Interview with Moira Mugweni

What do you read for pleasure?
I love romance novels and my guilty pleasure is historical romance. I love the idea of extravagant gowns, well-mannered men and cheeky female leads pretending to be blushing brides.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Matilda by Roald Dahl: the first book I read cover to cover and in one sitting. It taught me that books could make me feel more elated than any other form of art.
Girls Under Pressure by Jacqueline Wilson: I read this book when I was struggling with something similar to what the protagonist was going through. The most powerful thing an author can do is connect to a reader through some shared experience.
Speak by Laurie Halse: you know a book is special when you still think about it from time to time. This is a book I plan to give my daughter to read.
Jan Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: for the first time the romantic lead was not this perfect, tall, dark and handsome stereotype. He was damaged and that made the love that bloomed between Mr Rochester and Jane so much more special. Not to mention, the writing was gorgeous.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: I just loved how sincere this book was. I read so many books that need sex to make them more interesting. This was just so wholesome and sweet and spoke to me on a deeper level than I expected.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Kindle is my everything.
Describe your desk
Half the things on my desk don't belong on a desk. I have my stationery (in a Boss tea tin), a little white board for book ideas, a pile of papers (mostly work from university), all my lotions and hair product supplies and my laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent my childhood in Harare Zimbabwe and went to high school in Johannesburg South Africa. Zimbabwe is a pretty conservative place so from that point of view writing sex scenes has always been a cringe-worthy experience for me. When I went to school in SA I had the privilege of meeting different kinds of people and I like to think that allows me to be more creative with the way I develop characters.
When did you first start writing?
There was a creative writing club at my school so I started writing short stories and poetry when I was about 13.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm someone who's been the fat friend and fat sister her whole life. The feelings of inadequacy I write in my latest book (and the one prior) come from a real place. I'm also attracted to the stereotypical jock character as well as the quirky band geek. It was fun writing a book with a plus size character that could explore relationships with both characterisations.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating the characters and watching them grow as I write. It's like planting a seed and watering it every single day until you have this finished product in your hands that you can be really proud of.
What are you working on next?
A psychological thriller. It will be completely out of my comfort zone but I have an idea in my head that keeps growing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Right now: Rainbow Rowell and John Green.
Forever and always: Judy Blume, Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. Lots and lots of reading. I'm a serious fan of fanfiction and I usually ao3 open in a tab on my phone.
Published 2015-07-08.
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Books by This Author

Diary of a Girl
Series: The Burn Diaries. Pre-release—available December 31, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Burn Rivers is good at avoiding things. She's good at avoiding her perky roommate. She's good at avoiding lectures and assignments. She is extremely good at avoiding all the burning questions in her head. How did Fred find her dad? How can Warren look so happy without her? Who thought co-ed showers were a good idea? Why can't she stop eating donuts and binge-watching on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Diary of a Fat Girl
Series: The Burn Diaries. Price: Free! Words: 74,420. Language: American English. Published: August 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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A love story. A coming of age story. A guide to self-love and body positivity. This is the diary of Burn Rivers documenting the summer she decides to change. She is tired of always being compared to her perfect skinny sister. She's tired of comparing herself to her tiny best friend. It's time she learns to be the star of her own life.