Interview with Ifeoma OkaforObi

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading books by other authors and spending time with my family
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I check book reviews and featured authors on smashwords, createspace, wattpad and amazon. I've found amazing books and new authors that way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do! I think I was about 10 to 12 years old then. I wrote a book based on a popular folklore in Nigeria then. I later edited it and sent it in for BBC scriptwriting competition and was a finalist for Africa in 1995. I have always loved writing. I believe everyone has a good story inside them waiting to be told.
What is your writing process?
To be honest I don't have a process, at times the story takes hold of me and until it's on paper, I can't sleep or function properly. Other times it's like pulling teeth and I have to write an outline and flesh it out
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oliver twist by Charles Dickens. I still love the book. I was hooked for life. There is beauty in creating an enduring piece of work that generations can enjoy. I look forward to reading it with my kids.
How do you approach cover design?
I normally have an idea of how I like the cover to look by the time I am done so I share my thoughts and trust my cover designer to bring my vision to life. I am very hands on.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oliver twist & Great Expectations- Charles Dickens, Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe, Weep not child by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austin. I also love books by the following Nigerian authors a compilation of African literature by Tony Ojielo, Books by Tony Ubesie. They shaped me and gave me confidence as an African and Nigerian writer. Recently I have been reading books by a Nigerian author that I like a lot - Chimamanda Adichie. I think I have to stop at this point
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle is my device of choice, its easy to use and I love how books look on it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Hmm I would say face book and blogging.In addition to some paid adverts
Describe your desk
You don't want to know! my desk is everywhere, my study, any book I have with me and my dinning table! like I said earlier, at times the book just takes hold of me and I just have to pour out everything inside me so I start typing or writing where I am. When I do sit at my desk, its a very tidy desk with lots of pens and a book for writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up mostly in the Eastern part of Nigeria. It influenced my writing because while I was growing up, that part of Nigeria had a lot of focus on reading and writing. I was lucky to attend federal Government college and I had a teacher called Mrs Amobi who raised the bar on English language for us. I struggled initially to get to her standards and my mother asked her friend Mrs Ntefe who was an English teacher to help. Mrs Ntefe literarily gave me a voice. She is an amazing woman.
When did you first start writing?
In my primary school, I was around 8 years to 10 years then. I started with Poems and short stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book Ashmedai, is about a fallen angel who falls in love but his ex's put spanners in the works for him. Interestingly, it was one of those stories that took hold of me and demanded to be told. I have always been fascinated by paranormal books and this is the first in the series called Eden's Guardians
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I would say it is Joel Friedlander. I came across him on the net while trying to find how to publish my book and signed up for one of his online sessions. He's just amazing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is creating an enduring body of work that brings happiness to the reader. That is what keeps me going.
Published 2015-02-14.
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