Reading is a series of human emotions. Writing is the gift of sharing these emotions.
1. Are you using a pseudonym? If you are, why did you choose to use a pseudonym and how did you come up with it?
I use my real name, Michael Ovienmhada, when I write.
2. When did you first realize you want to be a writer?
This was back in the year 2000 when I wrote my first book on Evangelism titled: Occupy Till I Come.
3. What do you think makes a good story?
Any story written from the soul of the writer can make a good story. It does not matter whether the subject is social, historical, contemporary or even engineering. Just write from the heart.
4. How long does it take for you to write a book?
On the average, I would say 6 months to 1 year for a 100-page book.
5. What inspires you to keep writing?
Great feedback from my readers inspires me.
6. Which of your books is the closest to your heart and why?
I would say: 100 Years and 5 Chronicles. Even I as the author of the material am amazed at the audacity of the subject I chose to tackle which was to tell the story of the 20th century in an organized and sequential way as I did whilst sustaining the interest of the reader through the story to the very end. It is
7. What is your favorite book by another author and why?
Animal Farm by George Orwell because the story is very well woven.
8. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
To avoid saying in 10 words what I can say in three.
9. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to watch Western movies.
10. Have you experienced writer’s block? If yes, how did you overcome it?
I believe every writer experiences a block. What I do is put the subject away for a while until it comes back to me.
11. Does your family support your writing? If yes, how do they support your book(s)?
A writer is never accepted in his family until outsiders accept him.
12. Do you have any suggestions to help new writers become better at what they do?
Yes. If you want to be a writer, first become a reader.
13. At what point do you think someone should call him/herself a writer?
When one has written their third book successfully and you have sold 200 copies.
14. What difference do you see between a writer and an author?
One can easily be both. A person who writes commentary on public affairs for example may do that as a career but never write a book and vice versa. For the most part, many writers are more likely to become authors towards the end of their career.
15. How do you deal with negative reviews?
Negative reviews are part of the business. They are only bad when they are malicious. One must learn to listen to good and bad reviews in order to become a better writer.
16. Are you a pantser, or a plotter?
I would consider myself more of a Panther. I love to write off the cuff.
17. What is the most difficult part of your writing process?
18. What advice would you give to a writer working on his/her first book?
19. How do you develop your plot and characters?
I never do deliberate plotting. The end of one chapter throws up possible new characters for the next chapter.
20. When did you first call yourself a writer?
After I wrote my third book.
21. What’s your favorite and least favorite part of publishing?
I love to self publish. It gives you full control but little money in your pocket.
22. What is your latest book? Please tell us something about it.
100 Years & 5 Chronicles. In the book, I strive to tell the story of the entire 20th century in conversational style around the table of a black family. My aim is to give the reader a bird’s-eye view of the 20th century in sweet prose and great oratory. My readers must come off, having been sufficiently educated about the major events of the century from the First World War, through Prohibition, the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler in Germany leading up to the Second World War, the breaking down of the walls of segregation, the killing of JFK, the signing of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act by LBJ; the debacle of Vietnam; the rise and beauty of Muhammad Ali; the killing of Dr. King; the disgrace of Watergate; etc. Imagine having to weave all these stories together while keeping the reader glued to his book. It has been quite an exhilarating experience putting this book together.
23. Which part of your latest book was the hardest for you to write?
I had no trouble writing any part of the book. Any difficult part caused me to rely on author’s license of creativity.
24. What do you think is the hardest genre for you to write, and what would be the easiest one? Please tell us why.
I would say fiction, because you have to create everything from scratch.
25. Which of your characters can you most relate with and why?
Lyndon B. Johnson. He risked everything to do the right thing for Black people because he thought it was the right thing to do. I do not think people give him much credit for the freedoms we enjoy today as Black people.
26. What inspired the idea for your book?
I was just sitting in my bed in June of 2019 when the idea jumped into my head straight out of the Blue.
The difficulty of writing about the entire century in one short book was a big motivation for my writing. I created the challenge and I conquered the challenge.
27. How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?
A man or woman with a family of teenagers. It makes for great conversation around the dinner table.
28. How much research did you need to do for your book?
Three years of research work for accuracy.
29. How did you come up with the title for your book?
I just began to write until the book created its own title.
30. What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?
A quiet house with great cooling and WiFi.
31. If you could spend a day with another author, who would it be and why?
I would wake up George Orwell from his sleeping place.
32. How do you celebrate when you finish a book?
I switch off my phone and get under the blanket.
33. What risks have you taken with your writing that have paid off?
Giving myself permission to put words in the mouth of my character gives me a lot of thrill.
34. To readers who haven’t read any of your books, which book would you first recommend and why?
I would recommend: 60 Seconds at the Highway Restaurant. It is a free flowing and quite beautiful book based on actual events that happened around me through my teenage years into the hard world of building a business.
35. What message would you like to say to your readers?
Everyone should try and read at least one book each year. It opens up your mind and brings you an awareness of the world that nothing else can offer.
My Review of 100 Years & 5 Chronicles
Other books by Michael Ovienmhada
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