Getting to Know: Mr. Ben

Hello all, and

Irish

A number of months ago, I decided to start a series of author interviews on my blog. So, with all the speed and decisiveness of a freeze-dried sloth, I got to work on some questions. Well, you know how life goes. Distractions–such as visits from people from out of town, holidays, the random dust mote–have pushed my start date from January to March. Better late than ever though, right?

First up is the latest author from my publishing house, Linkville Press, to join the exalted ranks of “The Published” (cue angelic choirs and trumpets).

Maya

I am especially proud of his achievement, because he and I worked laboriously on his edits until the book was honed to perfection. So, without further ado, I present:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mr. Ben~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

When did you start writing?

Talking about writing…Hmm… I took to full-time writing February 15, 2006. It’s over nine years now.

That’s quite awhile. What influenced you to write your books?

My immediate environment and the happenings around the world as told by news stories

No lack of story lines there, that’s for sure! Do you have a favorite character or theme?

Yes… Simba in the animated cartoon, “Lion King”

One of my favorite animated movies! I like how he finally lioned up and did the right thing, against all odds.

Do you have any other books in progress, or that you plan to write?

Yes. I have two books I intend writing. They are: Chloe’s Time Travel for a Change and Claire’s Parallel Worlds.

Oooh, I’m looking forward to those. I love time-travel books.

On a completely different subject: You live in Nigeria, a land that many of us may never get to see. Tell us about your country.

Nigeria is the most populous black nation in the world and most populated in Africa. Blessed with abundant human and material resources (people, oil, gold, tin coal e.t.c.), the tropical climate is a favoring shield for staple food items such as rice, beans, maize, cassava, onions and garlic.

The Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa make the country’s three major tribes. Though Nigeria has over three hundred fifty spoken languages, its lingual Franca is English Language-British Standard English. Despite their unique cultural and religious diversities, they all form a bee-hive of unity for a peaceful co-existence. Though a secular state, Nigeria has accommodated the religions Islam, Christianity and traditional worship.

However, despite the endowments, Nigeria, one of the richest oil nations in the world, had been a victim of apparently uncontrolled political, social and economic cataclysms that have undoubtedly sunk her foundations of peace and unity to the abyss of chaos and anarchy.

Nonetheless, she still believes the trigger point for change in the positives lies in the hands of her people whose slogans read: “There is light at the end of tunnel”

Thank you–that was a splendid bit of information. I’m grateful that you shared that with us.

Back to the author stuff for one last question: When you’re not writing, how do you spend your day?

I read books, communicate with people, travel and exercise a lot.

Sounds like you keep yourself busy. Thanks for giving us some insight into your life, and I wish all the best for you.

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Please see these links to get in touch with Mr. Ben, and to get to know him better:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ben4realla

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ben4realla

Linkedin: ng.linkedin.com/pub/chimezie-ihekuna/23/514/714/en

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mrbenisreal

 

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