Msimelelo Boltina. Remember that name. In his book “Msi” introduces readers to the obstacles that he has been able to overcome. A valuable read for anyone looking to understand and expand on the definition of resilience. Looking for a local hero? You have found him.   

Your author name

Msimelelo ‘Msi’ Boltina

Your book title

Baptised in Fire

Give us the elevator pitch for your book?

Baptised in Fire is an inspirational true story of sheer resilience and overcoming of two tragic accidents 20 years apart. The author shares his trial and tribulation of growing up with burn scars and how that shaped his outlook on life, and how 20 years later he had to draw on those lessons when he found himself back in hospital after a car accident had left him paralysed from the chest down. His journey will leave you inspired and empowered.

What would you give as your main reason or goal for writing?

Touching lives and spreading much needed inspiration.

Who was the book written for?

Everyone in need of some motivation (or a ‘pick-me-up’) (Middle-schoolers – Elderly)

How long did it take for you to finish the final draft of your book?

7 years.

What makes this book different from others on the shelf?

It is told in a simplistic relatable way. This ensures everyone has a takeaway from reading the book.

What was the hardest part of the writing journey for you?

Re-living some of the darkest times in my life.

Your favourite place to write?

In bed. Hahaha.

What kept you motivated to write during the times you felt stuck?

Seeing the book take shape from just scattered thoughts and becoming a ‘book’ kept me going.

Tell us something about yourself that readers would not be able to guess?

I love Mixed Martial Arts. Hahahaha.

Have you written any other books?

Not at all, but I am working on my second book.

Assuming you may not write full time, what is your day job?

Forensic Auditor

How should someone get in touch with you?

My email and Facebook page work well. ( /