Jo Alkemade

Biography

Jo Alkemade was that teenage girl growing up in Kenya in the 70s; "Belonging in Africa" is an autobiographical novel inspired by her experiences at the time. The author's intimate understanding of era and place authenticates this story’s Western perspective of a uniquely African adventure.

An MA in English Language and Literature from Leiden University in the Netherlands, with a major in African Studies, helped lay the foundation for "Belonging in Africa".

In 2008, Jo Alkemade wrote the children’s book: "Jennifer and Jojo: Friends Forever", published by Kenya Literature Bureau and approved by the Kenya Institute of Education for classroom use. Various short stories have been published in online magazines, and in the anthology "Short and Happy (or not)".

After a lifetime of globetrotting, Jo has settled in a small town just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico in the USA. Kenya continues to hold a special place in her heart, and she visits whenever she can.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I am working on a novel tentatively called "Grass Stuffed Tires", about growing up in Kenya in the 70s riding motorcycles. Where "Belonging in Africa" examines the joys and heartaches of young love, this new story is about friends fearlessly tearing through the known world on two wheels, and adventures that happen along the way.
What is your writing process?
General consensus is that the writing process requires rigid self-control and consistency: the writer must write every day, preferably at the same time, sitting at the same desk. I am different. I do not write every day (at least, not creatively), and I work wherever (Starbucks, at my desk, on the road) and whenever the urge strikes. I never sit at the keyboard unproductively staring down writer's block, or watching the clock, wishing I was done for the day. When I write, I write with joy, with all my heart.
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Where to find Jo Alkemade online

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Books

Belonging in Africa - An Autobiographical Novel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,900. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Sara finds love with her perfect man, dismissing the fact that he is black and she is white. After all, these are the liberated 1970s, life in newly independent Kenya is wild and wonderful, and young love conquers all. Sam and Sara embrace a future they know will fulfill their dreams. But before long they discover that the world is a complicated place, and horror lurks where it is least expected.

Jo Alkemade’s tag cloud

70s    africa    coming of age    crosscultural    expat    interracial    kenya    teen romance    uganda