Interview with Queen Esther Okoloeze

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes I did. It was Eze Goes to School, a prose by a Nigerian writer named Onuora Nzekwu. I still have the copy till this day. It was this book that made me understand the importance of education. So the impact was the desire to learn and be educated and I believed it made me fall in helpless love with literature too.
How do you approach cover design?
I see it as the first contact for my work so I put in extra effort to make sure it suits the audience I am writing for. I do different samples and have people in my network do selection since most buyers will probably think like them.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Purple Hibiscus: It reinforced my desire to write.
Half of A Yellow Sun: It leaves me wordless, rich in storyline, complex in culture presentation and it is fierce, like it makes you want to take some action to defend your own.

Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart: An epic narrative that taught me on the power of oneness, the hubris of over-zealousness and the offside of brutal betrayal.
Arrow of the Gods: A big lesson on culture and everything in-between

Ngugi Wa Thiong'O
Petals of Blood: I had an expose on the good and not so good side of civilization and development.

I have more favorites apart from these.
What do you read for pleasure?
I can't help it, if it's not African literature, I'll be reading an adventure or romance book or something on digital technology.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love Aldiko and Adobe Acrobat.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am new though and still exploring in this respect. But hey, I know Facebook is gonna make some good sense to get my book to millions of folks. It should be digital ads then.
Describe your desk
I write on my bed laying down or sitting, my laptop, pen, a book, my phone connected to my laptop charging port, earpiece and a pillow. Hoping to have a work station soon.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria among the lower class and the everyday strive for survival and events akin to the common man really shaped everything I write. Most of my theme bother on social issues and perspectives. Also, I am more intrapersonal and as such I tend towards Impressionist and Idealistic writing when its fiction.
When did you first start writing?
Elementary Class, started with simple compositions, then interpreting essay passages and then Literature in Secondary school. Year? 2002.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am starting out in life and can't afford the financial aspect of traditional publishing or even paid publishing. This is me training myself to make use of the complexity of my brain and it's been rewarding and smooth.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am new here but it's looking fantastic. In specifics, I love the guide to publishing, it was awesome and not only was I able to flow with its content and navigate my way through formatting my book, I have also learned much that I want to teach other writers in my community who may not be in the know of the opportunities Smashwords presents.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the characters come to life. Oh! the pure joy. Isn't that what art and literature is about? Creating lives, molding people, like seriously, we are gods, yes, us writers are some gods.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything between beautiful and inspiring.
What are you working on next?
A lot. I have been documenting and archiving stories for more than 5 years, it's time to explode with them but hey, watch out for my first fiction on "Erinma" you're gonna love it, I boast not but I joke not.
Who are your favorite authors?
Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, even my close network call me by her. I love that woman, hoping to sit with her someday to talk about her characters.

Chinua Achebe. My history as a writer begins with this great man whom I had hoped to meet some day but fate had a better deal. I love me Papa Achebe, God rest his soul. Sobs.

Ngugi Wa Thiong'O. You see, Ngugi is one African writer on a different plane. I don't know how to describe the feel I get from reading him, it's always between tears and anguish.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God, Nature and the DREAM to make high impact and the FUTURE as one of Africa's finest writer and entrepreneur per excellence.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading other authors, surfing the net, chatting or in the service of the Lord. I meditate too on the beautiful side of life.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A composition on MYSELF. That's a real deal. MYSELF in Elementary school.
What is your writing process?
Get inspired, jot some details and get to it or let the idea dance around in my head, if it comes back again and again, then it's worth it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The lamentations I get from guys who complain about being friend zoned.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
online stores, public domain books shared by friend etc.
Published 2018-02-16.
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Books by This Author

Why Girls Say No and May Friend Zone You for Good
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,790. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Friendship
This ebook provides a guide for young men who desire to leave the friend zone an opportunity to find out how to do that. It is fun, practical and rich, it has over 50 young women contributing their thoughts on why they friend zone their male friends. It's written from an African-Nigerian perspective for a global audience.