It’s my great pleasure to welcome accomplished writer JAN HAWKE to my blogspot. Jan is a very open and honest person, as I discovered as soon as I clicked on her Facebook page – http://on.fb.me/1Sy2MXI – liked it (please do the same if you haven’t already!) and was drawn to her blog: Jan Hawke INKorporated. I’ll let her explain it, because I think that like me you will feel you know something important about her, having read it.
“So what’s behind the title – what does Jan Hawke INKorporate? Well of course it’s a play on a word which is what wordsmiths are supposed to do – play with words, but let’s do a bit of deconstruction a moment. Humour me! 🙂 Here’s what a dictionary (Wiktionary) has to say on the subject –
incorporate (third-person singular simple present incorporates, present participle incorporating, simple past and past participle incorporated)
1. (transitive) To include (something) as a part. ‘The design of his house incorporates a spiral staircase.’
to incorporate another’s ideas into one’s work.
2. (transitive) To mix (something in) as an ingredient; ‘to blend incorporate air into the mixture.’
3. (transitive) To admit as a member of a company.
4. (transitive) To form into a legal company. ‘The company was incorporated in 1980.’
5. To form into a body; to combine, as different ingredients, into one consistent mass. Shakespeare: ‘By your leaves, you shall not stay alone, / Till holy church incorporate two in one.’
6. To unite with a material body; to give a material form to; to embody. Bishop Stillingfleet: ‘The idolaters, who worshipped their images as gods, supposed some spirit to be incorporated therein.’
Apologies to the actual #5 in the original entry, but even I can’t tie in US law references – something about the 14th Amendment – with this little piece of froth? 😛 Anyway – this is about me, me, me so what the hey :-PSo – for the sake of argument let’s say that Jan Hawke is ‘incorporated’ more or less along the line of all 6 of those interpretations with the possible exception of #4 because I’ve already said I’m not messing about with any laws in here. Except I’ve used INK instead of ‘inc’ with ‘-orporated’ because all things inky seem to be dominating my life at present so it’s a neat and literary way of summing up what I’ll be doing in here for as long as I have something to say about this phase I’m entering as a kosher writer.
One other thing and then I’ll wind things down – don’t worry about the grammar. All the participles and transitiving – it’s just stuff you have to know a little about as you’re juggling so the words come out OK. And when I say ‘know‘ I mean in the sense that grammar is something that we know of , but hardly ever think about (at least in our native tongue) – most people only ever think (but rarely talk) about grammar when they’re using a foreign language so, for me, grammar is a foreign country and please don’t pay it too much attention else it’ll get ideas above its station… lol
So when I’m saying this is Jan Hawke INKorporated it’s all the things that go into the mixture that is me, the writer, Jan Hawke. Literary (or literally) multiple personality, dysfunctionality on speed in fact – probably. Some days ‘sensible’ me is in charge of things so what goes on in here will sometimes make sense. We’ll see!!!!! :-D”
See what I mean? Jan’s book – Milele Safari (Eternal Journey) – twines around a single day in an unremarkable border village: a day that snuffs out the lives of four people and shatters many others, only to draw the survivors back to a different time and, perhaps, a hope of atonement and peace. Reading it takes you on a journey to discover an Africa that could have been, that is, and that one day might come to be. Here is part of what two of the 5* reviewers had to say:
“This is one of the tightest written books I have read in a very long time. The prose is excellent, the character development equally excellent. One of my pet peeves is when characters are built in one direction then act completely out of character – that never happened, not once, not even with Lyssa the leopard who we get the opportunity to see the world to include tourists from her unique perspective.
This is a book of hope in an often hopeless land. The stories of monstrosities are told with the same excellence and genuineness that supports the characters and story world. I didn’t find a single misstep. That is quite an accomplishment for a first time author with such a massive undertaking – this is not a small book or a lightweight topic.”
“’Milele Safari’ is not in any sense an easy read. It moves steadily from present to past to present again, from the journals and memories of one character to those of another and another. It circles, always, around inexplicable hatreds and unremitting guilt. It does not shrink at shocking truths. At the same time, it never gives way to despair. If you are looking for a conventional thriller, or for a simplistic inspirational “message,” you won’t find either here.
What you WILL find is a hard look at the complexities of the human spirit, told in terms of modern Africa but pertinent to what has happened and is happening everywhere else in the world. And you’ll find characters, situations, and places that will stay with you for a long time.”
Well that was enough to get MY juices flowing. Even though there are 24 books already on my list to read and review, I had to download Milele Safari and add it to that overlong list. I WILL get to it, and when I do I am sure it will broaden my horizons.
Milele Safari on amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/1CjoFR6
Milele Safari on amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1Gyb10u
Blog or Website: https://janhawke.wordpress.com
Facebook Page URL: http://on.fb.me/1Sy2MXI
Twitter Handle: @JanHawke