Interview with Adekunle Mallami

What do you read for pleasure?
Football news, novels especially romance or crime based and a little bit of scientific news
What is your e-reading device of choice?
my phone. I never go anywhere without it so it is definitely my e-reading device of choice
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up with my uncle's and guardians in Ibadan, my dad works abroad Switzerland to be precise and my mom lived in Lagos state so my uncles had to live with us. I think the distance between my parents and I was what helped me grow as a person, i imagine that I would most likely have been a spoilt brat if i'd grown up with them around. Being from a polygamous home, I've seen and experienced a lot and they've shaped me into who I am today and the trials that comes with such homes made me value love and the importance of preaching it over hate.
When did you first start writing?
I've always been a writer, I remember around 2007/2008 I'd send this philosophical messages to my dad and step mom whenever they were fighting (again preaching love) and he'd ask me where I got such deep philosophical messages from and I'd tell him I wrote them. and I was notorious for love messages, I'd compose any type of sms just to woo a lady. Although I only picked up the pen officially October 2016 and I have not looked back since then. Glad I did
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book was actually birth out of pent up anger, I am an introvert by nature so I am known to take a more reserved approach to things but lately I found out that my writings have become more confrontational and so was I. So I sat down one day and came to a conclusion that most of the problem we have in the world today stems from words and the rigid believe of people that 'talk is cheap'. The first poem I wrote in this collection was "MY COUNTRY'S DRAMA" which was basically a cry out for peace and the need to not follow leaders blindly because they can solve a short term problem. The truth is a word could mean so many things to different people hence it could be interpreted in anyway an interpreter deems fit so I decided to take some words and issues to write on while not painting them in the usual light that people would paint them. It's sort of like an abstract definition, although some of them are simply just in line with there basic meanings.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always loved writing, apart from writing, I rap as well and while I'm not not proud of it, I spend more time writing songs than I actually do recording them. Writing is more than a passion for me, it's a calling. I have things I'd love to say and misconceptions I'd love to correct and I don't their's a more visible way for me to do that than through my words.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Lol I'm not sure if smashwords have contributed to my success because this is my debut book and it hasn;t been launched yet but I hope they do hehe. However, I will always be in debt to smashwords because their platform has given me the opportunity to potentially connect with a wider audience by publishing my book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think that would be when I write and people can relate to it and they are like thank you I really needed this. I mean there's nothing better than that feeling to me, it was why I started initially anyways, to reach out to people through words. Consciously changing the word one write up at a time. The occasional 'Thnak you' DM's on instagram also brings me so much joy. If the audience can connect I'm happy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I write for them and their feedbacks be it good or bad shapes me and mean a lot.
What are you working on next?
It's a secret! Although I plan to dabble into spoken word poetry soon.
Who are your favorite authors?
Truthfully, I don't do favorites, I believe I have a lot to learn from as many authors as possible, although Sidney Sheldon is a constant. i could never get enough of his books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My voice must be heard and unless there is a speaker connected somehow from my room to everyone's then I have to get up and be who I want to be.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play video games or watch movies hehehe
What is your writing process?
I have no process, I just write as it comes to me. Anything can inspire me
What advice can you give to fellow witers?
Don't you dare stop writing, you get better with every write up and please read.
Published 2017-11-24.
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Books by This Author

PHOENIX T21
Price: Free! Words: 18,250. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Phoenix T21 captures the life experiences of a young lady, her perspectives on life issues as well as the extremes of the imaginations of her mind. It is the product of breaking free from her norm and writing from her soul, heart wrenching and thoughts provoking words, as she turns 21. It is captured in beautiful poetic lines and short stories.
But Why All This Grammar
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 6,520. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » African Poetry
You have probably been searching for that book with so much simplicity yet so powerful, look no further than the pages of this poetry/prose book. This poetry/prose collection show meanings to words in ways you’ve probably never viewed them, it takes the misconception out of these words and breathes an air of simplicity into them. This is more than a book! It is perspective!!!