Lauri Kubuitsile

I am a writer. I write across many genres. I write books for kids and teens. I write literary short stories and novels. I write genre novellas including romance and detective. I've also written for TV (Re Bina Mmogo 2 and Morwalela first season)



Tell us about you and how you would you describe your "art"?
I am a writer. I write across many genres. I write books for kids and teens. I write literary short stories and novels. I write genre novellas including romance and detective. I've also written for TV (Re Bina Mmogo 2 and Morwalela first season).

Where are you based?
Mahalapye.

How long have you been making "art" and how did you get started?
I've been writing seriously for about 9 years. Prior to that I owned a small newspaper for the Central District called The Central Advertiser. I can say my writing grew from there. At one point we were changing the format of the newspaper from tabloid size to A4. I was afraid we would get lost in the crowd since there were quite a few A4 advertisers in our market. So I decided I would write a novel and serialise it in the newspaper. Every issue 1000 word instalments went in. It was the beginning of my Kate Gomolemo detective series. The first book in that series was eventually published by Macmillan and is currently a prescribed book in government junior secondary schools. I ended up have four books in that series all originally serialised in The Central Advertiser. They are The Fatal Payout (Macmillan), Murder for Profit (published by Pentagon), Anything for Money (Published in RSA by Vivlia) and Claws of a Killer (currently unpublished in print but available as an ebook). The last three books in the series are available on Amazon as ebooks.

Once I saw I had a bit of talent and I liked what I was doing, I set out to do it as a job. I sold my business and took the plunge.

What inspires you? What are your influences (Who or What)?
Anything can inspire me. I bit of conversation, something I see on the road. An experience. TV. I recently wrote a story called In Graceland (it can be found at The Kalahari Review) which was inspired by these sadly ubiquitous hand-overs of houses to the poor. Coming from a working class (sometimes quite poor) family myself, I despise charity. I wrote that story as soon as I came home from that event. I have another story called Jacob's New Bike which has been published widely including Drum Magazine and in my recent short story collection (In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata and Other Stories) that was inspired by an old man riding past my house giving an old woman a lift at the back of his bike.
What is your most proud accomplishment so far?
There are quite a few. In 2007 I won the prize from the Department of Arts and Culture , the Botswerere Prize for creative writing. That was a big night. The same year I won the Anglo Platinum short story prize in South Africa. It was important because it was the first time a non-South African won the prize and the first time a person won two prizes in one contest. I won first prize (R25,0000) and the Platinum Prize for Creativity, which was a diamond necklace. It was nice too because they had stars from Isidingo reading excerpts of our stories. It was a magical evening.

The other thing I'm quite proud of is being shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2011. This is the most prestigious prize for African creative writers and I was the first Motswana to ever have been shortlisted for the prize. We were taken to London for ten days and the awards ceremony was at Oxford, in the Bodleian Library. It was fantastic.

What are your tools for creating?
I write on my computer. For longer works (novels) I do my pre-writing by hand on paper before I start. This includes things such as plot maps, character bibles and chapter outlines.

What sets you apart from the others?
It's difficult to answer this without sounding arrogant. I think my most important attribute that has aided me in my success is I work very hard. Writing is my job. I see it that way, it is not a hobby. I think this makes a difference.

Where are you trying to end up? (5 year plan?)
I'm not sure I have a 5 year plan, just a vague idea of what I want to accomplish next. Though I've written quite a few adult novels, I've not had much publishing success. I tend to be better at novella length (about 30,000 words) and most of my published books are that length. A novel seems to have a bit too much space for me. I've been working for some time on a historical novel set in the early 1900s in Namibia and Botswana. I'd really like to see that book published off the continent if possible. That's my main goal right now.

What are your favorite things in life so far?
So many things! I love spending time with my family, my husband and my two nearly grown up children. I like taking walks in the bush with my three dogs. I love reading. I love getting an acceptance in my inbox. I love swimming. I love travelling, the ocean and the desert. I love good food and interesting conversations. I love when a story comes out perfectly, at least for the moment. I love my cat is sleeping next to me. You see?? I love many things the list could go on for ever.

If we gave you P1M what would you do with it?
I'd squander every last thebe travelling.

Any advice for people trying to do what you do?
Be humble. Know that you will never be the best, there is always more work to do. Read. Read. Read. A writer's school is found in other writers' words. Write and then re-write- many times. When work is ready, send it out to literary magazines and publishers. And embrace rejection, no matter what, it will be part of your life if you travel this road.

Where can people buy/get a hold of your work?
I have more than 20 published books right now. The romance novellas can be found at CNA. A couple of my books can be found at Exclusive. Some are now ebooks and can be found at Amazon or Kalahari. My short stories can be found many places. I have a blog with links ( Thoughts from Botswana).

