Interview with Moriamo Onabanjo

What is your writing process?
I love reading and sometimes a book i read may give me ideas. These ideas are fleshed up by further research. Researching helps me to get the entire idea of the book i want to write
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story i ever wrote is a vague memory. As a child i loved reading. When the teacher asked me to write a story, it was the easiest thing to do.
How do you approach cover design?
My cover design is usually the product of the idea the book revolves around.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance, mystery, adventure, non fiction and science fiction,
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do not have an e-reading device
Who are your favorite authors?
Dan Brown,Lori Copeland, Catherine Palmer, Dianna Crawford, Ginny Aiken, Peggy Stoks, Susan May Warren
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I believe in God and that he sent his son Jesus Christ to save me. I believe he has a purpose and plan for my life because his thoughts towards me is good to bring me to an expected end. He inspires me to get out of bed each day
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working and fellowshipping. I have a regular job that pays the bills and I help the pastor of my church with administrative matters
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I was not an ebook reader. I usually prefered printed books. Over the years I have come to appreciate ebooks. I usually shop for ebooks on Amazon. Its where i buy all my ebooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I cannot remember the title, but my half-sister told me that I wrote a story that was left for others to read. This was at my primary school.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Spreading the word to friends, social network platforms,
Describe your desk
My desk is a portable laptop that i transport anywhere in my apartment when i need to write
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife campus in Nigeria. Its the most beautiful campus in Africa. Its beauty, architecture and academic setting inspired in me the need to research and write. This has been the foundation of my writing
When did you first start writing?
My younger sister remembered i wrote a short story when i was in elementary school. She tells me the story is still in my school.
I wrote on and off during my undergraduate days at the University of Ife (before it was changed to Obafemi Awolowo University) I never really began writing until i took the creative writing course in Full Sail University.
What's the story behind your last book intervention?
It's fantasy. I have always thought if we changed the structure of the world or what we term as the norm what would happen then? This story is based on a world that contradicts everything we know and believe in. This world runs parallel to our world. I call this world – “Magic”. It is a breath away you can almost touch and feel it.
For this story I am proposing that extreme circumstances can trigger the doors to open into this world. When the doors are open, our world merges with this parallel world and reality takes on a new meaning.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have read how authors spend so much time trying to get into traditional publishing. I decided to become an indie author and improve or brush up on my craft before approaching one of them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has contributed immensely to my success at being an author and publisher. It made this so easy anyone could do it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Putting down my thoughts, ideas in a clear and easy way so that others may enjoy what i enjoy about reading.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a book that revolves around a Jewish High priest named Zadok who lived during the second temple era in Jerusalem
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have always loved history. When i decided to write "The Missing Link" I went to go back to my roots and did a lot of research on the ancient city of Ile-Ife. A city i have lived in for over thirty years. My reserarch led me to a book on the history of the Yorubas wriiten by Reverend Johnson. The fact that the reverend's first manuscript was missing was my first insight. Every other thing fell into place and "The Miseing Link" was birthed
Published 2017-10-09.
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Books by This Author

The Missing Link
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,340. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Religious
An archivist must find the link between a missing manuscript, and a lost relic before an ancient city for the first time in its history goes without an Ooni (King).
Price: Free! Words: 5,710. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Completely disillusioned and weary, Sally Wentworth a passionate Art Historian and writer lost her job, is rejected by her boyfriend and is denied publishing her book. A strange encounter with Pierre de Prince an artist and inventor of the 18th century sets her on a journey to unravel his mysterious disappearance and discover his last invention.