Today I had a chat with Sarah Amuche Akpu, Nigerian author of afro fiction.
Thanks for chatting with me today, Sarah! Tell us about your newest book release.
The Healer is an afro fiction about a young girl who comes from a long line of healers and learnt to speak the language of the herbs. It is a rare gift she never knew she possessed until her mother was murdered.
Having lost her parents to the icy hand of death despite being a healer who could speak and hear roots and herbs, Mmachi decides to heal others with her gift, asking for no favours in return. Being a product of a polygamous family where hatred and jealousy dwells, Mmachi has no option but to find solace in her gift. A gift passed down to her by her late grandmother.
Her healing ability took her to near and far away kingdoms as kings and warriors clamour to meet this healer that can heal any diseases. Just after she has built an empire for herself in her kingdom, tragedy strikes when she heals the king’s son. An innocent gesture that threatens to end her very existence.
Accused and betrayed by her father’s second wife and banished from her land, Mmachi must seek the answers of her calling. It’s a story of true love, betrayal, and family.
Wow, sounds intriguing! What’s the first book you ever remember reading?
A classic. What inspired you to start writing?
I was inspired by a lot of books I have read. I always wanted to change people’s perspective through my own stories.
Who is your main inspiration?
Nora Roberts and Stephen King have inspired me a lot. I loved the flow of their books.
I’m with you on that one, Stephen King is an amazing writer. Aside from writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Reading and cooking.
Reading is important for any writer, and I love cooking too! We should swap recipes sometime. Tell me about your writing space. Where do you usually write?
I can write anywhere, but especially on the bed. I could lie on my bed and write forever.
Love it! Are you a morning or night person? What time of day do you prefer to sit and write?
I could write at any time, but I prefer night when everywhere is calm and everyone has gone to bed.
It’s much easier to write without distractions! Do you plan out your stories or are you a pantser (making it up as you go along)?
It depends on the flow. Most of the time, I write my stories just as they are flowing. Other times, I plot. However, I am more of a panster.
What’s your favourite book genre? Do you write in that genre?
My favorite book genres are horror and romance. I have written a couple of romance and horror in the past.
Good choices; I wonder, have you ever read a book that was both romance AND horror, or are they always separate?
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Tell me your top three favourite books of all time.
Once Upon a Christmas by Nora Roberts, Where Are The Children? by Mary Higgins Clerk, and The Babysitters book series.
Who is your favourite book character who you’ve created?
Mmachi in the Healer. I love her demeanor and confidence.
I’m sure readers love her, too! What’s your latest book about?
My WIP is a titled The Devil Wore Red Shoes.
Bella seems out of place in her new school, a contrast to her sophisticated and outgoing roommate, Amy. A match forms at the fresher’s party as alcohol numbs the senses, and come morning, all Bella knows about Amy is her mom was a party-flyier in Lagos, much less like her.
Bella is dragged to Amy’s birthday party. Neither her nor her friend are was ready for the red string fate has planned for them.
Amy is shot, and Bella must help find who killed the birthday girl. The only clue lies in the poor sketch of the killer’s face, as the fleeing feature in a clown costume smiles back from the rear door of the dim-lighted girl’s room. All Bella can tell the police is that the devil wears red shoes.
Fascinating! I’m sure your fans are looking forward to that. OK, something unrelated to writing! If you could go on a date with any celebrity, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would go on a date with the Nollywood actor Osita Iheme. I’ve admired him right from the very first movie I saw with him, titled Aki na Ukwa. I loved his personality and his funny character. I remember how I would paste his pictures all over my room in those days. Too bad I might never get to meet him and tell him how much I liked him.
Hey, you never know! Where can we find out more about you?
You can find me on my website, SarahWrites21.
Thank you, Sarah!