Interview with Anizoba Nnaemeka

What do your fans mean to you?
A lot, actually. Their enthusiasm is really my motivation. I hope to connect with them on a personal level. I love them .
What are you working on next?
My next novel. It will be more philosophical; more complex than my first one.
Who are your favorite authors?
Aminata Forna
Wole Soyinka
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The possibility that I will write and the responsibilities I have to meet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch ESPN and CNN.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Uhmm.... I think it was something about a boy leaving his village for the city. The story was unstructured and I abandoned it eventually.
What is your writing process?
I plan extesively. I set out the major scenes and plots. Then I just go with the flow.
How do you approach cover design?
I get it done professionally if I have the money. Otherwise, I do it myself.
What do you read for pleasure?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
Piles of books. Scraps. Coffee cup. Chewing gum. My tablet and phones.
When did you first start writing?
At about the age of seventeen. But I got more serious at around 22.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've once had the opportunity to visit a home for motherless children. It was a hard place to be in. You know, the emotion it evokes and all that. I knew those kids were going to grow up one day and I knew that they were sure to face so many obstacles. Growing up was going to be tough. So, I just created a fictional world were those kids were already a little bit grown up and were confronting those obstacles. It is, of course, an uncertain process. Some will turn out good and lucky while others will turn out bad and unlucky, or dead, as seen in my own fictional depictions.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to write and be read. i want to get across to my readers. Indie publishing makes that easier to accomplish , even as I hope to secure a traditional contract.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
A lot. I love Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's creating characters and watching them fail and succeed. I love witnessing the scenes in my books and experiencing them even as I write. For example, I might get turned on while writing a romantic scene. If feels awkwardly pleasant. And furthermore, writing helps me know just what thick plotting you are capable of.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Anambra State. It deeply affects my writing since it is the only life I know.
Published 2013-11-17.
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