Literature

Pepper Soup

After years of insisting “I’m not a fiction writer, please”, I wrote a story. A love story.

I have always loved stories, and one of the things that keep me going is reading.

Starting and completing a series of novels with my reading partner is high on the list of things I am looking forward to this year.

I have written stories in my head since I was a teenager, and actually penned some down in notebooks, but it was nonfiction – articles – that I felt most comfortable writing.

Then one day, my friend Timendu Aghahowa contacted me about contributing to an anthology she was editing called Pepper Soup. I sent in a nonfiction piece.

When she got back to me and informed me that everyone had to write fiction, I knew the time had come. I couldn’t run from it anymore.

At first I was worried, because all the other writers ARE AMAZING! I didn’t want my story to end up looking like the raggedy help!

Eventually I sat down and wrote a story that has lived in my heart for years. I enjoyed writing it, and I hope you enjoy reading it.

Pepper Soup, a collection of 12 short stories, will be live on Okada Books next Friday, February 10. I’m thrilled to be part of it!

My story also happens to be titled Pepper Soup.

Pepper Soup will be released at the discounted price of N500 until March 1 when it goes back to the regular 1k.

On Friday I will wake up and squeal: I’m a published fiction writer! Yippee!

Hehe.

#PepperSoup #Romance #LoveStory #Fiction #NigerDelta #Warri #Lagos #Nigeria #ReadThis

 

 

 

 

Literature, Social Media

#ThrowbackThursday: That Time James Patterson Upset Me

Facebook recently dug up this memory of the time I read James Patterson’s Roses Are Red. Boy, I was upset! I posted:

Joy knows that reading a novel is like having an intimate encounter. It can be exciting, cause you to cry, laugh and make funny noises, send your heart racing and even bursting through your mouth, but it has to be ultimately SATISFYING. You have to come away from the experience feeling complete. Anything less than that is a waste of time and nervous energy. Yes, James Patterson, I’m talking to you!

Hahahaha! This was my first James Patterson book, and I never read any after that! 

Has any book ever left you feeling so unfulfilled? Do leave a comment.