Meet an author: Adesuwa Ehinome Iluobe
Adesuwa Ehinome Iluobe is a Nigerian author. She wrote the book, The Farm, which has garnered praise and reviews worldwide. She sat down with TheBookDealerNG for an interview and this is the transcript.
1. When did you start writing and why?
I fell in love with Literature in my childhood courtesy of my parents, and it has stuck since. Dad bought me books as gifts 95% of the time and Mum had boxes of novels and books – Pacesetters and so on. By the time I was six years old I was reading Enid Blyton’s books, Malory towers, St Clares. Books, books, books, that’s all I was about. I would do my assignments at school, so I could read from the time Mum came to pick us up in the car till late at night. I remember Yvonne Ifode, my Primary Two class mate she used to lend me these books, so I read them and return the next day. Reading was a huge part of my childhood.., no regrets. I graduated to drawing comics (yes! I can draw quite well) and writing stories with short chapters, I would draw over 20 pages of comics with dialogues and then give my school mates to read – they almost never returned them. If only I knew that those were priceless works, I would not have let them go that easily. I did this even while in the university, but stopped as soon as I owned a laptop. This is when I started writing.
2. At what point do you know that a story/book is complete?
The point where you have passed your message is where you should stop. Always stop and ask yourself if what you have written conveys the message, anything else is extra.
3. What’s the hardest/easiest thing about writing?
It is easy to envision yourself as a writer, but can be challenging to shelve procrastination and self-doubt and get down to write.
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4. What books would you say shaped your writing?
Since I read a lot and have many favorites (laughs), I would say diverse books and writing styles helped shaped my writing. However my eureka moment was after reading Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe in Secondary School.
5. Are you working on anything at the moment?
Yes, I and some other writers are putting together a hub for writers and readers called Satayaa. We are soon to make a debut with a writer’s retreat to hold in Abuja in September 2017. Every aspiring writer or writers in need of motivation should be there. We are also your go to place if you need editors, coaching and assistance in terms of writing.
6. How do you feel about bad reviews?
Bad reviews are really not bad in themselves especially when constructive. I leverage on them to make my work much better. Destructive reviews can be demoralizing.
7. If you could be a character in a novel you’ve read, who would you be and why?
I have never thought of this. I would be Portia in Merchant of Venice. I love her for her strength and wisdom. Sorry it’s not a novel but a play. LOL
8. If your life was a book, what would the title be?
9. Tell us something about yourself that your readers probably don’t know.
I love plantain to a fault, whether boiled, fried or roasted. #defendersoftheplantaingalaxy