7. Your book has been consistently garnering readership, tell us about the things you did that have helped you accelerate your journey?
I believe the decision to work with a PR agent from the start really helped me to gain a foothold in terms of connecting with the local community and generating interest in my books. I have also done a lot of unusual things most Authors would not really do, like selling my books at the Tynemouth market and engaging with potential readers on the shop floor. This has really helped me to gain new readership and attract interest in my books.
8. Which is your favorite poem in Dead Lions Don’t Roar and why?
I would say the poem title “Dead Lions Don’t Roar” as it carries a message worth its weight in Gold. It encourages people to find their unique roar when we still have all of the energy available to make a difference.
9. Your second book, Unravel Your Hidden Gems is a totally different genre from your first, why did you opt for that form instead of poetry?
Publishing unravel your Hidden Gems after Dead Lions Don’t Roar was a decision I made as I could have easily published any of the two books first as they were both nearing completion. I write prose as well as poetry and in Unravel your Hidden Gems, I wrote a book that people can relate to, the essays touch on the totality of our life journey be it private life, business, religion, relationships, and career, each part of life is discovered.
10. Would you be willing to explore other literary genres in the years to come?I have plans to explore other literary genres, I am currently writing a children’s book which will be published next year and a full length fictional novel in 2020. I am excited about those challenges as I always love the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone.
11. What should we expect from you in the next few years?
My fourth book and Third poetry collection “Dead Cats Don’t Meow” is scheduled to be published in April 2019. After which I will delve into the Other genres I talked about.
12. If you had to come back to earth and writing was prohibited what else would you be this passionate about?
If writing was prohibited I will be a motivational speaker and a salesman. I am passionate about selling, it’s a gift that I have and being an Author, it has helped me to get my books to the hands of the people that need them. And getting people motivated is part of my life’s purpose.
13. Any additional advice?
I love the great work, The African writers is doing within the literary space. Engaging both aspiring writers and published Authors to keep the fire of creativity alive. Keep up the great work, I am proud of the work your team is doing within the literary space.
Thank you Tolu, it was a great pleasure to interview you!
Tolu Akinyemi has been very supportive to The African Writers brand and we wish him success in all his future endeavors!