Omoruyi Uwuigiaren [omoruyiuwuigiaren]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
When I was a boy, I read picture books published by Lady Bird. Honestly, I cannot remember the first book I read. However, my beginning was stormy as some characters in my favorite novels, which include Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Samuel Clemens(MARK TWAIN) and The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. My journey into the beautiful world of writing began one cold evening the wind blew with vengeance. A youth pastor I considered was under the nose and leading of providence visited my humble home with a little book written by Bishop David O. Oyedepo of the Faith Tabernacle Church, Ota, Nigeria. After going through the little piece that was as good as gold, I hinted the friend that few days would be enough for me to bring a little book to life. The Pastor who is as dark as the midnight thought I was a windbag. He said such endeavor would make me a drudge in no distant time. As soon as he left, I went to work and I am still in the business of writing.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
I cannot single out a particular piece that inspires me, because I have had the luxury of getting inspirations from different works.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
A good story is like a meal that have condiments in right proportion. The readers must feel your imagination at work. Whatever the case may be, it is important for every story to have a happy ending.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I have written books in first person and third person and enjoyed the writings.
What well known writers do you admire most?
J K Rowling, Enid Blyton, Stephen King, Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, Ola Rotimi, Mark Twain, Chinua Achebe.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Whether the characters I create are good or bad, beautiful or ugly, they first exist in my mind before any reader have the luxury of reading about them. A poor descriptor will find it difficult to create believable characters. I believe every human is endowed with the ability to create. As far as creating believable characters is concerned, everything rise and fall on your power of imagination. The stronger your imagination, the easier it is to create. A writer must choose his words carefully, because it is imaginative language that produces pictures in the mind of the readers. Mental picture or ideas and quality description are what a writer needs to create believable characters.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Yes, I tell my stories all of the time.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
In the beautiful world of writing, I know that the reader is important and must not be neglected as one strives to make his writing relevant in the scheme of things. But the reader does not influence me like the characters I create-those things that taste life as the ink blossom on the paper. Nothing can take their place in my life. I am everything in my book. I can't swim in the pool of satisfaction if I am not pleased with what I have done. Not forgetting the world and my lively interest to inspire people, it delights me if my readers say I have a wonderful book.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes. In so many ways. I believe that the voice of good people is the voice of God. Constructive criticism and good advise can turn a mediocre into a champion. So, I value my readers like a mogul jealously guards his treasures in a cold night!
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
No awards yet. I will participate in competitions if the arise.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
It is necessary. I share if I am satisfied with what I have done.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
Whatever the case may be, I make sure I keep my voice and be consistent in any story. I have found my voice.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
We are players in an ever-changing world and necessity can change a man's direction.When distractions pour in like a flood, one finds it difficult to cope with his challenges. For this reason, I write every time and when I don't have the urge to do so. I also take advantage of my night to write all that the warm hands of Heaven have bestowed on me until I ride under the spell of sleep. Of course, a writer should be prepared so he can be relevant in the rainy day.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
A deafening silence serves me right. Since writing takes the whole of me, all I need is a conducive environment.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
Writing is a serious business. I write on papers first. On these drafts, I have the luxury of admiring my creativity as it blosoms on the paper. Of course, I make corrections on the paper work before I take the writing to the next level. What I have on paper act as a guide to my final work on the computer. I can always visit my drafts if the cruel hands of an unjust fate hit my computer.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
Black Threads in Kid's Lit, www.jacketflap.com/omoruyi
What has been your experience with publishers?
If I have manipulated anyone as an underdog sacrifices much to gain the sympathy of all, I am of all men most miserable. It is the joy of publishers to see writers scramble for relevance under their nose. All these years, I have observed that no matter how friendly a publisher is to any writer, his contract or whatever he gives to you will always be to his favor. Publishers have a pattern they follow religiously. They hardly change. If the author is not careful, his expectations might not see the light of the day. However, I have benefitted greatly from some publishers. I love Learnrite publishers Nig, Bouncing Ball Books USA, Netcontinental publications NIG and Apex Books Limited NIG.
What are you working on now?
I am working on two beautiful chapter books for children titled, DARK TALES OF KATUNGA, PHILIP AND THE DEVILS OF GHAT.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
I believe writing is in the rewriting. Before showing anyone what you wrote, make sure it is as good as gold and you are satisfied with what you have done. What that implies is you should rewrite and reread before making any move. Also, do not expect too much from people you show your work. This will help reduce frustration as you sojourn in the ever-changing world of publishing.