Interview with Emmanuel Donkor

Describe your desk
My desk is rather tidy I must say although it is sometimes a bit messy with a lot of newspaper clippings and the like. But I try to keep it clean as much as I can
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Africa but then came over to the UK when I was 10 years old. I lived in pretty rough neighbourhood where the only way to stay out of trouble was for me to go to church. Church was pretty much the distraction for me and I did help me stay out of trouble.

This in turn influenced my writing. I believe that writing christian non-fiction as well as personal development books, it's my way of helping people also stay out of trouble.
When did you first start writing?
I really enjoyed English Literature at school although I didn't quite understand some of the poems we read. On the otherwords, I was always scared any time we did mathematics or anything related figures and numbers.
I never thought I would be writing. Among the numerous professions I romanticised about were being a lawyer or a journalist. That is when the whole idea of writing started.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Time With the Masters, I would say was birthed out of an experience I had in 2008 - 2009. I had gone a whole year without any prospects of finding a job. Meanwhile, the bills were piling up. The partner was working at the time but she barely made enough to keep us going. As a man, I had began to question my purpose on earth. I had started thinking about what I was placed on this earth to do. That is when I discovered that contrary to what was happening to me at the time, that God had given me a gift or an ability. I had began listening to a very inspiring message on the life of Gideon in the Bible who was struggling with self-confidence issues. I found his story very encouraging because even though he saw himself as a nobody, actually, he was a great leader waiting to be unleashed into the world.

Then I though, how many people in the world today are going through a similar situation, if I can write a book that will put on the road to a happy and fulfilled life, then I will have contributed my bit to humanity. This is why I decided to write the book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The whole idea that I can see my book in print. When I finished the manuscript, I shopped around for a publisher ( a traditional one) but then I got hit with the harsh reality that if I wasn't a Tony Blair or a George Bush, there was no way I could get my book in print. Just then, I had started to read about the whole self-publishing and how lucrative it is. This is what motivated to go independent.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I have only just signed up today so I guess I will know the real success of it in the coming weeks and months.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am a bit of an old fashioned person so for me the real joy is when I sit down quietly and let the creative juices flow...
What do your fans mean to you?
Right now, I'm yet to get a loyal following but they will mean a lot to me. The whole idea of having someone's life transformed through my book cannot be imagined. They are the lifeblood of what I do.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I working on an e-book on how to write the FCE exam, one of the Cambridge ESOL suite of tests for speakers of other language. I have been teaching this for the last 3 years and thought it will be ok to write something like a manual for candidates who are thinking of writing the exam.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are:

John C. Maxwell

Myles Munroe
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The desire to bring a change in someone's life whether it be through teaching or writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching my favourite football team Arsenal play. The play one of the best football in Europe at the moment.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through Amazon mainly. But at least, now that I know of Smashwords, I will pay more attention to it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was an article for a christian magazine.
What is your writing process?
I tend to do all the research and then once I sit down, I write through out the day in chunks of course.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
How do you approach cover design?
I hire designers to do it for me. I prefer it that way considering the fact that a book is judged by its cover
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't have any favourite. They are all favourites. That is why I have them.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read inspirational books, biographical books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do not have one
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I think engaging the target consumer through social media.
Published 2013-10-08.
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