Interview with Oladapo C. Sodade

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I see this as being asked -"What is happiness to me?" Well, I would say - making life a little better for the world with my devoted works.
When did you first start writing?
I would say nearly 25 years ago. I was in high school and I was helping out with love letters for some friends whom would return with some others, wanting the same for their girlfriends. There it grew into short lines of words - short love poems.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Beauty and the Poet" was initially a 50-stanzas-long poem, written in exactly 7 days in 2002. I could, however, remember that it was written after I had an encounter during a church anointing service and I was making a request for the writing prowess of William Shakespeare, having been a poet whose works I cherish so deeply. Of course, I believed I had my request granted as I went on to write the lovely piece afterwards. It became the talk of the town especially among those privileged to read the works as it gave me a number of fans. And year after year, I have had to put up with people asking for the official release. And now,the premise has been modified into a more robust piece and I am glad the waiting for the release is over now. As I have decided to finally have it published for everyone to enjoy.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I really can't be too certain regarding this, but I could remember one that I seem never to forget through the years and it was Barbara Cartland's "The Proud Princess". Though I was quite young, but I think it gave me an idea of what being in love seemed like. And the idea of love became a thing to consider in some ways.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading poems...especially poems with beautiful rhymes, but not limited to such.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I guess after series of unsuccessful attempts to secure a befitting traditional publishing contract abroad. It is really exciting to see how the publishing world has evolved over the years. And publishing and distributions have been simplified these days.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Although, this is my very first attempt and I am excited already because I know "Smashwords" has contributed hugely to the success stories and growth of many authors, established and budding, alike. All I have been hoping for over the years, has just been a formidable platform suitable for this masterpiece - Beauty and the Poet.
Who are your favorite authors?
Quiet a long list. But to mention a few whose works did have influence on my works; William Shakespeare, Walt Witman, Robort Frost, Barbara Cartland, Prof. Wole Soyinka, W.B. Yeats etc.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are extended families... you just have to make sure they are not left out or let down. So I hope to always give my best to draw them closer as long as I live and write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I try to keep up with the time I missed playing with my little princess, Sophia, and being with my wife, Oluwatobiloba. And sometimes, try to cash up with a few friends and enjoy other beautiful things of life. Life is good, indeed! And you just have to catch up with its beauties.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
"Trying to write the world into victory... as long as I still have the chance to draw a breath" I could remember a fan of several years back, writing on a paper and giving it to me as he was leaving the country abroad, he wrote: "Keep writing the world into victory"
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the city of Lagos in Nigeria. Although, the third son from the family of 6 children(5 boys and a girl), and an average family with loving parents with healthy religious background. But, I guess it wasn't the same with many children I used to know. And, I think my religious background must have had a serious influence on the way I saw the need to have compassion for others. Not forgetting growing up to understand that the gift inside every human being is actually a task from God to one for the people and the world around. Thus, I have the belief that everything I do should be positive enough as to have an edifying impact on others... even such in which my earning a living depends on. Simply put: I do see writing as a calling!
What are you working on next?
I think I would be working on some already written screenplays to go on-line after this. It would be nice to have to share these works with the world, as well. I also have some collections of short stories to complete, though.
Published 2017-05-29.
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