Famed local writer and Teenager’s Tale author Tyler Majaga says his anticipated second play Blue Skies which is scheduled to be released on June 25th will address problems that commonly affect the youth.
The play’s first part of a trilogy involves six characters; a struggling photographer, an upcoming model, a recovering prostitute, a confused girl experimenting with sexuality, an upcoming writer trying to court a girl in a ‘higher league’ and finally a lesbian girl who fears what her parents and society would think of her if she revealed her sexuality.
“All these six characters involve problems that today’s youth people of ages 15-25 find themselves dealing with, hence they being the target market. However, the first book which is the one coming out in June, will feature the first three characters in Thuso, the struggling photographer, his girlfriend Mitchell, an upcoming model and lastly Tanaya who is a recovering prostitute, being Thuso ex lover as well,” Majaga told Time Out.
Majaga’s debut play Teenager’s Tale which sold over 500 copies continues to do fairly well in book stores and has persuaded the 22 year old to work on a sequel.
“The reception from Batswana on my first book has been amazing given its limited release of 500 copies. About 100 of those were mostly giveaways, with the rest of the 400 sold through a partnership with the former Mafia Soul (now Urban Soul).The book retailed for two years before we decided to work on a follow up”, Majaga said.
However, it has not been a smooth sail to the top for Majaga who says he has encountered problems with his first publication.
“There is lack of financing to successfully market my writing, a problem which still haunts me even now which is why I prefer doing presale vouchers to try and raise capital. I have made a couple of mistakes with the first book, amongst many being the focus of financing on launching the book rather than marketing it. This time, more focus will be placed on marketing the book”, stressed Majaga.
Quizzed by this publication on the theme of the book, Majaga revealed that there was no central theme with the current book but rather, an array of themes picked from the story. “It is really hard to pick one theme in the book because there are different scenes and emotions, so I urge Batswana to buy copies once the book is released,” he said.