I interview emerging writer, Denis Akinmolasire, published by AuthorHouse UK.
Why do you write?
I have written in the past but because of where my career and where my life took me I never had a chance to explore this avenue.An opportunity arose last year to publish my first book Love, War and Glory: Spoken Words for All Seasons which allowed me to explore my writing skills fully.
Which novelists and poets you admire?
Roald Dahl was one of my favourites; Fantastic Mr Fox was one of my favourites. I enjoyed reading Shakespeare especially Merchant of Venice; he was able to tell a story using poetic expressions which I felt was probably a little ahead of his time.
Describe the route to your first book being published.
In Christmas 2017 I thought about the poems and material that I had written in the past.In January 2017 I did some research into what it would take to publish a book.That lead to me discovering my publisher.I thought to myself, you’re in a good position so let’s go for it and see what happens.Then six months later my book appears in Amazon.When you have the opportunity and motivation great things can happen.
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
To become a writer I think is actually quite simple; pick up your pen/computer and get writing.The medium you write in is a different matter; that will come over time depending on how far you want to take your writing.The advice I would give to people is don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t and can do. Trust your instinct and let your imagination fly. I believe writers are at their best when they let their ideas just flourish.
Some of my readers might not know about Love, War and Glory.
Can you tell us something about it?
Love, War and Glory: Spoken Words for All Seasons is a poetry/spoken words book offering how to overcome the challenges we face in everyday life with respect to finding love, personal glory and the battles we face day to day.
What inspires you to write?
Current events and what I experienced in my life.I choose the themes of Love, War and Glory for my first book as I was very keen on creating a message and a reading experience that many people can relate to.I also interested in writing things about areas that no one has explored before.I wrote Love, War and Glory as I felt there wasn’t a book out there that covered all 3 themes in one book.
What do you find is the most rewarding and the most challenging thing about writing?
The creativity, freedom of expression and the ability to create a reading experience that other people can enjoy.One of the best compliments that I have received is when people have come up to me and said I can relate to what you’re saying.
Lastly, where can we buy Love, War and Glory?
Shantir Books on Brick Lane, London
Swan Books in Upminister, Essex