Davie Danford Mchinga publishes first Novelette

United States of America (USA) based media studies scholar, Davie Danford Mchinga has published his first novella.

Davie Danford Mchinga publishes first Novelette, Image: facebook
Davie Danford Mchinga publishes first Novelette, Image: facebook

Malawi: United States of America (USA) based media studies scholar, Davie Danford Mchinga has published his first novella. The Fallout Nyamsengechi’s Odyssey of Turmoil has been termed as a giant step in his writing career.

The author has written and published several short stories and poems in his writing career. However, the novella was his first attempt at longer length of storytelling.

The newly published author spoke to the media regarding his new book. In an interview he confirmed that it took him a year to write the novella

“It has taken me a good 12 months to complete writing the book. The project started in Malawi but I have completed it here in the USA. I hope and believe that readers will fall in love with what I have written as I tried to put much effort in it,” said Mchinga.

He also revealed that he takes inspiration from his surroundings for his creative writing pursuits. “I pay keen attention to the things that happen in society and this book is mirror to what is happening in our communities,” he said.

The Fallout: Nyamsengechi’s Odyssey of Turmoil delves into the complex interplay of climate change, poverty and cultural practices in rural Malawi. The book is expected to become an instant hit with the readers.

The novella discusses the harrowing journey of one young girl Nyamsengechi who is married off at a tender age. Through the story, Mchinga sheds light on the devastating impact of environmental changes on vulnerable communities.

“In a nutshell the novelette brings out the consequences on marriage that Nyamsengechi encountered after her husband left for greener pastures in South Africa as a result of climate change which resulted in inability to harvest enough yields to pay back debt and sustain his family,” said Mchinga.

One of the people who have read the book, Eliza Elias, described the novelette as a masterpiece.

“I have read short stories written by Mchinga before and this book is just superb. Mchinga is a writer who takes a reader from one page to the end without the reader getting tired of reading.  So, having read the 105 paged novelette, I feel the author is on a right track in terms of his writing ability,” said Elias.

According to Mchinga, who is pursuing his studies at Fayetteville State University, the book is currently on the market only on soft copies.

“We are selling soft copy at K10,000. However, we have engaged government print and by the end of this month more than 200 copies will be out. So, those who love hard copies should not feel hard done. Hard copies are coming,” said the 31 year old author.

Finally, Davie Danford Mchinga revealed the names of his favorite authors Chinua Achebe, Steve Chimombo, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Jack Mapanje and Wole Soyika.