Interview with Frances Ogamba

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Reading from the site, i would confess to that soonest
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is to get it across as many readers as possible and to get positive comments that the story was worth their time.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the reason why I write. They are priceless.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wish my stories to be read on every passage, every bedroom and even on toilet seats. It is the best way for me to be heard across the world.
where did you grow up and how did it influence writing?
I grew up in Akpo, a small town in Eastern Nigeria. I was with my father. He was an orator for the community. He led me away from the path of science and guided me into the threshold of the arts. Many of my stories stem from the past events of my dear hometown.
What are you working on next?
A short traditional story of West African setting.
Who are your favorite authors?
Chinua Achebe
Chimamanda Adichie
Aime Cesaire
Leopold Sedar Senghor
Wole Soyinka
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am inspired to rise every dawn because I have hope. I hope in the future I dreamt of as a child.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I teach or I daydream, imagining more scenes, more stories because writing is my essence.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
I create the title of the story first before writing or I write first and give a title. Then I give to Nwachukwu Maureen, my friend to read and critique.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read a story from the Nigerian Macmillian textbook for Primary Three. It talked about a boy named Edet who lived in Calabar, Nigeria. I wished to write a story like that.
How do you approach cover design?
I either do it myself or I entreat friends to help me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Things fall apart because it explained things about Africa's past to me.
Purple Hibiscus because it exposed the typical Nigerian family.
Last Card which highlighted the Nigerian-Biafran war
Eugenie Grandet which brought the love for money and gold by the French to light.
En attendant Godot, a book that explained absurdity in full.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read from the internet
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read with mobile Phones
What's the story behind your latest book?
Its about a young woman who found a new job and also found love in her workplace.
When did you first start writing?
at age 12
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
With the hard copies, I sell by meeting people in person.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in Akpo with my father formed me.
have you written books before?
Yes! I authored Finger Prints and The Reconciliation. They were printed in hard copies and sold in Nigeria. Two thousand copies have been sold.
what inspires your writing?
For me, life itself is enough inspiration. Things I see and hear, My mum and siblings, my friends too are a great influence.
Does writing mean much to you?
Yes writing means everything to me. I can't live without the pen. A blue fine pen is my favorite.
How do you feel when you write?
The wonder about writing is when I sit there in a chair with a pen and a book, buried in a new world that I am trying to create and after long hours of hard work and back ache, I browse through the book to find tens of pages characterized by a beautiful hand writing. I always feel the time was worth and it is my reward because I don't remember writing that many. I also bask in the world I am creating because for me to make a perfect world, I have to live in there. I get lost from the present world and its worries. I create a new world of worries for my readers. it is a breath taking experience.
Published 2013-09-13.
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Books by This Author

Pink Butterflies
Series: KDJ, ISBN. Price: Free! Words: 6,300. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
Tina is a young lady who strives like every other African youth to find means of survival. She secures a job and finds her boss, Mika so attractive. This attraction destroys her relationship and almost ruins her health. What if Mika didn't feel the same way? She may be building castles in the air.