Yossie Paul

Biography

Afro-diasporic scholar and woman of letters, clothed by the written word.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Oh, this is interesting. First, the ideas. These come randomly. I could be talking about one idea, and another one pops up, and I say: "Oh, ok. This is good!" I then proceed to write my ideas in my notebooks so as not to forget. My mind has no boundaries - a blessing and a curse.
Sometimes, if I am super excited, I write the opening paragraph, or some dialogue that might fit in somewhere, later.

When I'm ready to tackle it seriously, I then open the laptop and start to work. Stories and poems could take as long as a day or a month to take shape. I think I'm a slow writer, for the most part.
On rare occasions, the words just flow. I cherish those days. A lot.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oh, wow. This is tough. I don't know that I remember the FIRST story I ever read. This saddens me. I wish I did.
The first story that had a significant impact on my mindset, however, was 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding. I think I read this at 15, in Year 10. It changed how I conceptualised innocence, childhood, and original sin.
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Where to find Yossie Paul online


Books

Hiraeth: Selected Poems
Price: $7.50 USD. Words: 3,540. Language: British English. Published: September 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Essays and poems that deal with a longing—yearning—for home, something in the past, perhaps a place one cannot return to.

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childhood    family    growth    home    love    memory    nigeria    nostalgia    poetry