Meet an author: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
1. When and where were you born?
I was born in Jos on a cold December day many years ago. At least that’s what my mama tells me.
2. When did you start writing and why?
I started writing as soon as I could read and write. I always loved story telling. I started writing because I wanted to be immortal.
3. At what point do you know that’Season of Crimson Blossoms’ and ‘The Whispering Trees’ was complete?
The day my editor told me, “Don’t over think it.” At least The Whispering Trees was more clear cut. I knew it was done when it was done. But even then you still want to tweak things here and there. I suppose writers often find it hard to let go of their works until someone takes it off their hands and say, enough!
4. What’s the hardest/easiest thing about writing?
Writing itself. For some writers it is hard because it is an immersive experience. You have to insert yourself into the lives of your character in order to replicate the emotions they go through. And after that you have to go through a phase of essentially detoxing yourself from their lives in order to be free to immerse yourself in the lives of newer characters. It is hardwork. The other thing that is almost as hard is living life when you are not writing.Every book I read shapes my writing, both the good ones and the bad ones. We learn every day and from everything. - @moonchild509 Click To Tweet
5. What books would you say shaped your writing?
Every book I read shapes my writing, both the good ones and the bad ones. We learn every day and from everything.
6. Are you working on anything at the moment?
I am working on some things. I think they are interesting enough for me to invest my time in them but we will find out someday if I have just been wasting my time.
7. How do you feel about bad reviews?
Someone has to write bad reviews. It is like life, you have good days and bad days. I will stop writing the day I write a perfect book and I will stop reading the day I read the perfect book. I don’t think that is going to happen so those bad reviews still have their usefulness.TBD - If your life was a book, what would the title be ? @Moonchild509 - Maybe something like The Secret Life of a Half-Recluse, or something equally dreadful. Click To Tweet
8. If you could be a character in a novel you’ve read, who would you be and why?
This is a hard one. I wouldn’t want that because being a character in a novel means being a puppet in someone’s show and someone will be pulling your strings somewhere. I am happy pulling the strings so, no, thank you.
9. If your life was a book, what would the title be?
Who knows? Maybe something like The Secret Life of a Half-Recluse, or something equally dreadful.
10. What kind of music do you listen to? Titles?
Depends on my mood. I have been listening to Sam Smith’s I’m Not the Only One and Ed Sheraan’s Perfect a lot lately. I like Ruth B’s Lost Boys. Rihanna, Beyonce. Stuff like that. For more up-tempo vibes I listen to Breath of Life by Florence + the Machines.
11. What books by a Nigeria Author would you recommend to a friend?
Lots. Yejide Kilanko’s Daughters Who Walk this Path. Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me. Listen also to the poetry of Dike Chukwumerije, Bash, Efe Paul Azino. Read Dami Ajayi too. And also the Crime fiction of Leye Adenle, Easy Motion Tourist.
12. Tell us something about yourself that your readers probably don’t know.
They probably don’t know that I was once thought of as a potentially good actor. As for the other things, I would rather they read them in my biography, if ever I write one.