Bob Mabena’s son off to a blazing start as an author

2013-10-17 17:50

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The 17-year-old son of Kaya FM breakfast show host Bob Mabena is publishing his first novel.

Reneiloe Mabena’s novel, Blaze: The Beginning, is a mashup of science fiction, supernatural, adventure, fantasy and action.

It tells the story of Thando, a young boy who is possessed by an evil spirit but finds himself having to use the powers he acquires as a result to fight off an alien invasion of Earth.

Mabena says he initially thought teenagers and young adults would be his target audience, “but I have seen older people who have read the book so far taking an interest in it, including my principal!”

The Grade 11 pupil at St David’s Marist College, who lists authors Lian Hearn (Gillian Rubinstein), Michael Grant and Robert Muchamore as his inspiration, says it took him a year to write the book.

And he has so far completed three of the five editions he will be putting out.

“I write when I’m not busy with school work or when I’m bored,” he says.

Mabena says writing a book has its benefits. “It has increased my concentration span, improved my understanding of certain subjects and my English grades,” he says.

When asked if having a famous father had an influence on his decision to tackle a novel at such a young age, he said his entire family had shown him support.

“They’ve motivated me even when I had writer’s block or when things didn’t make sense,” says Mabena.

The young writer hopes to study law after high school, but doesn’t want to stop writing.

“I want to grow as a writer, and learn different writing styles and genres,” he adds.

» Blaze: The Beginning will be launched on October 24 at Skoobs Theatre of Books at Montecasino, Joburg. It is published by Porcupine Press.

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