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Now on to this week's interview...
Q1) Can you tell us a little about yourself
I write under the name erotica under the name ‘Nnenna Marcia’ (http://www.nnennamarcia.com) which is a pseudonym – my romance novel is published under ‘Nnenna Emm’ to distinguish it a bit. I grew up in Nigeria as one of six children and I think that even though you have great fun in such a huge family, it’s also essential to break away from the group a bit and form your own identity. Writing was always that identity for me.
Q2) I certainly understand about large families and wanting to break away. I'm 1 of 5 and my husband is 1 of 8. LOL. So have you always wanted to be an author?
Oh, yes! My mother showed me a two-line story recently – illustrated as well! – that I wrote when I was about five.
Q3) Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?
I don’t know that I could list any one writer; it’s sort of like being asked to choose between your children isn’t it? Especially as I enjoy different genres. But to give you a few names; I do love George RR Martin at the moment, Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, Marina Lewycka, Toni Morrison, Maeve Binchy, Edgar Allen Poe, Chuck Palahnuik, Junot Diaz. I also read a book called ‘His Treasure’ recently which I liked and kinda wished I wrote. This list changes though, I think to reflect the people I have just read. You would get a shorter list if you asked me for authors I DO NOT like.
Q4) LOL. Spoken like a true bibliophile. And that's one of the best compliments I've ever had. Thank you. J Tell us, what a typical writing day for you is like?
I write when I can really. I learned very early on in the child-rearing process to snatch hours between routines. So I wake up before everyone in my house, write a bit. They wake up, have a wash and breakfast, school/work, I write. Lunch/naptime, I write. Then again after dinner. Sometimes I do huge amounts in one sitting but at other times when the work’s not flowing, those little bits add up!
Q5) I totally understand about snatching precious brief moments to write especially with a young family. So let’s talk about your new book. Can you tell us a little about it?
Gladly. So this book came to me when my child was just a few weeks old, but I put off writing it until he was a few months old. It is the story of sassy, driven Anata who is a personal trainer, working towards a goal to own her own gym in Nigeria. She meets the cool Afam, a banker during a health drive organized by her gym and they hit it off instantly. But Afam has an ex Linda who isn’t quite going away and the next step in Anata’s big dream will take her out of her town and into the bright lights of the city. It’s very much a will they, won’t they, but every time you think they are getting together, one or both of them sabotage it because really, don’t we all have issues?
Q6) How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Hmmm…I’m not sure. I liked the name of the protagonist so much, she just came into being. I like to think that she already exists somewhere and she was just letting me know her story. I really enjoyed writing the book – in fact I was offered a contract to eroticise the story but I refused because it just didn’t seem like her, you know? There is some heat to it because hey, it’s me, but it’s very much a romance story.
Q7) Yeah, it'll be interesting to read a non-erotic story from you. I'm looking forward to reading it. What is up next for you?
I have got a collection of short stories out in a few weeks! It is published by Erotic Review Books (https://erbooks.com/) who ‘discovered’ me in 2006 – I used to write short stories for the Erotic Review magazine. The collection is called ‘Africa Hot: West African Stories of Sex and Love’. Now that does exactly what it says on the tin; ay caramba, it’s spicy! The collection contains one novella as well so there is a lot to choose from.
Q8) We love spicy over here. LOL. What is the best piece of advice you would give to a budding writer?
Write. Write always and often. Read then write. Write then read and write some more. I think when you are someone who has passion and talent like a lot of would-be writers are, it is very easy to think that is enough, but DISCIPLINE is important. I did the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) a few years ago where the aim was to write 1667 words a day for 30 days. I think that having a reachable goal like this means that it’s not such a daunting task if you’re tired from work. And yes, blog posts count.
Q9) Great advice. NaNoWriMo is great. Obviously you love reading. What is the next book on your To Read Pile that you are dying to jump into?
I have about thirteen books in a huge pile at the foot of my bed which I am yet to read (I keep adding to the pile as I go). I just finished ‘The Hobbit’. The next one up is Taiye Selasi’s ‘Ghana Must Go’. It was a gift. I am looking forward starting it – I never read reviews before I read books so I have no idea what to expect.
Q10) Is there anything else you would like to add?
Yeah, sure! Buy books, read books and review books as much as you can. A one-line review is enough and it doesn’t even have to be a long line. All authors need it, especially us indies. Writing is a job as well as a vocation for a lot of us. And we’ve got bills!
Favorite city: Again don’t have one, but there is nothing wrong with London. She has a way of surprising you when you think you have her figured out. I like the idea of Colorado as well. Vegas. Bangkok. New Zealand...This is torture! I can’t choose.
Errr…I like tea. Tea is great! Boring? Ah, well. I guess I’m becoming British.
Favorite place you’d like to visit:
Now this is easy-ish. Nevada. Morocco. Argentina. Some village that nobody speaks English or wears clothes.
Favorite place to write:
On my usual chair in the usual corner of my house.
I will take the plural again, God I am a nightmare aren’t I? Writing. Reading. Cooking. Gardening. Dirtbike racing.
I don’t have one.
I don’t have one either. Gah! Too many, too many to list.