Esther Enewerome Odafe is a renowned writer and the self-published author of the book “Writing is the new ATM.” She is an award winning author and our author-to-be-interviewed today. So! Without further ado, let’s get into the interview.
Dear Naija Author, Introduce yourself/ who are you?
My name is Esther Enewerome Odafe. I’m an Amazon bestselling author, a content developer, marketer and strategist for personal and corporate brands. Writing is the way I can truly express myself, thoughts and impart knowledge.
Dear Naija Author, What genre of books have you written?
I have written prose (Christian fiction) and nonfiction books.
Esther Enewerome Odafe started writing early in life and completed her first unpublished novel when she turned 15. Odafe’s fiction writings mirror life in its pure state, raw, full of unforgettable memories, and elemental in every strand of identity. She trains individuals on the business of writing and building a profitable business from it; she develops contents for individual and corporate brand’s websites, blogs, and social media; and she also ghost-writes nonfiction works for an international ghost-writing firm.
She was shortlisted for the 2018 African Writer’s Award- Flash fiction category and her works have appeared on Writers Space Africa magazine, Patabah books blog, Today’s Heroes Media magazine, Jidekaiji Global magazine, the debut edition of Eureka magazine, Freelancer magazine, and forthcoming elsewhere. In 2020, the SME 100 Nigeria: 25 Under 25 Awards nominated her in the Creative writing and Content Creation category.
Esther also runs a Facebook community, From Hobby to Career Africa, inline with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 8 to help individuals build a sustainable business from their skills. She is also the co-founder of Bookney, a digital book publishing and reading platform that guarantees authors safety and sales for their books, as well as a plethora of books for readers’ pleasure.
To you, what’s the best book you have written so far?
I’d say the best book I have written so far is a Christian fiction novel I wrote in 2017 called Crossroads. Though the book needs to be rewritten, but I can’t deny how amazing it is and this is not because I am the author. The feedback I have gotten from people makes me believe the story needs to be retold so it can bless more people.
What’s the best book your audience has read so far?
In my opinion, that would be Crossroads. It’s a book that reflects who I truly am as a writer.
What is the most complex book you have authored so far?
My new nonfiction book, Writing Is the New ATM has to be the most complex. When you try to teach people from the experience you have garnered over the years in a way that still produces maximum results for them when applied can be really daunting. Especially when there are certain factors that can affect each individual’s result. Writing Is the NEW ATM can be found on Bookney app available in Google Playstore and Apple app store.
Describe your journey as a writer in a few sentences
One of the easiest things I have ever done is writing books. I wrote my first unpublished novel at 15 and that experience made me realise I could write books that people will love. Then I wrote Crossroads and the reviews were encouraging. But as I started working as a content developer and writing coach, I ventured into nonfiction writing and I have four books to my name in this genre. Nevertheless, I still plan on writing Christian fiction books because that’s where my real fulfilment lies.
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What role does self-publishing have in your writing career?
Self-publishing is the only way I have birthed books. It is efficient and gives you the freedom to market and write your books the way you would want. If it wasn’t for self-publishing, I probably would be waiting to get a contract from a traditional publisher before I wrote any book. Self-publishing also helped me start a digital book publishing and reading platform called Bookney so that other authors can have better self-publishing options.
What problems did you experience while writing?
For me, it was procrastination. I would leave my book and attend to other things I felt were more important and so, finishing it took longer than it should have.
What is your advice to aspiring writers?
Write that book because someone’s breakthrough depends on it.
You can connect with her on Facebook @ Esther Enewerome Odafe; on Instagram and Twitter as @Enewerome.
Also remember, let creativity be your pen, Naija Authors!