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Kwei Quartey

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KWEI QUARTEY
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Kwei Quartey is a crime fiction writer and physician based in Pasadena, California. In 2018, having practiced medicine for more than 15 years while simultaneously working as a writer, Quartey finally retired from medical practice to become a full-time novelist. Prior to that, though, he had balanced the two professions by dedicating the early morning hours to writing before beginning each day in his clinic.

Quartey was born in Ghana, West Africa, to a Ghanaian father and Black American mother, both of whom were lecturers at the University of Ghana. Quartey describes how his family’s home was full of hundreds of books, both fiction and nonfiction, which inspired him to write novellas as early as the age of eight or nin
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Kwei Quartey Hi, Mary

Thanks for your interesting question. In all the years I have written about scenarios in Ghana that are close to the reality, I've never heard…more
Hi, Mary

Thanks for your interesting question. In all the years I have written about scenarios in Ghana that are close to the reality, I've never heard back from any party that might have been shown in poor light. The reason is that there isn't a prevalent novel-reading tradition in Ghana and indeed sub-Saharan Africa in general, and as such, the novel carries little if any stature as a conveyance of criticism. Newspapers, radio, and TV, certainly. Novels? No.

Indeed, I have even given my novels to police officials at Ghana's CID as gifts, and have never received any feedback, positive or negative. I'm pretty certain none of them have read any of them! On the one hand it's disappointing, but on the other, it means I can probably go on writing freely about issues without any obstructions from the police or other entities. Certainly, the name "Howard-Mills" in Death By His Grace is brazenly close to "Heward-Mills." Obviously, I'm giving him and ministers like him a provocative poke in the ribs.

The novel I'm writing now, introducing Mabel Safo, PI, is even more critical, going right up to the top. Talk about playing with fire.(less)
Kwei Quartey Hi, there! Yes, I fully plan to bring Darko back again! I had planned it t be my next novel, but my publisher said they would really like me to do a t…moreHi, there! Yes, I fully plan to bring Darko back again! I had planned it t be my next novel, but my publisher said they would really like me to do a third Emma, which I'm working on now. Thank you for your interest.(less)
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Nigerian writer, 70, Chinua Achebe, who gave us a lesson in writing African fiction westerners, is pictured on January 19, 2009 during a welcoming ceremony at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja upon his return to Nigeria for the firrst time in over 10 years. Achebe, whose most famous work is 1958's

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Well, I'm glad you like Emma--so do I! She's taller than average for Ghana at least, around 5-9 to 5-10, and on the wiry side--remember she is a swimmer, which her late beloved dad taught her. Emma doesn't dislike food, she just forgets to eat See Full Answer
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Kwei Quartey Great to meet you, Douglas.


Douglas Wickard Kwei nice having you as a friend on Goodreads as well as on Twitter. You were one of my first 'followers' on Twitter! Cheers!


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