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Wednesday Author Spotlight~ Ola Nubi

It’s hump day! And you know what that means. Another spotlight of a fabulous author.

Ola Nubi lives and works in London and has an MA in Creative writing and Imaginative Practice in 2009. In 2008 her short story The Pink House, won first prize in the National words of colour competition and another short story of hers The Go- slow Journey, won the first prize in the fiction category for Wasafiri’s New writing prize 2009. Some of her short stories feature on the African writing.com website, StoryTime and naijastories.com. She also has short stories in the Naijastories and African Roar recent anthologies.

Enjoy an excerpt from one of her short stories below

A Mothers Dilemma

Patience banged the phoned down and clicked her tongue in disgust.

A curse on all of their houses…

Didn’t they have anything better to do but ask questions about her children?  Let everyone go and sort their own family’s lives before they started sharpening their teeth on her children.

Nonsense.  Was it her fault that her eldest daughter was still single at 37; a time at which she her mother, Patience Folasade Adejumo had finished childbearing?  Was it because she hadn’t trained her how to be a good wife and mother?  Was it because she lacked home training, wasn’t beautiful or educated or had breeding? Was it because she the Mother had not prayed or fasted or wept enough for God to remove this cup of suffering and shame away from her?

No – this must be because God was testing her as he tested Job to see if she could hold on.  No one understands the suffering of a mother when it came to things like this.  They thought she would buckle under the strain but no; she Patience Folasade Adejumo was not the child of her father for nothing.  She was a strong woman and she would survive.

Her enemies would not rejoice over her in this world.  Yes – even the ones in her husband’s family. In the presence of her enemies she would spread her table and laugh and dance on their heads on that glorious day of her eldest daughter’s nuptials.  It will be so Oh God.

Please let it be soon.

This shame is too much.

But she would rejoice.  She would show them.

She tied her wrapper and did a little dance of praise before her God and shook her head.

They were not serious.  It was her enemies’ children that would not marry and have children.  It was her enemies that would not become grandmothers in this world.  It was her enemies that people would look at in pity on the street.

Let them laugh now.  He who laughs last sha…..

She picked up the phone. “Peter get the car and come and take me to Church.  I want to be home before Oga gets back from work. I need to pray.”

As she waited for her driver to come she thought of her husband of almost forty years. Gideon was a good man but she seemed not to take this matter seriously.  It was not his fault.  What is that saying again? A good child is for the father but a bad child is for the mother.  Not that Lola was a bad child.  No God forbid.  She was a good daughter but this long-standing problem of singleness was earmarking her, the Mother out for ridicule and pity in the family.

Her first and only daughter was approaching forty without a husband or child to call her own and her two boys were happily content to live the lives of merry bachelors.  A Father can talk about Gods time because he was the Father.  She was the Mother and it was Her Problem.

olaOla is currently working on a collection of short stories and has a romance novel due for publication with Ankara Press in Abuja; which is an imprint of Cassava Republic She also writes inspirational romance and poetry.

More of her work can be found on her website  http://easytowrite.wordpress.com

Her author page on Facebook – Olawritesfiction. Twitter – createandwrite

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Wednesday Author Spotlight~ La Tanyha Boyd

jimp2Lá Tanyha Boyd, is living her dream and walking in her calling to empower, and inspire others in“Living in the Now;” the abundant life. Author Lá Tanyha, has traveled around the world via the airwaves as an Inspirational Speaker delivering messages to jumpstart your day and vision, all the while infused with Faith, Hope, & Determination leaving you with a mindset of I CAN DO THIS! Challenging others to Take Action to go higher in their careers, fulfill their goals and walk in their purpose.

Lá Tanyha is the International Host of Spiritual Food for Thought Global Radio. Through this syndicated radio broadcast she empowers others across the globe to follow their dreams and to live life with purpose, passion, fire and determination. Author Boyd often shares messages that; “Life is all about living and when we can have Spiritual Food, it nourishes us like nothing else.” Answering the call to minister, Missionary Là Tanyha has been working in the vineyard for over ten years, and is a Licensed Missionary. Là Tanyha is a mentor and a powerful Inspirational Speaker, facilitator with a heart and fire for God and His people.

Please tell us about your latest book.

