Interview with Dora Okeyo

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made it easier for me to share my writing and get reviews from friends and people across the globe. Traditional publishing is expensive and thanks to Smashwords- I can not only publish my books for free, but I also learn how to edit and format a book, which makes me really appreciate publishers.
What are you working on next?
I am currently sharing my daily experiences with strangers on www.imetthiswordnerfulperson.wordpress.com

I have a novel to complete and time to start a new one for a competition too.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love a lot of written works, but I would definitely have to say that I have often found myself enjoying the works of Chinua Achebe, Jane Austen, Markus Zusak, Anne Michaels, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Paulo Coelho.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I am definitely working or listening to music.
Yes, I love listening to music even when I am out and about!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'll admit... I love free books!

So, I always hit the "free" tab on Smashwords to check out the latest reads. I do get recommendations on Goodreads too.
When I'm buying, I visit the BooksFirst stores in Nakumatt here in Kenya- there's always a book for me in those stores.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was sixteen and it was titled "Butterfly Gossips".
Now that I think about it, I should probably edit that story and publish it. It was about twins who fall in love with the same guy- I even drew pictures.
What is your writing process?
I don't think I have one, because sometimes I write freely and sometimes...well, sometimes I just don't.
I had quite a tough time when I enlisted for Nanowrimo last year- but maybe I'll think of a better answer next time.
Next question?
How do you approach cover design?
I like to scout for free pictures on www.publicdomainpictures.net and sometimes www.deviantart.com and then edit them on www.picmonkey.com
It's a process, but it's worth it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Five?
Just five?
How about my top two hundred and fifty favorite books?
Published 2014-08-11.
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Books by This Author

