Interview with Isaac Tlaka

What do you read for pleasure?
General fiction.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up at Glen Cowie village in Limpopo Province South Africa. This influenced my writing as it is a good place where I set up my stories. I mainly write about the things that I observe from the society around where I grew up.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing during my high school days.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a read about a certain guy by the name of Gemini Ramalahla, whose hope for the best in his life got lost after he failed to raise six thousand rand registration fee for his Social Work studies. But as time went by, he eventually retrieved his hope with a help from his good friend.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To take a full control of my product, and also to use my own voice without being channeled.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To create characters that keeps me busy and relieve my loneliness. (Laughs)
What are you working on next?
I am working on my third novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ayi Kwei Armah, Ngugi wa Thiongo and Niq Mhlongo. These are the authors that I draw inspiration from.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I visit high schools and delivers motivation to students. I also likes to stroll around the quite places, the nearest river to be specific.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was not a story, but poetry anthology.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. It was a novel by Ayi Kwei Armar, titled "The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born."
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born and Fragments, both by Ayi Kwei Armah. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Matigari by Ngugi wa Thiongo and No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe. I just like the manner in which these authors unfold their stories in their books.
Published 2017-07-30.
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Books by This Author

The Spirit of the Optimist
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,530. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
This is the story told by Gemini Ramalahla, whose hope for the best in his life got lost after he failed to raise six thousand rand registration fee for his Social Work studies at the University of Limpopo. But as the story went on, it came to the point whereby he eventually managed to retrieve his hope with the help of his good friend by the name of Conscious.