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J M Baraza


NAIROBI, Kenya

Email: barazajm@gmail.com

I am currently a motoring correspondent with Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper, but my writing abilities transcend several disciplines. I can write on any topic under the sun, and make the reading both informative and engaging while staying relevant.

I have been writing reviews, discussions and commentaries on the automotive industry on a professional level for more than 5 years now, most of them as the country's leading motoring journalist (if I may say so myself!). In this time I have also tried my hand at travel diaries and social commentary, though this work stays unpublished. Time has come for me to dip my foot in the swirling vortex that is fiction writing and get my creative juices flowing again.

Writing is and has always been an interesting experience. Weaving a tapestry with words might sound pretty straightforward, but this tapestry has to find a buyer; a poorly made carpet will never grace anyone's floor. It is doomed to forever hang from the emporium walls, in the back room, where no one will ever see it. It is with this train of thought that I approach my writer's desk and start working. Whatever I write has to sell, and for it to sell it has to be worth the investment in time and resources on the reader's part. Most importantly, my writing has to look worthy in my own eyes, I should be able to read my own words and feel that, yes, indeed, some effort went into this and it is as good as I intended it to be.

It should be obvious by now that my favorite topics on writing center around experiences. Be it motoring, travel or a scathing disquisition on the inherent collapse of modern society, most of my works will be approached from the experience angle. My style involves the use of analogies where appropriate as well as an infusion of wit and humor where possible.

Interests: Motoring, cooking, travel, reading, writing

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes

 

Published works:

Nonfiction

  • Where There Is A Wheel
  • Where There Is A Wheel