An exclusive interview with Ndinaelao Moses, Electrical Power Engineer and Authour

Who’s Ndinelao?
I’m Ndinaelao Moses, an electrical power engineer by profession. Alongside engineering, I’m dedicated to mentorship and education, guiding aspiring engineers through QueenShono Mentorship. Advocating for mental health awareness and children’s rights is a cause close to my heart, and I have a passion for teaching mathematics and science. Serving as a motivational speaker with NAMWIE, I have the privilege of encouraging high school students to explore the exciting world of STEM, empowering them to reach their full potential.

What inspired the title of your new book?
As the author, I drew inspiration for this story from a deep well of observations and experiences. I couldn’t help but notice how quick we, as a society, can be to judge others, often without understanding their full story or the challenges they face. This tendency to rush to judgment, to write someone off without giving them a fair chance, troubled me deeply.
I also felt a strong urge to be a voice for those who are marginalized or ignored, particularly in a world where injustice can sometimes feel overwhelming. The story became a means to explore these complex issues, to shine a light on the importance of empathy, and to show the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
So, in essence, the inspiration for “Don’t Write Me Off” springs from a desire to challenge societal norms, question our preconceived notions, and advocate for fairness and compassion in an often unjust world. It’s a story driven by a belief in the power of understanding and the hope that, by telling it, we can encourage others to be more compassionate and open-minded in their own lives.

Are there any specific literary works or authors that you admire and draw inspiration from, either within or outside the realm of non-fiction?
As an author, my literary journey has been deeply influenced by a diverse range of voices. J.K. Rowling’s imaginative brilliance in creating the magical world of Harry Potter has been a profound source of inspiration. Her ability to craft a narrative that transcends age and background is something I aspire to achieve in my work.
Moreover, the powerful narratives of African authors have played a pivotal role in shaping my storytelling. Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece, “Things Fall Apart,” remains a touchstone for its poignant portrayal of cultural change and its enduring impact on generations. It catalyzed my exploration of complex societal shifts in my writing.
Childhood reads like “Meekulu’s Children” by Karin, which delves into the struggles during a critical period of independence, have left an indelible mark. These stories of resilience and societal transformation continue to resonate with me, influencing the depth and nuance of my narratives. “Meisie yaKamati” has shaped my life and inspired me in so many ways
Additionally, mystery novels like “Wanashipolo aya nomwenyo mofuka,” reminiscent of Harry Potter’s intrigue and suspense, have spurred my interest in crafting tales that keep readers on the edge of their seats.
In essence, these authors and their works have not only shaped my writing style but have also instilled in me a deep appreciation for the power of storytelling to shed light on complex social issues and to transport readers to worlds both magical and deeply rooted in the African experience. They serve as beacons, illuminating the path of my literary endeavors.

At what age did you start with your writing career?
I started writing at the age of 14.

How do you think your books contribute to the ongoing conversation on self-reflection and morality in today’s world?
As an author, I believe my books make a meaningful contribution to the ongoing conversation on self-reflection and morality in today’s world. Through my narratives, I strive to create characters and situations that prompt readers to ponder their values and choices. By exploring the complexities of human experiences and moral dilemmas, I aim to encourage introspection.
Drawing inspiration from my own experiences and observations, I craft stories that resonate with readers on a personal level. Whether it’s navigating the emotional depths of loss or facing ethical decisions in a complex world, my characters grapple with relatable challenges. In doing so, I hope to provide a mirror for readers to reflect on their own beliefs and actions.
Furthermore, by infusing my narratives with moments of triumph and heartbreak, I aim to evoke genuine emotional responses. This emotional connection can lead to deeper contemplation about the characters’ journeys and the moral lessons embedded within them. Ultimately, I aspire to contribute to a broader discourse on self-reflection and morality, fostering a greater understanding of our shared human experiences.

What advice will you give to young and upcoming authors?
Immerse yourself in diverse genres and styles. Edit diligently, and let your passion shine through your words. Set achievable goals and trust in the process. Remember, every great author started where you are now. Keep writing, keep growing, and never underestimate the power of your voice.

