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My Epiphany

Quick recap of the last two weeks with blogging only short stories:

  • I had a ‘Lunch and Interview’ date with Abimbola Dare, an inspiration fiction writer whose debut book “The small Print” came out last week. 
  • I was on Adura Ojo Presents – a blog that features works from Africa and the Diaspora
  •  I finished several short stories that I’d been working on for a while and even got to begin new ones 
  • I received offers from a couple of magazines to write more short stories. 
  • And finally, I got an email from a publisher who told me that they were “quite pleased” with my latest finished book, ‘The Officer’s Bride’ and  also wrote to say that they would consider it for publication in the future as soon as they start taking on new projects.

In spite of all the ‘good news,’ the highlight for me in the last two weeks was when I received an email from a fan in Malawi called Dave who read my short story series “For Wale Taylor, my first love.”  

I’ve cut and pasted the details of the email below.

Lara, I am just finishing reading ‘For Wale Taylor – My first love’. I understand its fiction but there are tears in my eyes and have failed to battle some drops, they have coursed through my cheeks. My first reaction when I started reading Part 1 was excitement that I kept on muttering, ‘Thank God, I am reading a complete work and won’t be made to endure the burden of waiting for the next part as did others’ but reaching that sad, violent end I say nothing. I shed tears.

You handled the story with a perfect resemblance of life, a brutal honesty in as far as reality is concerned Lara. You wrote what has to be. You gave me the twist I demand in art, literature. The story sounds real. Why? True love stories always have a sad ending while fictional ones have a happy ending. I hate the happy endings personally in fiction unless when masterly handled.

You make me consider of trying my hands at romance writing Lara. Keep up the good job. That story, for the moment, is the very best I have read in romance online. You managed well the brutality of a murderer and the sympathy and compassion of a true human.

As you can imagine, this encouraging note left me on such a high. It also brought along with it a sudden understanding of the path I needed to take in my writing career. I’ll surmise it this way: To write romance tales that deal with the hard questions that we ask in real life, yet working out the stories such that they leave you, my readers inspired with hope.

I hope you join me in this wholly new exciting journey. If you’ve read any of my books or my stories posted here or on other sites, please send me your feedback as well.

Until my next posting, I’ll say adieu for now.

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My Lunch Date with ‘The Small Print’ Author – Abimbola Dare

I recently had the pleasure of lunching online 😉 with the talented, debut author of ‘The small print” an inspirational fiction – Abimbola Dare. Since we were separated by continents, (she, in the UK, and me, in the US), we had to sip our sugared coffees and enjoy our lunches apart from each other, yet together by the networking power of Facebook.

Below is a transcript from our lunch date 🙂

Please tell me about Abimbola Dare.

I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and attendedVivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls. I am the last born of two ( an older brother). I am married to a wonderful man and mother to a special child. I work for Publishing House in the UK (the bookworm that I am). I am a fun loving, Naija to the core kinda girl.  Totally down to earth.

Tell us about your book, ‘The Small Print’ and your motivation for writing it.

I wrote the Small Print during a trying time in my life. I had written a novel on my blog and the Lord ministered to me to rewrite this story to glorify Him. As I said, I was going through a very trying time and I obeyed the Lord after much questioning, postponing, rationalizing and anger. I eventually yielded. My motivation for writing is simple:

I’ve read some inspirational fiction, more specifically in the romance genre and I know that some of the biggest challenges for inspirational fiction writers is the ‘Avoiding a preachy tone.’ Did you experience this challenge? How were you able to overcome it?

You are right, Lara. How can I answer this? To be honest, I don’t know. In my book, there is a scene where Eniola tries to talk to Myles about giving his life to Christ. I struggled over that scene so many times because I kept wondering, am I being too preachy. I guess the best way is to weave your lessons learned into the story arc and to allow your characters emotions, reactions, dialogue play out the words. But, I guess I will have to wait for someone to read the Small Print and then tell me if I managed to avoid that “plague” of preachyness!

Share with us other challenges you faced while writing ‘The Small Print?

Oh Gosh! Where do I start? Everything from writers block, to juggling marriage, motherhood and a full time job, to receiving and handling rejection and criticisms. I think the criticism was my greatest challenge. I mean, I once sent my first chapter to an agent in theUSand she replied saying. “Abimbola. Your manuscript is riddled with typos and your English is not quite there yet.” Ha! My English is not there yet ke? Lol…That is the same chapter one I published in the Small Print. That single email from that agent almost killed my confidence because I thought I had something good going with the book. Anyway, I cheered up shortly after when anotherUSpublisher told me I’d won an award of excellence in their contest for writing The Small Print.

How much did real life play into the writing of your book?

About 50% of the story is based on real life- especially Wale’s experiences.

Share with us authors/books that have inspired you.

No surprises here. Lol. I tend to read a lot of suspense. I am a big Harlan Coben, Sidney Sheldon and James Patterson fan. These aren’t Christian writers, but I love the easy way these three people write. I love and respect Francine Rivers and Karen Kingsbury from the Christian fiction angle. I have only started to delve into Nigerian Fiction and so far, a lot of our sisters are doing great in the literary world-and they all inspire me- especially those who have managed more than one good novel. (You-Lara Daniels for one!lol)

*Blushing*. Thankyou. Why should readers want to read ‘The Small Print’ and where can they get it?

Wow. Why should readers want to read the small print? That’s another toughie. Well, because I wrote it! Lol. Just kidding. The Small Print is an exciting read, but it is also a novel that I hope will challenge your faith. It is a book that will make you wander… “ If that happened to me, what would I do?” It has all the right elements- suspense, humor, faith-talk, drama, intrigue…ha! Have I finished blowing my own trumpet!? Lol. Seriously, the Small Print is a good, clean read and I hope everyone that reads it enjoys it as much as I did while writing.

The small print is out on Amazon kindle ( US, UK, Fr and De) and on smashwords ( ipad, nook, sony ereader) as an ebook. The paper back will be out on Amazon soon and also inNigeria. Readers should please join my fan page on www.facebook.com/bimbylads

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