Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”(Enid Bagnold).
We had the opportunity to exclusively interview one of the beautiful minds in the art of writing. Read, learn and enjoy.
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: Hi there, I’m Tamunotonye Levy-Braide Deborah and I’m the Black Writer. Arrgghh I hate this question because it’s always hard for me to just sum up myself into words. So let me just drop the basics here, I’m from Rivers state and currently studying Estate Management in The University of Lagos, of which I’m in my final year. I’m a Christian, an overly enthusiastic girl, constantly proactive, a thinker and a natural creative. I blog at TheBlackWriter.com ……………. Basically just a bundle of awesomeness.
Q: How did writing begin for you?
A: Writing for me started as a channeling route for my anger issues. Growing up I battled with anger (still battling *covers face*) writing for me was a way to channel my anger and express myself. I upgraded from that to just basically expressing myself and sharing thoughts from the inner voice in my head.
Q: Describe your writing style.
A: My writing style is self-expressive and simple. I’m not a poet, I don’t know how to rhyme or use “big grammar”, I just write as it comes. My writing has a little bit of me in it, anyone who reads any piece can immediately just relate to me.
Q: What was your first piece?
A: I honestly can’t remember it word for word but I know it was about nature. I was in primary school then and I got so upset with my mum. I walked out on her not wanting to say or do something I would regret later. When I stepped out, it was raining and I just felt different, I saw everything differently. I saw beauty in what wasn’t there and immediately I ran back in and started writing.
Q: What else do you do professionally besides writing?
A: Real estate development & financing, photography.
Q: What is your writing tip?
A: Write from your heart.
Q: Do you have a writer you look up to?
A: I look up to my mum, although she doesn’t have any published works. Chimamanda Adichie is another person I really admire. Beyoncé! She’s not a writer but listening to her talk is inspiring, her lyrics are so powerful.
Q: What is your greatest writing challenge and how do you conquer it whenever It surfaces?
A: Distraction. When I get distracted from my person, I lose focus, creativity, and passion. Whenever I feel myself going down this path, I just sit give myself a break from everything and let my mind rest. I’ve noticed its really hard for me to write when my mind is in so many places.
Thank you for your time.