Blog Interview

THE CREATIVITY LOUNGE- SIMON GANDOSSI.

Author Interview with Simon Gandossi/Cecilia House

Hello Everyone, Today’s guest is Simon Gandossi, the author of Cecilia House.

1. Please tell us about yourself?

I was born in Fremantle, Australia and my family heritage is Italian. I live on a small farm 10 minutes from the ocean. I collect antiques, I love to cook, play tennis and soccer, read, learn new languages and I am a huge fan of classical music and music from the 1950s and 1960s. I also love metal detecting and over the years have formed a large collections of artifacts.

2. Why did you choose to write?
Writing was something I was also doing in school. I have a very large box filled with short stories from my youth. A few of them made the final of the young writers of the year competition and from then then on I knew I wanted to make it my career.

3. What is the story behind Cecilia House? What made you write it?
I donโ€™t limit myself to one area of history, I bring different aspects of it to life for my readers. The subject matter within Cecilia House is unfortunately still relevant today. I watched a documentary about these disturbing abuse cases and one thing was common amongst the interviews with the survivors. Not many people cared back then. I wrote it because in the 1930s many records were destroyed and the extent of the abuse is not known. I wanted to be their voice and when someone watches the news and sees yet another arrest being made, I hope they will think about my book and know I am a small part of a large group of people seeking justice for those harmed.

4. How can you say writing has changed you?
It has been and continues to be a large part of my life. My life changed when I first decided to become a fulltime writer. I invested so much time and money and had no social life. I lived on basics and a holiday was just a dream. It made me realize what other authors sacrificed and in turn I now take nothing for granted.

5. What can you say is the role of writers in today’s society?
In my opinion as a historical fiction author, my role is to educate and hopefully spark a further interest in history for my readers.

6. Which scene or chapter in your book is your favorite? Why?
The first chapter I created a scene with a treehouse where the main character and her friends spent their time alone. This treehouse as mundane as it sounds has such a strong meaning throughout the book especially at the end in the epilogue.

7. What is the worst writing/publishing advice anyone ever gave you?
Another author once told me donโ€™t write what I am passionate about, write what is popular.

8. What book are you currently reading?
I am currently reading a non-fiction book called On Radji Beach. A true story about the Australia nurses captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore during WW2.

9. What writing resources are most useful to you?
Resources that allow me to interview survivors and or their family members either locally or around the world. Hearing the stories firsthand really helps my writing immensely.

10. What would you advise a young writer on a writing journey similar to yours?
I always tell those wanting to become writers there are 3 things they need to know. The first is be in it for the long haul, nothing happens overnight. The second is being able to take a certain amount of criticism. Third never let doubt enter your mind despite how hard things might be, it can affect your writing.

Thanks for reading. Much Love๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Blog Interview

THE CREATIVITY LOUNGE– INNOCENT OKOCHIKWU.

Hello everyone, this is my first post this month. A lot has been going on and I’m realizing that being consistent is not as easy as the word sounds.

Well, my guest today is Mr. Innocent Okichukwu and this interview is highly insightful. Read on.

EBUBE: CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF?

INNOCENT: Well, I am Innocent Okochikwu nicknamed Innycredible. I’m from Benue state, idoma by tribe. I’m a graduate of mass communication from Benue state university, I’m currently serving in Osun state. I like reading prose, playing basketball and making new friends. I write poetry mostly romance and short stories.

EBUBE: WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

INNOCENT: Majorly life. I notice I feel things differently, I tend to put myself in every situation so I will become the story. Emotions are my pen and ink.

EBUBE: SO FAR, WHAT’S YOUR MAJOR PUBLICATION?

INNOCENT: I have some articles published at http://www.eDecentnews. an Australian blog, and I have also published poems and my ongoing book on http://www.ebonystory.com. for now, that’s all I have but I plan to strive for more.

EBUBE: WHAT ARE THE ISSUES YOU TEND TO ADDRESS WITH YOUR WRITING?

INNOCENT: The selfish ideology of we don’t need each other in life, to make the average believe that he/she is able of greatness because it is within them, and to correct the wrong stereotypes our culture and society has placed upon us.

EBUBE: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE COLLECTIVE ROLE OF WRITERS IN OUR CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY?

INNOCENT: To be a voice. Not just any voice, but a peculiar one. One that is not biased and does not hold it’s criticism of what should be and it’s not. We are not just to publish an array of beautiful words, but we should be able to build beautiful individuals by our fictional characters.

EBUBE: WHO ARE THE WRITERS YOU CAN SAY INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING.

INNOCENT: Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie, Myles Munroe, and largely my own thoughts and everybody I have met in life. They teach me a lesson.

EBUBE: LET US INTO YOUR WRITING PROCESS FOR A BIT, WHAT’S YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE? FROM THE CONCEPTION OF AN IDEA TO PUBLICATION OF YOUR STORY.

INNOCENT: It starts as you have said with an idea, then you have to build a story out of it. My favorite part is picking my characters, I study my friends, characters from other books, and match make them. I personally like writing in a narrative style. It’s a slow but befitting process but that is me giving you a glimpse. Maybe I could make you a character someday.

EBUBE: ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’D LOVE THAT. WHAT INTRIGUES YOU ABOUT THE WORLD? AS A PERSON AND A CREATIVE WHAT MAKES YOU EXCITED TO BE AND EXIST?

INNOCENT: Wow, that’s deep. I will say, God. He is the master creator and he wants all his creation to be as beautiful as him. How? Through love, self development and knowledge to be and become.

EBUBE: SO FAR, HAVE YOU TAKEN TIME TO DEFINE WHAT SUCCESS WOULD MEAN TO YOU AT THE END OF THE DAY?

INNOCENT: Yea. Success is me being happy and remembered to have been of positive impact to the people I call my own.

EBUBE: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PUBLISHING IN NIGERIA?

INNOCENT: Well, it’s a known fact that Nigerian don’t read, so for me, it’s a struggling industry. We just use our passion to keep it alive.

EBUBE: SO HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU READ THIS YEAR? WHICH OF THEM REALLY STANDS OUT FOR YOU?

INNOCENT: Not less than 10 but could be more, can’t place a number on it. To the hilt by Francis Dick.

EBUBE: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY THAT MY QUESTION DIDN’T GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO SAY?

INNOCENT: And what I will say is people should not give up on each other, it’s the beauty of life.

EBUBE: Alright. INNOCENT, thank you so much for being my guest today.

You can reach him on social media via
Instagram: @Official_innycredible

Facebook: Godspower Innycredible John.

Facebook page: Diary of a melancholy.

Thank you for reading this. Are you a creative seeking a platform to help publicise you and your work. Feel free to contact me by mail: ebubennenna@gmail.com. Much Love๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