Interview with Kehinde Sonola

Published 2020-12-03.
When did you first start writing?
At the age of 8, I entered my school's writing competition and won with my first poem, 'Fish'.
As a relatively shy child, the recognition and encouragement of my English teacher coupled with encouragement from my family helped me to come out of my shell and fall in love with writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's fair to say that writing has gotten me through some tough times.
I've never had writer's block thank goodness and am never without at least a notebook and pen wherever I go.
Writing's biggest joy is the challenge and bliss of trying to encapsulate what I perceive to be the abundant beauty in this world, which we often ignore or take for granted.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything.
The very first comment I received from a fan was that my poem had 'changed their life'.
I admit that I was stunned and almost cried.

Thanking readers is very important for me as even if you touch just one person, you can be thankful for creating positive change.
With that said, I thank everyone who has ever read any of my work and Smashwords for this platform.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are too many to count the authors that have captured my imagination.
To name but a few - Robert Jordan, John Donne, Maya Angelou, Giorgio Faletti, Miyamoto Musashi, Shakespeare, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman - thank you all.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
There are no favourites, only works that I have thoroughly enjoyed and of these there are fortunately many.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Family, the need to help and be a better person.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a lover of the arts and travelling.
There's nothing like expanding the mind through experiencing different cultures and meetings with people, especially those of the creative persuasion.
What is your writing process?
Any idea I have, I immediately write down and keep writing throughout the day to see what I come up with.
I'll review the first day's work and progress in this manner - generally the spine of any new book is developed on day one. I'm forever thankful that I never get bored of writing.
What are you working on next?
Book 24, a science fiction epic; the 'Deeply Serene' podcast - http://serene.libsyn.com/ ; as well as 'The Value Of Money' series - https://www.youtube.com/c/KehindeSonola .
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Your Country My World
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 1,260. Language: British English. Published: December 9, 2018. Categories: Poetry » African Poetry, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
We are living in interesting times.  War, famine, slavery, discrimination, climate change all persist yet we still fight among ourselves.  Your Country My World is a blunt yet hopeful poetry book of awakening inspired by the beautiful people of Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas et al.
Become The Machine Volume 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,640. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
In a world perpetuated with greed and selfishness, KB is one of many who start to awaken. On a path of self-improvement and improving the lives of all on the planet, KB will have to face full-on resistance from the powers that think they be. Facing the ugly truth of life, how humans live it and what must be done to uplift all; KB will become the machine.
Armed And Deadly
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,010. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The world’s best assassin is on the hunt, all the while pursued by Marshall General Andrew Simmons, as well as another relentless killer known as the Vixen. Encompassing an array of other enigmatic and powerful characters, each with their own motivations, this fast-paced, action thriller, spiritual noir, sweeps across remarkable locations as several worlds collide in a tumultuous climax.
The Dragon Cometh
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing
Fifty visceral poems complimented by fifty vivid images, crafted over three decades of love, hate, despair, death, travel and triumph. Encompassing exploration and misadventures across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania, the poems also look optimistically forward while covering issues such as cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence and spirituality.
Dark Days Have The Brightest Light
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature, Poetry » Spiritual
A 32-poem homage to the human spirit, nature and all those helping to bring light into this world. Written out of a need to inspire and go beyond the despair and loneliness we all feel, the poetry collection carries an optimistically pervasive message that wherever people are, they are not alone as well as the belief that despite the turmoil we face, our species will ultimately prevail.
Women, This Is What Men Think
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dating, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence & self-esteem
Women, men, are we so different? No, yes, it depends! If you want the partner you deserve, demand it! This book is part humorous, part self-help, all real and 100% love and serenity. Part of a two-part series, this book attempts to help shed some light on that delightfully murky subject of what men think. Prepare yourself Women, This Is What Men Think.
Singular
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 450. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2015. Categories: Poetry » Epic, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing
Do you feel alone? Do you feel like you don’t exist? Are you singular? If yes, then welcome. Your time has come.
Time Is Not Linear
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,340. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Epic, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
Bursting with the radiance of 101 original poems and 57 personal photographs, Time Is Not Linear celebrates a third of a century of living in the forefront and shadows of this joyous world, not to mention a myriad of distinctive encounters with incredible people from every corner of the beautiful place humans call, 'Earth'. All this is wrapped sumptuously in a glorious cover created by Ting Huang.
Corruption Isn't Sexy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,370. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
What happens when a vivacious multitalented fashion model muse reunites with her humorous activist financial investor of a boyfriend in a bustling New York? Life and carnage! Corruption Isn't Sexy is the stunning debut novella from exciting writer provocateur, Kehinde Sonola, which delves unabashedly into the underbelly of the modelling and financial investment industry.
Unfinished Glory Unedited Hope
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Places, Poetry » Spiritual
It is the early 2000s, a time of great upheaval whether it be the coming of the new millennium, 9-11 or an ever growing gap between the world's Haves and Have Nots. Yet, through various journeys, the poet is uplifted by the constant discovery of earnestness, love and the unwillingness of good people to rest. The collection spans three years worth of work covering travels across 3 continents.
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