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LOWLADEE: Myne, you are a Nigerian author, blogger and publisher . Did you always know that you were going to have a writing career?
MYNE: I won’t say that. I’ve been writing since I was much younger, around twelve or thirteen but it was always more of a hobby. The career path I initially chose was in the health sciences and I have a Masters degree in Public Health which I got in 2007. All this while, I always wrote by the side and it was only in 2009 that I decided to go back fully to my love of writing.
LOWLADEE: The name Myne Whitman is your pen name. What inspired it?
MYNE: The pen name was inspired by my real name. As a teenager, I read so many books and found out in the process that a lot of authors used pen names. That was when the idea to use a pen name started, and when I started writing again I decided to use one. There are two major reasons for this; first, I do most of my writing online and one has to be careful when on the internet. Also, I do still have a passion for health systems and I don’t want to conflate both aspects of my life.
LOWLADEE: Who really is the woman behind ‘Myne Whitman’?
MYNE: In three words, I will describe myself as friendly, caring and fun-loving. Sometimes I come across as quiet but I do like a good loud debate too. I realized early on through books that it was possible to be whoever and do whatever you wanted to do. I learnt to stretch my wings even further when I first left the country. I have a degree in Applied Biology and a master’s in Public Health Research. I have been a teacher, NGO consultant, banker, skate-hire attendant, and researcher and have worked for the government both in Nigeria and Scotland
.LOWLADEE: Can you proudly say that you are living a fulfilled life just writing?
MYNE: For full disclosure, I have to admit that I’m not just writing. I am also a publisher, and I publish my books as well as the website, www.naijastories.com.
LOWLADEE: What makes your writing fulfilling?
MYNE: I think it is the fact that it is what I want to do, something I love doing. It also helps that I’m writing about romance and relationships which is a very happy and relatable topic. I constantly receive feedback from my readers on how much they like my books, and sometimes they say it helps them too.