Tonight I finished a John D MacDonald novel, Barrier Island. I'm reminded of Carl Hiaasen, who writes the same novel ten times, but they're different each time if in the same locale as MacDonald. Over the weekend, it was a Robert B Parker novel. It was grim and formulaic, and out of character for his main moneymaker, Spencer. It was riveting anyway. He was rescuing Susan.
Two minimum per week. Every week. Sometimes more on vacation and while I avoid watching movies in flight. The total number of books is well into the thousands, perhaps more. Hundreds of SciFi novels. A few biographies. Granta. Short stories. I read more than I write. Together, they take up most of my waking hours.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an ancient white Kindle that was given to me by a wise woman.
El arte de la guerra (Sun Tsu) - Imprescindible para aplicación en cualquier sector vital Fortunata y Jacinta (Benito Pérez Galdós) - Probablemente la mejor novela de todos los tiempos Cien años de soledad (Gabriel García Márquez) - La mejor novela en un género innovador y revolucionario El hidalgo caballero don Quijote de la Mancha - Sin lugar a dudas, la matriz de la novela contemporánea Cumbres borrascosas - Emily Bronte - Una novela para disfrutar de la granliteratura
What do you read for pleasure?
Cuando escribo, leo ensayo o ciencia, a fin de evitar contaminaciones. Cuando no escribo, prefiero poesía.
I have been writing for over thirty years, first as a Columnist for New Nation Newspaper which was the largest ethnic minority newspaper in Britain at the time for over three years. I enjoyed writing the column and I also created the Poet's Corner in the newspaper then. The freelancing as a Columnist helped me significantly and act as the catalyst for self publication that we now see and read today.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The ease at which it allows me to upload my e-books is a main contributing factor to me uploading so many books and the advantage of being able to work remotely at any place anytime helps as well.
My latest book's genre is mystery/thriller. I am fond of watching and reading those kinds of genres. I want to give it a shot and write my own. Though I love watching and reading those I am still an amateur when it comes to writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I know that there are lots of great books and authors were getting noticed by publishers. If I will wait to get noticed and compete with them then there might only be a 1% chance to get noticed. So I told my self and decided why not publish my own, right?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Abuja Nigeria, a place where almost everyone is trying hard to mask her fears and pains, a place where the young ones are in abusive and toxic relationships but feels it is normal. This idea behind this book was for it to serve as a wake up call to everyone that you can truly be happy and fulfilled in your relationship life
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in my first year at the university, mostly poems and articles
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There is always a moment of clarity while in the writing process. Where my hands are moving faster than my mind and then vice versa. The characters speak for themselves, and the story becomes self propelling.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a full novel set in the world of The P'yang. The P'yang is a rebuilt hyper-capitalist Pyongyang set thirty years in the future. The story is a noir thiller with a strong cyberpunk framework. Check out Edition to get a taste of this world.
I'm an obsessive, lifelong reader. I like an eclectic mix of genres: biography, history, and many categories of fiction. After consuming many thousands of books over the years, I decided to give back and try to write my own. It's said you write best about those things you know from experience. In my case, I'm an active Christian and a long time martial artist so that combination was a natural first choice for me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords had given me the opportunity to e-publish my book for free and make it available on many commercial sites. In this current techno world, e-publishing is the way to go for most of us indie authors.