Interview with Dominic Awoleye

What is your writing process?
I am an abstract writer, I write on impulse when the idea flows in, I simply grab a pen and scribble down. I can write up to ten pages of an A4 paper at a sitting and then I move on to work or other engagements. At my leisure I type the draft into a manuscript and save till I get another idea.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read was "The Director" a pacesetter's series. The story was about a young desolate Nigerian Child who grew into a big time armed robber and later met his waterloo in the hands of the law. The Story was so real even though it was a fiction. The book taught me that crime does not pay.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design must relate to the content of the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Gods are not to blame by Ola Rotimi
The God father by Mario puzo
Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe
The road to Omaha by Robert Ludlum
'Please do not say no' by Tony Onyiuke

These books are classics that I have read over and over, they inspire me.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read any good book, especially books that are suspense filled. I love prose and drama a lot.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Android phones
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The most accessible for now is e-marketing. That's the way to go now if you must reach a wider audience
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Hmm, growing up in different Army Barracks in Nigeria, my dad was a Soldier and he moved a lot. The barrack life imparted a lot on my life because it exposed me to people of diverse Culture and religion living together in an enclosed community called barracks. The happenings in the barracks is enough for one to write about, I developed the creative mind of adventure and humour from the barracks, while the writing skill was developed as a literature student in my secondary school at Command Secondary School Abakaliki, I came in contact with several books there.
When did you first start writing?
My first writing attempt was at Command Secondary School Abakaliki. After reading a book titled "The adventures of Souza" I made a feeble attempt and wrote my version" The adventures of Bob Loco" I wrote about my childhood days. My friends read the book, though hand written and stapled into a book. The book was lost to one of my friends at it never came back to me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It dwells on the Perception of marriage by a newly wedded couple. each has his and her own opinion of marriage should look like, some people are conservative while some are liberal. Two strangers coming to live together forever is not an easy arrangement as they are from different back grounds with different views to life. yet they have vowed to live together "For better for worse" the story would teach a young Couple that Love and respect is the glue that holds a marriage and not "tolerance" because tolerance has an elasticity limit. It will break!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am new to smashwords, but I am very positive it will be worth my while.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am happy when people read my work and comment on how positive it has affected them. The lessons learnt from the message of my work makes me happy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans means family without them there is no use writing. who will read it? God bless the fans that take out their time and read my work
What are you working on next?
I have about four books I am writing now. I am writing a sequel to "Just wedded" the title is "Another wedding" it is a drama too, I have another drama titled "Dandy's Bar" I am also working on two stories, prose. "Restless" and " Taxi driver".
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time! I am only able to write during my leisure and during vacations
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
It is easy for me because I am a writer and I belong to many E-book fora
Describe your desk
I combine writing with work so I try to keep a clean desk so that I do not mix things up. Actually once at work, I hardly write. I write at home, my writing Table is in my sitting room and I try to keep it as tidy as possible.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
yeah! I joined an on line forum called naira land and I explored the Literature sections, I discovered that I could blend with the group because I naturally felt at home there. so I registered and started contributing by writing Poems and drama and behold the comments I got from People were awesome and I knew this must be it!
Who are your favorite authors?
i love Sydney Sheldon, Tom Clancy, Mario Puzo, Grisham, and Fredric Forsythe. Back home i love Wole Soyinka, Flora Nwankpa, Chinua Achebe, Elechi Amadi
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Published 2018-04-23.
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Books by This Author

Thorns in my Boots
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 44,910. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Ojo Makanjuola left his Village of Esa-Odo as a raw Village boy to the Army recruitment depot in Kaduna. After nine horrifying months in the 'Land of no going back' he became a Soldier and was posted to 82 Division of the Nigerian Army. The first accumulated allowances and salaries he received would have changed his life and that of his lonely mother forever as he had it all planned out.
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 77,480. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Deborah Amadi's dream of a bright and comfortable life, guaranteed y her rich Parents was cut short when she lost her Father and subsequently her mother to the cold hands of death. She is the fourth of the six Girls and a Boy left by her Parents. Their Uncle took over their fathers possession as no will was written by their Father at his death. They became outcasts in their fathers community.
Another Wedding
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 18,370. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Marriage is not for the feeble minded, it is not a “test –run”, it is for better or worse! But can one really get a partner that would be there through thick and thin? A partner that would walk on the Rose’s petals as well as on the Thorns.
Just Wedded
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 13,390. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2014. Categories: Plays » Medieval
Doris had it all planned out, her own ideal home, a home where she rules, a home where she is fully liberated as a woman and expresses herself with or without Charles consent. Her self assertion became her bane as she almost destroyed all that she holds dear. Her marriage and her paternal home suffer until she realizes that it actually takes two to tango. A drama that will keep you on edge