Updated: Mar 17
Tell me a bit about yourself....
Well, okay, who is Swit? Swit is a young mother of one, from South Africa. Who is rather loud, colorful, and bubbly. Nature and genuity melt my heart. Music and writing are my very heart. I am a lyricist par vocalist for a small band called ALTRANON MUZIK, an artist (sketch and painting) and a clothing designer, other than being an author. I totally love meeting new people, though I keep a few genuine souls close by. Creating, challenges and learning new stuff always get me giddy and excited..... In summary, creative, highly emotional, loud, colorful, and bubbly describe me.
Writing-wise, both in song and in books, I write, mainly, around Abuse of Women and children, as well as culture. As a woman and a victim myself, I pour my heart, pains, experiences, and hopes into the lines. As both a way of healing, and in hopes of making a difference, and maybe saving a life out there!
What genre/s do you write in?
My passion for writing lies in Women’s Fiction. As aforesaid, revolving around Abuse of Women and Children. Highlighting societal failures and omissions, and the behavioral and mental health implications on victims, through stories and narrations. Being an avid lover of tradition and culture, I also write around that. That being said, I am a flexible writer, who usually flows with the emotions and experiences I go through, and writes other genres too.
How long have you been writing?
I officially found the courage to let my story and voice into the world, as an author, in February of 2020. I am still fairly a rookie in the authoring world but have been blessed with supportive friends who have been guiding me and showing me the ropes. I have always been a writer, though, for a lifetime. Since I was around 11 years old, pen and paper gave me solitude. It has always been my refuge. I used to write then destroy the writings, out of fear and trauma. I even participated in Public Speech writing and presentation in high school and excelled at it, too. I have some accolades to my name for it, both locally and internationally. My speeches, though, that made it to public ears then, had nothing of what I truly wished to let out. It was merely participation by parental and school expectations. At the first chance, I dropped it and resumed my private writing. Until last year, when I finally got the guts to show the world what I wrote in the dark and in hiding.
Do you have any published books or articles? Tell me a bit about these and what publishing route you took.
Oh yes, I have 6 published books available:
Let me start off with the Series.... I have a series specifically addressing abuse as said, called ‘It’s a men’s world’. The series has three books to it this far, including the recently published Book #3. All books in the series are available on AMAZON on Paperback, as e-books, and on Kindle Unlimited.
Flower In Flames is Book #1 in the series. It is also the very first book and publication I have in my name. This piece is a fictional piece, written in a rather unconventional, yet poetic and emotional narration style. Voiced by women from different generations and facets in life, all exhibiting the varying faces abuse can wear, and the ripple effects such trauma causes in the victims’ lives. All through the story revolving around Flora, the Flower. While simultaneously preaching the hope there is to heal, to live again, and to even love again, for victims and survivors of the evil stated.
EMOTIONS: Diary of a victim is the 2nd book in the series. This one is a memo, carrying painful and emotionally wrecking recounts of abuse and the trauma after, as experienced by the author herself. With particularity to the undeniable, yet obviously though not so commonly addressed, the link between the trauma of abuse and the behavioral changes and mental health of the victims. All, once again, culminating at the hope and healing there is, for those that are broken. Another call to STOP ABUSE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
The 3rd book in the series is I AM SHE, released 25 July 2021 and currently an entry in the Amazon Storyteller Contest 2021. I AM SHE is a fiction, which follows the story of Vuyiswa Ntandazo. A proud Xhosa young woman, who loses the person she is born and raised to be, in the face of lack, peer pressure, glitter, and glamor, as well as an inferiority complex. In the process, she falls to abuse unknown and is dragged into a life of crime, drugs, and ultimately murder. She only finds herself again, a tragedy too late. This story, like the others prior to it, takes on an unconventional and poetic narration style, yet presenting uniqueness and the same emotional impact and familiarity. Yet another call to stop the abuse of women and children. This one, though being the 3rd in the series, is the 6th book I published this far and the most recent addition to THE SWIT COLLECTION.
