Interview with Precious Simpasa

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent most of my younger years in the Eastern Cape in a little town called Mthatha. It was away from hum drum city life and was very quiet. I met a lot of colourful people there and fortunately for me they loved story telling because it was sort of a ‘on the moment source of entertainment’ I would usually have an audience and told people my tales as I waited for the school bus. I think my stay there actually made me realise that there was a certain power to storytelling and writing and I realised it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. People would fall madly in love with characters I had just made up on the spot, it was like I was an enchantress that held them in the palm of my hand and I loved it. I started using the people I met there as foundations to my characters, making them more relatable, creating a connection with the listener/reader.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are Anne Rice, Morgan Rice, Sidney Sheldon, Agatha Christie and Marry Higgins Clark. Their writing actually inspires my style and the way I write my characters. Their stories usually have a ‘villain’ with a sympathetic background and plausible cause. It was through reading their story that I discovered that there really is no battle between a good person or a bad person but a battle between the good instincts and bad instincts within us all. A hero can become a villain and vice versa. I try to incorporate that as much as possible in my writing, I love operating in that grey “anti-hero” matter.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My sisters inspire me to get out of bed each day, I have 3 sisters Judith, Natasha and Faith and they bring such boundless energy into my life. They inspire me to be my best self and to seize the day taking life by the bull’s horns. They are my best friends and they have always supported my dreams no matter how ridiculous, they are a never ending source of encouragement and we are always laughing, their positive energy gives me the courage to walk into darkness head high and I love them dearly
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a movie/television addict, if I am not reading a book you will always find me at the cinema or binge watching series. I love the art of storytelling and I’m the kind of person who will cry for three days because Leonardo Di Caprio’s character sacrificed himself for Rose at the end of Titanic. I get emotionally invested in the stories, sometimes a bit too much I must admit but I love the feeling of satisfaction I get when a story is well told on screen.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually find most of the e books I read via google, or my mom. She knows how much I love reading so when she finds a good book she suggests it to me and I want to read it immediately, until I’m finished. I have a problem putting a book down once I start, I started reading Morgan Rice’s e-book’s from Amazon and there are like 17 titles in her series so I’ll be the one reading until past midnight for a while
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I actually remember it very vividly I was in grade 2 and the teacher showed us a picture of a female robot in class. We had to come up with a story basing it on that single picture of the robot and she said it could be as long as we wanted it to be. I went home and stared at that female robot for the longest time and soon enough all these ideas, distant planets, and villains started roaming around in my head. The female robot was my first heroine, a guardian of the galaxy and I got a gold star the next day in class. That was it for me I fell in love with it all.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is quite simple, I follow the “First thought, best thought” method so whatever comes to mind I jot it down instantly or save it somewhere, it’s only when I sit down to actually write that I try and break down that thought like I ask myself “How will this fit in my story right now
?” or “which character would help carry this idea forward” even if the idea doesn’t make the cut I save it for a rainy day but it usually does. Sometimes it could even be something I heard in passing and it stuck with me like a shadow and I would have this urge to just right it down. Most of my stories start out that way, from just a single idea.
What do you read for pleasure?
My Parents are huge Robert Ludlum fans and have a collection of his books so I mostly read them for pleasure, I also love mystery and romance and anything that catches my full attention on the first page. I’m not a very picky reader, if it’s good I will read it and if it’s bad I will read it, then complain that it was bad. I am re reading Anne Rice’s The Vampire Lestat for like the 100th time right now in preparation for her new book Prince Lestat.
Published 2014-12-24.
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Books by This Author

The Prisms of Sarsen
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 39,370. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2014 by Swann Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Sarsen is a world on a completely different dimension and in this world in the kingdom of Tartania, something incredible has happened. Arianne, the pyro-lynx trainer’s daughter has given birth to a healthy blue eyed, red headed girl named Lily-Ari. Red hair is not the norm in Tartania and Arianne harbours a secret regarding her daughter’s parentage that will put the entire kingdom in danger.