Hello Peregrine readers!
Briefly introduce yourself
I am Sunsampaul Egwu. A poet, writer and instrumentalist. Still a student of computer science. I am from delta state, Igbo by tribe. As God may have it, I have a published novel i titled Ikenna and the Zebra. So I a nutshell, I am also a published writer. I also write motivational books but not yet published.
Where did your love for books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
My love for books and storytelling comes from my father, Late Mr Boniface Egwu of blessed memory. He loves telling I and my siblings stories at night and he encourages us to write short stories especially folktales. Infact, my first published book on African Folktale, titled Ikenna and the Zebra, was from his inspiration.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing right from primary school days. My dad kept telling me to never get tired of writing. A word I won’t ever forget.
What kind(s) of writing do you do? (Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blog articles, anything of interest if any)
Initially I was just into folktales. But three years ago. I thought of being versatile in literature. So, I engaged in poems and inspirational article. I do blog but not as a hobby.
What inspires you to write?
To me, if I start listing what inspires me to write, I would exceed more than five paragraphs. But to cut it short, nature, experiences and things around me inspires me to write, especially things in the slum. My environment, experience, state of mind and emotional state are among the chief things that inspire me to write.
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?
First and foremost, I must confess that John Ekene Ndianefo, the Author of Blissful Ignorance, So painful. Etc, has played an important role in my field of writing. Even in my novel Ikenna and the zebra. Secondly , I will say wole soyinka. I love his works and vocab and Nnemeka Nanni boi. His novels passes lessons to me . For now, these are the three I can mention. These three are the top three.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I made a clear and concluded decision of becoming a writer, not just a writer but by the grace of God , ‘a great writer’ in the year 2004. When I was still based on writing folktales.
Why do you write?
I do write based on the love and passion I have in passing valuable messages via pen and paper that will add positive things in people’s life, especially my motivational write up. I write as a form of self expression and more recently because there’s something to be said, a perspective to be shared.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing about writing is avoiding the usage of malapropisms. Although no one is perfect. But we
must learn to be perfect in writing without malapropisms.
Are you a “voracious reader”? If so who are your favorite authors.
Wow. Yes of course. And truth be told, my favourite authors are wole soyinka. chinua Achebe. Chimamanda Ngozi
Adichie. Nanni Boy. John Ekene Ndianefo.
What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
The future of reading and writing is so enormous that my hands can’t type . But to be frank, it happens to be a leading stamp to the world. There is an expanding and growing sense of reading and writing. So the future is expected to be massive on a lot of counts.
What projects are you working on at the present?
I am working on an anthology of my poems titled My better tomorrow. Watch out for it.
What has been your achievement so far as a writer?
My achievement so far is that I have been able to publish one of my write up alone without a promoter. All thanks to God.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I prefer hard back books to e-book because e-books affect my eyes. Besides, I use glasses. So e-book is not for me. But I do read e-books occasionally If I find it educative.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
My favourite motivational phrase is “why ask why” sounds funny, right?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In five years time. I see myself being among the best and winning awards in my books.
Any chances you missed in the past and wish it could be reversed?
(In remembrance) Yeah. I would love to see my late dad read my published folktale. It’s unfortunate he kissed the dust before it was published.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Nelson Mandela. Because his way of life touches me. I would love to tell him to teach me the way to live a life of
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
It would have been king babuu. Why because i love the playwright. Thumbs up to prof. Wole soyinka!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
My advice to all aspirants in the citadel of writing is to not give up. Keep writing as my dad use to say. Above all, believe in God and yourself. Read as well as you write.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Yeah. I was waiting for you to ask what were my challenges in writing, but I never saw it. Well, my challenges was hell. I needed to battle with the habit of neglecting short hand before I could get my book published. Even reading wasn’t easy as well. But God never left me alone.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Readers can discover more about me via my write up. My blog. My contact. And this interview for sure. But I need to play my part in broadcasting my poems and write up more.
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