RUGGED RICHES: My Love, My Billionaire, a fictional romance published and available on Booknet.com, is my 3rd publication. Released in 2020, and a finalist in the love, My Billionaire Contest on Booknet.
This piece gives you a sneak peek at the romantic and dramatic side of Swit. The piece offers magical love, hidden pasts, jealousy, revenge, murder, suspense, and, of course, a fulfilling share of sizzling romance. A Billionaire, a Drug Lord, a murdered ex, and a young girl with a dark past. Strictly available on Booknet.com.
My 4th publication is called WHAT IF? ABSURD SHORT STORIES. This one follows my intrigue and passion for cultures and traditions and offers a compilation of short stories of the supernatural, superstitions, myths, and tales, told, African style. It tells of muti, devilish manifestations, the inception of dreams, inhuman transformations, and more. Available on Amazon as a Paperback, e-book, and on Kindle Unlimited.
My 5TH book is RANDOMNESS OVERLOAD, a unique piece that delves into the Randomness of the human mind. The author, in this piece, collates her thoughts, poems, quarries, short stories, and entries. As raw as they come to her and as she experiences them. The creativity, the chaos, the RANDOMNESS OVERLOAD. (Formerly published on Booknet, soon to be on Amazon)
I am also a guest writer on the NEW ZEALAND DREAM BLOG... Where you can find my SWIT TUESDAYS articles every Tuesday, as well as other articles by other amazing authors on the same platform.
Did you use an editor? If so who?
I do not use an editor, though I have come to meet friends who have been beyond helpful with my editing. I also make it a point to revisit all my works, over and over, until I feel I have done it justice.
Did you use a book formatter and cover designer?
I do not use a book formatter or cover designer. I attend to all my formatting and cover designs myself. I find joy in creating and my covers thus become my canvases, and I use them to express the emotions I put into the book itself.
Did you self-publish or get traditionally published? How did this go for you?
Initially, with my first book, I had no clue how to go about publishing at all. So after researching, I tried to reach out to traditional publishers. I was rejected by most, and it broke my heart. But I also got accepted by a few, though I declined due to failure to agree on contractual terms. It is around that time that I got encouragement to try publishing independently, from a dear friend. So, I tried it; I loved it, and I stuck with it. I used D2D and Amazon and here I am, a self-published author.
How do you market your work and promote your brand? (Include links)
Well, I do my own marketing as of now, through word of mouth and social platforms. Here are the channels and pages you can find my books on;
ALL AUTHOR: http://switlapound.allauthor.com/
What social media and writing platforms would you recommend?
As mentioned, I am a fair rookie, but I have found much growth and support from Facebook and Instagram Book pages. Pages like Heather’s Book club, Buy the Author, Aspiring Authors United, and other meeting places for authors and readers. Goodreads is also an amazing platform for authors that I have found help, support, and assistance from, though I am still getting the hang of things, even there.
On publishing, I find Draft2Digital and Amazon quite the perfect pack for me.
Do you use an agent?
I haven’t used an agent this far. I do everything myself, with the love and support from fellow authors, readers, friends, and family.
Do you use paid advertising? If so what?
I haven’t used paid advertising yet, but I am considering the same. I feel it could boost the reach of my message and work.
Do you have a blog or website?
I do not have a blog or website, but I do have a YOUTUBE CHANNEL, where I post trailers, teasers, adverts, and updates on my books. Head over for a peep:
What inspires you most to write?
My greatest inspiration for writing is my daughter. The wishes I have for her, the hopes, and the dreams. But, equally great an inspiration to me is life itself and nature. Experiences and observations of my own life, and life around me. The pain, regrets, anger, and trauma. As well as the joys, love, art, and hope. I would say my heart and its lamentations and jubilations are the sources of my inspiration.
What do you do to help with writers block?
When my head just refuses to give me words, I go to my places of Zen. I take walks and trips to nature and serenity at times. Sometimes, just being around those I love, or doing what I love, besides writing, unlocks my head. Designing, singing, outreach, and the likes.
