1. What made you get into writing?
I have been writing for a very long time, ever since I was a child and always dreamed of holding a book in my hands with my name on the cover as the author. I think it comes from my very vivid and extensive imagination and from the thousands of books I read.
2. What advice would you give to someone wanting to get published?
I will say that they should keep at it. It was Petina Gappah who said on her blog "A writer is a person who writes...You, at your computer or with your notebook, writing, and writing, revising and writing, and revising again." A writer thus has to persevere, have a story they want to share and push till it's in a forms others can understand and appreciate.
3. Is there a character you modeled after yourself or someone you know?
None of my characters is based on myself or any one I know but on a cumulative of my world view and experience. Other than that, they're just people of my imaginings and are therefore may seem free from some of the usual constraints we real persons face. However, since I try to make my stories as real as possible, they also share our fears and hopes, our victories and our pain.
4. If you could chose three words to describe the book what would they be?
Intriguing, fun, and lovely
5. Do you plan on writing more books or a sequel?
I definitely plan on writing more books. A sequel is not on the books right now but who knows what will happen? LOL. I am currently working on another romantic suspense manuscript and a couple of short stories, one of which I hope will be published before the end of the coming year.
6. What are some of your favorite websites to visit?
I like to visit the Nigeria Village Square, the BBC, Google books, Yahoo News, and sometimes ABC. Other than these sites, I can be found checking my mails, reading my blog and others online blogs and message boards. I also use social networking sites, I have a page on Facebook, a Twitter account and a LinkedIn profile.
7. Do you have other authors that you look up to or idolize?
I look up to almost all authors and writers because I know how much work that goes into writing. I love various authors and cannot really narrow it down but the names that stick are; Mills and Boons, Barbara Cartland, Francine Rivers, Sidney Sheldon, Robert Ludlum, Leon Uris, John Grisham, and Micheal Critchton. And in Africa; Pacestters, African Writers Series, Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta, Cyprian Ekwensi,Chinua Achebe and more recently Chimamanda Adichie and Jude Dibia.
8. If your style had a name what would it be?
Minimalist and Simple. I prefer using short sentences and lots of dialogue to tell a story. I like to think that this style is tailored to the situations I'm writing about and will carry my audience on the fluid journey of reading my books.
9. Can you list some of the music you are currently swaying to?
Circus by Britney Spears, Halo by Beyonce, Strong Thing by Banky W, No Air by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, Try sleeping with a broken heart by Alicia Keys, Whatever it takes by Leona Lewis, Paparazzi by Lady Gaga, Million Dollar Bill by Whitney Houston and Love story by Taylor Swift.
10. How has Blogging helped you?
Blogging has been amazing especially in my chosen niche. I'm happy I have been able to establish my blog as a story and writing site but it has just been luck. I got overwhelming response to the Gladys and Edward story which is now a Heart to Mend on my blog and again when I decided to self-publish and open up the blog to other budding writers. In the four months since I started, I have won several awards and a couple of giveaways. My website is Mynewhitmanwrites.com and people can buy the book at AuthorHouse or Lulu
Bonus Question.... Pencil or Pen?
Definitely a pencil! LOL