Thou Shalt Love

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

Contemporary Romance is special to me because I am a lover of love. When I write romance, I feel alive and happy.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

As a writer, your work has to be accurate. Research is so important to me that even if I claim to know something, I research it just to be sure.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

I am a computer kinda girl. Sometimes I even use my phone to write when I am lazy and just want to lie in bed.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?

Sometimes I try to set a schedule, but it doesn’t always work. I am all for the inspiration.

How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?

I find writing both a hobby and passion. Hobby because it is something I love to spend my time doing. Passion because there is nothing I rather do more than to write.

How realistic are your books?

My book is a creative idea of an African Inspired romance, but it focuses on the struggles and issues facing women and young people in Africa every day.

Do your novel carry a message?

Of course, it does. Thou Shalt Love teaches to love, trust and forgive. It teaches the importance of strong family ties and values, as well as honesty and trust among people who love each other. Thou Shalt Love also teaches women, self-worth and the ability to walk away from an abusive relationship. The book also inspires African women to embrace and enjoy their sexuality.

Do you read any of your work?

I read all of my work. I find it fun to do so.

Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel?

No. When I started Thou Shalt Love, I knew I would publish it. There was no doubt for me. When I put my mind to something, I see it through.

How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?

It wasn’t hard at all. When I had the idea, I rushed to my computer or phone, which are always with me, and I wrote my stories down. I am always excited to begin a new story. In fact, I look forward to starting a new story more than finishing it. I am easily bored.

What did you want to become when you were a kid?

I wanted to become a surgeon.

Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or do you pay someone to do it for you?

I proofread and edit my work countless times, then I take it to a professional editor to correct a million mistakes I would never have seen.

Over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing? 

I have improved in bringing out the emotions of my characters. I hope to be better at this as I continue to write.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Yes, I love to read. Emma Chase is my favorite author.

Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last?

I have experience laziness. Not necessarily writer’s block. The ideas are always there. The energy to write them is the problem.

What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?

The easiest part is writing the first few drafts.

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest part for me is editing. I hate it but love it at the same time because it polishes my work and makes it better than the last few drafts.

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?

I set a plot in the shower and when I come out, I start out with it, but end up somewhere different at the end of the day.

Writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that?

I believe it varies from one person to another. Yes, writers spend more time alone working on their craft, but personally, I am a social person. I will find the time if I want to.

Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?

Yes, I do. It helps me to reach my weekly or monthly goals.



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