I can’t remember how I met Gbenga Awomodu but it was online. The first time I met him in person, I was still in UniLag and so was he. I was standing with a friend and when she introduced us, he said, “I read your blog.” That freaked me out coz we all know this blog is a dumping ground. Last week, Gbenga asked me if I was interested in talking about my next big thing. I jumped at it, even though my next big thing is still a bit up in the air J Read about Gbenga’s next big thing HERE, and read on for mine.
The Things Unsaid (My Next Big Thing)
I’m the laziest writer I know. But I’m currently working on a collection of long short stories. I’ve been working on it for a few years, but I’m determined to be serious about it this year. The book (if it ever becomes) will contain 4 or 5 long short stories.
What is the working title of your book?
Erm, the title changes all the time... coz I’m unstable like that. But right now, I’m between these two titles: The Things Unsaid, and Coffee Shop Scribbles. Coffee Shop Scribbles because that’s where I jot down most of the ideas for my stories (God bless Araba's Caffé Tranche)... The Things Unsaid because I write the words that choke me. I don’t know if that makes sense anyway.
What genre does your book fall under?
Prose: It is a mix of fiction and faction (fictionalised telling of facts).
Where did the idea for the book come from?
I’ve always written short stories (fiction), so I knew somewhere along the line a collection was inevitable. However, what I’m working on isn’t going to be just fiction. About four years ago, I started to write my life. I’d take events that happen to me and fictionalise them. For me, it was a way of dealing with issues going on in my life, but for others I guess they made good stories. Often, I can’t tell where I end and where the work starts any more, so I decided to just go with it.