Solomon Okpa is a writer and a trained Architect. In this interview with Amaka, he talks about his published books, his advice for writers and how he handles literary criticism.
Sir, Please tell us a little about yourself:
I’m an Architect by training, an author by gifting and an information trader by virtue of the global need.
I run several organizations like WRITE-FOE-ME and www.ogapatapata.com.
My work life spanned telecommunications and real-estate besides publishing.
When did you realize you wanted to be an author?
I have always loved books, as a child. I recall in my primary school day, when I wrote several letters overseas soliciting for gospel materials.
One particular incident is memorable here, Billy Graham Evangelistic Ministry had to specially craft a special Bible for me in honour of my letter.
What spurred me to writing was my love for reading and good novels. However, my colleagues stride at writing in the early 90s opened my eyes to my writing skill and since then, I haven’t looked back.
How many books have you written so far?
I have published books:
Pray and get rich
Why Students fail & Spend Extra Years in school
The Last Word
What the Rich Does not know
Enjoy Your Wife, Enjoy your Husband
Before the Evil Day Comes
The 10 Answers Rule
Dynamism of Discovery
Beside a short story book.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
When I write, I write to finish. So I could be trapped for days trying to wrap up a story.
Take for instance I spent about 20 hours daily for about a month Writing DYNAMISM OF DISCOVERY.
whereas I spent just a day writing, WHAT THE RICH DOES NOT KNOW.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Reading and pondering
How do you handle literary criticism?
I welcome such.
My philosophy is to allow people to express themselves. Because you don’t just write to be praised or accepted. You write because you love writing and wishes to drive home some salient points.
Should that be correct, criticism should not deter you.
Please tell us about your most recent book
My most recent book, is DYNAMISM OF DISCOVERY.
it a an inquisitive, cryptic and cabalistic investigation aimed at helping the reader to know himself /others, understand his environment /life, discover their potential /capability and to understand others/self.
It’s a book loaded with ancient and modern tales.
Where are your books sold?
My books are sold online on amazon.
Offline at Patabah book stores, shoot B12, Shoprite Surulere, WRITE-FOE-ME, 2 st. Finbarrs road, Akoka. Terrakulture, Victoria island.
What advice do you have for writers?
Don’t stop writing and when you write, lean to stop, for therein lies a good author.
Thanks for these beautiful questions and for the session.
I’d also want to use this medium to invite all book lovers to my annual event, Learn & Earn, L+Earn 2019: BETWEEN GENIUS AND GENOCIDE, coming up October 1,2019 @ LCCI, alausa, Ikeja.
90% discount is presently ongoing.
All those interested can register through https://form.myjotform.com/91682650183561