Another Pepper Soup writer and yes, another exclamation mark. Why? Because she is also awesome!
I met Joy when she was…I’m going to say fourteen. She came to visit my then roommate, and forever friend, Cho. They both grew up in the same small town in Delta State, and now they were same University. Obviously, they had a lot to talk about. I hulked around, because this is what I do. Then I cowered because she didn’t stop talking. It was a little scary. I mean, here’s this tiny girl who’s just going on and on and on, and I was like, “Who is this person?”
Well, that was Joy. She also had the *cough cough* annoying habit of saying things like, “You’re so mean and sarcastic. I like you. You’re going to be my friend”. She said that to me. I didn’t know how to feel about that but here we are about twenty years later, and we’re still friends. Here’s Joy!
Describe yourself in five words.
Why those five words?
What do you do for fun?
Hang out with friends over food and drinks, or curl up in bed and read a fun book/magazine – it depends on my mood.
A quiet evening at home; I’m a homebody.
Desperate Housewives. I loved the narrative style.
I love pepper soup!
Chicken pepper soup.
I loved the idea of pepper soup, “comfort with a kick”. I just knew I wanted to be part of it. I had avoided writing fiction for too long. I actually submitted a nonfiction piece at first, and when the editor informed me it had to be fiction, I knew the time had come. I did it afraid, but I did it anyway!
The way people sometimes find a very special, once in a lifetime kind of love, and have to give it up out of a desire to do the right thing, and be at peace.
Happy endings are very important because they aren’t very common in real life. I believe we should at least be able to enjoy them in stories.
The romantic kind that suggests happily ever after.
Sharing in the sheer joy your characters feel.
Making it work, especially when there have been daunting challenges and obstacles.
Romance. I love love!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.“I would do anything for you sir, anything that was right.” Deep love does not mean throwing caution to the wind or ignoring conscience.
Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Mary Higgins Clark.
The first two because their books enrih me spiritually while satisfying my craving for romance, and the last because she is skilled at blending relationships of all kinds with her special brand of suspense.
To explore epistolary fiction and write an unforgettable novel in that style. I would also love to write and publish a collection of fun, light, enjoyable poetry – the kind I like to read.
Francine Rivers and CS Lewis.
Most of my writing has been nonfiction articles and reviews published on various online platforms, and I have tried my hand at poetry as well.
ConnectNigeria.com, Sabinews.com, Ynaija.com
The pleasure is mine!
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