About Me

Myne Whitman is a pen name. I was born Nkem Okotcha and raised in Enugu, Nigeria, where I spent most of my childhood reading and daydreaming or climbing trees and playing with the boys. I have a Master's degree in Public Health Research but have recently chosen my dream of writing my real and imagined stories. I live in the Seattle area and I write and blog full-time, and also volunteer when and where I can.

My first book, A Heart to Mend was published in December 2009, and A Love Rekindled followed in March 2011. Both books are self-published and have been well received by an ever-increasing audience of both Nigerian and international readers with reviews averaging 4 stars on Amazon, Goodreads and LibraryThing.


I am passionate about using the internet and social media to promote the book industry and also the reading culture in Nigeria. In addition to writing popular fiction set in the country, I'm also the founder and managing editor of NaijaStories.com, a critique and networking website for aspiring Nigerian writers. In January 2012, I was included in the 50 Nigerians who made a Difference in 2011 by the Nation Newspaper. Some of the interviews I've granted to the press, online and in print, include the following;

2. Have you got A Heart to Mend?THISDAY - MARY EKAH
3. LadyBrille Personality of the month
6. Jaguda Interview
7. QuestionMark Magazine Interview
8. Femme Lounge:
9. Free Flowing Florida:
10. Ahaoma Kanu (NVS):
11. Bookaholic Blog Interview
12. Gender and me
13. Nigeria Press Release
14. UK Press Release
15. MiMi Magazine Blog

Since I am self-published, I have learnt a lot about book promotion and offer this service and advice when necessary. To this end, I facilitated a session, "Social Media and the Book Publishing Industry", for the Publisher's Forum at the 2010 Garden City Literary Festival, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Some people wonder why I took the self-publishing route, the truth is I like the road less traveled. The adventurer in me always wants to try new things, and experience more out of the life. I am also a self-confessed adrenaline junkie, and I love theme park rides. My wildest ride yet would be the Simpsons at Universal studios, Hollywood. Or maybe it was that reverse bungee jump I did in Scotland, hmm...lol. As you can see, I love life and I like to live it to the full.

On a ledge at the Grand Canyon

During a helicopter ride on my birthday