When I left Zimbabwe almost ten years ago, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. What I needed to do. Write! I’d witnessed too much, been challenged too much, learned too much, to keep it all inside. Still dedicated to world changing, I knew it was time I started doing it with pen and paper.
As a writer, I’ve tried it all: fiction, non-fiction, stage and screen. Jill of all trades? Maybe. But there’s a reason for it. Each different piece of work has been the right vehicle to explore different development-related themes.
There were the articles about HIV/AIDS and Zimbabwe that I wrote for American publications when I returned to the US in 2000. The play that offered an intimate glimpse into Africa’s HIV/AIDS epidemic, which was performed at the Harare International Arts Festival in 2001. My memoir, which follows my journey in Africa from idealist to realist, and a screenplay about an ordinary woman from Texas who became an HIV/AIDS pioneer in Romania. I’m currently at work on a novel: a mother/daughter story set in Kosovo and New York.
Quite a mix, I know. But each piece of work challenges the reader to examine a place, issue or character in all of its complexity. Exploring the world’s nuances and complications is what continually compels me as a writer, regardless of which form my writing takes.