Yes, I hear you yelling at me. I know I disappeared for a bit. But you know this is what I do. Also, today isn’t about me.
It’s about Sifa!!!
Sifa Asani Gowon.
Isn’t that a cool name though? It should be the name of a fictional character. In a Bond movie.
She’ll glide into the room wearing something shimmery but classy, and say in an European accent, “I have something you want”. Then she’ll hand over a box of cupcakes. Because Sifa bakes.
At the Farafina Workshop, where we met, she made all of us some seriously sinful brownies. Years later, and I can still remember the rich chocolatey goodness. But alas, the distance between Lagos and Bauchi will not let my sweet tooth be great. It’s okay sha, I still get Sifa’s words. I had the honour of editing her Christian romance novel, Playing By Her Rules, which tells the story of interior decorator, Tari, and celebrity footballer, Kay. Yes people, she wrote a frigging Nigerian Sports Romance!!!
Can you tell that I love her?
The sequel to that book is in the works, and by that I mean the editor (*cough cough* me) is taking her sweet time with it. I have reported myself to the world. I encourage you to harass me. Or not. Today is not about me.
It’s about Sifa!!!
Emotional. Passionate. Articulate. Determined. Faithful.
Those five words encompass who I am in the best and worst way
I bake, read and watch TV for the most part.
I think I am so used to being ‘at home’ that a night out on the town requires rigorous planning. And I can get lazy so…there you go.
I don’t have one, to be honest. I just recently finished watching the first season of ‘Luke Cage’ and I was impressed. Looking forward to Season 2.
Arab coffee, black and ground.
Fresh fruits, if I can have them.
I’m a big fan of roasted chicken.
I LOVE Pepper Soup!
I love fish pepper soup followed closely by cow leg pepper soup.
I was excited to be a part of an anthology of happy endings…happy African endings, especially. It was refreshing to be able to engage with other female writers who also shared my passion for writing and who wanted to portray a different and happier Africa to the world.
My story was actually a compressed version of the first novel I wrote (unpublished, thankfully as it was quite…rough) so I really wanted to be able to tell that coming-of-age love story, set in Nigeria, showing the depth of feeling and growth my characters went through.
To be honest, I think that by and large, Africa has been portrayed as the ‘dark continent’ for far too long: war, famine, pestilence and the like. Perhaps there are aspects of truth to that narrative. However, that is only one of many facets of the ‘story’. It was great to be able to read and write stories that elicited laughter, deep thought and romantic sighs- giving hope to the reader and an inner warmth. It is important to provide readers with an alternative to the daily portions of ‘African tragedy’ so freely offered.
Anything that involves justice and people not dying!!!
I love writing happy endings because of the smile it leaves on my face…the warm feeling of hope…the thought that ‘it gets better’…
What is the hardest thing about writing happy endings?
What’s your favourite genre? Why?
I love romance…because I am a sentimental sap, is why.
Who are your favourite authors? Why?
Which books have most influenced your writing?
I’d say for the most part, all of Francine Rivers’ books (yes, I’ve read all but one).
Which writers inspire you?
What else have you written?
Where can we buy or see them?
Facebook: Sifa Asani Gowon
Linkedin: Sifa Asani Gowon
Playing By Her Rules available on Kobo and Amazon
A Taste of Love available on Okada Books.
A Handful of Dust available on Konga and Jumia.
Goodreads: Sifa Asani Gowon