Interview With Author Tarisai Mzwimbi
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a blogger and premier league fan. I have been focusing on fulfilling my passion for writing ever since 2011. I have also worked in the film industry and screenwriting was something I really enjoyed. The book I submitted is my first one with the intention of turning it into a series.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The newly released book Make Money Selling Your Craft which is centred around motivating people to think creatively about generating income, was written out of my own passion for literary work, along with friends who make money with their own blogs.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I mix fun little posts with deep well researched ones. I tend to put out articles about interesting quotes from Twitter and later sink myself in productivity material so as to combine that with biblical principles and presto, the article is finished. No biggie, just 6hrs give or take.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I enjoy the works of John C Maxwell, Leadership 101 brought in different perspectives of leadership that I still admire and apply today.
There’s No Such Thing As Business Ethics and How Successful People Think undoubtedly influenced my outlook on life, especially at home, work and church.
Robert Kiyosaki’s mini-series on Rich Dad, Poor Dad impacted my overall view of finances and have approached income generation from a business perspective mentally as a result.
Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends and Influence People transformed me from an Introvert to an Ambivert- a combination of introvert and extrovert.
What are you working on now?
I am focusing on a project that both informs and encourages the reader to explore multiple streams of income both from an online and offline perspective. Regardless of the pandemic, inflation and/or recession, building enough streams to cushion a person’s livelihood is a huge necessity in the Information Age.
It will be book 2 in the Sell Your Skills series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Definitely promotion sites like you guys make the process more convenient. My main reference is Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur because of the abundance of info and resources that authors benefit from.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes, while it has been said before, it is worth emphasizing; marketing and promoting are just as important as writing if not more. My favourite inspirational quote is, “There are people less qualified than you, doing things you want to do because they believe in themselves and take action”
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write first and edit second. I was told to do this when writing my screenplay in film school and it helped tremendously. I managed to write my book in four days following that advice. If I had not, procrastination would have prevented the completion of the book as a whole.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor. Robert Kiyosaki greatly emphasizes the importance of investing in nearly every book he writes and Warren Buffet credits the majority-if not all-his investing skills and strategies to the principles he learned in that book. Naturally, I picked it up, since I also love the style of investing the book teaches.
What’s next for you as a writer?
As I have alluded to before, getting more books out in the series is a key focus and it has enabled me to connect with different authors and people in general whose knowledge and experience have impacted the series in a huge way.
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?
I would take Less is More Leadership by Dale Burke
7 Habits of Highly Succesful People by Steven Covey
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
If I had to pick at least 1 fiction book it would be Danielle Steel’s Wanderlust
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