What’s the story behind your latest book?
My debut novel, ‘Lords Over Kenia’ is a fictional book on an alternate history to the African colonisation tale. It features all of my favourites: war, politics, love, old garbs and queer characters.
But what I love most about it is the little bits of real history embedded in the story.
I wanted to tell a fictional story whose truths formed a strong and solid backbone. And in so doing tell an alternate story with equally important significance.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Without a doubt the editing. Horrors.
Why did you choose the subject or genre of your book?
1. Epic books don’t just have one hero or one evil guy, there’s a myriad of blurred heroes and anti-heroes and inbetweeners. There’s so many POV. The ancient times, rituals and ceremonies. There is just a whole bunch of recipes and ingredients that cook a story which are often simple.
2. Pour in the above pot the rich African, especially Kenyan cultures, and the potential for a blockbuster novel is overwhelming.
3. Spice it up with my like for historical events and figure heads, and you end up with Lords Over Kenia.
4. Serve while hot.