Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am the author of the new novel Oja and the Parrot’s Curse. Born in Nigeria, but moved and settled in the United Kingdom subsequently. I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Science from Kingston University, London. I try to combine my work with writing which sometimes makes me wonder where the day went and wished it had more than 24 hours to offer. In the process, I try to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul through meditation, gym and sports. I’m a keen animal lover who has an aquarium with pet fish that do not hesitate to remind me that they see, feel, are eager to stay alive and have their unique tacit ways of showing that they are not very different from we humans after all. My tropical fishes are named: Obama, Marley, Marcus Garvey and Mandela! Oja and the parrot’s curse is my first published novel but I am presently writing a second book which I hope to conclude in the near future.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Oja and the parrot’s curse is my latest book and I was inspired by my keen observations of the human experience. I am sort of an empath, and sometimes feel emotions more vividly than the average person hence the book and the story was a good way to share and narrate a considerable part of the emotions I feel regarding pleasures, pain, hope and success with the world.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I meditate for 30 minutes before I write anything. I always listen to some sort of flute or soft instrumental music for meditation while writing and it has become a habit.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Nelson Mandela- Conversations with myself.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a second novel which I have titled, “The doomsday shepherd,” but the title might change as I write.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Social media, mainly Facebook, Instagram and Goodreads.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up on your dreams.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“To find your way out, you must first find your way in for the keys that you seek are with and within you.”
What are you reading now?
Bhuddism, plain and simple by Steve Hagen.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I think the best answer for now would be- Time will tell.
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?
The bible, the holy Quran and Fifty shades of grey!
Author Websites and Profiles
Leo Unadike Website