Interview with Maryam Shumate

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time with family and friends. If I'm not doing that, I'm making a video for my YouTube channel.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From friends and Google suggestions.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I think I was about twelve and it was Beauty and the Beast.
What is your writing process?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think it was a Nigerian story book. Eze goes to school; that was the title. It had a good impact on me.
How do you approach cover design?
I want my personal touch and feel on it. So I create it myself.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Robert Sculler's Tough Times Don't Last But Tough People Do. It's an amazing book that focuses on the impact of perseverance.
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. It's a great book about equality in the work place.
I'm going to stop at these two for now.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read inspirational books for pleasure. I make it a priority to fill my mind with wholesome writing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone/tablet
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media marketing technique. I use my platforms to tell people about my materials.
Describe your desk
My desk has a lot papers on it. It is a writer's desk for sure.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Nigeria. Women are not treated fairly in the area that I grew up at. So I drew inspiration from writing my experience and reading other people's piece.
Published 2015-11-14.
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