Thursday, January 31, 2013
Interview with Olutosin Ogunkolade
http://olutosinogunkolade.blogspot.com It’s called the dreamer’s blog
When I’m not working or spending time with my young and growing family, I write articles or add to works I intend to publish. I can be very busy.
Deirdra: What do you do to relax and unwind?
I like spending time with my beautiful wife and my new born son.
I enjoy movies, visiting beautiful or historical sites and of course reading.
Whenever I can I find time to do all these things.
Deirdra: Can you tell us a little about your book, Great Words For Great Living?
Great Words for Great Living is a book of over four hundred pages that has attracted a lot of praise. It’s meant to be a manual that you work with by reading words that inspire and writing out your thoughts in the note section.
It’s a way of learning from those who have gone ahead of us, those who are still here and those who have achieved something substantial in life. It’s a compilation of wisdom words and thoughts that have the potential to inspire to greatness. Where would we be without the knowledge of others? Knowledge is the wheels on which greatness and exploits ride.
You will find the words and wisdom of men like Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, James Dyson, King Cyrus the great, Winston Churchill, Elvis Presley, my humble self and many others in this inspiring and educative volume.
Deirdra: What do you hope readers will get from your books?
I hope readers will be inspired to greater things after reading my books.
I hope that through my books they will be entertained to some degree.
I trust that they will contact insight that would have made my books worth reading.
Deirdra: What is your process of brainstorming a story? Do you just sit down and write, waiting to see what happens next? Or do you outline first?
I don’t outline my work when I start writing. I believe more in flowing with the idea or inspiration as it comes. I sit down and write, I wait to see what happens next and build up the story or work with each phase of the book.
Deirdra: Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
I prefer absolute quietness when I am writing. I focus better that way, and it works for me. I tend to get distracted when music is playing as I try to write [within a noisy environment].
Deirdra: What’s your secret to making the character’s in your books come to life?
I guess putting myself into the character I am writing about is a good way to go. You have to feel the characters you are writing about, that way it makes the characters more real.
If the author who created them can feel a connection to them, it’s most likely the readers will feel connected to the authors character(s) as well.
Deirdra: What authors do you admire, and why?
Wendy Alec, Salman Rushdie, Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, Jonathan Cahn, JK Rowling and Francine Rivers. There is a Nigerian author based in the United Kingdom called Ben Okri, he also writes very well.
Their works have had an impact, they are creative, and their writing styles are unique.
I have enjoyed Barack Obama’s books as well.
Deirdra: What is your favorite snack to have while you are writing?
I’ll snack on pretty much anything. I like my food.
Deirdra: Besides writing what other talents or hobbies do you have?
I like calligraphy, I find it relaxing. I’ve taken a short course in it and I hope to go further with it in the near future.
Why can’t I be a calligraphic scribe?
I enjoy drawing, I still draw occasionally, it’s something I have always liked since I was young.
I have perceptive and discerning skills. I think I have good business acumen.
Running, swimming, word puzzles and board games like chess, draught, monopoly are some of my hobbies.
Deirdra: What are you working on now?
I’m working on a Christian fiction book, it will be rather voluminous.
It’s titled ‘The Sword Of Goliath’
It’s my hope that it will be out this year. God willing.
I’m also working on an idea to help and promote the work of self published authors. It’s still a project under wraps, but any self publisher who is interested in knowing more can reach me at email@example.com
Deirdra: What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Accepting criticism. Having to accept that your work won’t be everybody’s cup of tea.
Deirdra: What is the best thing about being an author?
Knowing that there are people out there who value your thoughts and effort so much that they are willing to spend time reading a piece of my work. Knowing that I am influencing someone, somewhere in a positive way through my books is very rewarding.
Deirdra: What are your goals as an author for the next three years?
My goal as an author over the next three years is to have written a stellar work; a Christian fiction book that resonates so well with the public, glorifies God and is made into a film. A major motion picture people can go and watch in the cinemas
Deirdra: What words of advice do you have for other writers who desire to have their manuscripts become books in print?
They shouldn’t give up on their dreams even if it’s not working out as fast and as well as they hope. Tomorrow is always another day.
It seems time and life has a way of testing us to see if we really mean business about our dreams.
They should also ensure that the waiting period before their manuscripts are made into books are periods they use to research deeply and perfect their work.
Deirdra: What is the best complement you could receive from a reader?
My father telling me that my books are a worthy effort is and was enough complement for me.
Many readers have said nice things about my work.
Deirdra: What are all the different ways you have promoted your book.
I have used facebook advertisements, word of mouth publicity, email campaigns and many social networking sites and online interviews.
These are some of my youtube video links:
Deirdra: Where can readers go to find your books and order them?
My books ‘GREAT WORDS FOR GREAT LIVING’ and ‘MAKAIRA: the double edged sword’ are available through www.authorhouse.co.uk, www.amazon.com or www.amazon.co.uk
You can get them through most online book retailers.
Deirdra: Any final words you would like to share?
To new and aspiring writers, they should know that writing a book should be only one side of their dream. Marketing and advertising it is the second and equally important part. Every writer needs the public to get their book sales up, so its important they have an effective marketing strategy.
I am working on a project that can make this happen for new and aspiring author, particularly those who have self published. Anyone who wants to know more can get in touch with me through my email address.
Thank you so much. It’s a real honor to get your insights.
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