Dictates of the Heart (Author Interview)





Dictates of the Heart looks like a great coming of age story.  How many books do you plan for the series?  
Currently, I am working on the second installment of the series. It should be available for release by February/March of 2020. There will be three books in the series.

How did you come up with the story in Dictates of the Heart?  
The story evolved as I developed the characters and the plot, but the idea came from my own experiences growing up in Nigeria in West Africa. I wanted the share with the world, the joys of growing up in that side of the world. I also wanted to dispel some of the misconceptions that usually accompany ideas about Africa and show people the glamorous side of Nigeria, while also exploring the lives of the common people in juxtaposition with the wealthy.

What will readers get out of your book?
I want my readers to be entertained while also gaining a deeper insight about what it is like to grow up in West Africa.

What inspired you when writing Dictates of the Heart?  
I was inspired by vibrance and the richness of the Nigerian culture and I based some of my characters and the plot from that aspect.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I have always wanted to write all my life, and I was always commended for my writing style by all of my teachers at various stages in my life.

When writing Dictates of the Heart did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
It was always challenging writing the book, especially since I had very limited time, but plenty of ideas. I often wrote through the night into the next day and would go work without any sleep and then come home for a repeat of the same. I also had a bit of a problem coming up with the title since I started writing the book without a title. But as the book took shape, the title also emerged.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I love to dance and take long walks to stay in shape. I also love singing in my church choir and to spend time with my family.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
My website will soon be available as well.

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