Interview with Samuel Mogbolu

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Wow, that's a trick question. Hmm let's see. I'm actually a late sleeper. The type that savagely flings the alarm clock just to steal a couple more minutes. To be honest, i get dragged out of bed. When i do finally get up though, there's the strong desire to make something of myself, you know. I've got this strange anxiety over the future and a strong fear of failure.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Okay, i wrote that on my bio. I'm a martial artist. its kind of an on-and-of thing because of time constraints. But i still practice. Not yet a black belt though. I just graduated recently, so perhaps i'll have more time on my hands. Nah, i'll have to go to know what, if you make my book a bestseller, I'll surely have more free time, just saying, xD.
If you were to compare your book with any popular work of art, which one would it most resemble?
Umm, I'll say my book has a 'Gossip Girl' feel (the TV series). Before you class it as a chick flick, let me explain. Gossip Girl had glamorous characters whom you either loved or hated, an ever engaging and unpredictable plot, and a general feel-good theme.
That's what Rise Of The Boy God has. There's Simon for example, who even though he's bullied for a while, is the son of the mayor; not just a small mayor, his father is the mayor of Gemville, a sprawling metropolis. Simon is also a city sensation, thanks to his skating prowess, and he's got these really amazing abilities that he exhibits every now and then.
We've got characters like Jennifer Donatello, who is boisterous, flamboyant, and the daughter of a movie star and fashion empress. Jen is an only child and still aches over her parents divorce. She tries to substitute for what she lacks in the person of Barry Simone, a classmate and daughter of a cop, who's also an only child like her. Other notable characters include Fred Manderson, the young villain, Nancy Crawford (the mayor's arch enemy), the list is endless.

The book also has a Game of Thrones feel because for every new chapter, we get to see from the viewpoint of a different character. It's not just focused on one character, it's like a movie in words.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Several ways actually, a major one is through friends of course. Sometimes i see an advertisement over the internet or i just stumble on some. I've stumbled on a lot of great eBooks. I can be really curious and adventurous, love to try out new things.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yea, i even published it but grew to hate it over time. I just find it very disappointing. I won't mention the name so that no one would be able to trace it back to me, hahaha. it's in the past now.
What is your writing process?
Slow, excruciating and full of uncertainty. I've never written faster than the expiration of one year. Sometimes i leave the book for months. I fall into states of severe depression and that sometimes hampers my ability to write. If you've read Rise of The Boy God, there's a chapter titled, An Evening For Loners; i remember feeling so low as at the time it was written. I think i tried to capture that mood while creating that chapter.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think it was a Nora Roberts, novel. Gosh, that woman can write. I really loved her works (still love them). I think they made me a more witty person. Over the time i've shifted from reading romance to stuff from Anne Rice. I remained an Anne Rice fan for such a long time, exhausting the whole vampire chronicles, yep every single book. I keep exploring though.
How do you approach cover design?
Hmm, I think it's best to seek the services of a professional.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Harry Potter- because it's the sickest, dopest, piece of fantasy eveeer.
2. Tale of the Body Thief- vampire Lestat defies all convention and becomes human for a limited time. I must say such a sojourn was extremely pleasurable (yep, totally geeking out.)
3. A song of Fire and Ice- where to start, the vast characters, the sinuous plot line. That book is a dream. If you read my works you'll notice it's influence. I sure hope you do.
4. Perks of being a Wall Flower- you just have to read it to feel it, plain and simple.
5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo- I just can't get over Salander. Imagine meeting such a person in real life, haha. sure do hope i don't get on her bad side.
What do you read for pleasure?
Literotica, Lushwords, emmm, hahaha, just kidding. I read novels for pleasure, i mean duh.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer my smartphone. Very portable, you can lie, sit, hang suspended from the ceiling, anything that works. xD
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
It's uh, it's still a work in progress. I'm still making do with self-promotion. Limited funds and all of that, you know.
Describe your desk
There's a mirror in front to see my miserable self hacking away at my keyboard and yet moping at the ever empty screen. There's my phone lying close by, a bottle of water, to keep dehydration at bay and what else, okay there's a reading lamp and of course the prominent Toshiba laptop i would use to write my way into the land of dreams. Yea, i got my bible too, you know, very important.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. Their wish is my command. What would be the point without them?
Published 2015-10-22.
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