Pastor Hope is the President of Destiny Recovery Ministries International and senior pastor, Destiny Recovery Global Church. He is the author of many books, whose writings have been translated into more than thirty languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Arabic, Italian, Korean, Japanese , Portugese, etc. He speaks in conferences, conventions, workshops, seminars and trainings. Pastor Hope is the President of Fresh Fire International Seminary, a global theological institution that equips the saints with wisdom and fire.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, about 33 years ago. I grew up in abject poverty, and I am thankful to God about that because it made me to force my mind to think constructively. I know what poor people face on daily basis, I know what it means to be homeless because we were for many years, I know what it means to be fatherless because I lost my dad at age 10, I know what hardship really means. But the good news is that I also know what it takes to break free from poverty, failure, homelessness, frustration, affliction, oppression and limitations. And that is what I share with my readers.
I used to want to be published traditionally. I honestly thought that was the only option for so long. When I discovered it wasn't, I found myself hoping I had another window to get through. But, I heard so many horror stories about self-publishing and about how hard it was to market and distribute, I shut the option down. Now that I'm older and determined to actually move forward with my work instead of keeping it all to myself, I did some real research. I found this website, along with two others, and I'm going to do all the work I can to hopefully make this my full-time job. I want to be successful without having a publishing company ask for hundreds of dollars a month or a year. I also wanted to keep creative control of how my book looked and who could get their hands on it. I found that self-publishing was the way to go, and I'm ready to take that dive.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing has been my outlet for everything! I'm a very emotional human. When I feel things, I feel them deeply. When I was a teenager and really starting to go through emotional times, writing was the only way I could cope with it. So, to answer the question, the greatest joy of writing for me is the freedom it allows. You don't ever have to share your words with the world, but you have the freedom to put them down somewhere anyway. I think that's amazing. I've always loved the term, "the pen is mightier than the sword", because it's so true.
I have an office in my house that's the only one I'm allowed to decorate as I want it. So it's decorated mostly with guitars, horror related posters and art and lots of music. My favorite movie is The Creature from The Black Lagoon so I have a lifesize torso of the Gill-Man reaching out from one wall. Above the stereo I have a framed screenprint of a Drive-By Trucker's concert poster that Wes Freed did. The vibe of the picture invokes that swampy, moonshine feeling that influences a lot of my writing.
The desk itself? It's a mess. It's an old beat up office desk that we got for free from somewhere. I've had it probably twenty years. I need to find something else but haven't been able to find anything that fits the vibe of the room yet.
What is your writing process?
As an avid reader I hate it when I can figure out what's coming next in a novel's plot. Unfortunately, I feel the same way as a writer. I've always admired writers who can outline a story, plan out the characters, etc. I just can't do that. The times that I've created an actual outline for a story, I've lost interest in telling it almost immediately.
To me, the actual fun of writing is in the discovery along the way. All of my short stories and novels tend to start out as an idea that I just start riffing on. It could just be a few paragraphs about a funny thought or it could be a full blown short story that just comes rushing out, but generally when I sit down to write something new, I don't have a very good idea of where I'm going. With my first novel (The Wash) I started writing what I thought was a short story about a graveyard that was hungry for bodies. Ten thousand words later I realized my character had barely gotten to the graveyard and this wasn't exactly a short story any longer.
So my process is more one of discovery than actual planning. If I get a good solid chunk written (maybe 8,000 - 10,000 words) and there's no resolution in sight, then I will pause and try to figure out where it's going. At that stage, I may create a loose outline of where I want to end up with very broad strokes for how to get there, but I try hard not to fill in details until I'm actually writing.
The downside of that is going back through the editing process, I tend to have a lot of excess material I cut to get to the final product. It makes the editing a little harder than it probably needs to be. Of course the upside is that I've got plenty of material to work with.
1. Jim Butcher. He is amazing, not only for delicate and rich world-building but also characters who creeps into your heart and rips it out (in a good way). Some writers when writing a series lag as the series go further, Jim Butcher does not let up. His worlds and characters and story-lines and plots just become more layered and intricate and emotion-gripping.
