Interview with Desire Luminsa

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah. When I was still in Primary school, one of my friends approached me to write for him a love letter. He wanted me to include in the letter very many beautiful descriptive words about the girls behaviour. It took me three days to complete it and although most of the words were childis and clear exaggerations, I appreciated how fun writing fiction is.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Things Fall apart, Road to no where, Lord of the rings, Lord of the flies and Weep not Child. Those are the books that shaped me.
What do you read for pleasure?
I usually read newspapers and magazines
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to establish a link with my readers. I wanted to set up a platform that welcomes their critics and reviews about my writing. I think this is the best way I can improve my writing. It's also the best way through which I can provide to my readers what they like most.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped me to avoid the hurdles that come with publishing with traditional publishing companies. Also, by distributing my book to other retailers, it has helped me navigate the hurdles that come with converting books in different formats that are required by each retailer.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot to me. I take them as my bosses and at the same time my greatest friends. I know it very well that I can not be there without them. That's why I always strive hard to write what they want.
What are you working on next?
I ma working on another novel titled "Clones" I am giving it enough time because I want it to be a great success
Who are your favorite authors?
Chinua Achebe and Jackline Druga. Achebe was an inspiration as I grew up. Druga is the writer who showed me that I can also succeed.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The idea that if I work hard, I will be the great person I want to be. I know that success depends on the time you invest in the planning stage. That's why I always wake up early to increase on that time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Movies of course. I want to watch movies because they help me to shape my characters.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My android tablet
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Things fall apart. It was too emotional and whenever I start to write I remember the phrase "Okwonkwo has died" from that story. This intrigues me to think a lot and to shape the tone of my story.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Mpigi, a village district in Uganda, East Africa. I had limited access to literature during my childhood. It was only during holidays that my father would bring me a pile of old newspapers to read. I would also join my elder siblings whenever they went to watch movies in village cinema shacks. Whenever we went back to school, I would start narrating the stories from the papers and the movies I would have watched. This helped me discover my narrating skills because often times I would get lost in the middle of the story and hence I would concoct a fitting phrase to catch up!
Published 2015-11-12.
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Books by This Author

Skeleton Wars
You set the price! Words: 28,120. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
When the dead decide to attack the US in order to use her military advantage to subjugate the whole world, they take man by surprise on their first raid at the CIA HQs but are nearly defeated by a special Navy SEALS team! On the third attack, the humans are left on the blink of extinction but they find hope in another group of the dead which arrives in the midst of the battle!! Can man survive?