Interview with John Ukah

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A good book should transport the reader into the world the characters inhabit. Characters that keep the reader captivated till the very last page and live on afterwards in the mind. Books are windows into other worlds and possibilities. The joy of writing, for me, is the process of creating this world and the joy of seeing the story connect with the reader.
What are you working on next?
A detective thriller. A saga of love, pitiful criminalities, investigations, assumptions and deceits.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have an eclectic taste in reading - Stephen King, Junot Diaz, James Patterson, Jeffery Archer, John Grisham, Enid Blyton, Louis L’Amour, Agatha Christie, Dean Koontz.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a voracious reader. I spend a lot of time reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was titled, ‘Zatuta and the people of Apa’. I wrote it in Junior Secondary School (JSS1) and my friend drew pictures for the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Basically any five of Stephen King’s bestsellers. “It”, “Misery”, “Salem’s Lot”, “Carrie”, and “The Stand”. His books are gripping and highly imaginative. He is a master storyteller.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
Describe your desk
It is most times cluttered and usually has the current book(s) I am reading on it. I usually read more than one book at a time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a Nigerian city called Benin. But this did not significantly influence my writing. The books I grew up reading influenced my writing. Literature improves us. We are what we read.
What is your favourite holiday spot and why?
Canada. It is serene and beautiful. The people are warm and friendly.
Published 2016-11-11.
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Books by This Author

Murder At Midnight
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,260. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2016 by The Fearless Storyteller House Emporium Ltd. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
One guest-house. Two deaths, months apart, in the same room. One murder, one suicide - but things are rarely as they seem ...