Meet an author: William Ifeanyi Moore
William Ifeanyi Moore is a freelance writer, novelist and poet. Some of his work has been featured on BellaNaija, TheNakedConvos, Venture Africa, OmenkaOnline, Pulse.ng, NBCC, Elsieisy and other platforms.
1. When did you start writing and why?
I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. In fact, my father had to paint over the wall when I was about six because I had marked the entire house with random words. But I really started trying to write properly since I was about 15. By 18 I had finished the first draft of what went on to become my first novel, Lonely Roads.
2. At what point do you know that a story/book is complete?
Ermm…when it ends? Okay, there is the first ending when I resolve the story or at least get to where I want it to finish. Then there is the redrafting and all that painful part. Luckily my first drafts aren’t so bad so I don’t do too many edits. I also think over-editing can kill the rawness I like to see in my stories.
3. What’s the hardest/easiest thing about writing?
The easiest thing is having the idea. The hardest thing is writing it. Letter by letter, word by word, sentence by sentence. So many writers never get past just writing and walk around with amazing stories in their heads. I think it was Hemingway that described it as getting in front of a typewriter and bleeding. I’ve even read that some writers literally cry after the first draft. I just drink to it.
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4. What books would you say shaped your writing?
I read quite widely as I was growing up so I will struggle to point to a handful of books, but George Orwell’s Animal Farm really made me see the need for theme, and for poetry everything from Charles Bukowski and a bit of E.E Cummings helped. With aesthetics Half of a Yellow Sun really opened my eyes to a new world and Susan Sontag’s On Photography is gold for essays. I think my first book was influenced by Alex Hayley’s Roots and Things Fall Apart. I’ll stop now.
5. Are you working on anything at the moment?
I actually have more books sleeping on my laptop than you can imagine. Some are from when I was little but about four are recent and that’s not counting poetry or short story and essay collections. I am most excited for the novel I’m working on now though. I’ll just say it investigates gender identity and leave it at that.
6. How do you feel about bad reviews?
I’ve never really had a bad one, but in my opinion critics are just people with opinions. I don’t think much of it. In fact, so many don’t even understand art or creativity. I won’t advise any writer to take it to heart. But the good ones can be warming 🙂
7. If you could be a character in a novel you’ve read, who would you be and why?
Hmmm…probably Jason Bourne. I was obsessed with spy thrillers as a teenager and he was badass.
8. If your life was a book, what would the title be?
The Sun Chaser. I never seem to stop finding a light that forever eludes me.
9. Tell us something about yourself that your readers probably don’t know.
Well well…a lot of me is in my writing but I think people might be surprised to know I am poorly read for a writer. I find a lot of supposed classics very boring. Also, I write best at 4am till the light hits the window. I’m afraid nothing too juicy.