Saturday, 12 August 2017

#BeanballMeets: Exclusive Interview With Ololade Odunjo

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Who is Ololade Odunjo?
Ololade Odunjo is a young lady filled with passions for children. She is from Ibadan, Oyo State. She is a graduate of English Language from Houdgebe North American University, Republic of Benin. Also founder of Ololade with Teens Foundation.

What genre are your books?
My books are based on the three genres of Literature. Prose, Drama and Poetry.

What draws you to this genre?
Life, Entertainment, Education, And Love. All of these drew me to those genre.


Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Funke Akindele.

How much research do you do?
Averagely

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
No, not yet.

Why do you write?
I write because it is part of me, It gives me joy, it gives me hope for the young ones and it is fun.

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What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Wanting to help kids all over the world believe in their dreams and bring it into a reality, inspired me.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
Yes, I write full time.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I don’t really have a special time, just write as it flows, sometimes I even write in my dreams

Where do the your ideas come from?
Firstly, my ideas comes from God, secondly, from reading books, thirdly, sharing and caring and above all Praying.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Where my idea takes me, I let it flow naturally.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Not looking down at anybody, by sharing and caring and giving out my best to the world.
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What is the hardest thing about writing?
For me, it is the editing part.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
The proof reading part.

What is the easiest thing about writing?
Writing from your brain.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A year.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
Yes I do, but before he does, I give it out to different people to read and edit before he does the final job.

Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
My Manger. Bishope Igwekile and because Money is not his focus and also because he is a good writer and a good editor.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of being a writer?
Advantages, you get to contribute to the educative world, you get to give people hopes and also to live forever. Disadvantages, getting your book to the public might be very difficult as a new author.

How do you market your books?
I advertise on social media, I do trailers of the each books and also give out free copies to the society.

What do you do to get book reviews?
I have book clubs I attend and also do some review online.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
Not really, I just look for people with passions.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Good reviews keeps you going and happy, bad reviews make you want to work harder.

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Which social network worked best for you?
All social media works best for me. But mostly Facebook and my website. www.ololadewitheens.com.ng

How can people connect with you?Kindly include your booking contacts and all social media handles.
Email: Ololade.odunjo@yahoo.com,
Facebook : Ololade Odunjo.
Instagraam: @Ololade.odunjo,
Twitter: @lolaodunjo,
Website: wwwololadewithteens.com.ng

Thanks and God bless you more @Beanballmedia

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