Interview with Prudence Onaah

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah!! It was titled 'Why Babies can't talk'. I wrote it when I was nine. Although my mother narrated it to me. It was about an artificial reason that made babies unable to talk and to bring out that whitish substance that looked like a vomit whenever they wanted to talk. *laughs. I edited it until I was fourteen. I still have the manuscript.
What is your writing process?
First I get an inspiration about a topic from an occurrence, an experience, an observation or just from nature. I get a strong urge to make a story line out of it. If it is a societal issue, the urge would be to propel people to action to change it. Then I start by just putting down whatever comes to mind. I always always sleep over the draft and come to it over a couple of days or weeks. Then I start trying to make sure the draft especially the words and the sentences make sense. I never rush my writing. Sometimes I even merge my work from two different books into the one it would suit just fine. I use a technique called the three big edits when the manuscript is done if it is a major work. Then I research to make sure the information disseminated is correct so that it becomes an educative piece too. For instance, in 'Unwholesome Past', I had to undergo medical research into the sort of illnesses that some of the characters had. I know I am done when I thoroughly enjoy the work. This enjoyment extends to each and every word.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Seriously I can't remember because I was nine then. But I know a lot of books have had positive impact on me so much so that in my upcoming novel 'Calling Death', I dedicated the acknowledgement section to writers everywhere. I however recommend William Trevor's 'The Story of Lucy Gault', Belva Plain's 'Whispers', Danielle Steel's 'Accident' and almost all John Grisham books. In my country, the list of best authors is endless. Any book in the school system literature curriculum is certainly a must read.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The first one would be a self-help book! Brian Tracy's 'Create your own Future'. It was the reason I stumbled on ebook publishing in the first place. His books are a must read. They propel you to ACT right away for your own success and this particular book is like several other books entwined into one. It is loaded. My second favorite book is Belva Plain's 'Whispers'; when I read this one, I felt like I was reading my own novel 'Closed Chapter'! She completely read my mind! I was amazed that somebody had already written such a nice story on an issue that bogged my mind. The way she developed the story and penned it down was also commendable. The third one is William Trevor's 'The story of Lucy Gault'. The book is simply genius. The real booker winner. It kept me reading all night. The story line is beautiful and it is an inspiration to write on its own. I even had to recommend it to an upcomimg author so that she got the inspiration she needed to finish her book. Danielle Steel's 'Accident' is my fourth. It is a must read. Very beautifully written. I read it more than once. My fifth favorite book would be my own book 'Calling Death' because it is a historical account of the Jos Crises. I lived there for six years while going through the university and the war during those years are something people should get to read! The stories and people in the book are real although I did some changes to make it a work of fiction like changing people's names but you can count on 90 per cent of the story. It really did happen!
What do you read for pleasure?
Novels and self help books
When did you first start writing?
When I was nine years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My interactions with people who have the personality disorder called narcissism.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have remained unpublished for longer than necessary and I was actually looking for a way to sell off my manuscripts when I discovered I could actually self publish! What's more, I had total control over the entire process!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is the real deal!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is a beautiful way for your voice to be heard, a beautiful way to seek societal change and a beautiful way to get closure!
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything! A writer cannot change the world if his books are unread or unpopular!
What are you working on next?
I am working on 'Calling Death' and 'Closed Chapter' together. After that, I will undertake print editions.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham and Brian Tracy. Senator Bill Bradley has got great prose too.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am usually at my day job as a lawyer. If it's leisure, then I visit natural resort areas or I listen to music or chat with family and friends. I read 80% of my leisure time though. I am an avid reader. Recently also, I have found pleasure downloading videos on youtube and watching them especially videos from Britain's got talent (BGT). Most nights before I sleep, I write down my plans and goals. I love doing this. It is some sort of chore for me.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I go through the books listed on the website's home page and see if there is any I like or I look for books I like on my author groups on facebook.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I just started book marketing but I love the e-mail signature recommended by Mark Coker. I also love the push notification used on my Nigerian service okadabooks to send mails about the book to all users on their site. I love when books are featured on the home page of the site too. These techniques make the book in question more discoverable.
What is your advice to upcoming authors?
Sometimes you write in pieces to get any writing done at all.
Published 2017-11-24.
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Books by This Author

Wedding Bride
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 7,250. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2018 by Writertain. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
In Wedding Gown and other short Plays, Rose a soon to be bride insists on getting her own expensive wedding gown instead of the rented one she had agreed to earlier. With less than a day to the wedding, her fiance, Kingsley is left confused and resorted to getting the exact gown Rose wants under false pretenses.
Unwholesome Past
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 35,780. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2018 by Writertain. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Mabel keeps waging an emotional war with her past. A war that tells on her present and therefore makes the two aspects of her life inseparable. On top of this, her best friend, Selina, unknowing to her, is waging a physical war against her entirely based on her own emotional insecurities. These emotional insecurities which both the protagonist and the antagonist share in common are entirely based
Storms Of Faith
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,300. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Religious
Rich though they were, but unable to give birth to a child. People started to mock them and give them names. Finally, God answered their prayers but a time came when their only child was at the verge of death. Someone must make a sacrifice. Who and what type of sacrifice? These are some of the questions the book is set to answer. Enjoy your reading!