Interview with Vangile Makwakwa

When did you first start writing?
I started writing at 14. I wrote 2 poems for English class as a joke, thinking people would laugh but instead people applauded and asked me to perform them. I've never stopped writing since.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I still have it at home. It was for English class in grade 10 and the teacher used it as a model of what a short story should look like. I was so happy. It was titled "My home is a battle ground" which gives you an idea about why I now write and research Emotional Intelligence. Although I do write fiction, I hope to publish my first fiction novel in 2017.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over South Africa. I have never in my whole life lived anywhere for longer than 4 years. Even as an adult, it's even worse now because I don't just move towns, I move countries. This has totally influenced my writing in major ways because I have started to see that people all over the world basically want the same things and just have different methods of getting those things so my characters all have the same longing and intentions but their past and situations influence them differently. As a writer I'm more obsessed with character development versus the actual plot. I'm more interested in showing how situations impact us and shape us and all the ways in which we are defeated by them or become victorious because of them. And I think that's why I started writing non-fiction because I realized that circumstances have a lot of power in shaping us, so we need to have the tools to cope when things happen to us.
Describe your desk
One word - cluttered. My desk is cluttfered with paper, pens and notebooks and all sorts of musical gadgets.

I actually have 2 desks because of that. The second desk only has my laptop and speakers so I can write.
What is your writing process?
I spend lots of time talking and thinking about what I'm going to write, researching, reading similar books, listening to awesome speeches and then I just sit and meditate and wait for the words to come to me.

When I finally have the words, I change my schedule - I write from 6 pm to 5 am everyday non-stop, go for a run afterwards and then sleep from 6 am to 12 pm everyday. I can keep up this schedule for a month and it changes my life because I can get lots done.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Fountain Head by Ayn Rand because it was the first book that truly impacted the way I thought of writing fiction at 16. I realized that I could use fiction to create a philosophy and to spread that philosophy as soon as I knew what my philosophy was. At the time all I knew was I wanted to be a writer and travel the world and live in different countries but I had no clue what I wanted my writing to say

2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker - I was 14 and I performed a monologue from the book and a part of me didn't really understand why the book was so important to me. Why I was so angry about the whole situation but it convinced me that writing meant I could tell these types of stories

3. Game of Thrones saga by George RR Martin - It was the first time I read books where awesome characters died like flies and I realized that I didn't have that kind of bravery as a writer. I fall in love with my characters but the books pushed me to make my characters very human and I stopped believing I needed my books to have a happy ending

4. Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss - I am obsessed with spirituality and this helped me see that I wasn't crazy and that I could write about the things I felt and thought about being a holistic being. It opened up a new portal for me.

5. Ask and It Is Given by Abraham Hicks - I don't agree with everything Law Of Attraction teachers teach, in fact I often roll my eyes because it's been made too mystical. But this book always reminds me that it's really about our emotions and that's why everything happens
What do you read for pleasure?
Lots of science fiction and stories about miracles. Anything that has the word miracle in it, gets my full undivided attention. I have no clue why, butu I'm obsessed with the concept of miracles
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do all the things I write about - I meditate (a lot), I run, I perform poetry, I do loads of yoga (I am a tantra yoga teacher) and I perform poetry (I'm working on a spoken word poetry CD).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Great question. There was a time when I could barely get out of bed and that's how "Heart, Mind and Money" was born. I have had to teach myself to find inspiration to get out of bed. I am inspired to get up every morning by the possibility of things yet to come. I stopped believing that I could predict the future and started seeing each day as a new beginning where nothing was certain, this way I leave room for miracles for myself and for those around me.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I google books in a particular genre and I read lots of blogs and often people will mention a book and if it's a topic I'm interested in, I will definitely head over and buy the book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My i-Pad. But my Samsung Galaxy S-5 is turning out to be awesome as well.
Published 2016-06-30.
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Books by This Author

Heart, Mind & Money: Using Emotional Intelligence with Money
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 42,420. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Women's health
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Do you sometimes hate money? Did you know you can turn those negative emotions into positive results? Wouldn’t you like to love money? You can! Discover how to use emotional intelligence for financial success. With the book Heart, Mind and Money, you can achieve your financial dreams. Heart, Mind and money will show you how to save, spend, and invest with just a few simple tips.