Interview with Joshua Yaw Koranteng

Describe your desk
Hahaha. I really don't have a writing desk. Just an old journal from 2013 and my faithful Nokia 6303i classic. These two have been my stenographers, transforming my thoughts into words.
When did you first start writing?
I grew up in the suburbs of Nsawam, a town in the Eastern region of Ghana. My influences were from my home, where reading was our habit and we were thought from an early age to spend less time going out. This gave me a lot of time to reflect on life, as I grew, I spoke less, listened to what was beneficial, spent more time reading and writing my thoughts on life. It was fun knowing I had a way of putting my feeling across in a way only I could understand.
What is the story behind your latest book?
We have been told to spend quality time with your friends. What about those you've never met?
Biraa, my latest poem book, is named after a loyal friend I've never met. Ours is based on mutual trust born of many years of friendship. We bridge the gap by using the phone and the internet. This book, celebrates 7 years of undying friendship with her.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is about unveiling your soul. Nothing gives me joy as a writer more than the knowledge that I'm giving my readers another perspective on the issues of life.
What are you working on next?
My next work is to build an Anthology that is more refined and transcends my previous works
Who are your favorite authors?
Mary Higgins Clark, John Grisham and the Apostle Paul
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The believe that there is a tomorrow. One bright and better than all my yesterdays
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not writing I spend my time on social media and on the phone with my fiancee.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for them. Google mostly.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It's called Blood Stained Tears on Wattpad. Four years on, I think that was really an ice breaker for me.
What is your writing process?
I wait patiently, gathering my thoughts till the piece feels right before I publish. Currently I put my works before critics before it comes to the world.
Published 2015-05-25.
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