How do you plan your writing and start?
It usually starts with a thought or emotions, or an act, that either revives or creates reactions within me. Most of my first drafts are raw emotions, which are usually incoherent, to someone who might read them then. From there, when I have gotten a better hold of my emotions and mind, I then organize the thoughts and add flesh to them, in the best way I feel expresses, to another, what I felt meant and hoped for. By the third draft, the book is usually a proper one and makes sense. Hahaha. Sometimes, a title just pops into my head, and it urges a story to be created. I write down my thoughts in point form, on pen and paper, then transfer to typing as I expand, edit, add and deduct.
Is writing your full time job? If not what else do you do?
I take everything I do as a full-time job, so I guess the answer would be yes. But, I do have another job that allows me to directly and physically be able to be there for abuse victims and those that need a voice to stand up for their rights. I am an advocate for the same themes I write about, even in real life. I also design clothing as an entrepreneur and am a music composer and lyricist for a small live-performing band. I am, above all, mother to the most awesome child alive. All these are my passions and so, I try to give them equally shared time and attention. To me, all of them are my full-time jobs.
What are you working on at the moment?
I recently completed and released my 3rd book in the it’s a men’s world series, I AM SHE, and am currently focused on marketing it. The piece is an entry in the Amazon Storyteller Contest 2021.
Simultaneously, I am working, together with three other amazing authors, on the fourth and final book in the same series, SHACKLES UNCHAINED: FINAL FREEDOM RUN. It is still in its early stages and in the hatching. This piece will be another call to stop the abuse of women and children. Through the Nonfiction stories of four different women who experienced and survived different gut-wrenching abuses, but made it through, and are collaborating, to show the hope there is!
What is your target audience?
The whole world, basically. The call for a change, to the state of abuse and the treatment of women and children, as addressed in my books, speaks to men, women, and children... ALL PEOPLES. Though particularly sending a message of hope and understanding, especially to Women and Children. Anyone and everyone who seeks to see the ending of abuse on the young, frail, and feminine, and wishes for a safer world for them, is part of the target audience envisaged. #bepartofthechange.
How long does it take you to write a book?
I guess it depends.. On numerous factors, including emotional state, environment, and, especially the emotions and events involved. With the books on abuse, I take longer, a month or two, to complete a book. The emotional burden and memories haunt me on every page. But when I am writing out of pure passion and joy, I could finish the first draft of a book in a week or two.
When did you first discover you enjoyed writing?
When I was about 11. I realized I could write my head out, and no one could judge me. I realized I expressed myself better on paper than in person....I escaped from the horrors that surrounded me, by creating worlds for myself on paper, behind closed doors. And so, though most of my writings then never saw the light, writing became my solitude and best friend.
What is your writing schedule look like?
I am quite a random and impulsive person. Who barely plans and sticks to something, especially if it has to do with what I wish to let out. So I write when the heart feels I need to let out or express.. Even if I am in the middle of something at times, and an idea, thought, or emotion hits me, I leave everything and immediately go to write. But, after the first draft, I usually spend about 3 to four hours a day on a piece, editing and adjusting, until it is deemed, by I, ready for public show.
What does your family think about you writing?
Well, a few of my family members have actually read my work, though they support and encourage me. My dad read Flower In Flames and thought it was “da bomb”( his actual words). Mum thinks I was born to write and speak for those like myself. My sisters think my writing is a brave and bold step. I am still hoping to get more feedback and reads from my blood.
What do you do when you are not writing?
As aforementioned, I keep my hands full with all my heart's wishes. So when I am not writing, I am attending to my other passions and spending time with my princess and our cockatiel. I also love baking and have been trying to cake decor too.
Where do you get information and ideas for your writing?
My information sources are experience, my family, my other job, publications, books, and, of course, the people that surround me.
What do you think makes a good story?
THE HEART, EMOTIONS, and SPIRIT HIDDEN IN BETWEEN THE LINES.
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