Word Branch Publishing Releases The Sad Artist and Other Fairytales

3116628Dear Readers,

I am genuinely delighted to announce the release of Ndiritu Wahome’s The Sad Artist and Other Fairytales. I’m especially excited about this book for two reasons–it’s WBP’s third international book and it is my personal favorite genre: magical realism.

The press release below is for general distribution–please feel free to print, post, and share. You can get copies of all WBP press releases as well as authors’ press kits here: http://www.wordbranch.com/press-releases.html

Or you can email me at catherine@wordbranch.com, and I will be happy to email you a Word document copy and a jpg of the cover.

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Thank you,

Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh

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Word Branch Publishing Releases The Sad Artist and Other Fairytales

Kenyan writer, Ndiritu Wahome offers parables for a modern world.

In’s first published book, he charms, tantalizes and engages his readers with a collection of fairytales for all ages. From a story-telling weaver bird to a chief’s son who finds the real value of life, Wahome leads his readers on a captivating journey that deifies time and reality yet remains relevant.

Wahome says his “objective was to create fantasy stories, which were infused with realism in the hope of letting young children know that even though life is full of hardships, they can overcome and achieve anything they so deemed.” But peel back another layer, and The Sad Artist and Other Fairytales has a strong message that reveals “bad leadership, appalling politics, sloth and corruption” that Wahome says is too often found in contemporary African governments.

“The Sad Artist is magical realism at its best. Wahome’s fairytales are in the tradition of Salmon Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ben Okri,” says publisher Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh. “Ndiritu captures the innocence of the world through a child’s eyes to make strong statements about the modern condition.”

Although the fairytales are set in a mystical version Wahome’s native Kenya, they transcend Africa for a global perspective on the realities of life in the 21st century at the crossroads of old and new. Although Wahome’s fairytales can sometimes be cautionary, he never loses hope for both humanity and its future. His world is one that “The wicked, who seem to live the good life, in the end, suffer in their demise. The good, even though exposed to a life of poverty, wretchedness, and solitude, end up living happily ever after.”

The Sad Artist and Other Fairytales is available through Word Branch Publishing, Amazon and other major online retailers as well as bookstores everywhere. For more information for wholesale or retail orders, go to http://www.wordbranch.com/the-sad-artist-and-other-fairytales.html.

Word Branch is an independent publishing company located in the heart of Appalachia. WBP represent s talented new and emerging authors who need a venue to make their voices heard. Word Branch offers unique titles in both paperback and e-books in a variety of genres including science fiction, fantasy, young adult, and spiritual.

Wahome, Ndiritu PhotoNdiritu Wahome

Interview with

Tell us a little bit about your background—both personal and about your writing.

I am a young Kenyan writer aged 26, who hails from a humble, yet adventurous background. I was born in a small town known as Nyeri in Central Kenya, and it is from here that I developed an interest in writing folklore and poetry. I started composing short stories at 13 years and at 19 years published a volume of poetry. Interestingly, the stories I wrote then were deeply inspired by many genres of writing including literature and philosophy. Today, my writing explores a wide spectrum of ideas that range from romance, magic realism, and pure realism to magical fantasy. The stories told by C.S. Lewis, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling, and Stephanie Meyer have played a special role in my writing journey for the young adult.

Much of the world sees Africa as a mysterious and exotic place. Tell us a little about your experiences in Kenya and life there.

Well, Africa does possess a unique exoticness, especially to the outsider. The diverse cultures and traditions often seem different, but these are what make the continent so distinctive. Today, Kenya is arguably one of the most well known African countries – influencers such as President Obama, Lupita Nyongo, and our renowned athletes have done a great job of placing us on the world map. The country is definitely on the verge of something big – there’s a lot of modern developments taking place, and this has made life in the country much better than it was about 20 years ago.
Given that there is greater democracy in the country, the creative industry is also fledging, and we are starting to see more and more writers, artists, and innovators participating in the social space, and in important dialogues. Even then, Kenya is still a low-income country, and there are plenty of challenges such as political corruption, violence, and widespread poverty. A particularly pertinent challenge for the creatives amongst us is that the ‘book industry’ in Kenya has been particularly slow to support and absorb local, young talent. There is still a great bias toward publishing of textbooks and ‘African style’ literature, and not much has been done to reach out to writers, who create a body of work that deviates from these two categories.

What were your inspirations for the Sad Artist and Other Fairytales?

When writing, one is inspired by many things, including love, poverty, pain, and beauty. I have always had a passion for works of art such as those created by Oscar Wilde, or Plato in ancient Greece. When I wrote the book, I was inspired by the things that I had either experienced in my life, or what was happening around me. Some of the stories are actually inspired by true life occurrences, like the story of ‘From the Village,’ ‘The Musician,’ and the title of the book, ‘The Sad Artist.’ Conversely, there are other stories that were inspired from things I watched from the TV, heard on the radio, or saw as I was walked both in the city, and in the countryside.
One of my biggest inspirations was from Art, books, and music. I felt a need to look at the challenges that artists face, with the hope of letting children know that one has to be strong, if one wishes to follow a career in the art world especially in Africa. Children are beautiful creatures, they make everyone feel happy, and they know so little about life. It was with the hope of showing them what happens in the real world where some people like politicians, and wealthy business persons care very little about other people’s lives, I wrote the book.

Who will read your book and why?

The book is primarily set for everyone, as it has relevant themes for both children and adults. Although, originally when I wrote it, I was thinking of a book that can merge the young adult together with children, as few books are able to achieve this effect profoundly.

The characters are charming and genuine—both human and non-human. Are any based on old fairytales?

I guess any artist is always driven by imitation, something that Percy Shelly used to say. Every writer is always inspired by a certain book. In my case, I am fond of reading fairytales; however, I made sure that I came up with a new concept that highlights contemporary issues. So in answering the question, the book is not based on old fairytales, as the setting is in the modern mystic world, which shows the current happenings all over the world, and the particular set of ideas that drive the events. Further, not all the stories end with the happy ever after storyline, something that many old fairytales attribute to. Some of my stories have a sad ending, something which is not synonymous with old fairytales.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

The toughest part was how to develop independent characters who were not influenced by my own convictions. Any great writer should able to separate his life from his work. This is a tough thing to achieve, as nearly every secret of a writer’s soul is largely written in his work, something I believe that Virginia Woolf stated. A great writer should strive to develop the characters extensively, without having a personal touch.
Another thing that I found endearing was rewriting some of the stories, and trying to find someone who would do some Kisii (a native Kenyan language) translations in one of the stories in the book, ‘From the Village.’

There are clearly underlying meanings to your fairytales. What do you want the readers to know about them?

Yes, I believe there are so many hidden meanings in the stories in the book. This is the kind of book that you do not just read to finish, but rather to understand and ponder on the story line. For instance, the story of ‘The State’, apart from the love of the girl that prompts the young Master to become humane is a political story. It calls for all those in power to care for their citizens, and not live a lavish life funded by corruption, sloth, and impunity with their families while the people suffer in abject poverty, disease, and lack of education.

Are you writing anything else?

Yes I have already finished a novella for young adults ‘Nana and the Boy with Two Shadows,’ just waiting to submit it to my publisher. Currently, I am writing some horror stories ‘The Girl with the Flawless Face and Other Horror stories,’ for adults, which I hope to finish before the end of the year.

Any last thoughts for our readers?

I would urge every parent out there to buy this book for their children, and also for themselves too, for it is a book that transcends all generations. Look out for my next books. If you have any questions or comments you can reach me here, where you also buy a copy, thank you.http://www.wordbranch.com/the-sad-artist-and-other-fairytales.html

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