Author Interview: ‘The Tenant’s Wrath’ by Gabriel Nombo

About the Book:

Tenancy is a stage that is exercised by almost everyone, especially when we are obliged to shift from one place to another. However, this aspect has several challenges as long as we realize the relationship between tenants and landlords. Now, some remarks on it. Please, allow the author to entertain you while explaining the challenges witnessed in some tenancies.

THE TENANT’S WRATH (previously published as Outrageous Humans on Exoplanet) is a novel that has been written according to the author’s experience in living as a tenant in local houses. At the time of publishing this book, he has an experience of fourteen tenancies in local houses. There are troublesome tenants and house owners in some tenancies. How this report is presented? Through appreciating efforts that are done in space technology and exoplanetology.

Technology has drastically developed nowadays and, keeps on advancing rapidly. This has not left behind exoplanetology and space technology (let’s appreciate how curiosity rover was positioned on mars). Presently, we are able to live outside our customized planet for several months. Due to it, we know the biological impact of lacking the earth’s gravitational force. For instance, cardiovascular behavior of the human body when it’s in a weightlessness environment.

The report on how landlords and tenants live together, is assumed to be written in 34th Century, one century after the first signal indicating aliens’ presence is detected. A fictional reporter from the earth, writes it after voyaging to aliens ‘exoplanet. This exoplanet has aliens who are very angry by nature.

The reporter does a thorough research on aliens’ culture including their science, daily life, food style, theology, landlord-tenant relationship, education system, and others. Then, he writes a report which he forwards it to his fellow earthlings. It takes only a month for the emailed report to reach planet earth.

Welcome to a strange and fascinating exoplanet!


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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

The challenges I faced when I was renting in several local houses have impressed me to write something to share with others. I started tenancy life soon after completing my high level education in March 2005. I tenanted in two local houses in Songea district, Ruvuma-Tanzania before shifting to Dar es salaam in November 2005. In Dar es salaam, I was lucky enough to live in the same building with four local landlords while studying at the institute of Finance management (IFM), taking information technology (IT).

I completed my college education in July 2008 and I got a job that moved me to Mwanza region (Tanzania) in October 2008. I tenanted in three local houses in this region while living in the same building with my landlords/landladies.   Thus, sharing items like a courtyard, bathroom, veranda, toilet, electricity, water utility, etc.

From my first tenancy in Songea up to my ninth tenancy in Mwanza, I realized that no tenancy was without a challenge. Hence, in January 2010, I started to construct my building and shifted into it in June 2010. My mind calmed in this hut and a distinguished guest arrived in my mind: an idea of documenting the challenges I faced.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I don’t have any specific time and place for writing. When I remember something, I might use my laptop or even my mobile phone to write what comes in my mind at that time. However, when I desire to put it in a paragraph, I usually write when my computer is connected to Internet.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

As far as ‘The Tenant’s Wrath’ is concerned, most of my ideas just came from events that I had already witnessed. I got a few events from other tenants after I published and printed part of this book in January 2012, which was in Kiswahili. With an exception of it’s setting (far away from the earth), I can say, I did not write this book. I just transferred it from brain storage to ‘written’ storage.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

There was no plan in writing The Tenant’s Wrath. The entire story already existed in my head before I started writing it.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

At the moment, I have only one completed book: The Tenant’s Wrath. Its genre is science fiction. I chose this genre so as to write it freely. As it involves a true part of my life, I wanted to make a reader know the life of characters in the book and not the life of author and his surroundings. Thus, until I expose a key, by reading only a novel, I think there is no direct relationship between the book and me. Example, Setifokasi (the protagonist) took accountancy at the college, but I took Information technology.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I am not so familiar with the names of other famous actors out of Tanzania, but Vincent Kigosi (Tanzanian) would be the best fit to play the role of Setifokasi.

 7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read much, especially in digital form, not only books but also articles. I like novels that make me have knowledge I didn’t have before. A knowledge that is also funny and makes me laugh when I get it. In that way, I have several favourite authors, not limited to Tanzanian authors: Shaaban Robert with his book ‘Kusadikika (To be believed)’ and Irene Ndauka. Irene Ndauka has written several books in Kiswahili concerning witchcraft. The way she explains how science in the darkness operates, motivated me to desire explaining the opposite: how science in the lightness works.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

At the moment, I am reading Alien Attraction by Cara Bristol and Sub-human by David Simpson.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book is Kusadikika (To be believed) by Shaaban Robert as it takes me to a strange environment where I can do tourism of its kind.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

If that someone were in front of me now, I would say; if you have a story that you think it is interesting and people can get entertained or learn something from it, writing it should be inevitable. Without fearing how many people may read the resulted book. For, it is easy to document your interest but convincing other people to be interested in what you are interested in is so challenging.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  



About the Author:

Gabriel P. Nombo is an information technology (IT) professional. He is the author who engaged himself in part of what he has written. While struggling to dwell in local houses, the author had tenanted in more than eight houses in different regions of his country, starting from 2005 to 2010. During all this time, he kept on observing and admiring domestic relationship between tenants and landlords when they occupy and dwell in the same building. In January 2012, he published only part of his entire personal finding: ‘HASIRA ZA MPANGAJI (The Tenant’s Wrath)’. This work had only 112 pages and it included only 500 printed copies. He employed it to extract some more data from other houses that never lucked him tenancy. How?. He presented it to some academicians, mostly, higher learning institutions in several regions. Most of them got interested and took a copy of it.

In those regions, as he was also sighted marketing the novel tête-à-tête around the streets, he presented it to local people who became emotional to the title and exposed a lot of challenges they were facing. Numerous claims were either tenants’ maltreatment or landlord’s harsh behavior. This advantaged him to harvest more data and information on what the society faces when dwelling as tenants and landlords. By harnessing this experience, and, as much effort is now focused towards space exploration, extraterrestrial intelligence and space technology, the author was eager to share his thoughts on it. How? By building curiosity on how aliens might behave, when they grade themselves as tenants and landlords. This curiosity and many others, drove him insane. There was no way to cure it but, coming up with Outrageous Humans on Exoplanet.

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