Interview with the Author Kudzi Webster Mucheuki
Last week I met Kudzi a personal development author, at the age of 25, he has published two books already, Confronting Mediocrity and Youth is Golden. The funny thing about Kudzi is that he is not only a youthful writer but he makes you feel like you are reading a book written by someone old full of wisdom. His attention to detail and understanding of personal development is out of this world. Join me Rodreck Matsveru (RM) as I interview Kudzi Webster Mucheuki (KWM) on his work as an author and his personal life.
RM: Who is Kudzai Webster Mucheuki?
KWM: It’s rather Kudzi (laughs), my mother made the name short because she thought it would be hard for me to write in elementary school, little did she know, she had given birth to a writer. Well Kudzi is R.E.D, Radical Exceptional and Daring. I am passionate about making people their best selves. I believe that everyone is amazing and sadly some people haven’t realized what they are made of. So I feel called to awaken people to this realization.
RM: Wonderful indeed, when did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?
KWM: Honestly I never thought I would be an author. I never dreamt of being one but I now realise how God stirs you in the direction of your purpose. I started developing interest in writing short stories to test my creative prowess and I gave my younger sister and my cousin brother to see what they were thinking about them and they liked the stories. But I never thought of publishing. Then when I wrote my first book, I didn’t know I had started writing a book. I was writing to document the revelations that I felt God was giving me and it was my mentor who told me to write them down. I felt like the insights I was getting were talking to me, so I was writing for myself. That’s how Confronting Mediocrity was birthed, I wrote a book I needed to read at that season and discovered that I wasn’t the only one who needed to hear that message
RM: Wow, this is great, so should we say writers are born or they are made?
KWM: I don’t consider myself a writer as a result of birth, even though my dad is a writer; I also had to develop the gift. I am always striving to improve my writing. I think everyone can be a writer as long as they have something important to share. For me it’s not just about writing. l writes nonfiction because I want some. Someone to read my life and be transformed by my content
RM: We started our conversation you said something that struck me and I am sure that it will strike many; you said sadly many people have not realized what they are made of, what’s making people fail to realize what they are made of?
KWM: Many things can be the causes of people not realizing their greatness but I think the greatest is low self-esteem. The devil destroys many people’s self-concept. And because they believe they are unworthy, many people tend to accept average lives and settle for what their self-image says they are worth
RM: How long does it take for you to write a book?
KWM: It took me three years to write Mediocrity and it took me a year to write Youth is Golden. I can’t tell exactly how long it takes but I know it’s getting easier with experience so the time is reducing as I grow.
RM: Surely experience is the good teacher right, how did people receive the first book confronting mediocrity
KWM: Many people liked the book. I’ve received amazing feedback and some people who didn’t love reading enjoyed it, though I still feel like it didn’t reach its potential in the sense that some people haven’t found it. There is still more work to make it find is readers.
RM: Good news indeed, I like the fact that you are already doing something to get to the market and the right people, let’s talk about the new book, Youth is golden, the topic is appetizing, what is it about?
KWM: Like what the topic suggests, youth is special. I’m showing people how they can use this phase of life to build great lives. What you do when you are young, will determine what you will be in future. So the subtopic is dating, dreams and destiny. I divided the book into three sections based on the sub topic
RM: Where did you get the ideas for your book?
KWM: You mean Youth is Golden?
RM: Yes, Youth is Golden
KWM: Mainly I got the ideas from my personal experiences, for example I used to chase people who didn’t love me, I dated too many girls to make up for the insecurities I had and I thought I wasn’t good enough so I would try to solve it by dating someone. Then I had heartbreaks and I also broke other people’s hearts. So on the dating section which is the large part of the book, i want to help someone who is struggling in his or her relationships by sharing the insights I got from my experiences. I also get inspiration from the word of God and other people’s experiences
RM: Great indeed, do you read from other authors. Who is your favourite author?
KWM: I read a lot of books. I’ve read hundreds and hundreds of books. I can’t really say I’ve favourite authors, but I have favourite books from different authors, however I love to read any book that Bishop TD Jakes writes.
RM: What do you do when you are not writing?
KWM: I read, watch sermons, text my girlfriend, do what I write in books, work, and pray, the list goes on and on, that is to say I do a lot of things, the things that most normal people
RM: This is great; I can tell that from this that you are devoted Christian right? Do you intend to become a man of cloth? Or you are already a man of the cloth?
KWM: Yes, I love God so much. I’m intending to become a man of impact. I want someone to say, “I met Kudzi and became an exceptional person through him.”
RM: What message do you have for someone who is thinking of becoming an author?
KWM: Just do it. If you commit to it, you might be someone’s favourite author.
RM: Powerful message right there. Thank you so much for allowing us to chat about your work, I understand you have a tight schedule.
KWM: You are welcome. I also don’t take for granted having this interview, thank you so much