How can people get in touch with you?
I have my blog and I'm on Facebook and Twitter.

Tell us about you and how you would you describe your "art"?
I am a writer. I write across many genres. I write books for kids and teens. I write literary short stories and novels. I write genre novellas including romance and detective. I've also written for TV (Re Bina Mmogo 2 and Morwalela first season).

Where are you based?
Mahalapye.

How long have you been making "art" and how did you get started?
I've been writing seriously for about 9 years. Prior to that I owned a small newspaper for the Central District called The Central Advertiser. I can say my writing grew from there. At one point we were changing the format of the newspaper from tabloid size to A4. I was afraid we would get lost in the crowd since there were quite a few A4 advertisers in our market. So I decided I would write a novel and serialise it in the newspaper. Every issue 1000 word instalments went in. It was the beginning of my Kate Gomolemo detective series. The first book in that series was eventually published by Macmillan and is currently a prescribed book in government junior secondary schools. I ended up have four books in that series all originally serialised in The Central Advertiser. They are The Fatal Payout (Macmillan), Murder for Profit (published by Pentagon), Anything for Money (Published in RSA by Vivlia) and Claws of a Killer (currently unpublished in print but available as an ebook). The last three books in the series are available on Amazon as ebooks.

Once I saw I had a bit of talent and I liked what I was doing, I set out to do it as a job. I sold my business and took the plunge.

What inspires you? What are your influences (Who or What)?
Anything can inspire me. I bit of conversation, something I see on the road. An experience. TV. I recently wrote a story called In Graceland (it can be found at The Kalahari Review) which was inspired by these sadly ubiquitous hand-overs of houses to the poor. Coming from a working class (sometimes quite poor) family myself, I despise charity. I wrote that story as soon as I came home from that event. I have another story called Jacob's New Bike which has been published widely including Drum Magazine and in my recent short story collection (In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata and Other Stories) that was inspired by an old man riding past my house giving an old woman a lift at the back of his bike.
What is your most proud accomplishment so far?
There are quite a few. In 2007 I won the prize from the Department of Arts and Culture , the Botswerere Prize for creative writing. That was a big night. The same year I won the Anglo Platinum short story prize in South Africa. It was important because it was the first time a non-South African won the prize and the first time a person won two prizes in one contest. I won first prize (R25,0000) and the Platinum Prize for Creativity, which was a diamond necklace. It was nice too because they had stars from Isidingo reading excerpts of our stories. It was a magical evening.

The other thing I'm quite proud of is being shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2011. This is the most prestigious prize for African creative writers and I was the first Motswana to ever have been shortlisted for the prize. We were taken to London for ten days and the awards ceremony was at Oxford, in the Bodleian Library. It was fantastic.

What are your tools for creating?
I write on my computer. For longer works (novels) I do my pre-writing by hand on paper before I start. This includes things such as plot maps, character bibles and chapter outlines.

What sets you apart from the others?
It's difficult to answer this without sounding arrogant. I think my most important attribute that has aided me in my success is I work very hard. Writing is my job. I see it that way, it is not a hobby. I think this makes a difference.

Where are you trying to end up? (5 year plan?)
I'm not sure I have a 5 year plan, just a vague idea of what I want to accomplish next. Though I've written quite a few adult novels, I've not had much publishing success. I tend to be better at novella length (about 30,000 words) and most of my published books are that length. A novel seems to have a bit too much space for me. I've been working for some time on a historical novel set in the early 1900s in Namibia and Botswana. I'd really like to see that book published off the continent if possible. That's my main goal right now.

What are your favorite things in life so far?
So many things! I love spending time with my family, my husband and my two nearly grown up children. I like taking walks in the bush with my three dogs. I love reading. I love getting an acceptance in my inbox. I love swimming. I love travelling, the ocean and the desert. I love good food and interesting conversations. I love when a story comes out perfectly, at least for the moment. I love my cat is sleeping next to me. You see?? I love many things the list could go on for ever.

If we gave you P1M what would you do with it?
I'd squander every last thebe travelling.

Any advice for people trying to do what you do?
Be humble. Know that you will never be the best, there is always more work to do. Read. Read. Read. A writer's school is found in other writers' words. Write and then re-write- many times. When work is ready, send it out to literary magazines and publishers. And embrace rejection, no matter what, it will be part of your life if you travel this road.

Where can people buy/get a hold of your work?
I have more than 20 published books right now. The romance novellas can be found at CNA. A couple of my books can be found at Exclusive. Some are now ebooks and can be found at Amazon or Kalahari. My short stories can be found many places. I have a blog with links ( Thoughts from Botswana).

How can people get in touch with you?
I have my blog and I'm on Facebook and Twitter.




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