Interview with Lebogang Maragelo

Who are your favorite authors?
Earl Lovelace, Buchi Emchetta, Cathy Glass, Zakes Mda, Ngugì wa Thiongó and Jodi Piccoult are the authors that come to mind immediately but I can assure you they aren't the only ones. I have read hundreds of book, and I don't ever remember completely hating one, so in reality I have hundreds of favorite authors that range from fictional to academic writers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that someone, somewhere will someday read my work and have a piece of me with them forever, just like I have pieces of authors that I have read throughout my lifetime.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Jack and the Beanstalk when I was three. I remember reading it with my mother and being amazed at how words on a piece of paper could invoke so much activity in my imagination. The words literally came to life in my mind and I was hooked from then on, I've never stopped reading since then. I love that with books I can be in two sometimes three places at once, I can feel intense emotion, I can be both free and confined. Books continue to have this impact on me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading other writers' work, I am also a Law and Politics student so I'm probably doing assignments and reading extremely long court cases. My other favorite thing however is doing mentorship and outreach work with my Non-Profit organisation called Phetogo Foundation.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a huge fiction fan, I love a good tragic story and sometimes a murder mystery; I strongly believe sad stories remind us of our humanity so for pleasure I remind myself of my humanity by reading tragic stories that may not always have a happy ending.
How do you approach cover design?
I believe in simplicity, the book cover should never stray too far away from the overall message of the book. Keep it simple, and remember that contrary to what people say, your book will be judged by its cover- and synopsis!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dream of an independent, innovative and equal Africa.
What are you working on next?
My debut fiction novel. My last book was a short fiction so I'm excited to take my readers on a longer literary journey exploring social norms and abnormalities that have been normalised.
Published 2017-03-20.
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Books by This Author

Some Happy Endings are Found in the Beginning
Price: Free! Words: 7,240. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: August 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Like thousands of others, Paballo is an African young girl who is forced to prematurely see the world around her as cruel and unfortunate. Her story is about loss, pain, depression and death but hidden in between the lines of this book lies a powerful story about love that is found in the strangest of places and the gift of life that is so easily taken away.