Meet Phuti Karabo Lehong a young author and a law student at University of South Africa
Editor: Mulamuleli Tshitangano
PK Lehong( Phuti Karabo Lehong) known as Myra wood was born on the 23th June 2003 at Goadmain ( Makaepea) village. A small village in Senwabarwana at Limpopo Province. She's a law student at University of South Africa and she's the first child of Ngwako Coslina Lehong and the late Kgaugelo Bethuel Lehong( may his soul continue resting in eternal peace). She have three siblings and she love them a lot because they are her biggest supporters along with their mom.
" And shout out to mom she always encourage me to believe in the beauty of my dreams. I am a writer and a publisher who is passionate about storytelling. I write poems , novels, movie scripts and short stories. I write under the genre of fiction, fantasy, adventure, paranormal and action. I love creating worlds and characters that readers can escape into and connect with. I draw inspiration from my own experience, the people I know and the books I read. I hope to one day publish a book that people will love and cherish for years to come and hope to one day became the bestselling author. " Said PK Lehong
She wants her books to be on the New York Times bestselling list and to see them adapt into films or Tv shows. She is inspired by both local and international authors. In local she is inspired by M A Motimele, K O Matsepe and S J Chokoe and in international she is inspired by Anna Todd, J K Rollings and William Shakespeare ( may his soul rest in peace).
" I am proud of my latest novel which is about a boy who discovers that he is a half human and half demon and decided to choose the right path which is light and proves that goodness will always win against darkness." PK added
Her love for books and reading is what made her want to pursue a career in publishing. She began to write at the age of 10 and since then she always loved the power of good stories. She have also been interested in the process of creating and publishing books. She thinks it is amazing that book can be a source of entertainment, education and inspiration.
She describe her experience working with authors as inspiring, rewarding and collaborative. She love working with authors to bring books to life. And she find it incredibly rewarding to see a book go from an idea to a finished product. She think it's important to maintain a collaboration relationship with authors and to make sure that their vision from the books is respected. She have had the opportunity to work with wide range of authors from first time writers to established authors. Every author is different and every project is unique. Authors have different perspectives but she find the process of bringing a book to life to be incredibly exciting and fulfilling
" I would say that I like to have a mix to both independent and collaborative work. I enjoy the independence of working on my own project and also appreciate the creative energy that comes from working with others. I think it is important to have a balance of both as they bring different benefit to the table independent work can be freeing and creative while collaborating work can be inspiring and engaging. In the next five years I see myself as a publisher, author with a growing body of work, being the bestseller in the industry and hope to have multiple books published and to be recognised as a talented and respected author. I would also hope to continue working in the publishing industry perhaps as an editor or an agent. I want to continue to be part if the process of bringing books to life and help other authors reach their goals. " Concluded PK
She get her ideas from a variety of sources. Sometimes idea comes from something she read sometime it it just pop into her head put of nowhere. She think it's important to always be open to new ideas and to be curious about the world around. The more she observe and experience the more ideas she have for her stories
Her writing process topically involved a few different stages. Firstly she start with brainstorming and coming up with ideas , once she have an idea she start to do some research about the topic. Next she create an outline for her story and start to flash out the details. Then she start to write her first draft which is very rough after that she revise the draft until she's happy with it.
Finally she work with an editor to polish the draft and make sure it's ready for publication
" If I could give advice to writers it would be to write everyday even if it's just for a few minutes. The more you write the more you will improve your craft . It's also important to read widely and be inspired by the work of other authors. Another piece of advice is to never give up or be discouraged on your writing dreams, no matter how many rejections you receive. Keep learning, keep practising and improve. Most importantly enjoy the process but do not give up until you reach for the stars do not give up because you are the hero of your own storeroom. " She said
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