Interview with Akinola Shadrack (Pesinpapa)

When did you first start writing?
I started writing in the year 2004, that was in my college "Command Secondary School" Ipaja Lagos, Nigeria.

I wrote in several newspapers, magazines and articles.

There are still several unpublished books in my shelf and I published my first book in the year 2014.

So I can say I started writing in the year 2004.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was inspired by the way things are being highly organised. Besides.... There are several great things I can feel about Smash words but can't quite put my finger on it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Ideas inspires me daily to get out of bed. That is why I always have with me a pen and a paper beside my bed because I can get ideas even from my dream. *smile*
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm reading and when not reading I'm having fun (lots and lots too much to be mentioned).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I buy the ebooks I read. Because if I don't spend my money on something I don't value it. Especially write ups.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was "The Dangerous Gang"
What is your writing process?
I get the ideas, jot them in a piece of paper, transfer them into my computer and I keep giving it series of editing to soothe international standard. Then I kick off.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read is however termed by me as vague because I just can't remember. But Zig Ziglar's step to the top inspired me and has really helped me in building a better perception about life.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design must be extremely catchy and must portray if not all but a summary of what the book is all about.
What do you read for pleasure?
Motivational books, maybe because I'm a motivational speaker but that is what really appeals to me because one needs to keep acquiring knowledge
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Direct sales and Online.. People from outside the country write me and order for my books in mass and I also make waves through online means
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Nigeria (Africa)  and it really influenced my writing because people (Youths) most especially need to change their negative perception about life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I would have loved to say the "long story" behind my latest book titled "Locate Your Rainbow". I wrote the book to inspire youths globally, and I thank God it's making waves already. It took me several years to put it together and I dedicated it to my Late Mum Mrs Iyabode Sarum New Williams because she knew when I started the writing but couldn't witness its production.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By shooting me out in terms of support
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is, having people stumble on one another to get your books and read them, being inspired and when your book is being made referenced to.
What do your fans mean to you?
Myfans mean my life, Without them I'm gonna sleep on empty stomach. *laugh*. My fans inspire me and they make me feel honoured always.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer the epub, its quite easy to flip my fingers through especially when I'm traveling and anywhere i am
Describe your desk
Simply scattered, with several books and articles
What are you working on next?
I'm working on an essay for students aspiring to get into the university, and those already in there. What to take to survive in such a choked condition
Who are your favorite authors?
Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda and a whole host of them i read wide and i appreciate good books from great authors
Published 2014-11-25.
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Books by This Author

Locate Your Rainbow
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 12,180. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014. Categories: Essay » Business, Essay » Sociology
Locate Your Rainbow is a highly motivational book, structured basically to inform youths on how to think outside the box, making their lives worth living in order to become a blessing to themselves, their environment and their generation. Getting this book Locate Your Rainbow is another step toward success.