There are times when each one of us needs encouragement and inspiration; especially when you’re dealing with the challenges of life. ‘Spiritual Food for Thought: 31 Inspirational Quotes to Jump-Start Your Day,’ will not only offer daily words of inspiration but promote spiritual growth in one’s day to day living. In this journey called, Life, I’ve learned that God never consults our past to determine our future. It is us, who determine our own future by our actions. As such, I have made sure that my book is full of powerful nuggets that are sure to equip and encourage each one of us to take life head-on, live it to the fullest and provide it with a meaningful direction.

‘Spiritual Food for Thought:31 Inspirational Quotes to Jump-Start Your Day,’ is touted to be a soul stirring read as it consists of deeply inspirational messages that offer daily words of empowerment and promote spiritual growth for its readers. The book is immensely thought provoking and takes its readers on an immeasurably inspiring journey towards self discovery while it also challenges them to pursue greatness and positivity in life.

What can we expect from you in the future?

With all that is going on in the world today, people are hungry for words of encouragement and inspiration to move and drive forward in this journey called LIFE, and with that said my passion and assignment is to engage, and equip the multitudes and in so doing win souls across the globe through the airways, my writings, and speaking engagements while empowering others to move forward in this journey called LIFE. 

I will be doing a “31 day challenge of Positive Thinking to Jump-Start Your Day.” I found that Self-talk has a huge influence on the overall direction of our thoughts. Negative self-talk is an easy habit to slip into, especially if you are surrounded by negative people. So, the first step toward a more positive thinking is to change the tone of our self-talk.

Like any other bad habit, before we can change it we need to become more consciously aware that we are doing it. And so the “31 day challenge of Positive Thinking to Jump-Start Your Day “will play a significant part in transforming that stinking thinking.

 How do we find out about you and your books?  How may readers contact you?

To stay connected with me subscribe to my mailing list by visiting my website: http://www.latboyd.com/

What truly motivates you in general?  In your writing?

To inspire is to take that fire within from a flicker, to a flame giving you the confidence to progress. All of us need inspiration to drive and move forward in this journey we call life, my personal quest and the various moments of learning during my very own journey in life have been the inspiration for this book, which is extremely dear to my heart. I sincerely pray that my book is able to reach out to the very hearts of my readers and inspire them to take that first step forward to do the things that they have never done before, to live the life they only dreamed of doing and enabling them to fulfill their purpose.

What are some of your favorite things to do?

During my down time you may find me in the kitchen cooking some down home meals or spending time with family and friends. You may even find me at the salon pampering myself, or shopping and giving back to myself. It’s so important to have balance and building relationships.

Do you have a favorite author?

There are so many great authors; I enjoy that it’s hard for me to narrow it down to one: Michele Andrea Bowen, Kimberla Lawson Roby, and Tyora Moody are just a few of the authors that I enjoy.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

The first rewarding for me as a writer is the connection with my reader’s. The second most rewarding is knowing that my work can reach all parts of the world. My good friend and fellow Author; LaCricia A ̀ngelle said it best “My books can go where I may not be able to go physically.” 

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?

Yes! I would like to leave these words right from my book Spiritual Food for Thought: 31 Inspirational Quotes to Jump Start Your Day,” that is this… JUST DO IT!! To move forward, you have to step out the boat. Moving out of complacency and comfort. If you want something you’ve never had you have to do something you’ve never done. Moving out of fear and removing all inhibitions being comfortable in WHO you are and WHO’S you are.  Let today be the first steps towards your goals, your calling, your deliverance….ultimately your purpose and destiny. ~The Time is Now…Let’s Get It Done!!!

About the Book

jumpSpiritual Food for Thought: 31 Inspirational Quotes to Jumpstart your Day, is a daily devotional to encourage and inspire you in your walk with Christ.

“In this journey called, “Life,” I’ve learned that God never consults our past to determine our future. The roads we take become learning experiences for growth and development, to bring us into our God given purpose.”

Wednesday Author Spotlight~ Yejide Kilanko

This week I have the pleasure of introducing Yejide Kilanko. I’ve known of her for a while but just got to really “know” her. Online of course, since she lives in Canada and I’m in the US of A. :-). But I can truly tell you that she is such a sweet lady with a big heart. But don’t let me be the judge read her words for yourself. Her debut novel Daughters Who Walk This Path is out now but she is also a powerful poet. Weaving words and raw emotions that have you captivated from beginning to end.

spotlight2“My life as a writer began with poetry writing at the age 12. Because I didn’t think I could write one, I didn’t start working on my first novel manuscript until I was 33. Because it’s the best way I express myself, I wasn’t surprised the novel was inspired by a poem I wrote titled, Silence Speaks.

