Learning support advisor, Edozie Ameke, has recently released his second book, From London to Enugu. He marked the publication with a reading to students. We then spoke to Edozie to find out about the challenges of writing a book and what other projects he will be working on in the future.

What is the book about?

When I was 18 years old, I was tricked into going to Nigeria. I was kidnapped and forced to stay there for 16 months against my will, and the person who did this was my mother. My book tells the story of my life before and during the experience, and how I overcame it.

How does it feel to have your book published?

Edozie reading to KCC students

I’m really absolutely thrilled to have my book published in hard-copy on Amazon. In the new year my book will also be available in Waterstones bookstores in London! This is my second book; my first book is called The Fathers Day Redemption, which is also available on Amazon.

What advice would you give for students who want to get published?

There are two types of publishing that you should know about. Traditional publishing is where you send your finished book to a publisher and if they like it they will publish it. They will pay you a small amount of money called an ‘advance’, based on how well they think your book will sell. Independent publishing can be publishing on your own website yourself or through Amazon. With Independent publishing you do everything yourself, or you pay other professionals to do it on behalf of yourself.

What were the challenges from writing the book?

After I wrote my outline and research, the most challenging part was putting it all together, a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, making sure everything fits together in the best possible way.

When did you begin writing and what motivated you?

I began writing in a serious way about 10 years ago. In 2008, I wrote two short plays that were performed at The Theatre Royal Stratford East in London. Before that I had written short film scripts and made short films with independent film-makers. I have also made short drama films and documentaries with the BBC. My biggest motivations in writing have been reading books and watching films and drama series, and music.

What books inspired you?

Books that have particularly inspired me are The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

What are you working on next?

I am working on a sequel called The Enugu House. It is set about 20 years after the events in From London To Enugu. I am also in the early stages of adapting my book From London To Enugu into a musical theatre play and a film script.

Edozie’s book is available to loan at both our libraries and is available online.