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Fundisani Shandu Releases His First Book, ‘Dear Crush’

Entrepreneur, actor, nominated best model, writer, radio and TV presenter, Fundisani Shandu has released his first  book, “Dear Crush.

We had a chat with him to find out more about his new book.

Q: Who is Fundisani Shandu where are you from and how was it like growing up?

A: Fundisani Shandu is a 22-year-old ambitious young King, I am an actor, nominated best Model, Radio and TV presenter. I am an entrepreneur owning Fundisani Wear, a clothing brand and a writer. My childhood was super cool from living with my mom and grandmother in the rural areas of Mangethe. To moving to my large paternal side of my family to be raised by my grandparents and my lovely aunt in Mandeni. My childhood needs a book of its own but it made me the person that I am today.  

Q: If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be

A:Lover, superstar and super-intelligent

Q: How long have you been writing or when did you start?

A: I think for as long as  I learned how to put sentences together, I wrote my first vampire book when I was in grade 6. I lost it on my old flash drives. I love telling stories and it’s a good thing I found a way to put it all down.

Q: What inspired the idea for your book?

A: My life, my life is really interesting and it’s almost as a far-fetched story when I tell people about me, I just wanted to share with the world this one side of me that’s funny and a lover.

Q: Without spilling the beans, tell us more about the book.

A: Dear crush is a love letter to my crush, a boy I used to like in high school. I share more than that though, I share my relationship dynamics with my friends, lovers, and a bit of family. I just wanted to share something relatable for all the young black Queer boys out there. I just know some boy is out there trying to figure out why he feels a certain way about another guy or a girl. We never had that, this will be cool and I hope the next generation reads my book and laugh cause they’ve been there. Dear Crush is comic relief. The book is also really funny, I am funny lol.

Q: How long did it take you to write this book?

A: Pretty much 5 years, in high school. I had a diary and I would write everything down. When I was in matric, when I wanted to tell my crush how I felt but instead, I put it all down in a book and I wanted to send it to him. Lol, people will find out in a book if I did give him or not.

Q: What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

A: The message is to always follow your heart, be true to yourself and what you stand for. Love and be open to receiving love.

Q: What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?

A: I was trying to avoid sharing some parts about me and my family, the homophobia, and the abuse I faced. I found myself pinning it down though, I edited most parts out. I think as much as I wanted the book to be light and funny, it would be wrong for me to put some things under the carpet and especially homophobia.

Q: What, to you, are the most important elements of good writing?

A: I can’t  stress this enough but coherence, focus, and a good plot are very important.

Q: What books or authors have most influenced your writing?

A: Tsitsi Dangaremba , Dudu Busani, and Chinua Achebe. I feel like their writing is over the top and I hope one day I get to that level.

Q: If you could spend a day with a popular author, whom would you choose?

A: Tsitsi Dangaremba, I am putting this to the universe. I would spend the whole day asking her about Nervous Conditions. I love that book, after reading my book I want people to check it out.

Q: How do you handle writer’s block?

A: I usually go running, I just know I will see something unusual on the street. If not I go to my late grandmother’s place in Mangethe, it’s very quiet there and the network is always unavailable so I just think and boom! I just know what to write.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?

A: In life? My mom and Beyoncé’, I think with B everyone will know but with my mom, I feel like with her still being in this world breathing just gives me so much hope. I hope I get to tell her stories one day. In terms of writing? I think going away for a while, hiking or just meeting new people or my late grandmother’s place. That always draws something for me to write.

Q: Since this is your first book, should we expect more and when?

A: Absolutely, I wasn’t sure which one to release first. I am a storyteller and my catalogue is full of stories.

Q: Where can people purchase your book?

A: I am selling my book independently, I am taking pre-orders now. If you would like to pre-order the book, send a DM to the ‘Dear Crush’ account on Instagram or email “Dear Crush” at Fundisani28@icloud.com and I will reply back with the information.

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