Tell Us About Yourself
I’m an author, speaker and change maker. I have been working in the not for profit sector for over 15 years, I’m a mother of three and I love food. I started out as a girl child advocate, advocating for gender equality. My background is in journalism and news writing. I love bringing out the best in people through my speaking and community projects I run.
What were you like in school? I was popular in school, I had a great time but I was also one of the kids who was always helping other kids. In college, I was still popular and loved all my subjects.
English is my third language, so that was always a challenge but I loved it, I loved literature more than I loved Media Law and Ethics when I was a student journalist.
What are your ambitions for your writing career? I want to teach, I want to inspire people to live the best life they can through stories of other people. I want everyone to unleash their brilliance and do something meaningful with their lives. I want people to perform little acts of kindness; a nice word or smile can change someone’s life. I want to encourage people to write and tell stories, story telling is very powerful and change can only begin with a single story, followed by action.
Which writers inspire you? Harper Lee has been my biggest inspiration, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ changed my life and the way I looked at writing as a profession. Paulo Coelho with his book ‘The Alchemist’ is my all time favorite. I learn something new every time I read it. A great story and very entrepreneurial lessons, which cover all the seven areas of life (mental, financial, vocational, spiritual, social, physical, familial).
What was your life like before becoming an author? My life has always been exciting; I have always looked at the glass half full. My days were filled with speaking gigs and doing day to day family things.
Which comes first - the character's story or the idea for the novel? The characters come out first, this builds the foundation of what the story is about. .
When did you decide to become a writer? I think when I was in high school, I wrote for the local news paper and whilst in school I contributed to the school newsletter. I was about 16 years old when I discovered I could write and get paid for it.
Why do you write? TO INSPIRE, UPLIFT AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO BECOME THEIR GREATEST POSSIBILITY.
So, what have you written?
I Have the Power-Unlocking your potential to Change the world.
The Inspirational Bible. I was one of 365 contributors from 15 countries around the world.
Live, Love and Inspire, A series of Poems collected over years.
BLOGS I write every fortnight for my blog on www.nkandubeltz.com.au/blogs I also contribute to other sites like Happiness and it’s Causes and African Mirrors.
MY BOOKS ARE ALL AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.COM AND ihavethepowerbook.com
Give me an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? The main character is an inspiration to the world, nothing can make or break her. She is balanced, knows her values and is kind, compassionate and not afraid of anything or anyone.
What sparked the idea for your book I wanted to share my story and inspire others. When I went out and spoke with many young people, I felt a sense of disempowerment from a lot of people I was working with. I wanted each and every person to know that they have the power to make a difference, that they needed to believe in themselves and be the change they want to see in the world.
How do you market your book? Through speaking at conferences, schools, public forums, Facebook, Twitter, and I ask my contacts via email to share with their contacts.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? What do you do to get book reviews? MY BOOKS ARE BEST USED AS "BUSINESS CARDs" THAT CREATE CREDIBILITY AND INTEREST IN MY TEACHINGS. SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MOST SUCCESSFUL FOR ME. MY READERS PROVIDE ME WITH BOOK REVIEWS. In the first few months, I gave my book as a gift to the thought leaders and game changers and this opened up many doors for me.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer? Just write, nothing can stop you if you really want it
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included? Treat people with love and respect, never look down or up to please. You have the same qualities as any other person. The way you treat yourself is how others will treat you.
How can readers discover more about you and your work? From Amazon.com or www.ihavethepowerbook.com and many online books stores; we are currently in USA, Canada, Malta, UK, Sweden, Germany and Australia.
Or you can contact me via Nkandu@nkandubeltz.com.au or through www.nkandubeltz.com.au
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• Blog: Nkandubeltz.com.au/blogs
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