About Emem Uko:
Emem Uko, whose first name means "peace" in Annang, a dialect of Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Emem developed a love for storybooks and writing at an early age and blames it on her parents' decision to buy her books instead of candy. During her master's program, Emem began a blog, Z and S, as a hobby and as a way to clear her head from the stress of school life. She wrote her first book without plans to publish it. One thing led to another, and she continued to write books. Emem has written five books to date that span genres from Young Adult to Contemporary Romance.
What inspires you to write?
I'm inspired by the everyday people and the happenings in their lives. Sometimes, my observations on a train ride are enough to get inspired and write a juicy story.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I'm a fan of Diana Gabaldon
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually have the main character figured out before I create my outline. The character is the "dot" that starts the line and the branches that spread out. I outline on papers that I paste on my wall. I guess I should get a whiteboard.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Depending on the story, I may relate so much to my character that I see her/him as a friend, or I may not relate so much that the story plays like a movie. Either way, my characters are always close, and I go on the adventure with them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write. Worry later during the editing stage.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I never planned on publishing. A friend found the manuscript of my first completed work and provided me with a list of publishers to submit it because she thought it was too good not to publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will continue, whether in the paper or eReader format. I just hope we can continue to convince people to read more.
What genres do you write?: YA, Suspense and Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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