About KENECHUKWU OBI:
Kenechukwu Obi was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to Nigerian parents. He has a bachelors degree in Crops Science of the University of Nigeria. He emigrated to Canada in 2013 and now lives in the city of Regina, where he currently writes and has enrolled to study business administration at the university of Regina.
His writing consists of plays, novels, short stories, poetry, children’s stories and song lyrics.
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What inspires you to write?
A whole lot of things like the sky, my experience, things people around me are going through, events, relationship and sex, politics, entertainment, fashion. The list is an endless one. I can be inspired by anything or issue i find fascinating.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually begin writing with a sketchy idea of who my characters are going to look like. And as i write, other ideas that bump into my head will shape them, work on them like a wood sculptor’s chisel works on wood, until the final nature of the characters emerge when i’m done.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I go under their skin. Try to feel what i am creating them to feel.Sometimes i picture them standing beside me, telling me things i make them say on my pages.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. The journey to success in this game can be a long and difficult one. If you love what you do, you will keep doing it in spite of all odds. Many circumstances will come with one message, which is, “you can’t make it”. But don’t listen, keep pushing, keep writing. You never know what’s gonna happen next.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I love the idea of not being fitted in a box. I have always loved penning my own ideas no matter how crazy they may seem. What you love to write about may not be appealing to an agent, editor, or the big publishers, but ultimately the best decision rests with readers whom i think should be given the chance to pick what they actually want to read and not what an agent or publisher thinks they should read. Self-publishing provides the platform to share your stories as raw as they come from you without interference. Let the readers be the judge.
New authors can explore the traditional route if they have the nerves to take all the No publishers and agents will throw at them. The harsh reality about going this way is that you may die without giving readers a chance to enjoy what you have in that manuscript publishers and agents keep rejecting. It is good to sometimes take your destiny in your own hands and show readers what you have through self-publishing. You never know! That rejected manuscript could be the next big thing that will make Harry Porter books take a back sit.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s quite bright, especially with the wealth of innovative approach coming from Amazon. Books that originally would not have a chance to get out there can now reach readers in a much cheaper way and quickly too
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Plays, Novels, Short stories, Poetry, Children’s fiction, Inspirational articles, how-to-articles, song lyrics
What formats are your books in?: eBook