Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a medical doctor, wife and mother, I have one child – he’s almost 3 years old and he rocks my world, literally . I am founder of George Kerry Life Foundation and it was set up mainly to promote women’s health. I am passionate about women’s health and women causes, I guess you could call me a feminist. In West Africa, sexuality is not put on the front burner and that inspires my writing. I want the world to know that being African doesn’t mean you can’t express your sexuality in a fresh, healthy and positive way. It’s time for Africans to stop hiding in the closet and have more progressive conversations on the matter, sex. I co-authored The Guidebook to reporting Gender and Sexuality designed for African journalists and have also written several papers as a medical professional. I have written a series of fiction books in secondary school but they are no longer available, lost through the years. Twin Enticement, an erotic romance, has been in a journey of self-discovery over the past 10 years. In writing this book, I’ve tried to push my limit and stay true to myself. This trilogy is my first fiction publication but it certainly won’t be my last.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Twin Enticement was inspired by my relationship with Italians in Nigeria. I spent my gap year after secondary school working at a construction company owned by Italian’s and fell in love with their passion, openness, temper and kindness. I even crushed on a few of them. This book is an interpretation of how i perceive they would live and act in my conjured up scenarios. The sexual narrations are expressions of self; encountered, fantasized and dreaded.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Plenty! I love to write different endings and different beginnings for my stories. Sometimes, I change the settings from African, to Italian to American, e.t.c. The story and characters remain the same but i change the scenery, the intonation of how they speak… I keep testing this way, till the story feels right to me. It is exhausting and takes up a lot of my time but i find it quite enjoyable.
I write anywhere and everywhere with anything and everything distracting around me. I think it’s weird that i can block everything out and still get work done.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I grew up on James Hadley Chase Novels. His power of description and unpredictable endings never failed to leave me panting.
Sidney Sheldon is also one of my all-time favorite authors. I am still inspired by his best seller “If tomorrow comes”. This brilliant narration made me want to write and create equally fast paced and engaging stories. He was a genius!
Stephen King, i absolutely worship for his detail in writing, his demand for readers patience and his awe inspiring endings!
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on an erotic romance Trilogy – Twin Enticement. I have completed all 3 books and I have e published the 1st book on Amazon Kindle store. I am currently promoting the 1st book ” Twin Enticement: The Awakening”. The follow up sequels are being edited as we speak.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am pretty new to this, so honestly I don’t know. I found Kindlepreneur with Dave Chesson, very helpful because he listed out several ways to get free promotions for your book. I am going through that list now. Awesome gang is my 2nd stop, we’ll see which works best.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Patience and persistence are your food right now. Eat them and enjoy the experience of publishing, every grueling moment of it.
Read your work out loud to yourself, you will discover loads of editing errors.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
A wise man once told me “Always have a plan, and a back-up plan in case the first one fails.” This advice made me multidimensional and to always think outside the box, to keep planning and taking action. If not for this advice, I guess my creative writing would have remained a hidden hobby.
What are you reading now?
My own publication, over and over again. I’m obsessed with it!
What’s next for you as a writer?
My next plan is to see how this first publication does on the market and develop better strategies for publishing the follow up sequels. I have also started putting together a suspense thriller about a female assassin set in Nigeria, Africa. Writing about home is quite difficult for me, so it’s going to be an intense project.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
A bible, because i’d be trying to pray my ass out of there. Sidney Sheldon’s “If tomorrow comes”, because i can read it a million times without getting bored. Finally, any self help book on “surviving in the wild” that can get me the hell out of there! Help!