Take us through your journey as an author. What led you to pursue writing, and how has your writing evolved over the years?
My journey as a writer has been a tapestry woven with passion, resilience, and growth. It all began with poetry at the tender age of 14, a spark that ignited my love for storytelling. However, an unfortunate incident led to the loss of my early work. Undeterred, I continued my writing journey in university, penning a story titled ‘Namibia Cinderella,’ although fate dealt another blow when my laptop, containing this work, was stolen.

In 2019, a milestone was achieved with the publication of my inaugural book, ‘Masked Warrior: All at Once.’ This marked a turning point in my writing journey, as I delved deeper into the craft, refining my skills and honing my voice. The following year, 2021, witnessed the release of my second book, ‘Don’t Write Me Off Just Yet Part 1,’ a testament to my unwavering dedication.
A particularly significant milestone came in collaboration with UNICEF, where I had the privilege of contributing a story titled ‘We Are Human, Not Programmed Machines.’ This venture underscored the transformative power of storytelling and its potential to impact wider audiences.
This year, on August 4th, I celebrated the official launch of all my books, culminating in the release of the eagerly anticipated second part of the ‘Don’t Write Me Off Just Yet’ series. This event marked a moment of immense pride and a realization of how far I’ve come.
Throughout this journey, my grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension of literary principles have markedly improved. The process of writing and publishing has been a school of continual learning, shaping me into the author I am today. Each creation, from poems to novels, stands as a testament to my growth, not just as a writer, but as a storyteller who strives to touch hearts and minds.

The path of a writer is a perpetual evolution, and as I gaze towards the horizon, I do so with gratitude for the past and an eagerness for the stories that await, knowing that the journey has only just begun.

How does your educational background contribute to these books?
As an electrical power engineer, my education in one of the toughest fields globally has greatly influenced my writing. The discipline and hard work required in engineering, which often led to many sleepless nights, have become integral to how I approach storytelling. This background instils in me, a careful attention to detail and a step-by-step method of problem-solving, which I apply to crafting well-structured narratives. Additionally, my engineering education fosters a logical way of thinking that allows me to create stories with intricate plots and engaging characters. It also gives me a unique perspective on how technology, society, and human behavior interact in my writing. In summary, my experiences as an electrical power engineer not only provide technical skills but also shape my writing with a blend of careful reasoning and relatable storytelling

When did you realize that you have a story to share with the world?
I realized at a young age that I had a story to share with the world. There was this inner calling to make a difference through my writing, a feeling that urged me to help people in some way. It struck me every time I witnessed something considered normal, yet deep down, I knew it was far from right. It stirred a burning desire within me to step forward, take the stage, and shout to the world, to stand up for what’s just and become the voice for those who couldn’t speak up. I even contemplated becoming a singer, despite lacking the vocal talent, just to convey my message to the world. For me, storytelling is a means of healing, a way to guide people in discovering themselves and understanding the intricate realm of mental health, recognizing its profound impact on individuals. This drive to share stories, to bring about positive change, has been a driving force throughout my writing journey.

What challenges did you encounter putting these books together?
Creating these books was tough. I had a full-time job and other responsibilities like relationships to manage, so finding time to write was a puzzle. Writer’s block was another hurdle. There were moments when the right words just wouldn’t come, and the story seemed stuck. But even when it was frustrating, I pushed through. It showed me how determined I am to see this through.
Looking back, these challenges were important. They not only shaped the books but also helped me grow as a writer. I learned how to manage my time better and how to keep going even when things get tough. Every problem I faced ended up making the final books stronger. This whole process has been a big learning experience for me.

As an author, how important are book reviews, and what have you learned from the reviews?
As an author, book reviews hold immense significance. They serve as a direct connection to my readers, offering valuable insights into how my work is perceived and received. From reviews, I’ve learned about the aspects of my writing that resonate most strongly with readers, as well as areas that may benefit from further refinement. Constructive criticism from reviews has been instrumental in my growth as a writer, helping me hone my storytelling skills and understand the preferences of my audience. Additionally, positive reviews provide affirmation and motivation to continue writing, while negative reviews, though sometimes challenging, offer opportunities for reflection and improvement. In essence, book reviews are a crucial tool for understanding my readership, refining my craft, and ultimately creating more impactful and engaging stories.

