While she was still a relatively new member of the site, Damivd’s story I had a Girlfriend Once waded into that space of fiction that realistically mirrors life, and in so doing got everyone talking. The post was shared widely by readers who loved the comparison by a man of his two girlfriends and now has over 420 views and 61 comments. It was our pleasure to find out more about Damivd in the following interview. Enjoy…
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since I was 6 or 7 years old. I have no idea why I started, I just did.
What inspired you to write I once Had a Girlfriend?
Even when someone isn’t the ‘quiet’ person, there’s a tendency for people to find something else when a relationship gets comfortable, and everyone ends up hurt.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I can’t say that I do or don’t. I just always try to write stuff I feel, when you don’ t believe what you’re writing about, it doesn’t feel real.
What books have most influenced your life and or writing, the most?
Truthfully, I read so many things and almost everything inspires me in one way or another.
What books are you reading now?
A memoir by Alison Taylor called ‘The Still Single Papers’
What are your current projects? Any goals for 2012?
I am currently writing a book and I just want to get it finished this year.
Do you see writing as a career?
I definitely hope that eventually, I can write for a living.
Can you share a little about your writing with us?
I can’t say I have a process or anything. Sometimes, I’m just overwhelmed by the desire to write something, so I do.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
It’s really hard to write when you don’t feel like.
Who is your favorite author? Do you have a writing mentor?
I love many authors. My writing mentor is Adaobi Nwaubani because she wrote her book in a month and it’s fantastic.
What do you think of the Nigerian publishing industry?
I think it shows amazing promise.
What comments do you have about the reading culture in the country?
I think Nigerians read a lot more than is average generally and it’s nice that there are more Nigerian writers, so readers can find something to relate to.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it.
Answer the following
Ice cream or chocolate?
Chocolate. I’m obsessed.
Football or Basketball?
Neither. Sports don’t interest me unfortunately.
Ebook or paperbacks?
Ebooks are so much more convenient.
Salty or sweet?
Beach or mountains?
Phone call or textmessage?
Text. I’m not a fan of talking on the phone.
Early bird or night owl?
Bit of both. I tend to have more early mornings than late nights.
Dog or cat?
Dog. Cats are a bit freaky, aren’t they?
Messy or neat?
Heroes or Villains?
I prefer characters more well rounded. No one is completely a hero or villain.