Interview with 'Remi Olatunji

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have desired to impart knowledge to others and add value to the constituency that has given me a reason to live. Reading has benefitted me a lot, both secularly and spiritually, and it is only logical that I give back as much as I can.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
My story as a writer is like that of a nearly exhausted desert traveler who suddenly stumbled on an oasis. Smashwords came in sight when I almost gave up trying to get my work published due to lack of fund.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Outside writing, I get involved in community work of providing help to those who are depressed for one reason or the other, as a result of the critical times we live in.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the South West of Nigeria, and while growing up, agriculture was the mainstay of the country's economy, and usually a family business causing members to live together. Parents, thus, had time and opportunity to train their children. Sadly, thereafter, the discovery of oil brought about economic boom, which many, later dubbed 'economic doom'. This led, among others, to a mass migration from the rural areas to urban cities in search of greener pastures with its attendant toll on the family life, and in many other ways, things have never remained the same, since. Consequently, these scenarios had created an avenue for me, to write poems on many occasions, on how to address the many societal ills.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever read was a poetry in my native language and this had given me an impetus to write poems on a wide range of topics. It also enhanced my capability to think deeply on issues and do research.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy comes from knowing that my efforts result in making others happy because there is more joy in giving than there is in receiving.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are very precious to me because there is a saying in my language that 'those who eat sacrifice are the masters of the one who prepares it'. In effect, it means that without readers, there will be no writers.
What are you working on next?
While I am working hard to direct reader traffic to my current work, Phantom of Loneliness, I am also doing some editing on another book, entitled, THE REAL PERSECUTOR, and I like to describe it as semi-fiction. However, more about that later.
Published 2017-10-20.
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Books by This Author

The Real Persecutor
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 15,520. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Business
It is instructive therefore, that we all continue to see the trials we face in life not mainly as the handiwork of those around us, whom we may perceive as enemies, but also, to a large extent, as that of powerful demons who continue to instigate and influence humans in their desperate bid to be independent of their creator.
Phantom of Loneliness
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 8,920. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Without knowing it, just anyone may become tools in the hands of the things that he thinks he enjoys and which at the same time he takes for granted. For younger ones though the situation becomes even more dangerous because they are largely naive. It is the duty of parents therefore, to spend not just quality time but time enough to ensure they reach the hearts of their wards.