I love both his Codex Alera ( which he wrote as a bet that he can write a good book with a bad idea, the idea was Pokemon and the Lost Roman Legion) and his Dresden Files series.
2. Ilona Andrews writers of Kate Daniels series, Innkeeper series, The Edge series and Kinsmen.
Same with Butcher, this husband-wife duo makes a staggering world inside their books and the way they twist mythology with the characters of their book is insane.
What I like about these two is that even how fantastical or epic-ridden their story is, the core of their book is humanity; the frailty and strength of it, the flaw and the facets of it.
And the more books the series have, the better it is.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
"Work until your idols become your rivals."
This is what inspire me every morning to get out of the bed and work for my goals.
Ce livre, il parle de quoi, sous la trame de l'amitié?
Du combat pour vivre et mourir avec dignité. De la réalité de vivre avec le VIH. Ici: au Canada, et dans un pays sans couverture médicale: au Burkina Faso. De la profondeur de l'amour, qui transcende les couleurs, les classes sociales, les inégalités politiques. Que cet amour n'arrive pas toujours à déplacer les montagnes, si ce n'est celles qui nous habitent.
Est-ce une histoire vraie?
Oui. Chaque histoire est véridique, ainsi que chaque personnage. Les noms et détails ont été changés bien sûr, sauf pour Salimata, qui voulait que son histoire ait une portée. J'ai commencé à écrire ce livre auprès d'elle d'ailleurs, à travers un blog que je tenais pour amasser des fonds nécessaires à son traitement.
The companion book to The Eidolon. It will be Alec's story (Veronica's brother). I'm more excited to write this book than any others I've written. Alec's wit and humor balances out the darkness he unleashes as the founder of the Order of the Dragonfly. The stakes are bigger and Clank, Dr. Hoch and others return. The more encouragement I get, the faster I'll write!
Who are your favorite authors?
I adore: Ilona Andrews' "Innkeeper" series Cinda Williams Chima's "Seven Realms" series Frederick Backman Sarah's Durst's "Queen of Blood" series Patrice Kindle's anything Martine Leavitt's everything Agatha Christie Julie Daines And so many more...
I've been writing on and off for almost as far back as I can remember. I used to start a lot of fiction thrillers and dramas but never seemed to be able to get past the first few chapters. My friends and family always told me that I was a talented writer, but somehow I got distracted from it. When I went vegan I started writing my recipes out and providing helpful tips for other people who wanted to experiment with plant based cooking. It combined my two passions- vegan food and writing. I had finally found my niche!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had been wanting to write an e-book of my favorite vegan recipes for quite some time, but never knew where to begin. Who would buy it? I wondered. When my temp job in town ended I knew I needed to find something else for work and I really wanted to work in a field that I was passionate about. Thus my blog was born and soon my cookbook.
I am presently writing a new book called "Rapture". It is also, like my previous, and my first, book about astrology. It came about because I kept hearing about the date, September 23, 2017, as being the next "Rapture". I did some investigation and the results are very revealing about worldly, planetary, events. The ancient Hindu astrologers and mathematicians had calculated so many things about the Universe, even prior to satellites and NASA. Yes, things have been updated by the advanced telescopes and so forth, but the results are very similar to what was calculated in the 3rd and 4th centuries BC. In my new book, I wanted to show the correlation between the Biblical scholars and the Vedic Scriptures, and, especially on present day events that are happening in the present day.
Who are your favorite authors?
Since I became interested in astrology, I very much rely on B.V. Raman's writings. Of course, I am steeped in the writings of A.C.Bhakitvedanta Swami Prabhupada, who gave the authoritative English translation of the Bhagavad-Gita. I also like to visit the blog of Sam Geppi vedicsciences.com However, I do like to read spy novels, Tom Clancy and I also like to listen to the author of Tom Clancy, who happens to be Dr. Steve Pieczenik, who has his own website, stevepiczenik.com He is an astute observer of human nature. I am also very political and listen to the the author and film-maker, Dinesh D'Souza, and spend a ot of time listening to Scott Raymond Adams on youtube, who happens to be the author of the comic strip, Dilbert.