Orbit (Hachette Book Group US) has acquired my fantasy novel trilogy inspired by an amalgam of West African empires of the middle ages. But I want to talk about all the other stuff: about the time before this unwieldy thing even had a name, and what to expect going forward.
When it snaps, you will suddenly become unmoored, unsure, uncomfortable: you have only known this weight because you have only always dragged the world with you.
In which I share some of the stuff that has happened since I attended the Milford SF Writers Conference in September 2017. Full story at Milford 2017: One year after, and then some, by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
In my formative years as a writer, one of the things I quickly learned was that community is important. No one creates alone, of and by himself, I remember Henry Miller saying. A writer who wants others to interact with his work needs readers, publishers, fellow writers, agents, reviewers, critics, fans. There is a village […]
I can’t be the only one who lets out a long, exasperated sigh when I see an exciting new crime novel by an African author on the bookshelves at a physical or online store, quickly rush to read the description, and realise it’s set in… Lagos. Johannesburg. Nairobi. Accra. Abuja. Harare. Cape Town. Kigali. Dakar. […]
Between 2014 and 2017, I worked in communications at a Big Four professional services firm. A saying popular among us (and which definitely still flies across the dividers of those white and orange workstations) was: “The reward for good work is more work.” They stayed true to that quip. Once, I got some recognition at […]
So, this week, I was crowned The Writer at TNC’s Pan-African online writing contest that spanned 4 weeks, writing stories following predetermined themes each week. Do I feel any different? Yes. And, no. The contest came at a terrible time for me. I had an exam to write and design classes to keep up with. […]