May Featured Writer Mimi Adebayo – I Read Books and Learn from Them

May Featured Writer Mimi Adebayo – I Read Books and Learn from Them

Naija Stories has the Featured writer segment to celebrate our outstanding writers and their posts. Last month, Mimi Adebayo concluded her Lookout For Miss Right Series, and the last few episodes got the most views – Episode 33 got over 500 views. She is now selected as the writer to feature for this month. We use the featured interview opportunity to encourage our writer members to continue promoting their works on the site and outside, and they are also rewarded with 10,000 NSpoints. Check out Mimiadebayo’s portfolio, and her answers our usual questions below;

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Q:When and why did you begin writing?
A:I’d say I began writing since I was seven thereabouts and that’s because I started reading at an early age. Enid Blyton’s books inspired me. I began writing kids adventure stories. I remember scribbling on lots of torn out sheets of paper and putting them together as a book and then drawing pictures in them while listing myself as the author. (Smiles)

Q:Do you have a specific writing style?
A:Mmmm…no specific writing style that I know of. I’m open minded.

Q:Can you share a little about your writing with us?
A: About my writing,I’d say I’ve still got a long way to go but I’m a teeny bit impressed with myself for how much I’ve learned. Everything I know about writing, I taught myself. I read books and learn from them. I set out to write stories that are unique and different in their own way. I write to  change lives for the better and sometimes,just for fun. I like to test new ideas. I always say my imagination is a gift from God and I use it well.I could spend days living in a world of my own where only my characters are real to me. Is that weird?

Q:What gave you the idea to write Lookout for miss Right as a series?
A: The truth is when I first joined NS, the stories that caught my eye was Finding Hubby and I decided to write something a bit similar but also unique. It was the first time I actually let my work be read by people other than my family.Writing takes a lot of courage ‘cos you never know what to expect from your readers or what your readers expect from you.

Q:How does one sustain the interest of readers while writing a series?
A: One word- suspense. Write something that’ll keep your readers hungry for more.Also let your readers know that you know where you’re going with the story. If a reader senses confusion in your story,they’ll lose interest.

Q:Do you do promotions outside of NS for your posts? Like Facebook, Twitter, etc?
A: Like I said before I just started being bold about my writing. I actually used to be shy about it before so I haven’t really done much promoting outside NS. Just recently started on Facebook.

Q:Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A:Inserting emotional depth in my stories is something quite challenging for me. I’m learning from @dkny111 and @Olan and I hope to get better soon.

Q:What books have most influenced your life and or writing, the most?
A:Let’s see; I’ve read so many books that I can’t begin to count.First of all the Bible then Rick Warren’s book
“The Purpose Driven Life” had a huge part to play in my life. Frank Peretti’s “This Present Darkness” inspired me and of course Enid Blyton’s Naughty Amanda books which introduced me to  the world of writing.

Q:What books are you reading now?
A:Kay Hooper’s “Hunting Fear” and a book by Kenneth Hagin titled “Love, the way to Victory”.

Q:What are your current projects?
A: I have a couple of short stories in mind for now,I don’t know ♓☺w soon I’ll start another series but that depends on my…muse(If I have one).Hehehe.

Q:Do you have writing as a career or see it as one?
A:I was born τ̅☺ write and I don’t see myself doing anything else that’ll make me happy.So,yes I intend τ̅☺ make writing a career.

Q:Who is your favorite author? Do you have a writing mentor?
A:Do I have a favourite author? Hmmmm…I love Sidney Sheldon. Frank Peretti,Joyce Meyer, Francine Rivers, Hadley Chase,Nora Roberts,Robert Ludlum and some I can’t think of. I mostly read foreign books.

Q:What do you think of the Nigerian publishing industry?
A:I know we are trying our best but I think it could be better. The quality of  the books published should improve.

Q:How do you see the role of online publishers including naijastories.com
A: Perfecto! (My own spanish). Ah…I can only say if we had more online publishers in Nigeria like naijastories, the world will be a better place.Since everything is going digital, writers will get an opportunity to show their work to the world.

Q:What comments do you have about the reading culture in the country?
A: Nigerians are better readers now than before;our reading culture has actually improved and I’m glad ‘cos it means we will learn to broaden our perspective.

Q:Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A:I wanna say a huge thank you to my readers especially topazo, Olan, Mee, Zikora, Olaedo etc who make it a point of duty to read whatever I write; without you reading, I won’t be here. I also want to thank @ogaoga for this opportunity; you guys are doing a great job here on NS. God bless you!

Answer the following

Q:Ice cream or chocolate?
A: Icecream

Q:Football or Basketball?
A:Football

Q:Ebook or paperbacks?
A:Paperbacks

Q:Salty or sweet?
A:depends on my mood

Q:Beach or mountains?
A:Beach

Q:Phone call or textmessage?
Depends on my mood but mostly text message

Q:Early bird or night owl?
A:Somewhere in between

Q:Dog or cat?
A: Dog,I think.

Q:Messy or neat?
Somewhere in between

Q:Heroes or Villains?
Definitely heroes.

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41 thoughts on “May Featured Writer Mimi Adebayo – I Read Books and Learn from Them” by Admin (@ogaoga)

  1. Avatar of Olan
    Olan (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congratulations!!!! Men, this was long overdue. My head took on a larger shape while reading the part about learning about emotional depth from a small girl like me. You really deserve this. Congrats once again to the NS queen of suspence.

