Interview with Stephen Obasun

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Becoming an indie author author came natural for me as I observed the stress that wannabe authors go through to get their books to the reading public, coupled with my passion to tell my story and positively impact readers. Though it was long, tedious and time-consuming, it was a learning process for me, actually.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Wow! Smashwords is awesome in its efforts to connect authors with the ever-dynamic and massive reading public out there. Smashwords has given me the opportunity to publish my books in several formats to different readers with different reading environments and devices. With Smashwords, I have the opportunity to do what I love doing best: writing and publishing. A very big 'thank you' to Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is when people get to read my books and experience a positive and lasting change in their lives. I love it when readers say, "Wow, that book was entertaining, informative and educative!"
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. They are everything I am and will be. Without them, I am nothing. Seriously.
What are you working on next?
I still have two or three more books in the UNLEASHED SERIES which I am currently working on. My fans should expect those books very soon. I'm sure they'll love the books.
Who are your favorite authors?
John C. Maxwell, Rick Warren, Joyce Meyer, Myles Munroe, Mike Murdoch, Robert Kiyosaki, TD Jakes, and Sam Adeyemi (Nigeria).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To live, learn, love and lead with purpose.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach Economics and Business Management courses at Secondary and Advanced Levels. So I spend my working hours instructing, coaching, and mentoring my students. I also spend quality time with my family, friends and colleagues.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly from online searches, referrals, and ads.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah. I was six years old then, and I titled it 'Tightropes'. I still have the manuscript with me. You'll need to see it and wonder why I am not into novels and fiction books. I prefer writing non-fiction self help books but I'm looking into developing the story into a novel.
What is your writing process?
From inspiration to research and outline development, then drafting to content development and designing.
Published 2015-07-06.
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