J. G. Jesman is a Malawian-British author and animator who has always enjoyed storytelling through various mediums. He has been writing all of his life, creating stories through comics, animations, movies and songs.
J.G. holds a Master’s Degree in Film and Media. He has written a collection of short stories and a novella, and is in the process of having his debut novella published. He is particularly interested in the pathos of things and most of his stories deal with that theme.
‘Wong Fei-Hung’ is J. G.’s first short story to be published by Fairlight Books.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: I remember going on adventures with Tintin and Snowy. Hergé encouraged me (a Malawian kid) to roll my sleeves up and dash off to America, Spain—or the moon even. I liked comics in youth but the book that made a lasting impression was Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘Just when I thought I was out…’ If you can finish the sentence without any help from Google; hello my friend.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: Stoner. John Williams. I have read it many times. It shows that any ‘normal’ life can be chock-full of drama.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: The power to grant superpowers, because there’s no greater joy than enabling someone else to fulfil their potential.
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: I would go to the Sengoku era (warring states period) in Japan, to see if the samurai were really as brave as all that.
The train doors hissed like a soft drink can, spilling passengers out of the carriage. Through the platform speakers, a sweet-sounding woman said something about standing back from the doors in a British accent before repeating it in Cantonese. An office man balancing a briefcase in the air almost elbowed Dandaulo in the eye. ‘Hey, …