The story begins in the midst of extreme poverty and suffering and is set in the heart of Africa. Obi fights to escape a legacy of hopelessness, and at times deep dark elements threaten to completely overwhelm him. He finds himself in a nightmare that he cannot seem to wake up from. He enters a world where fear rules, and conflict threatens to crush the very life from him. There is nothing he can do about it and no one to help him. Something sinister takes merciless hold of him and escape seems out of the question. Good and evil are locked in an intense battle, both determined to gain the last say over the final outcome. Obi is desperate, battered and bruised and a man fighting for his life! He is severely disadvantaged because although he cannot physically see his enemies, he is painfully aware of their reality. He bears the scars of the intense conflict in his body, mind and soul. About to give up, Obi finds hope has a way of floating up to the top when you least expect it!
What inspired you to write this particular story?
I was inspired to write this story because I observed an unhealthy obsession with ‘the supernatural’, where people just think its a bit of fun without perhaps fully grasping the possible dangers, implications and effect on their lives. I want to equip people to make more of an informed decision when dabbling with the unknown.
Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favourite and why?
Obi the main character is my favourite. I relate to his vulnerability, the pressures he felt, and how his life was set up to fail, as well as his desperate attempts to fix things. I love his ‘humaness!’
I also like Ngozi. She represents the other side of human nature in all of us, the selfish, manipulative, controlling and often potentially bad and evil side of people. Again if we are all prepared to be honest, we can all relate to her too!
How has your background influenced your writing?
My background was able to influence my writing as I grew up in Nigeria and lived there for six years. I believe that came across perhaps in my description of places, settings and people while giving readers an insight into the African way of life.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? At what age did you discover writing?
I have written for as long as I can remember. Infact one of my earliest writing memories is of my English teacher at school begging me not to write more than two pages for my essay!
What advice you would give to an aspiring author?
Write about what you love and know about. Start where you’re at, remembering that every great writer started somewhere!
What one word describes how you feel when you write?
What writer influenced you the most?
William Wordsworth! His description of places and things brought tears to my eyes!
What advice would you give other novelists about book promotion?
I would encourage them to promote, promote, promote knowing that promoting the book is as important as writing the book. If you write the greatest book and no-one knows about it, it would have been a pointless exercise and you may as well not have bothered!
Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?
My ideal reader is anyone who is interested in the supernatural, the unknown, spirits, the occult, and basically anything dark!
Where can we learn more about your books?
The book Run for your life can be bought here:
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Run for your life’s blog can be found here: http://runforyrlife.wordpress.com/free-1st-chapter-excerpt/
Diane Wilkie is on twitter here: https://twitter.com/DianeWilkie1
Diane Wilkie is on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Diane.u.wilkie