What do you intend to teach, or what message do you want to send across with these books?
Through these books, my primary aim is to illuminate the intricate tapestry of human experiences, particularly in moments of hardship. I want readers to discover, through the journeys of my characters, the inherent resilience that resides within us all, often emerging from the most unexpected sources. Additionally, I strive to foster a deeper understanding of mental health, emphasizing that seeking support is an act of courage and strength, not a sign of weakness. Social justice and the battle against injustice are prevailing themes, urging readers to question societal norms and advocate for what is right, even when it means standing alone. Ultimately, I aspire for my stories to serve as a source of empowerment, leaving readers inspired and equipped with the belief that they possess the inner strength to conquer any obstacle life presents. These narratives are crafted to instill hope and spark unwavering faith.

What message do you have for the youth?
For the youth, I would like to convey a message of unwavering belief in your potential. Know that your voice matters, your ideas are valuable, and your dreams are worth pursuing. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and never underestimate the power of resilience. Seek knowledge voraciously and never stop learning. Remember, you have the capacity to shape a brighter future, not only for yourselves but for the world. Be compassionate, both towards others and yourselves and never be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Trust in your ability to make a difference, no matter how small it may seem at first. You are the leaders, the innovators, and the change-makers of tomorrow, and the world eagerly awaits the impact you will make.

How can one have access to your books and what at price?
To access my books, there are several convenient options available. You can reach out to me directly at 0816923170, or simply follow my social media accounts under my name. If you’re in Windhoek and Walvisbay, physical copies are readily accessible. Additionally, my books can be found on Amazon for international readers. For those in Namibia, there’s a local digital platform called Booklovers, where you can purchase them at

Here are the prices for my books:
“Masked Warrior: All at Once” is priced at N$250.
“Don’t Write Me Off Just Yet Part 1” is available for N$200.
“Don’t Write Me Off Just Yet Part 2” is priced at N$250.
The short story “We Are Human, Not Programmed Machines” is available for free online and can be downloaded.
I hope this makes it easy for readers to explore my work.

How do you connect with your readers, and what role does reader engagement play in your writing career?
Connecting with my readers is a cornerstone of my writing journey. Through channels like social media and a direct contact number (0816923170), I established a direct line of communication. I highly value the thoughts, questions, and perspectives shared by my readers, and I make it a priority to respond promptly. Engaging with readers in person at book events and signings further strengthens this connection. This engagement is pivotal in my writing career; it offers invaluable insights into how my work is received and helps me refine my storytelling craft.
It also builds a sense of community and shared appreciation for the narratives I create.
Witnessing the impact of my stories on individuals is incredibly rewarding and fuels my motivation to continue writing. In essence, the relationship with my readers is a mutually enriching one, where their feedback guides my writing, and my stories, in turn, aim to inspire, provoke thought, and provide moments of reflection and enjoyment for them.

Looking ahead, what legacy or impact do you hope to leave through your writing, particularly with “Masked Warrior: all at once,” and how would you like to be remembered as an author?
Looking ahead, I aspire for “Masked Warrior: All at Once” to leave a legacy of empowerment and resilience. Through this work, I aim to inspire readers to recognize their inner strength, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.
I hope it serves as a beacon of hope for those navigating their paths of adversity, reminding them that they possess the capacity to overcome. Additionally, I want this book to contribute to a greater understanding of mental health, fostering empathy and support for those grappling with such challenges.
As an author, I hope to be remembered as someone who brightened the difficulties of the human experience and championed the voices of the marginalized. I want to be known as a storyteller who dared to question societal norms and advocate for justice.
Ultimately, I aim to leave behind a body of work that resonates on a deep emotional and intellectual level, sparking introspection and igniting a desire for positive change in the hearts of my readers.
If I can inspire even a handful of individuals to believe in their strength and strive for a better world, I would consider my legacy as an author well-established.

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