|Writer Nicole Wafula|
How do you juggle your passion with schoolwork?
I enjoy writing stories and can write at any time, during my free time. For my schoolwork, I just make sure I follow my timetable.
What are some of the important lessons you have learnt so far?
Writing stories helps people, so I will keep writing them to help Kenya.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Whenever there is a situation, use the PHD method; Prayer, Hardwork and Determination.
What do you think it takes to excel in your field?
Practice, practice and more practice.
What are some of the challenges you have faced and how did you handle them?
Getting my stories published in the newspapers. I just kept sending and presenting my best stories until I got published.
What is your advice to BINGWA readers?
The darkest hour is just before dawn.
What words or sayings do you live by? A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
What are your views on child rights? Children should be given their rights especially the right to education for they are the future leaders.
What are your views on the Day of the African child? It's a chance for us to remember how children suffered before independence. I will write a story about it to present on that day.
What are your views on corruption? It is one of the problems hindering development in our country. It is therefore the duty of all citizens to fight against it so that equal rights are available to both the rich and poor.
I look up to: My mother and Carolyn Keene-the Nancy Drew author.
Favourite subjects in school: Science.
Favourite colour: Purple.
Favourite music: Classical music.
Favourite author: Nancy Drew.
My future plans: To be a chemical engineer.
In my words: Life is like a book, every paragraph tells a new story and every step we take to conquer our fears is a new word in our paragraph.
Interview by Eudiah Kamonjo.
First publ;ished in BINGWA Magazine Issue 17 2016.