'Fusing Faith, Romance and African Spice'
by Wayne Jordan
Joll of Rice
Brenda Jackson (Romance) Pat Simmons (Christian Fiction)
Unoma Nwankwor is a romantic at heart. Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents. She spent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. She is the COO of KevStel Group LLC, a faith based entertainment company aimed at providing uplifting and life changing entertainment through its movies and books. Her readers are in love with her unique way of telling stories that capture the essence of her present home base; Atlanta Georgia and her Nigerian culture. Her stories which center on forgiveness, faith and hope have been described as a fusion of faith, romance and African spice.
A BIT ABOUT YOU:
1. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since my teen years, it was a way to escape into my feelings. Being the only girl in a family of five, I could tell my brothers everything so I wrote it down. Things about life, so I guess I wrote nonfiction. Then I stopped for a long time. After I became born again, I started my blog, where I mused a lot. But I could never commit to writing a novel although I knew that was what I was meant to do.
2. What convinced you to get started on your first book?
Through my husband God gave, me confirmation that writing was my ministry. But I ran from it. Why? Fear. Who would want to read what I wrote? However, God sure does have a way of getting your attention.
3. What challenges did you face in becoming published?
Getting my name out there. Writing is 80% business and 20% creating but I didn’t know this at the time. So I spent all my time writing and when it was release day, I had no idea where to start. When I did start, I wasn’t sure what I was doing. But hey, they do say experience is the best teacher.
4. Did you ever imagine that you would become a published author? What did you do when you got THE CALL?
Being independently published, I didn’t get a physical phone call. I like to say I was dragged to my calling screaming...literally. In 2012, I had a life threatening incident and while I lay in the hospital in pain...I thought, if I had died, what would I tell God I had done with my life. The gift He gave me. I recovered and began living on purpose. I haven’t looked back since.
5. What are some of your favorite authors, genres, and/or books?
I read romance and Christian fiction. My favorite authors are Brenda Jackson, the Late Francis Ray for romance. Pat Simmons, Rhonda McKnight and Sherri Lewis and so many others.
7. What are some of the things you like to do you do in your down time?
Veg out and watch Hallmark and/or Nigerian movies.
ABOUT A SCOOP OF LOVE
1. Tell us a bit about A SCOOP OF LOVE? What was your inspiration for this story?
A SCOOP OF LOVE is the first book in a new series I have called Sons of Ishmael. I had an idea for this idea when I watched Oprah’s fatherless sons. I wanted to tell the story from a different perspective. Nigerian. This series is a tale about three brothers who shared the same pain with the absence of a father. Each acted out their pain differently but through the love of good women God placed in their life, they are able to pull it together. But they did not go down without a fight.
2. Do you have any favorite characters or scenes that you wouldn’t mind sharing or providing a little more insight on?
The heroine of the book is a caterer; I enjoyed writing her cooking scenes. I also enjoyed how the characters dealt with their own brokenness through the eyes of each other.
3. Did you face any major challenge(s) writing this particular story? If so, what were they?
It wasn’t major but was a challenge all the same. This was the first story where the character driving the story was a man. Writing a lot of the story from that perspective was kinda tricky at first but I got a hang of it.
4. How has the response been to A SCOOP OF LOVE so far?
The overall response has been great. Readers are buying, reviewing but more than that are the inboxes and messages telling me “they were transported to Africa” or “something they read spoke volumes” or “they related to the characters struggles” makes it all worthwhile.
ALL ABOUT THE FANS
1. What’s next for you? Do you have any upcoming releases or projects you are working on?
I’m currently writing the next book in the series, titled ANCHORED BY LOVE.
2. Do you have any reader events coming up (book signing, tours, etc.)?
As of now, no. However, I am looking at attending some events in the Fall. I will have them on my site and Facebook page.
3. How can your readers stay in touch with you?
Website: www.unomanwankwor.com <http://www.unomanwankwor.com>
4. What advice or encouragement do you have for aspiring authors?
Just write. You’d never find the time. You have to make the time. Your goal is to get to the END. You can always perfect the story later.