Back in high school after 30 years

The first of June 2019 was a special day. My bestie Mwende Muna and I celebrated Madaraka Day by visiting Precious Blood, Riruta, 30 years after we left the school. What a ride down memory lane that was! First, shout out to the alumni association led by my former roomie Salome Beacco for organising the…

Letter from my biggest fan

I decided to kick off my 2019 blogging by sharing an email I got from Sam Geeki, a fan. I love hearing from and getting to know my readers. This particular email blew me away and gave me much needed motivation to keep going at a time when I was feeling particularly discouraged by this…

Think you can live without art? Read this before you answer

So I met this editor of a prominent business magazine who declared with relish that he doesn’t waste time reading novels. Far from being impressed, I felt sorry for him. He clearly doesn’t know what he’s missing. I read novels primarily to entertain myself and also write them for the same reason. It’s never about…

A dream that refuses to die

Something that Wandia Njoya wrote the other day made me sit up and pay attention. Not just because it was so profound, it also articulated something I had been struggling for years to clarify to myself, not understanding the source of my angst.

Farewell Dad

God broke our hearts on Thursday 26th April 2018 at 11:45am when he called my father home, just three months shy of his 74th birthday. At the Requiem Mass, mum said he died on his own terms. Dad told stories, smiling and cracking jokes all through his 18-day hospital stay, trying to reassure us, even…

Silencing Anna

I completed writing my third novel Silencing Anna two months ago. Finishing a manuscript always feels great but it’s followed by a post writing phase that I call withdrawal stage. After months of immersion in a world of your creation where you control everything, coming up for air to face the real world is sobering….

Why is it so hard to accept failure?

I had coffee with a friend a couple of weeks ago. Things haven’t been going well for me for a while and this came out as we were catching up. Usually, when someone asks, “How are you doing?” I plaster a smile on my face and say, “Fine.” That’s usually the end of it and…

Twilight: My take & idea for the next movie

I’m late to the Twilight party. A decade late actually. Although my friend Kui is a fan of the books and told me how much she loved them ages ago, I only got around to watching the movies and reading the books two weeks ago. And what a ride it’s been. I fail to understand…

Turning 45

I turned 45 several weeks ago. The day passed quietly just like any other. I’ve never made a big deal of birthdays. Then I thought, it might be fun to compile a list of what I’ve learnt about life so far. I’m single with no kids, but not your typical career driven woman either. So…

Life as a writer

When people ask me what I do and I tell them I’m a writer, it elicits the funniest reactions sometimes. Like the time I visited my old employer MRM (Mabati Rolling Mills) and Eunice, a good friend, almost fell off her seat when she asked me who was in my book A Profile of Kenyan…