Confessions of Time Spent with Humans
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Price: Free! Words: 11,940. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
An account of a family torn apart by a secret as told by a chair, so sit and listen.
The Perfect Love Story
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Price: Free! Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage
Every woman dreams of the perfect husband- and the perfect love story. Five hours before Aurora walks down the aisle- she has to read a letter from her mother, it's time she learns of love and perfection before she embarks on a new phase of her life.
What Happened to Us?
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You set the price! Words: 21,090. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
"Sandy walked. It's all she remembers doing." All her life, Sandy has known one thing- she's got to work hard for what she wants. Her step mother foretold that she would amount to nothing, and now when she thinks she's proven her wrong, it seems as though she can't have the one thing she wants...love.
Love Like Bouts of Diarrhea
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Price: Free! Words: 9,570. Language: American English. Published: April 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
My grandmother says that love is like diarrhea, it needs neither an invitation nor privacy. I did not believe her, let alone understand why she would choose to compare love to diarrhea until things started happening...and I had to think that maybe, just maybe...one of us was wrong.
21 Days
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Price: Free! Words: 7,830. Language: American English. Published: February 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
I found him on the first day. He was walking towards my table at the restaurant. The place was full except for the seat beside me. I cringed at the thought of sharing my table with someone, worse off a guy. What if I chewed too loudly?
Choose Me
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Price: Free! Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
One year ago whatever existed between Jack and Alice ended. Truth is Alice thinks there's hope for them, but how can she tell when she's not talked to him for a year? Would he attend the party? Would he still be single and interested in her?
Memories
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Price: Free! Words: 5,120. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
I am falling. No, it’s neither in love nor asleep, but into a black hole. I have always known that I would have to write about myself. Now that I have to, I fear that whatever it is I write, nothing may be as virtual as I would like it to be.
Anna
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Price: Free! Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
He told me “I am happy that you found a man who makes you feel better than I did, but to be honest I am not happy that the man is my brother.”
The Single Diaries
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Price: Free! Words: 18,270. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating
Whoever said being single at 27 was such a bad idea? Meet Agnes, and her six friends as she opens up about what it means to be single in Nairobi.
Only Time Will Tell
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Price: Free! Words: 610. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating
A story of time, forgiveness and reunion.
I Wanted To Tell You
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Price: Free! Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
No one can ever understand what it means for a child to see his/her Dad behind bars, the best one can do is to relate. I Wanted To Tell You, is written by a boy twelve years later after his Dad was imprisoned-and he hopes that his Dad would find it somewhere in his heart to forgive him for all those years he never visited him. He also has something important he's always wanted to tell his Dad.
Pieces
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Price: Free! Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Drama » African
Would you stay married after the first affair? Maria loves Micah despite his flaws. He is handsome and kind and she loves him, or not, but she has stayed even when the affairs has surpassed the number of her fingers. Pieces is her view on her marriage, loyalty and why revenge is best served as a cold dish with a smile on one's face.
December
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Price: Free! Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
It's December and Maxwell vowed to make Leila his-but they haven't seen each other since he proposed to her three weeks ago. In a city full of people and events, all Maxwell wants is for Leila to say "yes" questions is can he find her? And if he does, will she say yes?
Never Forget Me Leila
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Price: Free! Words: 1,680. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
What would you do if you asked the woman you love to marry you and she kissed you then walked away without a word? Leila left Maxwell standing in the cold, and he hopes that of all he's done she'll still say "yes."
I Love You This Much
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Price: Free! Words: 6,120. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Leila is alive and in-love with Maxwell; but he's only some memory, or is he? Nancy loves William. He doesn't love her though, because he is not the same-not since the accident; and all four are tangled in a web, one that's created by one of them, will love their love endure?
Dear Brian
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Price: Free! Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating
When you love someone no matter how much they have hurt you, it beats all logic to give up on that love. At times the one person we love, needs to know just how much pain they've caused us and that we are willing to overlook that.
The Book Of Abel
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Price: Free! Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
I'm Abel. I'm twenty two years old. I'm a Father: Stacey's Father. And this is my story.
From The Heart
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Price: Free! Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
This is an account of betrayal that comes straight from Flo's heart.
Last Heart Standing
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Price: Free! Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Falling in love with someone is great, but seeing them change-as they start doing things to please you,doesn't it make you wonder if you are dating a fake worse off a hypocrite?
Made For You
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Price: Free! Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Luke loves May. May loves him just as much. They date for a year and he finally asks her to marry him, but he leaves that night. He's been gone for two years without so much as goodbye-and when May thinks of giving up on her love, she learns of why he left and why he's been silent. People make mistakes, even the people that we love, at times forgiveness is the only way out.
The Absolutely Boring Life of Mya
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Price: Free! Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Drama » African
Mya's special, sweet, and bored out of her mind with what happens in her life-that's before David, Clive and Wayne all show up-and she realizes that love though beautiful is complicated and all she does is run...
Ethan And Richard
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Price: Free! Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Richard walked out on his son, Ethan, eighteen years ago-and now he's back. He has a month to live after battling Lung Cancer, and he wants to set things right, he wants Ethan's forgiveness. Ethan does not want anything to do with him.But Richard is persistent...will he win?
Say You Love Me
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Price: Free! Words: 10,370. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
If you are married and are caught cheating...what would you do? It seems easy to simply sign a divorce paper, or serve them to someone-but what if a huge part of you still wants to stay, what then? Beryl goes through the same with Mark. 'Say you love me' is a story about love, hopes and dreams and how at times reality hurts more than it should.
Dear May
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Price: Free! Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating
May wrote a letter to Yellow, the one guy she loves, but who she believes is not good enough for her, now he writes back-he tells his side of the story. May wrote Yellow a letter. Yellow wrote her a message.
Dear Yellow
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Price: Free! Words: 10,370. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating
May is young, beautiful and in love with Yellow. Who is Yellow? Well, Yellow is the guy who doesn't care, not even one bit about May's feelings. He cheats and says he still loves her. Read the book to find out just how easy Yellow lies and why May is so bent on believing him.