Chioma Esther Nnani is a UK BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Award winner for "Blog of the Year", and was named “One of 100 Most Influential Creatives In 2016” by London-based C.Hub Magazine.
She holds an LLB from the University of Kent in Canterbury, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Food Law from the De Montfort University in Leicester - both in the United Kingdom. Ms Nnani released her first novel in 2012, has worked in media ever since and is the CEO of The Fearless Storyteller House Emporium Ltd.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at the age of six or so. But it wasn't till I was in my 20s, that I considered writing as a possible career. I was at university (University of Kent, Canterbury) when I met this person, who eventually jetted back to Nigeria with five different pieces of my writing, with the aim of using my work to build a storytelling career of their own. They had the manuscript for what eventually turned into my first novel "Forever There For You", as well as a movie script I'd written, another script for a TV series pilot and even stage production scripts. It took the intervention of an old classmate from primary school to ensure that the thief wasn't able to do what she had intended.
Then, two of my friends - Carmen Rose and Keely Zara Augustus - gave me a slot at an Open Evening that their company was holding, to do a rehearsed reading. People liked my stuff, I felt motivated to try and again to get published (before this time, I'd gotten maybe a thousand rejection letters and emails from publishing firms and literary agents). 18 months and seven re-writes later, my debut novel - FOREVER THERE FOR YOU - saw the light of day.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I like to call FOREVER THERE FOR YOU a cocktail of love, cultural clashes, religion, domestic violence, friendship and sisterhood.
Parental rejection and abandonment. Trying to fit into certain spaces to make others comfortable. Struggling with feelings of not being enough. Confused and frustrated by organised religion. Yearning for a love that fulfils even unspoken promises.
"Because Home Is" is a collection of short stories about finding home, going home, and being home.
When NADINE is confronted with the reality of her failing marriage, her first instinct is to work it out. She has had it drummed into her that marriage is ‘for better, for worse’.
In this multicultural cocktail of first love, domestic violence, religion, friendship and sisterhood, will Nadine find the courage to define her own "happily ever after"?