Jane Bwye


J L Bwye has been an intermittent freelance journalist for half a century, mostly in Kenya. She wrote regular feature articles for the Daily Nation in the ‘60s, and under a by-line BWYE THE WAY… for The Chronicle, in the ‘80s. She has co-ordinated/authored a cook book in aid of the National Museums of Kenya, and has written a short history in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of her local church. Her first novel BREATH OF AFRICA, took forty years to gestate, and draws on her experiences growing up in the country she still calls her home. I LIFT UP MY EYES is a novella about love lost and found, and what could happen to a relationship when tragedy strikes.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Kenya was a wonderful place to grow up, and I was also privileged to bring up my family there. I loved the wide open spaces, the friendly people, and most of all the freedom. My novel, Breath of Africa was written as a catharsis, when we moved from Kenya to retire in the UK in 2001. Sitting at my desk, facing a myriad of wires that crossed the street, and overlooked by close packed houses, I re-lived my experiences in the country I still call my home.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a children’s story, The Secret Voice that came to Sammy’s Aid, about an African boy who had lost his new shoes. The East African Standard newspaper published it in February, 1967, and paid me less than a dollar in today’s terms.
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I Lift Up My Eyes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,020. Language: British English. Published: October 6, 2014 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
A raw story of hope and love, which addresses real life emotions and hits compromise head on. “Do I do the right thing, or do I live while I still can?” Ann is faced with a dilemma as she grapples with her sense of duty towards her ailing husband, Robert. She finds calm while walking in the hills of Sussex, but wrestles with her conscience when she enjoys the company of a stranger, Duncan.
Breath of Africa
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,920. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2013 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » African, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Thirty years of Kenya's recent history unfold through the lives of Caroline, a privileged woman from the highlands, and Charles Ondiek, a farm labourer with dreams of an Oxford education.

 Charles’s love for Teresa, daughter of a hated farmer, leads to a drama of terror fuelled by Mau Mau oath administrator, Mwangi. Against the backdrop of Kenya’s beautiful desert, the curse is finally broken.

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africa    contemporary    country    drama    happiness    illness    kenya    life    loss    love    love story    survival   

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