Get to Know…Romeo Matshaba

the romantic dreamer (front)If your name is Romeo, clearly you’re destined to write romance. Romeo Matshaba joins us for today’s “Get to Know…” Welcome, Romeo!

Okay, first of all, you write romance and your name is Romeo? Is this a pen name, or did you just feel obligated to do something romantic?

Indeed, well after countless encounters with people who referenced my name in conjunction with romance, the line between passion and obligation became somewhat fuzzy. Besides imagine someone named Romeo who wrote a horror book: that would make a stubborn cat to laugh out loud.

You should write horror just to mess with people’s minds. Tell us about your book, please.

“The Romantic Dreamer” is, I believe, the first of its kind. It combines various facets of literature into one epic romantic novel. It is primarily about the very last romantic in his journey to find the one who we live to find; to find his true source of happiness. 

What’s the book’s opening line? Why did you start there?

“Our second date. Was there a small feasibility that today would be as enchanting and delightful as that magical day before?”

It is the intermediate point between bliss and intense suffering; that unique moment that entwines the two crucial entities together.

Name aside, why do you write romance?

Men like us know, Daniel, that this world would have been a sad mistake if there was no love or true artists to express it.

Cue the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.” What do you most enjoy about writing in general?

The idea that for a momentary time, I can live in the reader’s mind: making them see what I have seen, feel what I’ve felt… that is worth a thousand rubies.

A thousand rubies sounds nice, too. Please share a writing tip you’ve found helpful.

To become a reader when you’re writing and a writer when you read

Let’s pretend you’re casting your book as a movie or TV show. Who would you cast as the main character?

It has to be Lucy, definitely Lucy; she is one of those rare mortals whom you are convinced that they are made out of sounds of music or at most a few pieces of perfection.

So you’re CEO and owner of the Unison Group. What’s the company all about?

Well, Unison Group is a corporation of four entities, namely: Books, music, film and gaming. In reference to books it is a new age publication company, which focuses on quality and the liberation of authors through a unique and economical way of publishing.

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

The classic book of Casanova, I could not help but feel a strong relation to his work. Simply put the man was an artist of love.

If you could have one super-power, what would it be and why?

That’s a tough one, Daniel, I guess at the core of it all, to see through my lover’s heart. If I could be able to do that, I’d be content.

What’s next for you?

Heading out to space, I realized that the world is too small.

Have fun in space. Where can people learn more about your work?

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

In my teenage years, I won the best kisser of the year award (what an accomplishment).

Sounds like you’ve earned your name. Thanks for stopping by, Romeo!