My story is really a miraculous one as I was signed up by a literary agent within one week and found a publisher interested in Daughters days after it was submitted. With Daughters now published in Canada, The United States, Germany and Thailand, I’m living proof that life can bring new dreams when least expected. That’s why it’s important to believe in your abilities and don’t give up.

spotlight22I say to those who have the desire to write, go for it. As you work on that first manuscript, learn the craft of writing. Be patient with yourself. Re-write the sentence a hundred times if you need to. Always put your best work forward. There will be days when it seems the blank paper is winning, step away if you must, but go back and write anything that comes to your mind. You can only edit a full page.

As a Christian, I believe my ability to write is a gift from God. And like the other gifts he has given me, even as a mainstream fiction writer, I can use my work for his glory. I’m always happy when I receive mail from fans who tell me how reading Daughters has positively impacted their lives. I know some Christian writers struggle with the desire to write secular fiction. If this is your conviction, I want to say it’s possible to be a blessing wherever you’ve been planted.

Thanks Unoma for having me on your site. All the best in your writing journey.”

Listen to her read from her book…good stuff

yejide Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, Yejide Kilanko is a writer of poetry, fiction and a therapist in children’s mental health. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada. Yejide’s debut novel, Daughters Who Walk This Path was published by Penguin Canada, April 2012. Her second novel is forthcoming from Penguin Canada, spring 2014. Please visit www.yejidekilanko.com

Wednesday Author Spotlight~ Laura Thomas

Every Wednesday for the month of September, I’m committed to showcasing various authors. No knowledge is absolute and no man is a silo. Those of you who follow me know that I’m a key proponent of everyone having a gift bestowed on them from above and using it to the glory of God. Thereby making an impact in whatever area they find themselves. With that said, allow me to introduce Laura, who is passionate about helping young authors.

spotlight 1 Laura Michelle Thomas is an author and professional storyteller from Vancouver, BC. Read a bit more about her in her own word

What inspired you to write your first book?

Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published is not my first book, but it is the first book I have written that will be published under my own name. I have always been a copywriter and ghostwriter until recently. The contest for the book comes directly from my experience teaching creative writing to youth. My first draft was a non-fiction, how-to book. But then my years of being a professional storyteller kicked in, and I rewrote it as a novel. It is a great, fast-paced story with solid writing advice. I think you will see the book show up as required reading in English and Creative Writing classes.

Do you have a specific writing style?

No. I let the subject matter determine the style. That probably comes from years of writing for hire.

How did you come up with the title?

I wanted something catchy, but it’s the subtitle that says it all.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes. I would love it if the young writers would come away with two main points: becoming a paid writing takes time and training; and a deeper understanding of the writing process.

How much of the book is realistic?

The lessons are real, but the story is pure fantasy.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

The book is based on years of teaching short story workshops to young writers.

What books have most influenced your life most?

The classics, especially short story collections.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

None. Most writers make poor mentors.

What book are you reading now?

Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

What are your current projects?

I have also recently completed the first draft of an adult novel based on my time as a profession children’s storyteller called, The Naked Storyteller. It’s the story of a middle-age grade six teacher who launches into a personal crisis after taking a storytelling workshop at a professional day conference.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

There are two parts to this: how I became a writer and how I came to help young writers. Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, writing was not part of the school curriculum outside English class, which I wasn’t a fan of. And no one in my extended family or network of friends earned their living in the arts. I wanted to be a writer as a teen, but I had no idea how or where to do that. As a result I didn’t start taking my writing seriously until I was well out of high school. Then, it was the rise of the “Idol” shows that made me realize that writing is still very hidden compared to other art forms, so I decided to do my part to help support young writers. It started with workshops and online courses, then the contest, now my whole business is about helping them. And I know from the daily email and comments I received that I’m making a difference. That keeps me going.

Laura Michelle Thomas is an author and professional storyteller from Vancouver, BC. She runs Laura Thomas Communications, a company that is dedicated to fostering the development of young writers worldwide. www.laurathomascommunications.com