Interview with Zayzee Writes

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I must have either read about the titles in the news, or seen the advert online. Other times, I personally search for author names I am already familiar with to see if they have new titles. I also look out for new writers and their works because here I am experiencing a new voice. They might not be new writers, but to me, since I am discovering them for the first time, they are new.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In all honestly, no. I started writing while in secondary school (high school). I used to write in notebooks or put pieces of papers together to write, But at the end of the term, as I packed my things together in the hostel to go home for the holiday, those stories get trashed. I never took them seriously. They were written always at a time after I had finished reading a wonderful book and my imagination was ablaze.
When did you take writing seriously?
This was in the late nineties. Either 1996 or 1997. My brother had come home with a small book written by his friend's teenage cousin for children. After reading it, it challenged me because I felt I could do better. So I started writing and stopped trashing them. This eventually formed the career path I took as I totally deviated from my science background.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Wow, no! I have been reading for years. It is a habit that formed as a child because my father bought us literature books to read. But some of the earlier stories I can remember include, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and from the home front, Efuru by Flora Nwapa, Ifeanyi and Obi by Charitas Onwu-Otuyelu, Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe, Eze Goes To School by Nzekwu and Crowder. There are so much more but these are some of the first ones I remember which had any kind of impact on me.
Unlike the foreign titles, which included Gulliver's Travel, Oliver Twist etc. which captivated my imagination, transporting me to a world different from the one I was familiar with, the titles from the home front, while engaging, brought out my adventurous side. A book like Efuru, show me a different culture and tradition.
What are your ten favorite books, and why?
I did a book challenge on Facebook in 2014 where I had to list ten of my most favourite books. And today, they are unchanged.
1. Sorrows of Satan by Marie Corelli. I am yet to read any novel that will knock this off my number one book of all time. It is a story about life and a romance story, good and evil, God and the devil and I just love it so much because it was very entertaining.
2. Ayesha, the return of She by H. Rider Haggard. This novel and She itself take the second position. These for me are the height of magical realism.
3. Efuru by Flora Nwapa. It introduced me to a different culture and the power of a woman.
4. I Married You by Walter Trobisch. One of the best Christian books on marriage I ever read. Simple and insightful for any individual interested in growing and grooming a good and long lasting marriage.
5. Bread Upon the Water by Irwin Shaw. All his books I have read are unforgettable.
6. A Widow for One Year by John Irving. Plus The World According to Garp and A Prayer for Owen Meany. Lol. Do I need to tell you why? His style of writing is absolutely killing and intelligent.
7. Left Behind by Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins. It is a fiction about rapture that woke up my spiritual life. I definitely don't want to be left behind.
8. Success is Who You Are by Sam Adeyemi. My best of his books which I am ashamed to say I haven't read to the end because at the end of each chapter I am challenged to do something about that thing I want to do with my life. I honestly cannot describe how this book makes me restless until I act. But the lazy me ...
9. Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta. Very simply written. It shows me Lagos City as it used to be before I was born. And it was purely entertaining and relaxing.
10. Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon. This was my first encounter with multiple personalities and was I captivated!
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction. Especially legal thrillers, political and spy thrillers.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media, especially Facebook. I get to boost my post for a fee and select the category of people I am trying to reach out to.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was the difficulty of getting a publisher. And because of it, I wasn't inspired to continue writing. So I embraced becoming an indie author so I could be motivated to continue telling the many stories I have to tell.
What are you working on next?
A book about deception where a woman was convinced the daughter in her house wasn't the same as the one she gave birth to and has raised for the past four years.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fear of lack and failure and wanting to push myself to achieve my set goals.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working on manuscripts of other writers, reading and spending time with my family
Published 2015-08-17.
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