Interview with Chanetsa G Mazarura

What's the story behind your latest book?
Load Of Mercy was born out of my experiencing different cultures as I lived in different countries. I began to notice things that I didn't care much about growing up, or rather, certain subtle things which I observed became amplified. That, as well as events and news around the world fed into my imagination. The things which caught my attention are how life is unfair, how certain things are tolerated in certain cultures that perhaps should not be, how the actions of one could affect another for life and more specifically, how women are often at the receiving end of many prejudices and abuse. In my mind, I pictured a woman whose life is a product of these various experiences, one for which it would be unfair to judge them without understanding where they have come from.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a brilliant platform which opens a new writer to many possibilities. Hence, it made perfect sense to leverage this platform given its powerful distribution network.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating characters. As I do, I see life unfolding. The characters become real to me. I sympathise with each of them and although they are all different, I understand their flaws and their weaknesses. They reflect the life around me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. An author is nothing if their story is not shared. The reason why I write is to provoke, so there needs to be some people to engage with, to provoke.
What are you working on next?
Many things. My mind is always cooking something, including fiction.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love fiction which depicts real life, drama. Recently I have fallen in love with Paula Hawkins. The Girl On The Train was a masterpiece.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and the need to make an impact. I believe there is more to life than just inhaling and exhaling. I am pursuing that purpose.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Busy, busy, busy. Church, family, reading, tv, more work etc
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from friends and the suggestions from the books which I like. If I like an author's book, I will look for more of their writings.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really. But my first attempt at writing a full novel was when I was 12. I wrote it in pencil in a couple of school exercise books. The story line, if you ask me, is not too different in many ways from Load Of Mercy.
What is your writing process?
I have a general theme and framework which is very fluid as I write. I do not use schematics, I pick up my computer and flow from the mind. All I need is the first sentence and the first character. Everything else develops as the story unfolds.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really. For as long as I can remember, I have been reading stories from when I was a kid.
How do you approach cover design?
I picture the look of the book in my head, based on the story. I write a brief of what I want the cover to convey and what sort of visuals should be there, then work with a designer.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Memoirs of a Geisha
Nervous Conditions
The Girl On The Train
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction. Drama
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad mini or Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth
Describe your desk
Just my computer
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Zimbabwe. It informs everything that is me. Although I have experienced different cultures and can fit in many, at core I am still very Zimbabwean.
When did you first start writing?
In primary school
Published 2017-04-22.
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Books by This Author

Load Of Mercy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,540. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2017 by Balancing Rocks Publications Limited. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Coming of age
A teenage girl struggles to keep her head above the water. Raise up in a rural African village as an only child, she has a future full of hope. It all changes one afternoon when she is sacrificed by those she trusts, sending her life on a tailspin. Against the odds, life must go on, if she can bear it.