As part of the Self-Publishing Africa initiative, today at It’s My Footprint (IMFP) we are joined by Jurgen Troy Namupira (JTN) a young enthusiastic boy aged 20. Born in Harare but grew up and attended school in primary and secondary school. He now lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
(IMFP) Welcome Jurgen, and thank you for spending time with us at It’s My Footprint.
(JTN) Thank you very much. It’s a pleasure being on this show.
(IMFP) Can you start by giving our followers a brief background of yourself and where you are coming from?
(JTN) Okay, Jurgen is a boy who loves writing from the heart. Currently I am based in Cape Town, South Africa where I am studying electronics.
I love working with vulnerable individuals because the world despises them one way or the other. Most of my stories and poems are centred on these people. Over the years I have been writing short stories and poems. These have been influenced by the environments I have lived in, in which I have a lot happening.
I have also worked with the Chegutu (Zimbabwe) Junior Council as the Junior Director of Health and Housing which has also compelled me into writing about the vulnerable parties.
As of now my work is spread over Facebook and hoping to publish an anthology in the near future.
(IMFP) Where do you get your ideas from?
(JTN) I would say human behaviour is the integral source of my ideas. The way people interact daily, opens up possible characters as I write. When I see people every day, I see characters in a script.
(IMFP) Why do you write?
(JTN) There are messages that I believe should be spread all over the world. Writing is the best way I can reach a greater population and be able to spread the message. People really need to appreciate that some ideas they preach are really necessary. You see, there are people who always make noise about ideologies like peace, equality e.t.c but they never practice their statements.
(IMFP) What do you find most appealing about your chosen genre?
(JTN) Advocative writing is almost if not the best way of writing. We become the voice of the voiceless that are not able to air out their opinions to the world.
(IMFP) How do you deal with bad reviews, rejection and criticism?
(JTN) Actually I appreciate and acknowledge bad reviews and rejection as constructive criticism. It allows me to return to my work and look for areas that require developing and rectify errors.
(IMFP) Jurgen, you surely have developed in your writing. What are you busy with now in terms of writing?
(JTN) Currently I am working on a short story titled “The Enchanting Power of Song”. This is derived from a poem I wrote some time back with the same title. This would be my first work to publish and I hope things would flow smoothly.
(IMFP) What do you find difficult about book writing?
(JTN) Book writing calls for patience and passion. The most difficult part is bringing your ideas together such that you make sense to your readers. The other is getting published. This has been the limiting force to me as a writer over the years. However, through interaction with fellow writers I am getting to the end of the tunnel.
(IMFP) What is your opinion on self-publishing vs traditional publishing?
(JTN) From a personal perspective self-publishing is commendable. It saves one from probable disappointments from greedy and selfish counterparts who tend to elope with one’s work. I have a co-writer who I work with, he has been crying foul because someone was to edit his work but disappeared in the unknown world. Currently we do not know whether or not the book has already been published under someone’s name. So you see working on your stuff is better rather than crying in the end.
(IMFP) What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
(JTN) If you feel that you can write, then do not waste time. Most of the times you would feel you are not worthy of being read but that idea you are holding within can bring change in this global village.
(IMFP) If you could go back in time 12 months, what would you advise yourself?
(JTN) Well, there is quite a lot. However, the greatest advice I would give myself is “Stand up and challenge the world. If some people did it nothing can stop you from achieving the goals.”
(IMFP) Who is your favorite author and why?
(JTN) My favorite author is the late Alexander Kanengoni. Mr Kanengoni was an admirable writer who wrote with passion and excellence. Reading his work was like looking into life through a mirror. His work flowed smoothly and always attracted the reader to keep focused.
(IMFP) Do you do book reviews? What type of books do you review?
(JTN) Yes. I have not done any public reviews but I take on those that focus on the problems being faced in the world.
(IMFP) How do you interact with other authors? Are you a member of a book club?
(JTN) We interact via Whatsapp groups and Facebook pages. On these platforms we share Ideas on how best we can improve our work.
(IMFP)What types of books do you normally recommend to your friends?
(JTN) Detective novels, advocative novels and human behavior.
(IMFP) Let’s talk about Jurgen the man! Give us a bit of your social and family life.
(JTN) Well, Jurgen’s life is based on Christian morals. I am not that kind you could call anti social but I rarely say much around people. However, I like debating when there is a topic which people seem to be failing to understand. I understand that in any debate we disagree to agree which my friend and I call constructive arguments. I do not like it when the public takes advantage of those who are vulnerable and exploit them.
(IMFP) Any final word for our followers?
(JTN) Always make the choice to take a chance if you want anything to change in this world. Do not wait until it is too late to showcase your talents. Rather you face the challenges until you overcome than looking down upon yourself. Anyone can be someone in this world especially through writing.
(JTN) Thanks to you too. It has been nice sharing with you.
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