Interview with Kehinde Sonola

When did you first start writing?
At the age of 8, I entered my school's writing competition and won with my first poem, Fish.
As a relatively shy child, the recognition and encouragement of my English teacher helped me to come out of my shell and fall in love with writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's fair to say that writing has gotten me through some tough times.
I've never had writer's block thank goodness and am never without at least a notebook and pen wherever I go.
Writing's biggest joy is the challenge and bliss of trying to encapsulate what I perceive to be the abundant beauty in this world that we often ignore or take for granted.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything.
The very first comment I received from a fan was that my poem had 'changed their life'.
I admit that I was stunned and almost cried.

Thanking readers is very important for me as even if you touch just one person, you can be thankful for creating positive change.
With that said, I thank everyone who has ever read any of my work and Smashwords for this platform.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are too many to count the authors that have captured my imagination.
To name but a few - Robert Jordan, John Donne, Maya Angelou, Giorgio Faletti, Miyamoto Musashi, Shakespeare, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman - thank you all.
What are you working on next?
Book 14, some video poetry as well as a couple of podcasts, "Deeply Serene" - http://serene.libsyn.com/ - and TWINO - http://www.youtube.com/user/kesodali - or "The War Is Not Over".
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a lover of the arts and travelling.
There's nothing like expanding the mind through experiencing different cultures and meetings with people, especially those of the creative persuasion.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Family, the need to help and be a better person.
Published 2014-11-12.
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Books by This Author

Time Is Not Linear
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,340. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Bursting with the radiance of 101 original poems and 57 personal photographs, Time Is Not Linear celebrates a third of a century of living in the forefront and shadows of this joyous world, not to mention a myriad of distinctive encounters with incredible people from every corner of the beautiful place humans call, 'Earth'. All this is wrapped sumptuously in a glorious cover created by Ting Huang.
Corruption Isn't Sexy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,190. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
What happens when a vivacious multitalented fashion model muse reunites with her humorous activist financial investor of a boyfriend in a bustling New York? Life and carnage! Corruption Isn't Sexy is the stunning debut novella from exciting writer provocateur, Kehinde Sonola, which delves unabashedly into the underbelly of the modelling and financial investment industry.
Unfinished Glory Unedited Hope
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
It is the early 2000s, a time of great upheaval whether it be the coming of the new millennium, 9-11 or an ever growing gap between the world's Haves and Have Nots. Yet, through various journeys, the poet is uplifted by the constant discovery of earnestness, love and the unwillingness of good people to rest. The collection spans three years worth of work covering travels across 3 continents.
Sheer Poetry
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,710. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Sheer Poetry features the first twelve years worth of work from poet, Kehinde Sonola. Spanning the years 1989 to 2000, it represents the perspectives and hopes of a child and adolescent as they view their local surroundings and the world at large in a time of great cultural and technological change. Human character, nature, and travel are other major themes covered by a variety of joyful poems.
Swan Song Alley
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,170. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
The death of love, the birth of hope and redemption are difficult to truly encapsulate with words yet Swan Song Alley gives voice to these issues. Poems such as Kaciukas, Character and Oblivion analyse what it means to love, befriend, hurt and die in today's world.
Rededicated
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Inspired by travels across Asia as well as encounters with a multitude of amazing people, Rededicated is a homage to all those who have ever been counted as down and out. Spirituality, human connection, the ever changing face of the planet and the effects of its inhabitants upon it are all explored within 25 challengingly concise poems.
Life With More Vision
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Life With More Vision is a mark of transition that examines changing surroundings, society and a young person's widening awareness of life’s gifts. The final poem, Rise of the Twilight Dragon, epitomises the book's celebration of exploration and travel across this expansive world as well as the rich culture bursting from within it.
Election
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,720. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Inspired by the 2012 American Presidential Election, featuring President Barack Obama and Mr. Mitt Romney, Election - Issues of Red & Blue is a seriously humorous delight of a poetry book featuring 20 poems which encapsulate the message that no matter where you are on the planet, your voice matters.
Observations. Stories About Society.
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,450. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Six insightful and powerful tales about society's tapestry and how we are all interwoven in its fabric. The Man With The Bag; The Bridge; We Are All Brothers and Sisters; Predator On A Train; Island Mentality; and Sex Doesn't Equal Love - each story delves into and explores unique situations and relationships shared between characters we have all come across in life, be they ourselves or others.
Klosophy: A lifetime of observation & engagement.
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy
Klosophy has been described as a philosophy book. However, the author calls it a life book that is not necessary for everyone but is for everyone. Indeed Klosophy is a work that will make you smile, laugh, cringe, cry and by the end of it feel peace and enlivened. It is a lifetime's worth of teachings, comments and observations which all people can recognise and relate to.
A Wealth Of Memory
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,820. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
A poetry book homage to the unbreakable human spirit, which withstands society's barrage and constantly seeks a true oneness with the Universe. A Wealth Of Memory is dedicated to this planet and its inhabitants and is ultimately a hopeful tome concerned with finding that balance within and without or in other words, Serenity.