Today I’m speaking with Emmanuel Obi. Hello Emmanuel. What made you decide to become a writer?
Actually, I don’t think I decided to be a writer. I think it is something that I gravitated to from a young age. For some people it was music or instruments, others it might have been sports. For me it was writing and art.
I know what you mean. How long did it take you to get published the first time and how did it happen?
Well, I’m self-published, so not that long at all. I tried submitting my short stories to magazines and so on and it drove me crazy. I hate waiting. Especially, if the reply is a no. So I looked into online publishing and have not looked back since.
I know about waiting. I once heard back from a publisher ten years after I had submitted my manuscript. It had changed so many times over the ten-year period. Would you do anything differently the next time?
Not really, in terms of self-publishing. However, I wish I had been more patient with writing and kept doing it and publishing online instead of taking a five year hiatus.
Sometimes you need the time to experience life to be a better writer. What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Make writing a priority. It can be stressful, there is a ton of stuff you have to do. But if all you can do is an hour a night, then that hour is better than nothing.
So true. What or who influences your writing, Emmanuel?
Anything or anyone can inspire me. People I see on the street, a newspaper article, an episode of Daredevil or Game of Thrones. It doesn’t matter. I draw inspiration from everything.
What are your latest releases and when or where can we find them?
You can go to my website, www.noirshortstories.com, there I will have links to all my latest works. You can subscribe and receive free stories every month or discounts. I have actually begun two monthly short story series. One is about two police detectives (currently, their police station is under siege by unknown attackers) and the other is a horror series (currently, it is centered around people disappearing because of an app very similar to Uber). However, my latest novel was released in October. It is the latest collection of short stories about a private investigator, Bruce Howard. It is available in paperback and e-book. It is my second favorite thing that I have ever written.
I like police procedurals. How long have you been writing professionally and do you write full-time or part-time?
Am I a professional? I don’t know if I would call myself that just yet. However, I write part-time. It’s really just a hobby for me. Something that I love to do and share.
So what do you do for fun other than writing?
Film making, drawing, painting, basketball, go to the gym. I try to express myself creatively whenever possible (and yes, you can be creative while playing basketball)
Where do you reside, Emmanuel?
I have lived in Zurich, Switzerland for the last nine years but I was born and raised in Auburn, Alabama (War Eagle). How did I end up in Europe? That is a book by itself.
Do you have any appearances or book signings scheduled?
I recently met with a fellow indie writer and our goal is to have an event for indie writers at a bar or cafe. Kind of a mass book signing where all the authors bring copies of their books and sign them for people that come.
What an awesome idea! Can I borrow it? I can think of a new bar that could use the business and a lot of romance authors I know could join me. You can find Emmanuel at his website: www.noirshortstories.com, or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/the.gentleman.returns/ or follow him on Twitter at: @efaceless or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for this wonderful interview. Thank you, the reader, for reading it and hopefully you will subscribe and fall in love with my work (or at least fall in like).
Thank you Emmanuel. I enjoyed it.