Interview with author of ‘Not a Chance’

1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that story idea?        

‘Not a Chance’ is a true story of recovery from the addiction of gambling and smoking. When I eventually found a road to recovery from a devastating gambling addiction, my gambling experiences seemed to me like scenes from a thriller movie. I couldn’t believe that I actually went through it. I felt an overwhelming urge to share the story.

2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre? Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Right from my formative years, I had always wanted be a writer because it gave me a means of expressing myself to the fullest.  I had been a member of writers club where we wrote newsletters on the happenings at school.  Later, I got into writing articles for newspapers, and friends encouraged me to write a book. My Christian faith also led me to share my testimony as a means of getting healed from my gambling addiction.

3. What kind of research did you do for this book?

I did lots of research in the internet to ascertain the real impact of gambling addiction. I also delved into newspaper archives to acquaint myself with the history of the addiction. By the time I was through, I was convinced that gambling addiction was a worldwide problem which was only beginning to take root in Kenya.
4. What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

I believe that a writer is a reader and a reader is a learner. My writing is a result of what I read and by extension, what I have learned. I am in the habit of writing down whatever ideas I come across on a daily basis, which I use to boost my work.

5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

For me the hardest part is getting someone to become interested in your work, especially if it is the first work.

6. What’s the best thing about being an author?

Being an author gives you the satisfaction of knowing that your work will be available for posterity. Writers live long after they have died, and nothing could be more satisfying than knowing future generations will benefit from your experiences.

7. What are you working on now? Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am working on a story about gambling addiction from the perspective of the gamblers’ relations. This promises to be another juicy bit. Can’t wait to see it out.

8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Never give up. Never destroy a manuscript just because someone says it’s worthless. If writing is your passion keep on writing for, I can assure you, in due time you will see your work in print.

9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books? If, so, which ones?

Favorite books include Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and Land Without Thunder by Grace Ogot.
10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
How long did it take to have your book published? Five years to be precise. I couldn’t self-publish because of the costs involved, and no one seemed interested. But eventually the book was published.


Author: Faith Oneya

Lover of the written and spoken word.

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