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About Kihali in a few lines

What’s your niche: Author

About yourself: I am a law student in Kenya and I love to write poetry.

About your project (e.g. book, blog, art): My book titled ‘Whispers of Death’ is a poetry collection that speaks to me and many others about life and pain, and surviving the pain. I’m currently writing a new book too.

Your creative journey: It all began when I felt the world needed more love. So I wrote a few notes to myself and decided to make a book out of them. Currently, the book is doing well, with over 100 verified purchase reviews and ranking well too in the charts. I’ve however had challenges with maintaining a good ranking atleast in the top 1000. but I’m surprised at how good this book is doing and how many positive reviews it is getting. Sometimes it even becomes a best seller in the African poetry category and this just amazes me.

Inspiration: Some of the creative people who influenced this writing include William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Virginia Woolf and Maya Angelou. Rupi Kaur also made me realise you could self-publish a book and actually succeed in it. So basically these are the authors I read. I also love the works of J.R.R Tolkien and J.K Rowling. i always say poetry comes from experience. So I pen what i have experienced. It is difficult to write what i have not gone through.

What are you working on now: Currently I’m working on a new book that will be pre-released in August then officially released in November.

How do you promote your work: I mainly use Instagram and twitter to promote my work. On Instagram I have around 11k followers so it helps. I have never tried any marketing websites.

What is the best advice you ever heard: The best advice i have heard is the poem from Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’ where he chooses the road less travelled and that makes all the difference for him. I live by these words, literally.

What are some favorite things which you always carry: I always carry 3 notebooks. 2 are used up but I like to refer to them. Oh and many pens.