Interview with Jacob Malatji

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have many favorite books, to choose five from them is like separating milk from a nice tasting coffee. I'll have to leave out management books even though they form part of my profession. I am fond of books that encourage thinking out of the box - both fiction and non-fiction. In no particular order, the five books are as follow:
1. The Alchemist - in most cases we go look for things in far away places when they are just within our reach, much closer than we can think
2. Our Iceberg Is Melting - the only constant in life is change. How we prepare and plan for it makes a huge difference between success and failure
3. Games Foxes Play - we cannot afford to be ignorant
4. The Richest man in Babelon - there are rules that govern everything including the creation of wealth
5. So, you want to remain poor? - There is risk everywhere but the greatest risk there will ever be is an ignorant mind.
What do you read for pleasure?
Master Key Systems and The Adventures of Mothupi
What influences your writing?
Every writer has a story to tell. My writing apart from my background as a banker and a consultant is influenced by the experiences with which I met in life and the experiences of those I interacted with. I am passionate about people development and derive pleasure from sharing those experiences that I believe could benefit others. Though I am mostly a passionate non-fiction writer, I find fiction extremely interesting as it allows creative abilities to flow - I have one YA fiction short story.
Describe your desk
I am one of those who do not thrive in clutter. I prefer working from an organized and clean environment.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rural set up. We had to work hard to get anything we needed. As a young man growing up I had dreams of things I wanted to accomplish when I had grown up. Writing a book, being influential and impacting lives were some of the dreams I had as a boy growing up in that environment. Some of these dreams, thoughts and aspirations are reflected in my books and work.
When did you first start writing?
I was thirteen when I first wrote a "radio sitcom" - a series of radio drama (short stories). There were no TVs then. The motivation was purely creativity. I do not remember how many hand written pages there were except that there were many of them. I posted them to one of the local radio stations and theyt came back with corrections and some guidelines, typed nicely. I lacked the motivation to follow up and the whole thing fell through.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am always fascinated by the human spirit, potent with potential and power to accomplish great things. Ignorance is really pulling most of us back from achieving those great things. Awareness, determination to change, knowledge and understanding are the key ingredients to leading a sustainable, fruitful and happy life of positively impacting others and our immediate environment.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing ideas and advices in a book helping to change lives - the feeling is priceless.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the audience we strive to please. We always try to strike the right cords with melodies of the right frequencies to keep our fans interested in our story telling. They are the most important people in any writer's life.
What are you working on next?
Having completed a non-fiction book, next will be a fiction Young Adult book.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am fascinated by nature and music. So I enjoy traveling with family and listening to music.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I first establish what I need to accomplish - specific topics (leisure, work related, general knowledge, self-help etc) and then research books relating to those topics.
Published 2016-11-21.
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