Talking to Indie Author Land

This interview was done with David Njoku who wanted to know more about my last book and what's coming next
Tell us about A Love Rekindled
When Efe Sagay receives a transfer to the branch of a prestigious hotel chain in the Nigerian capital, she accepts it, happy to return home to family after years in the United States. Also, Nigeria is a big place, right? There should be nothing about her new city, Abuja, to remind her of the heartbreak of her relationship with ex-fiancé, Kevwe Mukoro.
However, Efe is facing Kevwe across an office seven months later, swamped by emotions she’d thought were dead. When Kevwe claims he’s never stopped loving her, and asks why she abandoned him, Efe stomps off, incensed. It was the other way around!
But they are unable to stay away from each other, and buried desire flares. Ultimately, passion is no match for the bitter memories of broken promises. Efe and Kevwe have to resolve the traumatic events of the past before love can be rekindled.

Talking to Indie Author Land about A Love Rekindled

Interview with Woman's Essence Magazine

 "How do you view your women characters? They are usually the pivot on which my stories spin. I view them as strong, independent women who can make their own decisions and who choose to love of their own free will.

As a blogger and ePublisher, how do you view the future of book publishing? I am very optimistic. I see a lot of readers moving to eBooks and eReaders and that encourages me.

What’s your next book about? My work in progress is tentatively titled ‘A Fiery Love’. Thirty year old Dunni returns to Nigeria on vacation and is seduced by local lothario, Babs. Can the chemistry between them translate to lasting love?"

Read more - Myne Whitman is Africa’s Romance Queen | Woman's Essence Magazine:

Author Q&A Series: with Miss Ojikutu

"As she launches Volume one of the Naija Stories anthology: ‘Of Tears and Kisses, Heroes and Villains’, Myne takes time out to share her thoughts on how she’s spectarcularly exceeded her modest forecast of  selling a hundred  copies of her first book; The hi-falutin minds of the Nobel Prize panel; and The Road that, sadly, remains famished despite having claimed the Booker Prize. 

Which of your major characters would you like to be trapped on a desert island with?

I find Kevwe, the main character in my second novel, A Love Rekindled, very intriguing. He’s strong and at the same time is very open with his emotions, not afraid to admit his sensitive, something most men are loath to do. I’ll definitely like to spend some more time with him.

What is the first thing you remember writing? 

Apart from the usual compositions in primary school, I remember writing short stories about two girls getting into adventures during travels with their parents in Nigeria. I must have been between 10 and 13 then. Unfortunately, since we moved cities and homes, I don’t know where those early writings are now."

Read the rest of the Author Q&A Series: Myne Whitman @ MissOjikutu:

Why I am a romance writer – Interview with Blueprint Newspaper

"My first book, A Heart to Mend is set against a backdrop of the finance and economy sector of the country, especially the stock exchange and the fraud that is taking place. My second book, A Love Rekindled was framed by parental interference caused by political and ethnic conflict. I am certainly not one to talk about Nigeria as it is and shy away from reality.

However, I choose my focus to be the romance between the two main characters because I believe that for the ordinary person, their lives go beyond politics, they love, they get married, and they have children. I decided on romantic fiction because romance is universal, most people will experience relationships more than anything else in their lifetime."

I am a romance writer because of my marriage – Whitman : blueprint newspaper:

Myne Whitman: Telling the Naija stories

"Romance fiction may seems too escapist for some people, but for the writer, “If a reader wants to escape through a romance novel, that is perfectly okay, the world is tough enough as it is.”

She shares that she receives a large number of fans’ mails letting her know that her stories have given them an insight they never had. On profitability, Whitman’s first book, A Heart to Mend, occupied the first position on the AmazonUK Kindle store for romantic suspense. To date, over 20,000 copies have been downloaded. Her second book, A Love Rekindled, was at the top of the bestseller list for one of the major books stores in Lagos between August and September. But, regardless of the number of copies sold, the writer appreciates that her stories can help readers make sense of the world around them."

Read the full BusinessDay article - Myne Whitman: Telling the Naija stories

AuthorHouse Published Author, Myne Whitman

"So What Made Whitman Choose the Romance Genre?

As with many authors the most natural writing flows when you are depicting something you are genuinely passionate about. Whitman is passionate about, well, passion. She is a “great believer in love” and considers herself “lucky to meet and marry the love of [her] life.” Her writing is a reflection of her real life romance and contrast between the “drizzling winter rains” of her present home and her “dreams of the long, hot days” in her native Nigeria.

An Inspiration to Her Fellow Nigerian Writers

Whitman recognizes the difficulties facing Nigerian writers in gaining recognition for her work. Seeing her success, she was contacted by a number of aspiring Nigerian authors asking for help and advice. Whitman’s response was to create Naijastories. Nigerian writers can join this community and connect with one another, agents, published authors and the general public to find ways to gain their own recognition.

“It was my way of saying to Nigerian writers and other writers that you’re not alone, you just have to keep writing and one day your voice will be heard.”"

Read the full feature : AuthorHouse Published Author, Myne Whitman

Review of A Love Rekindled by Africa Book Club

"On the surface it appears that Efe and Kevwe have gone their separate ways, put their past behind them, and decided to move on. However, a chance meeting in Abuja between Efe and Kevwe’s twin brother Ofure sparks a chain of events that eventually lead the two ex-lovers to confront each other and their painful past."

Read the full review on Africa Book Club - A Love Rekindled (by Myne Whitman)

A Love Rekindled makes AfriKan Goddess Top 10 Books of 2011

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AG's Top 10 Reads of 2011
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Read the full List on the Book tab of the Afrikan Goddess Website"

Conversations with Writers: [Interview]

Conversations with Writers: [Interview] Myne Whitman:

"What are your main concerns as a writer?

First and foremost, I want to tell a good story, one that will hook the reader into it and take them on a journey. I want my readers to enjoy my books, and I also hope that I will make them feel (laugh, cry, and think) while they read. Also, because I am self published, I'm concerned about how to ensure that my books are of very good quality.

I believe in my stories, and I believe in the message I want to pass through them so my biggest challenge is how to get my books to as large an audience as possible. I deal with that by investing a good amount of time in promotion. I also utilize the strategy of giving away free books in order to build a following.

My first book, A Heart to Mend, stayed at #1 on the AmazonUK Kindle store for romantic suspense (free) for over two weeks, with almost 20,000 copies downloaded. It was a very good feeling to know that even half of that number will read the story and it would fit into how they make sense of the world around them.