Interview with Gordon Akinpelu

What do you read for pleasure?
I actually am a fan of National Geographic and Car and Driver magazines. I like exotic places AND cars.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I must admit, just like Eve, I have taken a bite out of Apple, and I like it. I like to use my iPad to view ebooks.
Describe your desk
Clean, with two mini Bose speakers on each side. I must have music playing, and my desk must be clear of clutter. I cannot function with clutter.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a lot of different places; I think we moved every 3 or 4 years. I primarily spend time in Texas, with short stints in Ohio, and Colorado for college. This greatly influenced my writing because I have seen a lot of places, and met a lot of different people. I am pretty much an observer, so all of these different areas that I have lived in and different people that I have met and befriended all add to my life experiences, which is where I get most of the material for my books.
When did you first start writing?
Probably in high school; I don't recall doing much writing in my earlier years, as I was more of a drawer/artist as a kid. I remember I wrote my senior research paper, and I was the only one in the whole grade to get a perfect "100". Once I had validation that I could string together words and paragraphs and deliver a story or message, I was on my way to writing more.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Run. Over, is a compilation of all my years in Corporate America. For years and years, I went from one entry or mid level job to another, until I finally found a job that I stayed at long enough to rise up the ranks. Once I got there, I found that all the same issues that I had found in the lower level positions were there, but I was now experiencing them from the "top-down" as opposed to experiencing them from the bottom level. Then having a boss that EVERYONE loved to hate and his craziness gave me enough material to wrap all of these experiences and observations up into a nice little story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think I experienced the same frustration as most other indie authors-the publishing word for print books is large and intimidating. Years ago I tried to publish a children's book that I had written and illustrated; after a few submissions I got tired of waiting for responses, or was not pleased with the few responses I did get that required me to plunk down a sizable chunk of change to get started. At the time I was a poor college kid and didn't have disposable income. The fact that becoming an indie author now is cakewalk compared to the old days is exciting.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is when someone has read my books, and they tell me they laughed until they cried, could totally relate and see themselves in the story, or that the information provided has helped them. People getting some kind of benefit from the words that have come from my brain never ceases to amaze me.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a cookbook with recipes from my mother, as well as from a few friends, and some of their mothers, and a continuation of Run. Over-the sequel, if you will.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The world and its endless possibilities. Every day is a new adventure; if you are traveling abroad or if you are staying in your own neighborhood-there is always something new to see, something new to observe, someone new to meet. Each day that you have been blessed with gives you the opportunity to start anew if that's what you choose to do.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a serious case of wanderlust. From trying a new restaurant or visiting a new museum in town to flying overseas to check out the house music scene in Berlin or a medieval town in France-I love to be on the go. When I'm not so much on the go I like to exercise (preferably swimming and Bikram yoga when I can) and paint. Sometimes a pesky 8-5 job gets in the way of things, too :-)
What is your writing process?
I tackle whatever story that comes to mind by writing the idea down first on a notepad. Then I make an outline of the idea, breaking it down into different categories, or subjects. Then I start writing, doing an "in fill"of those categories, which I then break down into chapters, and then refine some more. This works best for me, because as I write, I go back to my notepad that I brainstormed on and insert new ideas, and then expound on them. It's a continuous back and forth process until I get it just like I want it.
Published 2014-03-27.
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Books by This Author

Run Over
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,780. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Your boss gives you a good chewing-out in front of everyone. Or maybe you get a nasty email from him that sends you through the roof. You can't take it anymore; you are pull out of the parking garage and see him walking towards his vehicle. You can't help it- you aim your vehicle his direction, close your eyes, and mash on the gas. Everyone thinks of doing this-this time someone actually does.