Interview with Charles Karia

When did you first start writing?
Though my writing started to be well known in Kenya during my high school days, I had actually started earlier in primary school through writing great compositions that teachers read in class then writing for Magazines like Rainbow. I had also won numerous prizes. When I joined Kenyatta university in Nairobi, I immediately contacted the Sunday Nation editors who engaged me to write about publishing and children's fiction...I actually had a very comfortable live in K.U...with checks every month. Writing for the Sunday Nation opened new doors. I was soon writing several Kenya newspapers including the People Daily, and B Times published by Kemtrust these publications helped to polish my writing and improve my editing skills.
Now lets talk about the money. How much have you made?
That is rather personal...but now that we are talking... err...let me start by saying that I m not a millionaire yet at least not from this book. I wanted to write a great book and finance my M.A, which I did and I have actually joined the next level...without going to the specifics, my expectations have been met particularly here at Smashwords where I uploaded the novel first. Its unfortunate that my PhD is making me to go slow on the sequel but eventually I will get there.
Your readers how do you engage them?
Sorry that I have not been the best self in engaging them. I cherish them but with studies and an 8 to 5 job, I'm not able write effective emails except the one liner thank you message. This makes me feel bad because when someone actually buys your book and they are excited to chat about it all you can say is 'I will get time for a long chat' which you know may never come it makes you to feel very very bad. I have to convince myself that there is no writer who engages all their fans unless they hire posers.
Why do people have issues with literary agents?
Agents are in business like every one else. There are very many good writers but a few traditional publishers. Also publishing has become very complicated for beginners and it is the agents who are the gate keepers...naturally they are loathed by many writers.
About 'A Weed in Paradise' what happens?
The novel starts when an African American US President William O’Brien is nearing the end of his first term in office. A preacher from the days of his youth, Reverend Carson visits him in the White house and challenges him that he has done very little for the people of color. The President does not agree. After a charged talk, the Reverend drops a “bombshell”- that a government research facility is responsible for creation and spread of HIV. He also gives the President lynching photos from slavery days.

When leaving the White house the preacher is killed in a mysterious accident. He had a file which he wanted the President to see- it contains a list of pharmaceutical companies involved in the scheme to annihilate people of color. A journalist, (Richard Newman) is in the scene and calls for an ambulance to help the dying preacher who gives him the file to take to his wife.

A racist organization, Angels of Light wants the file at all costs because its activities and member’s companies may be known. What follows is an action packed chase from Washington DC, Denver, Cairo, South Africa, UK, Kenya and other countries.

Meanwhile, President O’Brien forms secret medical advisory team to do preliminary research on the HIV allegations and give him a report. The team is being coordinated by Jason Chapman, the Chief of Staff at the White house. The Angels of Light learns of this and blackmail Jason with nude photos he took in college. This makes him to give the President a forged report.

Eventually the President decides to appoint a full fledged commission of inquiry but he is tactful- he wants to announce its formation at the very end of his first term. He does this so that he can be re-elected. He wants his campaigners to tell the voters of color that if he is elected he will ensure the HIV issue is investigated. To ensure the white population vote for him he hints of giving unconditional pardon to those found guilty of AIDS conspiracy- something which “may not happen if another President is voted into the White house” He hopes to use this strategy to get both variety of voters and consequently win the elections.
You say you have done considrable research on President Obama what can you say about him? Is he the one prophesied or are believers of the prophesy going to wait a little longer?
It is true that to some extent I really understand this gentleman's world view, convictions and thought life and more after reading materials, materials and more materials about him over almost a decade.The the greatest challenge I have is getting to know and access the real President Obama because...you know ... leadership is 99% drama complete with scripts in form of carefully written speeches. I got the best materials from the days before he became famous.
So is he the one?
Sorry to disappoint the believers but it is like he is not the one. One, the guy in the oracle is a monster of a man...from my research Obama appears, in spite of what people have said about him, to be actually a sincere gentleman who outside the compelled political actions from his handlers is politically consistent. If you read the impromptu speeches he gave before he became president, you realize that from drones to Obamacare he has attempted to do exactly what he promised. The guy he is supposed to represent is quite different. Also, the age of sadness that Obama is supposed to have experienced towards the end of his presidency by being overly nostalgic about Africa has not been observed. People of course see what they want to see there are places people are waiting for his return and you cant speak too loudly about him not being the one.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The thriller 'A Weed in Paradise' was born from the rise of Barrack Obama. As you read the book you understand that from the days of slave trade, there were African prophesies about the a black man who would rise to be king in the land of his masters then come and and free his people from their problems. It had interesting remarks; one being that his wife would divorce him him after the return and be married to a local 'prince. There was confusion about the tribal prophesy because though Obama became a 'king' he was not really a descendant of the slaves. I invested a lot of time in research and compiled the book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing is very draining and after finishing 'A Weed in Paradise' the last thing I wanted were rejections from literary agents. I queried only one and after several months he wrote back....agents are great but they are not for every one. I couldn't stand the rejection letters. I uploaded my manuscript at Smashwords and Amazon... the rest is history.
So is he the one?
Sorry to disappoint the believers but it is like he is not the one. One, the guy in the oracle is a monster of a man...from my research Obama appears, in spite of what people have said about him, to be actually a sincere gentleman who outside the compelled political actions from his handlers is politically consistent. If you read the impromptu speeches he gave before he became president, you realize that from drones to Obamacare he has attempted to do exactly what he promised. The guy he is supposed to represent is quite different. Also, the age of sadness that Obama is supposed to have experienced towards the end of his presidency by being overly nostalgic about Africa has not been observed. People of course see what they want to see there are places people are waiting for his return and you cant speak too loudly about him not being the one.
Published 2016-04-25.
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Secrets to Passing KCSE Exam
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,080. Language: British English. Published: June 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Secondary, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Secondary
KCSE exams are a torment to most of those who sit them but this need not be the case. This books assists in preparation for this important Kenyan Exam which guarantees a place in the national universities. It can also be used by any student sitting for high school examinations. The first chapters outline the problems behind exam failure then in the others remedies are put forth.
A Weed in Paradise
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,560. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Adventure, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Since the days of the Pharaohs, no man of African descent has risen in the world political stage than US president Mr Barack Obama.'A Weed in Paradise' is a narrative of slavery era prophecies in a thrilling a novel form. From Washington DC to Denver, Cairo, South Africa and finally Kenya, its race against time as these unique prophecies foretold long long time ago unfolds.