Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Feyisayo Anjorin. I’m 35 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from Akure, a state capital in Southwest Nigeria.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.)
.I’m the third child in a family of three children, I started writing at about age 9 and books had been my first love since then. Now I’m married and I try to make sure I maintain a healthy balance between the love of books and the love I have for my wife, Jane. I trained as a filmmaker at AFDA Johannesburg and as a broadcaster at Damelin College in Johannesburg.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My debut novel ‘Kasali’s Africa’ is out.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
As I said earlier, at about age 9. I guess it was the love for the picture books I had at that time. I am a very big fan of art, so I loved pictures and paintings; and then from reading those books the love for words came. I was more of an introvert then, I rarely go out if there is a book to read. I think I love the fact that books help you to travel in your imagination and as a child I was very curious.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A few years after I started writing. In my early years at varsity a female friend who had been very close suddenly started ignoring me and I didn’t know why. So I started writing as a way to let her go, rather than shamefully face the fact that she had such a strong impact on my emotions.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Love, feminism, curiousity.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was an answer to the question of one of the characters….what sort of Africa? “Kasali’s Africa”
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I just try to write something engaging and meaningful, I try to make the stories as simple as possible in terms of the language; and sometimes I experiment with form rather than allow myself to be contained by norms. Sometimes I would wonder if this works, but I prefer the freedom of writing what I like. It’s not as if I despise readers and would not care what they feel about the style, but I focus on communicating with readers.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would say the dialogue reveals so much on my worldview, but as far as the main character – Kasali – is concerned, I don’t know anyone like him in real life. Maybe he is just a synthesis of a lot of people in my world.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. I would have loved to though.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Unfortunately I don’t know, the publishers put the designer’s nickname on the covers; I don’t know him or her one-on-one.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I would rather leave that to the readers.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Alice Munro and John Grisham are my faves; as far as African writers are concerned I love ChigozieObioma, Sefi Atta, Teju Cole and Lola Shoneyin
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Ayodeji Adegbenro, he has been my best friend like forever.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I completed the book in 2014, I’ve moved on since then.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
A lot. I learnt that sometimes its OK not to know where the story is going. In that way one becomes more flexible and daring with the imagination.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Read. Keep writing.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
“The Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not sure of the title, probably something by Cyprian Ekwensi, Chinua Achebe or MammanVatsa
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A good comedy film.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Barack Obama; I’m fascinated by his excellence and charisma and would like to ask him a few questions.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love to climb mountains.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Fave colour is royal blue, fave food is fufu and egusi soup, fave music is anything by TosingOjuri
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I could just read or ….die.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Just be with my wife.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Feyisayo Anjorin, writer, actor, director, a friend to his friends; a lover to his lover, a son of God.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I don’t blog, but my stories are in Bella Naija, African Writer, Brittle Paper and Fiction On the Web.
Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Feyisayo-Anjorin/e/B07CXYSC64