Rasheed Olayemi Mustapha's guest author interview
'The Regrets of Omotolu'
What inspired you to write this book? I wanted to teach women to be patient and helpful and stay with their husbands when they have problems or face financial difficulties.
Can you tell me about the book? The title of my book is “The Regrets of Omotolu”. Omotolu had been involved in love affairs with her husband's boss, Comrade Odedu, before she married Bamide. After the marriage the boss grew jealous and later dismissed Bamide from work. Thereafter, Bamide became jobless and poor. Omotolu abandoned her husband and children
What is your writing process like? I was excited and thoughtful as I crafted the story.
Was the character inspired by a real person? If so, who? The character wasn’t inspired by anybody.
What do you think happened to the characters after the book ended? The character became a pariah. She regretted her bad deeds.
Does writing energize or exhaust you? I am always excited whenever I write.
What are common traps for aspiring writers? In the publishing industry only the veteran writers have great sales of the literary works. Many aspiring writers are not encouraged.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I adopt my personal creative power. For instance, The US Review of Books regarded my poetry collection “Poetry for the Rightful Thinkers” as a UNIQUE poetry book. https://www.amazon.com/Rightful-Thinkers-Rasheed-Olayemi-Mustapha-ebook/dp/B079J4PYKS
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? My books are not in series.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? More than three.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? I examine the human society, the causes of the problems in the society before writing my works. It could take some weeks.
How many hours a day do you write? As time permits
What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)
What did you edit out of this book? Backstory.
How do you select the names of your characters? The names of my characters are fictitious.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? I teach.
What was your hardest scene to write? The beginning of the story.
How long on average does it take you to write a book? It depends. I spend three weeks to write short stories or poetry collection.
Do you believe in writer’s block? Yes.
What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand? Computer
When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer? Over eight years ago.
How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something? This is not hard, I write easily whenever I wanted to.
Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day? Yes.
Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you? I set a plot and also write any idea that strikes me.
Do you read much and, if so, who are your favorite authors? Yes, I read. Chinua Achebe.
What is the most important thing about a book, in your opinion? Its theme.
How much of yourself do you put into your books? Any amount I could afford.
Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?
Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that? Well, as for me I don’t have a Muse. My works are original.
Did any of your books get rejected by publishers? Yes
What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any? I believe co-authoring should be for academics books. I write my books all alone.
Is writing book series more challenging? I haven’t written a book series.
Does it get frustrating if you are unable to recall an idea you had in your mind some time earlier? Yes. It’s like a writer has lost an important thing.
Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts? Yes.
Can you tell us about your current projects? “The Return of The Heir” is a historical fiction novel. In the story, a bad-mannered relation murdered his brother and his brother’s wife and usurped his brother’s agricultural investments. The only son of the rich man conquered him in the end.
Had any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published writer one day? I don’t have any literary teacher.
Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid? No.
Do you enjoy discussing upcoming ideas with your partner? If yes, how much do you value their inputs? No.
Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece? Yes.
How can readers find out more info about you and your books? Facebook Author Page: https://web.facebook.com/pages/category/Personal-Blog/Olayemi-Writes-100259168143464/?_rdc=1&_rdr
Facebook Account: https://web.facebook.com/olayemi.writes