To be honest, I chose this path because in this generation, it is smarter! As a new kid on the block, I could have maybe spent lots of time, energy and money trying to get into traditional publishing, and though I am pretty confident I would have gotten that juicy publishing contract eventually, there's actually a better - easier- way. I had always suspected this and when I got to know of smashwords, I just knew I had found the holy grail. As an indie author, the flexibility, control and potential I have at my disposal is quite literally priceless.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Aggregation without aggravation! Initially, I was skeptical of Smashwords because of all the stringent rules with formatting, cover design, publishing and all the rest. But I came to find out it was the best thing that could ever happen to my publishing career. It's just like an office desk - clearing all the clutter and arranging everything is a hassle but you just watch how smoothly your work pans out once you've overcome that! Smashwords lets me concentrate on the part I love, the actual writing. The other stuff - distribution, marketing, and all what not - I just look in every once in a while. And I'm always pleased with what I see.
What do your fans mean to you?
In the simplest of terms, Kindred Spirit. I invariably write the kind of stories I would be thrilled to read myself, and anyone that enjoys those stories must share a bit of that familiar awesomeness in their DNA. I love you guys and I am extremely honoured to be doing this for you.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Well, it's definitely fun getting to play God. However, what I find most amazing is discovering reality within my fiction. The way everything ties up sometimes. You know, creating a character - with some element of one or two people that I know in real life - and seeing that character think or behave naturally in a similar way as the real people might in that scenario, and this is all without my actual manipulation, at least not consciously. I just find that as I am talking to someone, she says or does something and it suddenly hits me - and this is the most eureka of moments - that I have actually written that!
What are you working on next?
As you will find in the teaser section of my book Felicia, Lord of the Hosts is an alternative fantasy/mystery about the end of the world as contained in the book of Revelations in the Bible. It portrays the world as we would imagine it to be in a couple of centuries - technologically advanced, secular, homogenous and united to just 7 countries. However, even the incredibly sophisticated espionage technology of the time is unable to detect the activities of angels working amongst men, using the technology of mankind itself to bring an end to it. The only ones who do know of this are demons, cast down since the dawn of the earth, who themselves have been working among men, with their own agenda for so long, and for the first time, share a common goal with mankind: preventing the end of the world.
Who are your favorite authors?
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Helon Habila, Chinua Achebe, Nnedi Okoroafor, Dan Brown, JK Rowling, Robert Ludlum, etc, etc.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Depends on the day really. Most days, it's the call of duty - those sick and injured patients won't treat themselves. Some days, it's a theme or idea that I've got to get off head onto paper. Other days, I just realize what a beautiful world it is and how fortunate I am to be a part of it, if only for that moment.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a doctor, so I spend ALL my time in the hospital. I do however escape to read, travel, learn guitar, watch movies and play video games every once in a while.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations by friends and colleagues. Occasionally I browse through the shelves of bookstores like Kobo and Smashwords. Oh and lest I forget, I belong to a number of review groups, so I always get suggestions in my mailbox.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
You know what, I really can't! Must have been one of those school projects. The first story that I do remember writing was a novel about high school and heartbreak. Based on real life events. I still go back to it sometimes and shake my head. Who knows, maybe one day I'll publish it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Wow, remembering my first ever story. That would be quite a feat, considering that I started reading right out of the womb. LOL. I do remember my defining story though. And I'm guessing it is the same for most contemporary writers and millennials. In two words: Harry Potter. It was after reading the first two stories in the series that I realized two things: firstly, imagination is everything; and second, I wanted to be able to do that. I didn't realize it at the time but there and then, the desire and the drive to be one of the bestselling authors the world over was born.
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