I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview debut novelist Nigeria Lockley and get the deets on her new release ‘Born at Dawn’! This author has been hailed as ‘one to watch’ and has already earned a place on my short list of favorite Christian Fiction authors. I hope you enjoy!
What’s your name or pen name?
What are your genres?
I currently write Christian Fiction.
What have you written?
My first novel Born at Dawn is scheduled to be released September 30, 2014.
When did you begin your writing career?
That depends on what you consider a writing career. I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen in my hand, but I received my first publishing contract in 2013.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?
I am a part-time writer. I use my spare moments to write, which includes typing during my commute to and from work, late nights, and lunch breaks.
What’s your writing process? (Number of days you write per week, a.m. or p.m., specific music you play while writing, or anything else that you feel is a vital part of your creative process.)
I need absolute quiet when I’m working at home. I don’t know why, but when I’m at home I cannot deal with any distractions. When I’m at Starbucks or on the train I can tune everything out, but at home I need peace and quiet to get anything done.
Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing?
I keep a journal for my personal and spiritual development. I’m not consistent enough for it be effective or helpful for professional use. The notepad on my phone has been the most useful for keeping effective notes that can be used for my professional writing.
What’s your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from real life and I get confirmation from the Lord on whether or not to pursue the story. For instance, when I began writing my current work in progress, Seasoned with Grace there were a lot sermons being preached about the grace of God and I knew that this was the story line for me to develop.
What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?
I want to be remembered as the writer whose work was edifying and entertaining. I’d like to be remembered for making bold choices and being true to what I believe in.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write what is in you. Don’t think about the readers, the editor, or the publisher. Begin with the story you want to tell and then tailor it to suit the needs of the reader, match the suggestions of the editor, and the demands of the publisher. Don’t just tell a story tell your story.
What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?
My bookshelf is a wild mix—Emerson and bell hooks are right next to Tiffany L. Warren. My eReader is jam-packed with some great Christian Fiction by E.N. Joy, Michelle Stimpson, Michelle Lindo-Rice, and Vanessa Miller to name a few. I’m currently reading, Are You There, God? by Theresa A. Campbell.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on Seasoned with Grace, my second novel. In which Grace King, a volatile model with aspirations of becoming an actress, is placed on probation for assault and is forced to do community service at church. While doing community service not only does she meet the man of her dreams, while serving him on the food pantry line, but she also encounters some demons from her past. Grace must figure out whether she can fight those demons off to achieve her dream or be held captive by them once again.
Latest release and book blurb?
My latest release, Born at Dawn, is scheduled to be released September 30, 2014 and is currently available for pre-order today!
Thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years of her marriage Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family she turns to the Lord. Expecting to see God manifest himself greatly in her life sooner than later Cynthia is not content just waiting. She wants out.
Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons. That is until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and forget where she came from.
After six years in Richmond Cynthia’s dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all—her past and her present Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?
Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?
Cynthia Barclay is battered, confused, and blames herself for everything that has gone wrong in her life. In an attempt to fix it she turns to the Lord and when that doesn’t go as she expected it to she takes matters into her own hands. When Born at Dawn is turned into a film I would love for Taraji P. Henson or Nicole Beharie from the movie 42 would be great as Cynthia.
How can we purchase your work?
Born at Dawn is available wherever books are sold including:
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1izSGRU
The Burning Bush (independent Christian bookstore): http://bit.ly/1sJAY6K
How can we stay in touch with you?
To keep up with me you can find me all over the web:
Twitter and Instagram: @NewNigeria
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