Interview with Mpumi Ntombela

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was 13 years old, writing fiction short stories and novellas, but it was just a hobby then, nothing serious. I took it up again in my early twenties but because of busyness and preoccupation with my job I couldn't find enough time to write. I re-started writing, full-time, in 2012 and this time I specialise in Christian non-fiction.
What's your upcoming book about?
My upcoming book is about living single in the Christian context. It is focused on single born-again Christians and the different challenges we come up against and how to navigate around them, bringing glory to God in the process.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After getting no replies from traditional publishers I'd submitted my book to, I realised that if I was to fulfill this mission God had given me, I would have to go it alone. The publishers that did reply told me they did not have a market for my book, or that they couldn't see it performing to their minimum standards, so self-publishing was the next logical step.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has enabled me to tap into a market I never thought I would be able to access. The fact that they distribute my books to a variety of international booksellers, thus spreading my books, is a huge benefit. This also means that I don't have to waste my time approaching different bookstores, which leaves me more than enough time to do what I love best; write!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What I find most joyful about being a writer, especially a Christian writer, is that I get to tell people about my God. I love to share my experiences and all that I've learnt since becoming a Christian. Obviously the greatest joy any Christian would have is being able to show people the right way to live and a result seeing them give their lives to Jesus. As a writer, I count it as an honour and a privilege when my readers find something in my books that lead them to Christ.
What do your fans mean to you?
I see them as my brothers and sisters in Christ. As such I feel such a love for them that I wouldn't normally have for people I do not know, because of one common denominator, which is Jesus Christ.
Who are your favorite authors?
Joyce Meyer, Bishop David Oyedepo, Sam Adeyemi, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Dr. Creflo Dollar, Stormie Omartian, Jentezen Franklin, to count a few
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My love for God and His love for me. The excitement of what God is currently doing in my life and the expectancy of what he's brewing up for me. And of course, the love I have for my family.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, reading and more reading!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I regularly browse through Amazon and Smashwords. I also go through Bookbub and I get some via referrals from friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
(Laughs) Yes, it was a fiction novel about a teenage girl who ran away from home at age 16. I wrote that story when I was 13 years old. And of course it was never published. (smiles)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. This book helped me realise that I was not going crazy. It explained what was going on in my mind, and why I would think and dwell on things that were not what I wanted for my life. It also gave me the courage to start the ministry God was instructing me to start.
2. Fasting by Jentezen Franklin. As a new believer I had a lot of questions about fasting and this is the first book I read on the subject and it helped me immensely.
3. Exploits of Faith by Bishop David Oyedepo. By far, this is the most challenging book I have ever read. This book challenged the idea that I had about faith. It also showed me how little faith I actually had and also explained why I never got some things I had prayed for. On the positive side, it taught me how to activate, grow and nurture my faith life.
4. Success is who you are by Sam Adeyemi. This book revolutionised the way I view success. In it, I learnt that success is not defined by what I have, in terms of money, possessions or status/position. It revealed that who I am on the inside determines whether I am successful or not.
5. Life Overflowing by Bishop T. D. Jakes. This is a book that totally blew me away, as it made me realise how much God loves me and how he has equipped me with all that I need in order to live out my life totally submitted to him. It gave me an in depth understanding of the book of Ephesians in the Bible.
What do you read for pleasure?
At the moment no. I currently read books that will grow me spiritually and help me in my ministry since it is at the beginning stages. Maybe as time goes on and I am more established in ministry I will start to read for pleasure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Amazon's Kindle.
When did you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour?
I initially got saved when I was 14 years old. By then I think I did not fully realise or comprehend what I was getting myself into, and a lack of spiritual support and mentoring saw me backslide to the point where I even forgot I'd ever been saved. Fast forward 15 years and I felt a strong pull again in my life to recommit myself to the Lord. I did and have not looked back since.
Published 2013-08-24.
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Books by This Author

Make The Leap
Price: Free! Words: 13,950. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: July 16, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
This book is aimed at people who are contemplating giving their lives to Jesus Christ but find that they are unclear about what they are getting themselves into. Newly converted Christians will also benefit from it since it deals with the baby steps of Christianity.It basically answers the most common questions would-be believers have about the Christian lifestyle.