Mother’s love inspires Monica Pinias to write
By Adolf Kaure
WINDHOEK – Monica Pinias, who fascinated Namibians with her recently launched second novel ‘Love, Sex and Flight Tickets’, says she has her mother (who has been diagnosed with cancer) to thank for the love of writing.
Her novel that came after ‘Modern Relationships’ that was released in 2014 has impressed many Namibians, who have hailed the book on social media as a must-read.
The youthful author told The Southern Times last week that being the only daughter to her ailing mother – Josefina Haluodi – has pushed her to pursue her dream of writing.
Haluodi is not her biological mother, but her mother’s elder sister who raised her since she was three months old, hence she regards her as her mother.
“My mom currently has cancer, despite it being an emotional thing for me it is also very costly. She took me from my mother when I was three months old and has raised me ever since. People who have cancer have to eat specific foods and also need medication and this is what motivated me,” Pinias said.
The Walvis Bay-born and bred Pinias added that her journey as a writer has taught her to be more independent and to trust herself more.
“If you want something done properly, you need to do it yourself because I feel that in the society in which we live, no one will do something for you with the best of intentions. You have control to do things the way you want it done. Many people, whether they are editors or publishers, as long as they get their money, they don’t give 100 percent,” she said.
‘Love, Sex and Flight Tickets’ is about a young girl, Victoria. Victoria is in a world where she needs to be a responsible daughter and sister.
She is a very ambitious lady, who has aspirations of being a top model and not only a runway model, but does everything possible to meet the right people to fund her dream.
She ends up meeting Sam (a powerful businessman and married man), who offers to help her to realise her dream and convinces the naïve Victoria to believe that he is in love with her.
The book shows the price many young girls have to pay to accomplish their ambitions, including the unseen conflicts which are hidden from the public eye for fame, power and success.
Her motive is “to send a message to readers that what glitters is not as shining as it looks. There is a lot of tears and emotional draining to be involved with someone that you know you should not be involved with.
“Many girls idolise their peers who live the glamourous lifestyle of eating at restaurants and flying across the world, not knowing that these girls go through the most traumatising experiences of their lives,” said Pinias.
Regarding Namibian literature, Pinias opines that: “There isn’t really a market for books in Namibia and it all comes down to personal hard work. Apart from receiving reviews from book clubs, there is no real platform that rewards top authors in Namibia.”
Apart from being a wordsmith and script writer and film producer, Pinias also makes a living from running social media pages of corporate companies, marketing and as an events hostess.
She advises upcoming authors that they need to do “substantial research and first find out if there is a market for what you are writing about. Write your mind and make it unique”. – firstname.lastname@example.org