Interview with Abiodun John Soretire

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I wouldn't be able to remember which one is the first or which one is the second. But I remember vividly that as an African child from the South-Western part of Nigeria, from a tribe called the Yorubas, our culture is replete with many traditional tales, most especially tales about animal kingdom which are told children in the oral African tradition format. These tales by moonlight were my first real encounters with stories.
How do you approach cover design?
I want something that will set the potential reader thinking. I don't like direct graphics that will just give the entire message away but such that will be metaphorical; bringing something with a thin line of attributive or functional similarity (to be deciphered by an attentive mind) from a different conceptual setting to stand in for the conceptual setting I'm writing from. For example, More Haste shows a punctured tyre as its cover image. But we are talking about marital trials. You can guess the cobweb of a link.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Number 1: the Bible. That is where my life and inspiration flows from.
Number 2: Brighter Grammar. My grammar of course must keep getting brighter. English being my L2 and what matter most being those little foundational things one must keep reminding himself of.
Number 3: Gifted Hands, that autobiographical work of Dr. Ben Carson. That man is a classical example of moving from grass to grace, and I will like to be another classical case history should record indellibly on the sands of life
Number 4: I don't know whether to pick Hamlet or Macbeth, from the first WS of the literary world, Williams Shakespeare, you can't be a literary great without drinking deep from his waters. In fact, in my country, you can't pass through Literature-in-English without this noble WS passing through you.
Finally, number 5: In a dilemma again. I don't know wether to pick The Trials of Brother Jero or The Lion and The Jewel, both books from the 2nd and African WS, another literary Icon: Wole Soyinka is a man the African literati will look up to anytime, any day, and shall I add, anywhere.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use an andriod phone. Precisely, Infinix hot2
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Publishing my work on e-platforms like yours and some others like Amazon, Lulu and a Nigerian e-platform, okadabooks, is what I'm presently working on. And the downloads have been encouraging. I've tried publishing with one Publisher I came across through search engine only to later discover it was one of the vanity publishers demanding I pay some money upfront. I think I'm okay with ebooks for now
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a suburban area of the ancient town of Abeokuta. Our mother single-handedly brought us up through the wretchedness inflicted on her as a result of the meagre paypacket of the primary school teachers of those days. Despite that, she gave her all to ensure we got good education. And thank God I also embraced Christ early in life. These three: the geographical location, the economic situation and the spiritual transformation, have direct bearings on my writing, most especially as it concerns More Haste
When did you first start writing?
From my primary school days. I started with writing some never-completed Yoruba plays. I still have one of such with me till today. Whenever I read it, I smile. What will be going through my mind is: Abiodun, this thing has been in you since!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Simply put, the trials we encounter in our various relationships. Though the romantic one was made the emphasis. Segun, our protagonist, is made our example, or shall I say the scapegoat (smile). Another wave of inspiration that birthed the book was the 7-year delay my wife suffered in child-bearing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, the publishing atmosphere in my country is a bit harsh. You will only be published if you are an already established author or you know how to throw your weight around to get some government approval that will include your book in the school curriculum. And the cyberspace is awash with frivolous and vanity press. Even the traditional publishers will directly or subtly require you go through agents. I think this is the best safety net for realising one's dream.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Greatly. Without spending a dime, I've been able to publish my work here. I intentionally used the search engine to see if my work will come up. It really did and Smashwords was the first platform that came up with it. I was so glad. It's also on it I've had the highest downloads so far.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That people are getting blessed. And my life is making impact. It gives me joy I'm touching lives.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. The taste of the pudding, they say, is in the eating. Of what good is writing if there is no one to read what you have written. My fans are the ones keeping me on. A big shout out to you all. Thanks for your love, support and patronage.
What are you working on next?
I call the book Unknotted. It will help in demystifying knotty issues of life that border on relationships, soul, spirit and body. It is an inspirational book that will use simple and down-to-earth approach to deal with these issues.
Published 2016-04-20.
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Books by This Author

Sin of Martha
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,870. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Meditation is a lost art in our rash-and-rush generation. This short piece simplifies things using Jesus’ visit to Martha and Mary as a case study. In simple, highly illustrative, powerfully penetrating and pithy language, it tells you what you miss by missing devotional times with God and what you need in keeping those devotional times with God. Honestly, it is a unique approach.
More Haste: The Marital Trials of Brother Segun
Price: Free! Words: 20,610. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General
A compelling story set in the Nigeria of the dawning years of the Second Millennium AD zeroing in on a young Christian, Segun, in what can best be described as "The Trials of Brother Segun: Premarital, Marital and Postmarital". The unputdownable novel addresses issues like Christian courtship, infertility, filiation, bereavement and trust in God.