Feyi Aina

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Lagos Nigeria. Near the famous University of Lagos (which I eventually attended) for the first ten years of my life and here and there all over mainland Lagos for the rest of my life growing up. Then it was tough telling anyone I wanted to be a writer, because I honestly didn't know any writers nor was it evident that writers could make a living off writing.

There were always books in the house and books at school and it was amazing how they would transport me to a different world than the one I was currently living in. I recall as a child, attending parties with my family and finding my way to the bedrooms and libraries of our hosts, searching for something interesting to read. .I learnt new words and spellings and basically taught myself to write by reading and reading a lot.

Nigeria is an interesting country but it wasn't until recently that I began to look around and le our culture and food and people influence my writing.
What made you get into writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I was a child, and I realize now that sounds rather cliché because almost every writer I know started writing as a child. For me however, the real world was a tad serious and I was more an introspective watcher than a participant. I hated outdoor activities, but I loved nursery rhymes, reading comprehension and composition, and words generally. I loved reading books, and I loved inventing my own alternative story lines to everything I read.

As a child, I didn’t make friends that easily, but writing was a way of escape into this imaginary world where my characters were my friends and I was a heroine, jumping through jungles and doing every brave thing imaginable. As I grew older, writing became my source of relaxation and a good way to vent off my angers and fears. I also realized it was a craft to be nurtured and I went all out for it.
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The Workmen
Price: Free! Words: 66,560. Language: Assamese. Published: September 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
David is convinced that the beautiful Ayomide Sonuga cannot truly be a christian. As the Evangelism Unit Secretary, he felt concerned about her relationship with the boys in their estate but starts to worry though, if his concern is just brotherly love, or if its becoming something more when he finds himself going to the shop where she works to buy things he doesn't need just to see her

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