Interview with Novelist Melanie Botha
Melanie Botha is a 26-years-old mother, wife and writer from a little town in South Africa called Hluhluwe. Her ebook “Jenny`s Revenge” was chosen as ebook of the week by the Widbook team. Melaine is part of a wonderful supportive family (her own words) and, for her, “writing the last page of your novel is the most rewarding feeling”. You`ll get to know her better on this exclusive interview:
Widbook – Hi Melaine, congrats for your ebook! How long time did you take to finish it?
Melanie Botha - It took me about a year and a half to finish my book, as it started off as a radio drama script for a local radio station competition. But had to cut most of the good stuff out of the script, it was leaning a bit more to thriller than towards drama. I didn’t want to get rid of all the hard work I put into the scrip so I turned it into a novel, it was by far the hardest thing I have ever done, but will do it again and again. Writing the last page of your novel is the most rewarding feeling.
Why did you choose Widbook to publish it?
I went onto a lot of self publish websites and had a look at them, but Widbook is by far the best I have found. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Everything a first time novelist needs to start off. A little ego boost if you will. I won’t go to another self publish website as long as I have a story to tell.
How the publishing industry looks like in South Africa?
The publishing market here is a bit rough; we have one well known publishing house, situated in our major city of Johannesburg. Getting published in South Africa as a young new writer is probably one of the hardest things to do in this country.
What is your best writing tip?
The best writing tip I can give is: Don’t ever stop writhing, if writing is your passion like mine then to stop would be like taking away your air. And don’t try and make it in the big time as a writer the first time, have a backup plan that provides a steady income. A famous author I’ve had the privilege to talk to also told me that don’t have high expectations.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I am a busy bee by Nature. When I’m not writing id be reading, sewing, beading, and scrapbooking, generally anything that will keep my busy until I get inspiration to start writing again.
Which book are you reading at the moment?
I am going through my collection of James Patterson books
Your favorite author?
I have not come across a better writer than James Patterson, Mike Wells, Nathanial Connors, Jim Brown and John Avery.
If you could change something in the world, what would that be?
I would change the way people vie life. Take away Photoshop that people can see what true beauty is, that people would see that beauty is not measured by features you have on the face, but true beauty lies within the soul and heart of a person.
I would also take away money, without money trade there is no value to anything and everyone would be able to live in a sustained peaceful manner. There is nothing worse than people that tie their value to money, and thinking they are better because they have money.