Thursday, March 20, 2014

Interview with Bertha Mukodzani

“Today I am honored to be interviewing talented author, Bertha Mukodzani. Thank you so much for spending time to speak with me today, Bertha.”
“I’m excited to be here as well, Deanie. Thank you for inviting me.”

·        Have you always wanted to become an author?
         Yes, ever since I was a little girl. I loved reading and writing short stories.

·        Please tell us about yourself

         I am a mum of 2 beautiful girls and I currently work as a full time Recovery Nurse in the United Kingdom. I blog on a regular basis and also write for my local newspaper. I am a Christian and I do participate in health screening programmes arranged by my local church to help the disadvantaged in the community. At the moment I also run a health column for an online magazine call Zimlink where I use my nursing knowledge to educate and inspire people from different walks of life.

·        Please describe your first book

      A Life Steered draws heavily from my own life experiences and is classified as a family drama. It is a story about a young girl whose life turned up-side down from an early age right through to her adult years. The story follows Sandra, who is the main character, as she experiences her first heartbreak, her marriage and when she is widowed at a very young age. The sequence of events are such that she finds herself struggling with her inner and outer demons. But what is it about Sandra that makes her such an inspirational character? This you will discover as you explore her character to the end. It's not all doom and gloom as comedy is provided through colorful characters in the story. A Life Steered is a story of determination against all odds!

·        What do you most want people to remember about your book?

         Sandra, the main character, is by no means perfect, but I want people to remember that regardless of what life throws at your doorstep, with courage and determination and the support of your family, one can overcome these obstacles. It’s not how you fall but how you rise after falling. We learn this through the inspiring strength of our main character Sandra.

·        Is there anything we can learn from your book?

      When you read A Life Steered you get a feel of what life in Africa is like as various aspects of the culture are exposed throughout the story. You don’t have to be from Africa to appreciate the themes addressed in the book- love, grief, heartache, comedy and many more. We can all identify with these experiences.

·        Do you have other projects that you’re working on?

          I am currently writing a romance novel which I have entitled ‘Timely Confessions’, as well as another which is a work of fiction which I hope to publish soon.

·        What are your goals for your writing career?

          I would like to reach as many people as I can and to inspire through my writings. I also hope to be able to do this on a full time basis one day and to be one of the greatest authors around.

·    What do you enjoy when you’re not writing?
      I enjoy being a mother to my girls, sharing in their activities, cooking and        my activities at church. I love reading crime thrillers (I enjoy a good murder),    TV and I own a collection of the Columbo series. I just can’t get enough of the    disheveled detective! I also love to just take the time to be with my friends, have   a good laugh and I love to dance too!

·        Where can people purchase your book?

   My book is available in all online stores including amazon. Reviews available on amazon and on my blog too!

·        Can you give us links to your blog, and where your book may be purchased?

·        Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

      Writing has been an exciting journey for me and I am learning new things every day and developing new connections and meeting inspirational authors like Deanie Dunne. There is nothing as satisfying as creating something from scratch and I wouldn't give writing up for anything in the world.

·        I just want to invite all to feel free to leave comments on my blog and to let you know that I’m quite happy to guest blog on other blogs similar to mine.

“Thank you for spending time with me today, Bertha. It was fun learning more about you and I’m sure my readers will enjoy getting to know you as well.”

 "Thank you Deanie for this wonderful opportunity and for giving me space on your platform. I have to say you’re one of the greatest and inspirational authors I've ever met. It’s a real pleasure to be acquainted with you. I look forward to reviewing one of your books!
"Bertha, I so appreciate your kind words. It's my honor to interview you today. You should be most proud of your accomplishments. You're a wonderful role model because you've persevered and followed your dreams."


  1. Thank you Deanie for giving me the space on your inspiring platform. Such a brilliant author and role model!

    1. Bertha, you are so welcome. How i wish I matched your high praise! You are a very gifted and special person who has earned my admiration.

    2. You're very kind. I look up to you too. You work so hard and are a brilliant author. Keep up the good work!

  2. I really need to stop reading all these interviews with all of these wonderfully fascinating reading list just got even longer...I've clearly broken a mile of works I need to read. Bertha sounds positively delightful and I'll certainly add her novel to my list.

  3. Thank you so much for visiting, Randi Lee! I will send your comment to Bertha No doubt, she will be delighted.
    Happy weekend.

    1. Thank you Randi Lee for the kind comment. I am absolutely delighted!

  4. Thank you again, Bertha, for your lovely comments and just for being the amazing person and author that you are. I will work very hard to be worthy of your praise. )

  5. I'm always so impressed with nurses. They do such a difficult job and give of themselves selflessly. The book sounds touching. Wishing Bertha much success! :)

  6. It's true that nurses are very dedicated and hard working. A know several of them. Yes, I think Bertha's book is captivating and I hope it helps her dreams come true.

  7. What a wonderful interview of an inspiring young lady. Thank you for sharing, Deanie. Best wishes to you Bertha and much success with your book. Please email me if you would like to be on my blog. I am a good friend of Deanie's.

  8. Thank you so much, Janice! I know Bertha will be thrilled to have an interview with you.