Kenya over 250kms from Nairobi and Nairobi environs. Love countryside and write countryside stories, mainly.
When did you first start writing?
At School we had SEP- Saturday Evening Paper and I wrote quite a bit. Wrote a collection of over 100 poems while at University- Whispers At Dawn.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Had a friend at school years ago who lived on the fringes of Masai Mara National Reserve. The book is titled 'Masai Mara Adventures with Olê Ntutu.' I do not know where he is now. Just thinking of him inspired the book. But, of course, that's not his real name.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Publishing in Africa is a pain. The few publishers there have only capacity for school text. Only 5% remains for other books. So you have to queue for years!!! Even when the publishers like your story.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm waiting to see. At least the books are online within a very short time in many formats.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating. Writing (for me) is more satisfying than reading. I have young and grown kids. I write for both. And for world readers!!! That makes me infinitely happy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I mean anybody and everybody that takes a bit of time to read my books is a darling!!
What are you working on next?
I'm several pages down the road... visit my page every now and then.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Unfinished business- and that means writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Researching, for I write articles and poems. Or reading something in French or Portuguese.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords is a good resource.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read what I can get. It's not really a choice.
Are you rich?
No. Not yet.
Published 2015-02-26.
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Books by This Author

Hear Me Angry God
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,450. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
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The Amulet
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,130. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Gregorio the master of Zero-Zero Investments is led by the nose by Greed…and another force. His target- Ganjamano- has potent defences. And the winner is…? A short story from Mozambique.
Kiss The Handcuffs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,510. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Goodwill Phiri and André Jorge had no desire to share their hard-earned goods with the Authorities and the Border Guards. The route to avoid the snares of using the known border crossings leads them to the snares of the unknown shortcuts. Apparently, there’s more than one way of skinning a clumsy cat. Or is there?
One For You One For Me
Price: Free! Words: 12,620. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
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Two businessmen from Tanzania start a business that at first does not do as well as they would like. That is where Prof Moto Moto comes in. When he fails Prof Pima Moto takes over. But as they say when the hand gets tired, the shoulder takes over. The shoulder appears in the shape of Prof Zima Moto. So where does the albino child come into all this?
Thief of Angonia
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,710. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
He had a perfect Plan A and a perfect execution of that plan. He also had Plan B. What would be the use of Plan C?
This Calf Of Mine
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
For days, Ganga had prayed to the god of hyenas to provide something, anything to quieten his rumbling bowels. But the god of hyenas had seen fit to deny Ganga anything edible. Now Ganga has found his own calf. Will the god of hyenas let him feast in peace?
The Day Crocodile Wept
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: British English. Published: September 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The incident depicted in the cover actually took place after the story was written. Crocodilo had only its ego to blame. Find out why.
Thank You Grandma
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,490. Language: British English. Published: September 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
He has packed everything. Or, has he? He is off to visit his old folks in rural Africa, for a week or thereabouts. Young Kamwana.
Pastor X
Price: Free! Words: 12,570. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Pastor X gets a donation and develops an urgent need to travel to Europe and elsewhere. But, has the cheque actually been cleared? A modern version of on the road to Damascus.
Murder In The Rain
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 143,790. Language: British English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Inspector of Police Koogi has a hot potato in his hands. Too hot for his hands, he hands it over to Detective Mwenda Polê. Just bring him home, this bastard, dead or alive. I don't care how long it takes!
From The Roaring To The Crouching Lion
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,180. Language: British English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Lion had a hunting pact with Hyena and a private friendship with Hare. Can the pact last? Or the friendship save Hyena? What about the grove? And Hyena’s mane?
Jaws of Justice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,100. Language: British English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
He had not set out to change his lifestyle or that of the Emperor. But he did. He crossed paths with a cruel Emperor and survived. This is the story of a game-changer in Mangala Empire.
Set Her Free
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,640. Language: British English. Published: September 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Dona Lucia- a young Mozambican married woman lands a job with an NGO. Her husband is not amused when she gets promoted. He engineers her dismissal and kicks her out of the matrimonial home. All hell breaks lose. Against him. It is then that he discovers that he is still in love with her. Or so he swears. This will rob you of sleep as you journey through post civil war Mozambique with Germáno.
Masai Mara Adventures With Olê Ntutu
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,770. Language: British English. Published: September 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
A young Masai moran is in the thick of it. In the Masai Mara National Reserve. What is he looking for? Is he following the greatest animal migration on earth? Or is he one of the ruthless poachers killing Elephants and Rhino? Follow his adventure in these pages.
The Suitors Of Chiuta
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,610. Language: British English. Published: September 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
The battle for the heart of the bride and the nod from the bride's father. A short story from Mozambique in Africa.