Interview with Ata Agoro

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a metropolitan city. If anything, it broadened my worldview and expanded my capacity for compassion. I will be forever thankful for such an experience.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing Onka Yoruba: My First Naija Numbers in 2014. However, I didn't get around to publishing it until 2015.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend it with the kids! They inspire me so much with their curiosity and creative endeavors.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is my first book. I created it because I couldn't find such a book on the shelf of my local bookseller or from an online retailer. Since I was the one bothered by such a fact, I realized that I must be the person who had to do something about that! Hence, the existence of Onka Yoruba: My First Naija Numbers!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to test the idea, test the market, see if demand exists enough to fuel the supply for more books. I like the live and direct feedback from the consumers themselves. Thus, I went with indie publishing and authorship.
How do you approach cover design?
Simplicity is the answer. The right photo says it all, adds to the work and speaks volumes. Finding the right photo is the hard part.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Perhaps the book itself will speak for itself?
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all kinds of books for pleasure. However, mysteries (not horror or thrillers) have a soft spot in my heart. For example, Encyclopedia Brown still does it for me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iBooks on my iPhone -- hands down.
Describe your desk
No way near as clean or organized as I would like it to be!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is learning in the process of creation -- enjoying and enduring the process makes completion so much sweeter!
What do your fans mean to you?
A lot! Your book purchases tell me the kinds of books you want to read. So of course, I "listen" by looking at the numbers.
What are you working on next?
More books in the Ata Yoruba bilingual books series to cover the full spectrum of concepts babies can learn from birth through five years old.
Published 2015-06-28.
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Books by This Author

Onka Yoruba: My First Naija Numbers (A Child’s Yoruba-English Picture Book of Counting)
Series: Ata Yoruba, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Counting & Numbers, Nonfiction » Language Instruction » African Languages
My First Book of Numbers A picture book for early learners to learn numbers from zero to ten. The book is structured in three ways: (1) Beautiful photographs allow children to count from zero to twenty; (2) Children learn the Arabic numbers for zero to twenty; (3) Because the Yoruba counting system has twenty as its base, the appendix of the book explains the structure of the numbers 11-20.