This week, I arrived in the United States to begin a one-year writing retreat.
I bade Nairobi farewell after sending off to press my second book, Dash Before Dusk: A Slave Descendant’s Journey in Freedom, which is in its last stages of production and is scheduled for release by the East African Educational Publishers before the end of July.
While the Politics of Betrayal: Diary of a Kenyan Legislator, was started at Mtepeni, Mtwapa, and completed in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2010, Dash Before Dusk was written entirely in the United States.
The latest, yet-to-be-titled book, will be rich in historical narrations and will be of interest to both scholars and general readers. I expect the book to open new avenues for knowledge and contribute immensely to our country’s history.
Those who know me well know writing has been my passion since childhood. That passion saw me spend many years in journalism and broadcasting – interrupted only with stints in diplomacy and politics.
After more than ten years in politics I have decided to hang up my boots and dedicate my life to full-time writing. So far, the experience has been satisfying.
Unlike politics, writing is a lonely, sometimes lonesome undertaking. There are no crowds to cheer you on or to shout you down; no traditional dancers to entertain; and no constituents’ issues to solve. It’s just you, your laptop and your thoughts.
Contrary to public opinion that Kenyans do not read, I am encouraged by the growing interest in books among Kenyans; and I am sure with rising literacy and increased exposure to modern tools of knowledge, our reading culture will grow exponentially..
And that is my say.