Interview with Molly Gambiza

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that really moved me deeply was Flowers in the artic by Virginia Andrews. A mother hiding her children in the artic while she chased her love life. Soon after reading flowers in the artic, I wrote my first novel True colours about a seven year old girl uprooted from her family to go and live with her rich aunt for a better life, education. she was told her knowledge would fight poverty ignorance and disease but

the aunt had other plans for her niece
How do you approach cover design?
It has to stand out, eye catching
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading OK Magazine to catch up on the gossip and the latest fashion
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle fire HD
When did you first start writing?
I started putting my thoughts in writing in 1998 but it was 2004 when I shared my thoughts. True colours was published and soon after that I started writing my second novel Mistaken Identity
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Uganda. When I was still at primary school we didn't have enough text books to read. You would find ten children sharing one book and telling slow readers to hurry up because we needed to turn the next page. My desire to create more books was born during that time but I didn't have the means. I am glad I never gave up on my dream
What's the story behind your latest book?
Its about arranged and forced marriages, choices and human rights. Writing Mistaken Identity brought back memories which I try to forget
When I was growing up forced and arranged marriages were a very common practice in my village where girls were not allowed to make their own choices. The forced marriage is rape and brutal. That happens when the girl says she is not interested in becoming his wife. An intelligent man walks away but the opposite waits for an opportunity to pounce and when that happens there is no turning back. The girl marries her rapist. She is made to believe that she is spoilt goods and no man would touch her even with a barge pole. It was such a relief when I said I do to the man I love. When I get up in the morning, the first thing I say to my husband is orire ota? Meaning, did you sleep well? I can't see that happening in forced marriages
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am still new with Smashwords So time will tell but so far I am pleased with the way they look after the authors providing a platform on which to share their thoughts. I am here to stay because I have a lot to share
Thank you
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to say what's on my mind, create and share my thoughts. I become live when I am writing
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean a great deal to me, knowing there is someone out there reading my thoughts. Just visualising, telling a story to an empty room, it's not nice
What are you working on next?
The life of a working Mother with three children and a lazy husband who is only good for one thing. ...
Who are your favorite authors?
Wilbur Smith, Paulo Coelho, Sophie Kinsella, John Grisham, Virginia Andrews, Telly McMillan, Catherine Cookson, Marian Keyes
Published 2014-05-20.
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