Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I currently reside in Oslo, Norway. have written three books so far
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My upcoming novel is titles Ripe Dreams. I was inspired by the heartbreaking stories of migrants who braved the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean sea for a better life in Europe. The trauma they try to cope while adjusting to the new setting inspired me into becoming a voice for the silent torture they face. As once a refugee myself, the story resonates with my experience and it indeed shades the light on PTSD, migration abuse and explores the role of therapy and the shared or collective trauma of unaccompanied minors residing in Europe.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have no discipline to be honest when it comes to writing. Sometimes I go for months without dropping a word but constantly plotting in my mind new projects, scenes and characters while living my ordinary life. Then I hit the switch when a captivating story I had been concocting takes shape.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Richard Wrights books have had the biggest impact on my writing. Native son to be specific as well as the Harlem Renaissance writers like Claude Mckay and Zora Neale Hurston been truly inspirational . Aldous Huxley and his flawless deep dialogues and his depiction of his characters in his many novels captivated me. Many of beat generation writers like Jack Kerouac and Saul Bellow, Charles Bukowski have had tremendous impact in my style of writing as well
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on an travelogue based on an African road trip. I have been to just 13 or so countries so far so I got a long way to go. But it is my grand scheme to capture the vastness, the vibrance and the diversity of the beautiful continent.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I dont do much of promoting but my favorite website is of course Awesomegang
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just be yourself when you write. Dont force or impose yourself on the characters and let them come alive on their own. It is surprisingly liberating to let your imagination get carried away
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never quote other writers! When you sit down to write it is just you the blank page and the pen. You are the creator and nothing else exists. Never let other writers voice or style hijack your train of thought.
What are you reading now?
I am re reading The Rebel by Albert Camus
What’s next for you as a writer?
Good thing about this profession is you never stop learning. And I would love to learn more on the job, experiment and grow as a writer and a person. And would be nice if I could live off it for a change but am not complaining
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Cemetery of the mind by Dambudzo Marechera
Hunger by Knut Hamsun
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Author Websites and Profiles
Nathan Haddish Mogos Amazon Profile