Meet an author: Eghosa Imasuen
Eghosa Imasuen is a Nigerian writer and medical doctor. He is the author of To Saint Patrick and Fine Boys, published by the Farafina imprint of Kachifo Ltd, publishers of the Nigerian editions of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria, where he runs a new publishing outfit called Narrative Landscape Press.
1. When did you start writing and why?
I started writing in 2005. It is a funny story in itself, and I have told it many times. In summary, it was an argument with my mother, and the conclusion was that I should consider writing down the opinions that I seemed to hold so strongly.
2. At what point do you know that a story/book is complete?
When it ends. You just know. I have written a genre detective novel masked as alternate history (my first novel) and I have written a bildungsroman (my second novel); with the first the end was clear, catch the killer, the book is done. With the second, it was just a feeling that the book was done. That there was nothing left to learn about these people whom I had spent 98,000 words exploring.
3. What’s the hardest/easiest thing about writing?
Sitting down to write; it’s both the easiest and hardest thing about writing.Honest bad reviews are great. You see your work from others’ eyes. - @eimasuen Click To Tweet
4. What books would you say shaped your writing?
I grew up on science fiction novels, detective stories, supermarket novels. I also read my parents novels, Ngugi, Achebe. But more recently the book that pushed me into the kind of writing that I felt I had to do was Purple Hibiscus. It just felt like I knew these people, like I had been given permission to speak my truth.
5. Are you working on anything at the moment?
6. How do you feel about bad reviews?
Honest bad reviews are great. You see your work from others’ eyes. You see fears that you had affirmed. It is very rarely that a review surprises. You also, kind of, know what is wrong with your book. You just hope that nobody else sees it.Sitting down to write; it’s both the easiest and hardest thing about writing. - @eimasuen Click To Tweet
7. If you could be a character in a novel you’ve read, who would you be and why?
8. If your life was a book, what would the title be?
Forget, Nothing dey Happen!.
9. What books by a Nigeria Author would you recommend to a friend?
Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Adichie; And After Many Days – Jowhor Ile
10. Tell us something about yourself that your readers probably don’t know.
I am very shy.