Interview with afifa aza

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Spanish Town St.Catherine Jamaica, that is just outside of the capital Kingston. My mother is a teacher she always had books. I saw my parents make a ritual of reading the newspaper every Sunday, they would read the weekly paper in the evenings when they came home from work. They always made sure we had the newspapers to read. i think that had a big impact on my love for books and it shaped my desire to write.
When did you first start writing?
I started to write consistently between 2012 and 2013.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can't remember the first story i wrote but I remember different times when i felt like writing was something i wanted to spend time doing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Octavia Butler, Paulo Coehlo, Chinua Achebe, Jamaica Kincaid, Maryse Conde
What is your writing process?
Depends on what i am going to write. If i am writing a short piece like a blog it might start with some kind of insight from a day or week of conversation and reasoning with my friends or it might come from an item of news or something i saw while in town. I keep a book where I write down some of the thoughts that come to me, sometimes they turn into longer pieces for a blog. I usually try to write when I get the inspiration. My last three books came because I decided to compile pieces that I had before into one body of work.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
i believe in individuals developing their interest and talents and creating communities to share their interest and work.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is called Nothing Matters. It is a collection of poems and essays i organized from my writing over the period of a year. It started with a poem which came from my frustration with the lack of accountability for the death of 19 babies in a neonatal clinic at the University of the West Indies Hospital in Jamaica. I had been following the story for a year and when the Public Defender's report found no one responsible for the deaths I knew that activism and advocacy could no longer be the answer to injustice.
What are you working on next?
I am organizing my writing from 2014. It will be a contemporary history of Jamaican society.
How do you approach cover design?
i want people to think about the cover. i want the cover to be a visual representation of the essence of the book. you should be able to read and interpret the cover. it is the introduction to the book. i like covers to be interesting fun and creative.
What do you read for pleasure?
Any book with an interesting title.
Published 2017-09-11.
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Books by This Author

Nothing Matters
Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 3,520. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Caribbean & West Indies / General
I selected from my jottings over the last three years and named the collection after a poem I wrote called nothing matters.I wrote Nothing Matters when I found myself desperately trying to say something or get something done about the death of 19 babies at the neonatal clinic at the University Hospital of the West Indies and the Cornwall Regional hospital in Jamaica.