Emem Uko Author Bio:
Emem Uko, whose first name means “peace” in Annang, a dialect of Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Emem developed a love for storybooks and writing at an early age and blames it on her parents’ decision to buy her books instead of candy. During her master’s program, Emem began a blog, Z and S, as a hobby and as a way to clear her head from the stress of school life. She started writing her first book without plans to publish it. Thanks to a nosey friend, Emem ended up publishing her first Young Adult (YA) novel. She has published several fictional books ranging from YA to contemporary romance and doesn’t have plans to stop anytime soon.
What inspires you to write?
I'm inspired by the everyday people and the happenings in their lives. Sometimes, my observations on a train ride are enough to get inspired and write a juicy story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually have the main character figured out before I create my outline. The character is the "dot" that starts the line and the branches that spread out. I outline on papers that I paste on my wall. I guess I should get a whiteboard.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Depending on the story, I may relate so much to my character that I see her/him as a friend, or I may not relate so much that the story plays like a movie. Either way, my characters are always close, and I go on the adventure with them.
Who are your favorite authors?
What genres do you write?
YA, Suspense and Contemporary Romance
How did you choose the genre(s) you write?
The main character determines the genre of the story because it forms around that character.
What three things are on your writing desk at any given moment?
A journal/ notebook
An erasable pen
What hobbies do you have when you need a break from writing?
I draw or doodle
I also read
What formats are your books in?
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