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    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Thank you so much@Olan It couldn’t have been possible without you! Me,NS queen of suspense? Lol. I’m flattered.
    Don’t be surprised ooh,I learn from you too. Thanks again!

  3. Avatar of Olaedo
    Olaedo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congrats, @Mimiadebayo :) :)

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    Kay Greins (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congratulations….

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    khadijahmuhammad (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congratulations.

  6. Avatar of Da'Queen
    Da'Queen (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Mimiadebayo the great!
    Congrats dearie.

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    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    @Estee Thank you ma’am. Won’t be here without you. #Hugs#

  8. Avatar of itsabum
    itsabum (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Mimi dear. Congrats.
    You deserve this.

  9. Avatar of topazo
    topazo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Finally, ds ws long overdue. Congrats Lady Featured Writer, the NS queen of suspense…
    Welcome to the club…

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    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    @itsabum Thank you so much dear.
    @topazo Thank you SFW. Won’t be here without y’all.

  11. @Mimiadebayo, congrats. This is truly deserving. Welldone.

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    Seun-Odukoya (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Aha.

    Hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe!

    Heh!

    Congrats girl. Congratulations.

  13. Avatar of Mimiadebayo
    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    @olajumoke Thank you!
    @Seun-Odukoya Pray tell sir, why did you laugh so long and loud? Would like to share the joke.:)
    Thank you!

  14. Avatar of Daireen
    Daireen (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congratulations… This was a deserved feat, more will come…

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    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    @daireenonline Thank you so much.

  16. Avatar of Ayoks
    Ayoks (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    congrts dear…

    “A:I wanna say a huge thank you to my readers especially topazo, Olan, Mee, Zikora, Olaedo etc who make it a point of duty to read whatever I write; without you reading, I won’t be here. I also want to thank @ogaoga for this opportunity; you guys are doing a great job here on NS. God bless you!”

    noticed my name was missing!

    nice job!

  17. Avatar of Mimiadebayo
    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    @sucess001 First of all,thanks dear! Abeg no vex ooh.It slipped my mind. You know you’re one of my favs.Forgive me please.

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    ablyguy (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congrats Mimi!

  19. Avatar of sambright
    sambright (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congratulations @Mimiadebayo more ink to your writing pen and energy to your typing fingers. God bless you.

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    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    @francis,thank you very much,sir!
    @sambrightomo Thank you very much!

  21. Avatar of Uyiosa
    Uyiosa (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congrats@Mimiadebayo, More inspiration to you

  22. Avatar of Mee
    Mee (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    @Mimiadebayo I AM SO SO SO PROUD OF YOU. Told you, you inspire me. Don’t really know what to say just that I’M really PROUD OF YOU :)

  23. Avatar of Mimiadebayo
    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Thank you,my dearest friend. I’m smiling so wide now cos I made you proud. Thank you!@dkny111

  24. Avatar of Zikora
    Zikora (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Imagine logging in and the first thing I saw was ‘May featured writer Mimi Adebayo…..!’ I thought oh my word I’m reading this!
    Congratulations darling….you deserve it!

    And boy did I flush red and grinned with glee cus you mentioned me….girl you are such a sweet heart! You are very welcome and I’m thanking you too for being my friend and sister here on NS in so short a period already.

    May your ink never dry, may your hands never shake, and your mind never dark!

  25. Avatar of Mimiadebayo
    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    @Zikora dear believe it or not yours was one comment I was looking forward to and thank God,you didn’t disappoint. Thank you so much cos you’re one of the reasons I’m here. If you hadn’t read my series;I won’t be here. Thanks girl!

    And about being your friend and sister…anytime darling,anytime. Cheers!

    1. Avatar of Zikora
      Zikora (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      Girl…I’m flattered @Mimiadebayo. Believe it, your work is good so I had no choice but to read and enjoy it!

      Please, bask in your glory!

  26. Avatar of Mimiadebayo
    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Thanks once again@Zikora Mwaah!

  27. Avatar of funpen
    funpen (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congratulations Mimi, over 500 readers, is great!

  28. Avatar of Mimiadebayo
    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    funpen.Thank you!

  29. Avatar of Efadel
    Efadel (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    @Mimiadebayo, Congratulations!

  30. Avatar of Mimiadebayo
    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    @febidel Thanks a bunch!

  31. Avatar of elovepoetry
    elovepoetry (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    congrats for gracing the hall of fame@Mimiadebayo

  32. Avatar of chemokopi
    chemokopi (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    @admin is now @ogaoga? Hehehe…I have truly lost touch. :)

    Nice interview, and congratulations on making the Featured Writers list. I must say, writing a series and keeping the suspense, so readers keep reading succeeding episodes, is no mean task. I am with you on emotional depth: it can be hard, but it is most times the core part of every story.

    Well done. Keep writing, and improving your art till you get to the very top.

  33. Avatar of Mimiadebayo
    Mimiadebayo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    @chemokpi Thank you so much sir. Its an honour to hear that coming from you. I will keep improving.

  34. Avatar of lactoo
    lactoo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Hmmm, I have been away for a while now, I pray I’m back for good. Hmmm, mimi. I read ur series to a point then before I went on this long vacation. I must go back to complete it. Weldone and congrats. Gracias.

  35. congrat! you deserved it sis. more grease to your elbow jare.

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