Featured Interview With Kingsley Osajie
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My name is Kingsley Osajie. I was born in Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria. I have been living in Nigeria since I was born. But as one who is adventurous and an Albatross by nature; I love to move to United States of America to see life in the other part of the world and to move out of my comfort zone because no one grows or succeeds in a comfort zone. Yes, I have a beautiful puppy Simba. Simba is a plaything! Lol; he does not let me be.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I realized my passion for writing in high school. I was 16 at that time. I wrote my first manuscript when I was close to finishing from high school. I started writing in 2010. But is has not been an easy journey becoming a published author. There is a video I made where I talk more about my struggles in becoming a published author. I would like to share with you.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favourite authors are Buchi Emecheta, Tea Obreht, Cyprian Ekwensi, Charles Dickens, Chinua Achebe, John Grisham etc.
In my writing, my influences have been Buchi Emecheta. She was an Award-Winning Author. Not only that she is also a heart-based writer. I get inspired by Tea Obreht, Charles Dickens, John Grisham too because their books and style of writing are so compelling, inspiring and heart-based. I like to describe them as born writers.
Apart from these authors. My inspiration comes from within. I get inspiration from my environment, families. Inspiration in my writing can be in the form of a nudging from the Universe, Kwan Yin and my Angels too.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird is an exquisite book about Cindy and her loving moments with Amy, her pet bird. This is a story of the intimacy and challenges of a little girl called Cindy and her beautiful songbird, Amy. Cindy’s bird, Amy, affected her positively. It shows how children can be attached with pets once a cordial relationship has been formed. In this story, Cindy showed us that children can have unwavering faith, even if it seemed goofy, unrealistic, and an illusion! Despite all odds about the whereabouts of Cindy’s bird, she kept believing and having faith.
I can be crazy some times (LOL); I often joke to people that Cindy is my child. I will say, “I have two children Cindy and Quimby…” (Quimby is the brother to Cindy in this story). In turn they will ask me, “how come you have two children when you are not yet married yet”? Anyway, I still consider Cindy and Quimby my children (do not worry about their mother. She is fine…hahahaha!!). The reason I call Cindy and Quimby my children is because they are my brainchildren and such I consider them my children in way—kind of…(winks, smiles and kisses).
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