Written Interviews

TLOP Interviews Benedixio Khoti

To me writing is not only art, It is a vital fabric that knits me into wholesomeness. Definitely, writing does energize me.” Benedixio Khoti

What is your name, where are you from and what are your hobbies?

My names are Benedixio, Moses and Khoti. I am from the southern part of Africa, Zambia in particular. My hobbies include writing, reading, traveling.

How did growing up as a writer looked like for you?

Well, growing has it’s very lessons to teach. Just like any upbringing or growing, my growing as a writer had been a journey of ups and downs. At times it was bright as the morning sun and at other times darker than a darkest night. I had moments that broke me and those that made me.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

To me writing is not only art, It is a vital fabric that knits me into wholesomeness. Definitely, writing does energize me.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

Through the many phases of my journey as a writer; I have had many pseudonyms.

How did publishing your first book (If you have any) change your process of writing?

Before publishing, one has surely some certain targets and goals they would love achieve by doing so. First times come with mixed feelings… At times you feel now that you are published,you deserve something more then at other times… it may be exhausting as you have to be fully geared to promote your publication. Publishing my first book has really changed the process of my writing as I am certain I am dealing with a wider audience than ever before. To know I am showcasing my talent to all ages and to know we live in a hypersensitive world. I have become more careful on how to tackle sensitive themes as I write.

What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?

As humans, in our humane nature; We are to nurture love and care. I owe the human race the love and care.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Of course, I do read the book reviews. Thus far, I haven’t come across a bad one, this I must admit. In a case of a bad review, I will have to take it and see how best I may learn from it. I will have to respect the readers opinion as everyone is entitled to their own view and opinion.

What inspires you to write?

To write, I do draw my inspiration from the universe and the beyond beyond’s beyond. To believe life is a lesson and a teacher, a sermon and a preacher; I pay close attention to each fleeting moment so I can safely say, Life is what inspires me to write.

How do you expect your book (If you have any) to connect with your readers?

Natural bonding is the best so I never have to do a thing to tag my readers along. They freely come through because I mostly write things so alive to realism. I just write and touch on many themes that affect our everyday lives so much readers relate to my works that’s how we connect.

What was your hardest scene to write in one of your books (If you have any)?

If I where to pick a scene that was hard to graft from my Poetry book; Certainly the tributes I had to write to my late father… it was like scratching fresh may his soul continue resting in peace.

Why should I purchase your book (If you have any)?

Why one must purchase a copy of my book…Tales of a Pen Lord is a complex journey through the vast experiences of the labyrinth called Life. It is an exquisite lens that delves deep into the tapestry of life and all that constitutes it. It is a rare fabric of many colours aptly twined and entwined by the sturdy quill of a brilliant word smith. It’s a powerful concoction sweetly brewed in a poetic kitchen and graciously touches on all themes ; ranging from love to suicide. It is a swing of fate swinging like a pendulum, unveiling all matters that affect man as an individual and man as a strand in the web of mankind and also serves as a great pointer, outlining contours that guard and guide humanity. It is a timely gift to humanity, poured out from the cores of a passionate writer’s heart. Tales of a Pen Lord is indeed a must read for it has all the savoury ingredients to make any reader salivate, feed and gluttonously feast upon. It is a good paradigma exhibiting the abilities and potentials of Poets of the new era.

Do you want each of the book you write (If you have any) to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

I would love to do a series of books in the near future… Currently I am very happy to announce that my books till later shall remain independent from each other.

What do you believe are the common traps for aspiring writers?

First and foremost, I would wish say the mind is the greatest trap ever. The mindset is the greatest tool we must improve on using for positivity. There are many traps yes so to aspiring writers; Limitations are a great trap… At times we tend to limit our mind to a certain level. I have well noticed at times how they try to be like other writers especially those names who came before us. Being unreal or simply trying to write like others is a grave trap to aspiring writers; if only we do ourselves that favour of being original.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

If I where to tell my younger writer self, I would pat him on the back and bless him. I would auspiciously praise him and thank him for being so strong and for having had endured persevered through it all…The winds of trials and tribulations…The pangs of doubts, jealous and spite. I would surely thank him for having had hanged on to the rope of hope and to have kept his goals in sight.