Fungisayi Sasa

Obsidian, poetry, issue 46, March 15, 2019







Ever since Fungisayi Sasa was a child, she has always enjoyed fairytales. Growing up in an environment where traditional folktales were told sitting by the fire under starry skies helped shape her appetite for fiction and poetry. The many advancements in technology especially robotics and AI opened her imagination and widened her reality, helping her craft poems and stories that explored old and new frontiers in science fiction and fantasy, whilst adding a hint of her Zimbabwean heritage. She has published a children's book, 'The Search for the Perfect Head and her short stories have been published by Weaver Press in their short story collections, 'Writing Free' and 'Writing Lives'. Her poetry has also appeared on Poetry International Web.  




Get to Know Fungisayi Sasa:


Birthdate?

21 September 1983


When did you start writing?

When I was five or six, I used to write A4 sized mini 'novels', with a cover page illustration and four to five pages inside. The story was usually inspired by some anger or irritation at something one of my older siblings had done to me, so the story would end with them murdered or in jail. None of them encouraged my writing but I always had an interest in reading and writing poetry and fiction. It was only when I moved to the UK that I began to realise that writing did not have to remain a hobby, but it could be a career so I studied creative writing, graduated in 2008 and gained a better understanding of the craft.


When and what and where did you first get published?

My first publication was a children's book 'The Search for the Perfect Head' which was published by Eloquent books in April 2009.


Why do you write?

I come from a culture where how you address your elders is very important, you cannot say whatever you want however you want. It's  a positive thing in that it teaches respect and honour but it is a negative thing in that many things remain unvoiced. Writing is a way for me to express what has been left unsaid.


Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

As a child, I enjoyed how fantasy and science fiction transported me to alternate worlds or timelines. It was so far from my reality that it drew me in immediately. I used to enjoy reading Enid Blyton's 'Faraway Tree' and I would climb up the topmost branches of the guava tree in our garden, with the book, and imagine that I was living in the 'Faraway Tree'. Since both genres interested and influenced me so much as a child, it feels natural and right to use them as avenues for expressing my writing.


Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?

My favourite author is Enid Blyton. My favourite book is 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe


What are you trying to say with your fiction?

If you look at something from a different angle, you may see that it has more than one face.


If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

She surpassed expectations


Do you blog?

No, I haven't been able to make the commitment blogging demands.






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