MEET THE AUTHOR – NISSI ADEOLA

TTM BOOK STORE:
Please can you give us a brief background about yourself?

NISSI ADEOLA:
I’m Nissi Adeola. Contrary to assumptions, my first name is Inspiration. Nissi is my surname and Adeola is my middle name. I’m a screen and fiction writer and content creator

TTM BOOK STORE:
What inspired you to write?

NISSI ADEOLA:

My very first story was spontaneous, born out of curiosity to test my abilities. Writing was never something I gave consideration, I kinda jumped into it with my first story – Belina. 😀 I remember typing that story with my phone.
It was while writing that story that I developed interest in the art. From then, my writings were always inspired by life experiences

TTM BOOK STORE:
Is there any of the characters that is based on a true life person?

NISSI ADEOLA:
If you are referring to Belina, none of the characters are based on real people. I however wrote a story – Starless Nights – which is based on a true story and has real characters.

TTM BOOK STORE:
How do you combine writing with other aspects of your life?

NISSI ADEOLA:
I work during the day and write at night. It gets tedious but I manage.

TTM BOOK STORE:
Which character did you have the most difficulty developing?

NISSI ADEOLA:
Jack in Maimed Soul. He was both the hero and villain, so it was a little difficult

TTM BOOK STORE:
Did you take any formal writing lessons?

NISSI ADEOLA:
No

TTM BOOK STORE:
Are you considering taking formal writing lessons?

Nissi Adeola, Author

NISSI ADEOLA:

I plan to, as soon as I get the chance. In the meantime, I am self taught. I read various materials to boost my knowledge

TTM BOOK STORE:
Do you ever experience writer’s block? How do you manage it?

NISSI ADEOLA:

I do. The key is to keep on writing. The moment you give in, using block as an excuse, you slowly lose your writing prowess

TTM BOOK STORE:
How many hours do you spend writing daily?

NISSI ADEOLA:
Two hours, approximately

TEMITOPE:
I noticed that you made use of surreal romantic scenarios for Richard and Belina’s proposal just like you did for Prisca and Tony. Was that inspired by a romantic side of you?

NISSI ADEOLA:
My romantic alter ego should be blamed; she does come out to play once in a while 😂

TEMITOPE:
Then, the reason for all the hate by Belina’s father seemed too shallow for all the atrocities committed. Do you agree?

NISSI ADEOLA:
What’s shallow to one person might be a deal breaker for another. I’d leave the readers to give their verdict

TEMITOPE:
So… What inspired Shattered Dreams? The story (though we’re still on it) is more intriguing and with substance,so to say. I ask this because, it is so different from Belina and I wasn’t expecting the twists and a so different trajectory.

NISSI ADEOLA:
Shattered Dreams is a sequel to Belina, with more of the focus on the offsprings of the characters in Belina. I wanted to show that good people do make costly mistakes, irrespective of their backgrounds.
Thankfully, I was more in tune with the art when I wrote Shattered Dreams

TEMITOPE:
Does this mean that Shattered Dreams isn’t your second work?

NISSI ADEOLA:
‘Life after the Wedding’ is the second part of Belina and was my second story

TTM BOOK STORE:
Apart from Belina and Shattered Dreams, what other books have you published? How many are unpublished works are in the pipelines?

NISSI ADEOLA:
Endless Tears, Married, Maimed Soul, The Last Smile, Starless Nights, amongst others.
Many other stories haven’t been released yet

LIZZY:
How do you generate these stories ma’am as they come out so real?

NISSI ADEOLA:
Mostly, a storyline just pops up in my head, and that’s it. I usually don’t have my stories completely figured out at the beginning because I always like to surprise myself as I write.

TTM BOOK STORE:
How do you deal with issues of plagiarism and copyright infringements?

NISSI ADEOLA:
It was a concern especially because most of my stories are on my blog. However, I seem to have readers everywhere and they bring it to my knowledge whenever they see my stories being plagiarized.

CHIDIMMA
In Belina and Shattered Dreams, there seems to be a running theme of ‘Only virgins deserve good things’. Don’t you think that is unrealistic? In real life, these things don’t happen this way always.

NISSI ADEOLA:
My stories are always steered towards promoting chastity until marriage, because it is a subject I feel passionate about. Please, note that it doesn’t in any way mean that people who aren’t virgins are inferior or second class citizens.

CHIDIMMA
Also, in Shattered Dreams, there seemed to be so much furore over Alexa’s relationship and her decision to lead her own life. I mean Alexa is an adult!!!

NISSI ADEOLA:
If you read Belina 1&2, you’d realise that Belina and Richard are keen on morality. This explaind their excess involvement in their daughter’s private life.

TTM BOOK STORE:
Have you considered converting your books to movies/web series?

NISSI ADEOLA:
One is being converted to a movie.

TTM BOOK STORE:
How has it been marketing your books, particularly to the Nigerian audience? How have sales been?

NISSI ADEOLA:
My books are ebooks and online, hence I am not limited to Nigerian audience. It is easier to promote and sell books online

TTM BOOK STORE:
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

NISSI ADEOLA:
It won’t be easy, so enjoy the process. Your only competition is you, so always strive to write something better than what you wrote yesterday. Give your mind free rein, broaden your knowledge with books. When the blocks come, turning that hubby to a chore, write anyways.

Criticism is a writer’s best friend. Don’t run from it when it comes, embrace it; it’d make you better.

Hype keeps you rejoicing in past victories, don’t let it get to your head.

TTM BOOK STORE:
Where can we buy your books?

NISSI ADEOLA:
For now, nowhere. I’m going through a rebranding, this would be revealed soon

TTM BOOK STORE:
Thanks for your time

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