Meet an author: Anietie Isong
Anietie Isong started his career as a broadcast journalist. He has won several writing prizes including a Commonwealth Short Story Award, the Remember Oluwale Writing Prize and the inaugural Olaudah Equiano Prize for Fiction. His works have appeared in various journals. In 2009, his short story Devotion was selected as one of the exciting new stories from the next generation of English short story writers and published in the anthology Roads Ahead, edited by Catherine O’Flynn. Anietie studied media and communications at the University of Ibadan and the University of Leicester. Radio Sunrise received an Authors’ Foundation award from the Society of Authors.
1. When did you start writing and why?
Like most writers, I started writing when I was very young. I published my first story in a major journal about 20 years ago.
2. At what point do you know that a story/book is complete?
When I have nothing more to say.
3. What’s the hardest/easiest thing about writing?
To me, the hardest thing is devoting time to write, and the easiest is finishing the work.Reviews are very subjective, so I don't take it personal. Readers see things differently. - @anietie_isong Click To Tweet
4. What books would you say shaped your writing?
5. Are you working on anything at the moment?
6. How do you feel about bad reviews?
Reviews are very subjective, so I don’t take it personal. Readers see things differently.
7. If you could be a character in a novel you’ve read, who would you be and why?
Sadly, I can’t think of any.
8. If your life was a book, what would the title be?
I have had so much drama in my life, so maybe something like ”The Life and Times of Anietie Isong”.
9. What books by a Nigeria Author would you recommend to a friend?
There are several good books out there, so I would advise my friends to read as many Nigerian novels as possible.
10. Tell us something about yourself that your readers probably don’t know.
I come from a family of writers. My two sisters have been writing screenplays for years.