Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Ebele Mogo is a writer, scientist and entrepreneur. This is her first published book. She graduated from University at 18 and has started various businesses as well as a global health non-profit at 21. She is also a published short story writer, poet and essayist. She works as a strategist for creative entrepreneurs like you in health, business and development. Visit www.streetsideconvos for more inspiration from her and to work with her.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Courage and Clarity: Audaciously Sharing Your Most Meaningful Gifts
It was inspired by a desire to support creatives in the challenging but ultimately fulfilling task of doing work that matters deeply.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My writing habits and very unpredictable. I wrote one of my best poems under three minutes when I lay sick with the flu. I wrote this journal on the bus. And I sometimes scribble pages full of words that will never see the light of day. All in all, I like to try to write even if I eventually throw it away
What authors, or books have influenced you?
All my friends and family who share their lives on social media and in person with me
What are you working on now?
A collection of short stories, and a prose-poem collection
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
This is my first time of publishing, however I send to friends and family, and then to websites that offer me the chance to share with more readers. I also post on my website of course.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up. You have to write, because it is in you to. And try to let your motives be clear so that your voice is true. Make something timeless and don’t get bogged down by worries of money or trying to write what will sell. We often have a clear voice but we doubt it because we are afraid of the practicalities of life- we want to fit in too! Try to bring yourself back to your truth as often as you can. Or maybe I am an idealist. These are things I hope I try to do and I often fail at them too.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
That it is by bumping into people, that I get to know the shape of my own heart. That pain opens us up. That I find myself not by thinking my way through it all, but by living first.
What are you reading now?
I am trying to read ( I say trying because I stop, skip to another book, skip again, I am such an erratic reader) a collection of short stories called Africa 39, Wole Soyinka’s “Of Africa”, the Bible, three of Chris Abani’s poetry collections.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep writing- and most importantly, living
What is your favorite book of all time?
All the people I have seen in all the places I have been; all the people I love and have loved.
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