Guest Blogger: Balthazar Rodrigue Nzomono-Balenda, Author of The Depth of My Soul

Balthazar Rodrigue Nzomono-Balenda ( August 29, 1981), known as Rodrigue or Balthazar is a French-born Danish author and he is originally from the Republic of the Congo. Balthazar was born in Oullins, which is a suburb in Lyon, in France and his parents were diplomats in South Africa, before he and his family moved to Denmark. His parents, André & Rose Nzomono-Balenda were diplomats under the mandate of the former Congolese president, Pascal Lissouba. In 1997,there was civil war in the Congo As presidential elections scheduled for July 1997 approached, tensions between the Lissouba and Sassou camps mounted. On June 5, President Lissouba's government forces surrounded Sassou's compound in Brazzaville and Sassou ordered members of his private militia (known as "Cobras") to resist. Thus began a four-month conflict that destroyed or damaged much of Brazzaville and caused tens of thousands of civilian deaths.

Balthazar has written two books, The D
epth of My Soul and The Struggle of Power & The Fight for Survival. He is a multimedia designer and a student at the Nordic Multimedia Academy (NOMA). Balthazar identifies himself as a French – born Congolese because he is more connected with the Congo and France than Denmark. He speaks French, English, Lingala, Norwegian, Danish, partially German, Dutch and Afrikaans. Balthazar learns Chinese and Japanese in his spare time, he writes poems, he paints, he goes out and enjoys himself. Balthazar is also a member of the International Society of Poets, which runs poetry.com and he sometimes publishes poems at poetry.com. There will be more books from him this year.

You can visit his website at www.ganymedeweb.com.


My Challenge as an Author
by Balthazar Rodrigue Nzomono-Balenda, A Depth of My Soul

The biggest challenge for me is finding an agent because I don’t have enough resources to pay that agent. I don’t have enough knowledge about different agents and what do they do. Sometimes I ask myself if the time is right for me to find an agent and the other question, if they believe that I have something to contribute. Personally, I believe I have something to contribute because when I publish my books, I focus on different causes our leaders may sometimes ignore such as genocide, war crimes, dictatorship, abuse, torture etc. Sometimes, I think we may complain for a long time about some of these causes our politicians ignore; but the bottom line is, it is our responsibility to remind them about these causes and even if they don’t want to listen, we must not quit.

There are other challenges I have faced as an author: finding a publisher was not easy for me in Denmark and other countries include United States. There were publishers in America that only wanted to push authors who are residents of the U.S. and Canada and it was depressing for me because I publish poems in American website such as www.poetry.com and www.allpoetry.com.

I chose to publish my books in United States because it has embraced my talents as a writer and I am forever grateful to America for lifting me up in this area. Promoting my books have not been easy for me and I was struggling to find effective solutions on how my promotion could be successful and to be honest with you, I am still struggling to promote my book, but I am on my way to reach out to my readers and let them know that my book has a lot to offer and in order for me to bring awareness to them, I explain to them about the content of the book, which is about justice. The message, I have to my readers is that justice without peace is like living as a dead man in the inside.

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