Meet an author: Tomi Adesina
Tomi Adesina was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a fiction blogger and screenwriter. In 2013 she won the Nigerian Blog Awards for her blog fiction series and in 2015 her screenplay on cyberbullying (Feisty John) won the Homevida Prize. She also won the Nigerian Writers Award for Best Young Writer in 2015 and her short stories have been features in magazines across Africa. She lives in Lagos where she is working on a new novel. Her other works can be found on her blog at tomiadesina.wordpress.com
1. When and where were you born?
July 18, 1993. Lagos, Nigeria.
2. When did you start writing and why?
I can’t exactly put an age to when I started writing but I remember at 7, I had started writing stories in notebooks. There is no direct answer to WHY I write because it’s my purpose. It is something that gives me strength and sometimes, it is not easy but it’s who I am – a writer. Words are life and I am grateful to God that this was naturally deposited in me.
Professionally, I knew I had to do more with my writing and not just restrict it to my little notebooks and that was what gave birth to blogging in 2012. I started writing fiction series on my blog which I used in building a community of readers on Tommyslav Island at tomiadesina.wordpress.com. From there, I got into writing for the big screen, TV series and movies, and I have recently fulfilled a dream of publishing my first book, George’s Pieces of Me, last year. I am grateful for the process.
3. At what point do you know that a story/book is complete?
WI like to think of characters in a story as real and so they have a journey. As a writer, I have the power to direct that journey would go but one thing I have learnt overtime is to allow my characters actually live. I like to live, I like to love, so I actually let them do these things – allow them make mistakes and find whatever resolution they can find, so when the character’s journey is over, you know it and then you end it.
4. What’s the hardest/easiest thing about writing?
For me, it’s always been giving a title to a work LOL! Even with movie scripts, na work!I play video games a lot (FIFA and PES) to be precise - @tomi_adesina Click To Tweet
5. What books would you say shaped your writing?
Enid Blyton for a start, because I grew up reading that. One book which I believe had a massive impact on me is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I also love Zoya by Danielle Steele.
6. Are you working on anything at the moment?
I consider screenplays interesting and if that counts, yes, for different clients. It’s my normal day to day life.
7. How do you feel about bad reviews?
Initially it would make me feel bad and I’d just have a bad day but that was a long time ago, but, I overgrew it, especially because I realized that some weren’t reviews/objective criticism but a direct attack on the author and so I did not tolerate it in my mental or emotional space. I learned to sieve the objectivity in reviews from a slander of personality and it helped me to take corrections and grow.
8. If you could be a character in a novel you’ve read, who would you be and why?
9. If your life was a book, what would the title be?
10. What kind of music do you listen to? Titles?
I listen to Hillsong. I particularly love “Never Forsaken”, Big fan of Ed Sheeran, Tim McGraw, Asa, Owl City, Jon Bellion, Emeli Sande, Bez, Bemyoda, Audrey Assad, John Legend, Lecrae, and Sia. One of my recent music interest is the Hamilton Album, a lot of artistes performed this one.
11. Tell us something about yourself that your readers probably don’t know.
By now, thanks to my talking about it – I play video games a lot (FIFA and PES) to be precise. (NOW, EVERYONE KNOWS!)
12. What books by a Nigeria Author would you recommend to a friend?
Golden Sands by Tunde Leye is a good read. I also like Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo, fantastic book.