Interview with Darlington Chukwunyere

What's the story behind your latest book?
Many failed marriages around here... recently I was affected, a close relative, and then I started digging, I found that many married people get into trouble while doing the wrong things for the right reasons... you know.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The world has got to hear my voice; have you any idea what it means to be a Nigerian writer?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I lack the exact words to qualify how much Smashwords has done for me. Thank you so much Smashwords, for providing me this great platform.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hmm... I get to pour out my heart, I get to help someone just by thinking aloud. Writing has been my greatest endowment among other arts that I'm gifted with. I am so grateful.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are my entire existence as a writer; I live for them. They are the reason I stay up writing from 3pm to 4:30am. I love them so much
What are you working on next?
I am working on my next novel, a full length job. It's really going to treat so much societal issues in Nigeria, three other West African countries and some parts of Europe and Asia. It's actually a cross-country story.
Who are your favorite authors?
The Cameroonian man whose job I first read in my lifetime in the year 1994; the author of Mission to Kala. Mongo Beti, remains the first author to stir up writing inside me, and then of course, Chinua Achebe, and Wole Soyinka have been my all time favorites even while I was a Theatre Arts student with large expanse of Authors at my disposal.

However, I must state that I enjoy the jobs of my two close friends Ikenna Okeh and Onyeka Nwelue, the authors of A Fist Full of Sand, and the Beginning of Everything Colorful.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that I have something I must pass across to the public; I always feel I have not done enough yet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time composing music. I am also a singer. so when I am not writing, I am singing. but when I'm doing neither of the two, I will be 'Thinking'. Yes, when I think, I think out materials for the two favorite arts.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I surf the internet. Google has been hyper-helpful to that effect. Some times though, friends do recommend for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first composition was titled "The Battle of Ofoma". I wrote about a poor blind village boy Ofoma who found love in the weirdest of places... the princess chose to marry him instead of her Rich Royal Suitors.... Inbox me for the full story if you're interested (chuckles)...
Published 2018-04-03.
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