Wednesday, 20 January 2016

New Year New Books Tour and Giveaway

I hope by now you have checked out Ama et Bemma for more details about the NYNB 2016 Tour and Giveaway!

If you have you will know that I have been participating in a book tour that will feature some new independent authors.

Today, I feature Chikamso Efobi and her book Twisted In A Positive Way

Novel Blurb
Spanning decades in the heart of Mushin, Lagos Nigeria, this coming-of-age tale of a charming heroine unfolds delicately and is based on the story of a young girl, Adaugo who faces difficult odds. The loss of a loved one and navigating cultural expectations and gender roles are major themes in this personal narrative documenting the growth and learning of a young girl with big dreams.

As Adaugo listens to the still small voice within her, her growth from a young girl in boarding school to a precocious brave woman is studded with precious gems of divine insight.

Her journey is one that any person, young or old will learn from as it illustrates the beauty and triumph of dreaming big and never giving up.
Author Interview
 
When and why did you begin writing?
I am not sure when exactly I began writing. I know that I have wanted to write a book for a while but kept putting it off. I didn’t realise how far back I had been wanting to write until some months ago when discussing my book with my mother, she told me of how as a child, I used to create little make-shift books from my school exercise books. It is amazing how these things happen because I had completely forgotten all about it.
I started writing because I love creating stories out of my imagination and I see myself as a medium for getting these stories out to the world. I also enjoy the feeling of holding my finished book in my hand, knowing that, I have created it from nothing but my imagination and general experience.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I only seriously started considering myself a writer after I published my first novel in September 2015. Prior to that, I had written numerous unpublished short stories, as well as some motivational posts on my blog which is also called Twisted in a Positive Way.
How did you come up with the title?
The title of my book was actually inspired back in 2012 by a lovely man called Stuart Thomas who delivered a personal development training at the company where I work. At the training, he asked us what our dreams were, and I told him that I had always wanted to write my novel, but I was only just blogging at the time. We discussed a bit further and after I told him what I loved to write about, he blurted “Twisted in a Positive Way” and the name just completely stuck.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Twisted in a Positive Way is a fictional story meant to inspire the reader to dream big, look beyond one’s present circumstances and never give up.
How much of the book is realistic?
I think one of the things that endears Twisted in a Positive Way to the people who have read and fed back to me is how real and relatable the characters are. The issues the main character, Adaugo, has to overcome are issues which almost everyone faces i.e. when one’s dreams conflict with cultural and social expectations. The main character, Adaugo is very likeable and you would want to see her overcome the obstacles.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
You know the way people say you write what you know, some minor elements of the book are based on my life but it is essentially a pure work of fiction.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
Rich dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Paulo Coelho without a doubt. He is such a wise man and his ability to teach through his stories, is amazing.


What book are you reading now?
I am reading two books at the moment; Marie by Ana Elise Meyer and Fire War by T.T Michael.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Lincoln Cole, author of Ripples Through Time has grasped my interest. I just finished reading Ripples Through Time and thought it was very a beautiful and well-written book. I am now a big fan of his.
What are your current projects?
I am currently working on my new novel which is based on one of the minor characters from my latest book.
Do you see writing as a career?
At the moment, I only write part-time but would love to be able to write full-time in future.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My current book will be based on a minor character from Twisted in a Positive Way. She has just lost her fiancĂ©, who is in the military, to the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, and then gets abducted by sex traffickers. Will she survive? Will she find love again? It is a story that aims to teach about courage and the character’s journey towards self-rediscovery after a tragic loss.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Getting started is usually the biggest challenge for me. Twisted in a Positive Way took about 8 years before I finally sat myself down to write it. However, once I started, the ideas flowed naturally. I understand that this is a challenge which most aspiring authors have to overcome and I have started working with few authors to coach and motivate them through the process.
Who designed the covers?
The cover for Twisted in a Positive Way was designed by a guy called Debo Adesuyan. His Instagram handle is HOUSE.OF.PICTURES
Are there vocabulary words or concepts in your book that may be new to readers?  Define some of those.
Twisted in a Positive Way has few Nigerian words and expressions because it is set in Nigeria. However this does not take away from the story because I included the translation to each of the Nigerian expressions right after the comma in the few sentences where they appear. Some examples of expressions that show up in the book are:
Biko, Jor and Abeg which mean please
Oga which means Boss
Sha is something people just add to show indifference
O is a form of expression or exclamation. For instance “I don’t know o” means I really don’t know.
It is important to point out that Nigeria is a country with more than 52 languages and it is very common to find words from the 4 major languages; Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa and Pidgin English, used freely and interchangeably within sentences. This just adds to the beauty of communication and I thought it was very important to make sure that this was captured within the story.
To connect with Chikamso, click on the following:
Blog, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter
And for your Kindle copy of Twisted in a Positive Way
Amazon UK 
Amazon US 

 or Paperback
Amazon UK
Amazon US

And if that isn't enough, don't forget the giveaway related to this tour and enter below:


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2 comments:

  1. Thank you Rosa for the interview.

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    1. You're very welcome and good luck with Twisted In A Positive Way!

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