Ikem is a guy with far too many ideas about stories and characters in his head all the time, and he found that the only way to get them to shut up was to put them on paper. He wonders if God/The Universe does the same thing with people/souls.
He also emigrated from the UK to Asia because, frankly, only plants need that much rain.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The very first piece of fiction that I could claim to be almost entirely my own work? No. No way. When I was little I was more interested in maths and science than English. They were easy and interesting. It never occurred to me to write stories at home for fun as I was too busy reading. I also didn't take much notice of any thing I wrote for English class at school until a story I wrote for an exam got published in the school annual along with a good few others. As I was 10 at the time, my father was really proud, and I believe he may still have a copy of the annual somewhere. I remember that story; it was about a boy finding a cat. I remember thinking it wasn’t that great but it'd do for an exam. It did. I came top in English that year. Probably the last time that happened.
What is your writing process?
Hah! The first part, and the hardest part, is having an interesting, stimulating idea. If I don't have that, there is no process. That idea, situation, line of dialogue or whatever it is, has to then trigger the story around it. I call this 'seeding'. I've got the kernel of a story, and I bury it in my subconscious and wait for my mind or circumstances to make it sprout. Then I can sit down and flesh my characters out. I admit that some of them, some of the time, tell me what to do. They drive the story so I usually find there's no point doing a story outline of what you want to happen before having 3D characters on board. In all honesty, the ungrateful fools will still change your painstaking story plan anyway.
A mixed-race Londoner on the verge of his thirties balances work, friends, and dreams whilst patiently waiting to become the mature, responsible adult that he's pretty sure he should be by now. At least that's the image that's been presented to him all these years. So why isn't it happening?