Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Interview & Giveaway: Kenechi Udogu

   Kenechi lives in London and enjoys writing fantasy fiction and short stories (some of which she posts on her blog). She also hates the cold and hopes to one day figure out how to hibernate in winter. Her young adult novels The Other Slipper, The Altercation of Vira and The Summer of Brian are available now as e-books.

Favorite reads?
I am a huge fan of fantasy, romance and comedic fiction. I also like a good horror story every now and then to shock all that gooeyness out of my system.  

Inspirations for the books?
For The Other Slipper I misread a café sign that said “The Other Side” and by the time I realised my mistake, I had built up an idea about Cinderella’s other slipper. Just goes to show that inspiration can be triggered by anything. The ideas for the other books came to me in more subtle ways than that though.

Did you know you wanted to be an author when you were little?
I started writing short stories when I was in primary school and I never really stopped, even when real life intervened. A lot of things have changed in my life but my love of the written word has always remained strong.

Any Pet Peeves?
Long queues – at the supermarket, the airport, the post office, ticket machines. Urgh! Enough said.  

Chocolate or Peanut Butter?
Peanut butter for sure. I am not excited about chocolate in any way.

The weirdest thing you've ever done?
Hmmm, that’s a difficult one to answer. I do “weird” stuff all the time but nothing scandalously bizarre so not sure what to choose from. I accidentally had my hair dyed green. Does that count?

Is there a soundtrack to the book?
The books were not written with a soundtrack in mind but I can picture my characters journeying to Ould or running around in Vira with ethereal music playing in the background. I’d love to throw in some Alternative Rock in there but not sure where that would fit in.   

Do you need anything to write? 
Not really. I can write anywhere and anytime if I set my mind to it, The Other Slipper was part-written on my bus commute to work.

How long do you write on any average day?
It depends on the day and on my mood. I try to average between 300 and 500 words a day but I also have a job as an Architect so on some days I’m too exhausted to write. If I’m on a roll, I can get over 1000 words down.

Give us the number one reason to read your books.
The stories are fresh and different and will keep you wondering about them long after you’ve finished reading.

Author Info:

The Other Slipper

    When Jo finds a lone glass slipper on the night of the royal ball, she realises that there is more to the seemingly ordinary object than meets the eye. Searching for its owner, she is led to the palace where the princess sets her on a journey that thrusts her into an unexpected world of magic and illusions. It soon becomes clear that there is a lot more to her mission as she discovers startling secrets about her past and struggles to embrace her destiny.

   The Altercation of Vira

The people of Vira have long awaited the arrival of their lost princess, Elve. Legend has foretold a season of great change in the dawn of her return. For the Maracans, she brings the promise of fortified control over their rival kindred. For the Cefans, a glimmer of hope in an existence filled with oppression. The only problem is their princess is eighteen year old Ama Brown, an ordinary girl living an ordinary life, who has no idea that she is about to be drawn into a world where an age old battle is brewing and nothing is quite as it seems.

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