Marketing (laughing). I'm laughing, but I'm not joking.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Forever There For You?
I call it a cocktail of love, friendship, cultural clashes, religion, domestic violence and sisterhood. It's also a coming-of-age story in a lot of ways … because we go back when the protagonist, Nadine was 16 years old, just arriving Heathrow Airport in London, to begin a new life as it were. And we have to follow her on her journey not just into womanhood, but becoming an individual …
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
It honestly varies. I run a media and publishing firm as well. It's The Fearless Storyteller House Emporium Ltd and we're based in Nigeria. So, between writing for books and screen and stage, working on new authors' material, producing and working on my radio show – I feel like I'm constantly playing catch up (laughing).
Name your top five favorite books.
I haven't got favorite books, but I have a list of authors that I feel are really amazing. Martina Cole, Lynda La Plante, Cecelia Ahern, Barbara Taylor Bradford, JD Robb and Jeffery Archer. And of course, you have to have a bit of John Grisham (laughing). Like I said before, I don't really do favorite books; but if I find an author compelling, I will read everything they have written. I have read everything that I can lay my hands on with Martina Cole's, JD Robb's and Lynda La Plante's names on them. They are all crime fiction, but their styles and language are distinctly different. Ms Cole is very East End London in the I think the 60s to the 80s, JD Robb's “In Death” series is mostly set in a futuristic New York, and so on and so forth. Cecelia Ahern is chick lit, but deep. I think I cried from about page 30 till the end of “PS I Love You” … I couldn't bring myself to watch the movie when it came out.
What are you working on now?
On releasing three new books in March 2017. One is called “Survival” by a new author called John Yusuf. It's a coming of age story with a lot of stereotypes being broken and a theme of friendship and camaraderie in the midst of shared tragedy … and there's a sense of just how far a person will go, what rules they will break and testing the boundaries of what they had considered 'morality' when they are trying to survive. That comes out on the 1 March. Then, there's “Because Home Is …” whose release date is 13 March. And there's another fiction book called “Sun Sets At Vanity Fair” coming out on 30 March. The author is Tobore Mit Ovuorie; she's a Nigerian, multi award-winning, investigative journalist; her story became public a couple of years ago or so, when she published her discoveries (in the newspaper she used to work at) after going undercover to expose a human trafficking ring operating out of Nigeria.
Then, I've got a blogazine that is set up to run like a magazine. We won the 2016 BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Award for “Blog of the Year”. So, we're building on that and sticking to a plan that was created even before the blogazine was born.
Resuming my radio show in March and beginning to work on screen productions next quarter. So, quite a bit going on …
Title: Forever There For You
Author: Chioma Nnani
When NADINE is confronted with the reality of her failing marriage, her first instinct is to work it out. She has had it drummed into her that marriage is ‘for better, for worse’. Walking out is just not an option – her faith would condemn her and her culture would make her a pariah.
The combination of Nadine’s background, education, social standing, friendships, faith, experiences and past relationships is meant to equip her to become a success. Failure is alien to her and love means forgiving at all cost.
As she tries to survive and make the most of the curves that life has thrown her, she discovers that ’success’ is a subjective term, and ‘happily ever after’ is something that you have to discover and define for yourself …
Chioma Nnani is an award-winning author, who also contributes to business, lifestyle and literary publications. One of Africa’s most fearless storytellers, she is a 2016 CREATIVE AFRICAN Awards finalist in the category of “Best Fiction Writer”, and a DIVAS OF COLOUR 2016 finalist. Chioma has also been nominated twice for a UK BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Award in the “Best Author” category. A talented ghost-writer who is known for “being able to get into your head and under your skin, before writing down exactly how you’re feeling”, Chioma has been named “One of 100 Most Influential Creatives in 2016” by London-based C.Hub Magazine.
She holds a Law (LLB) from the University of Kent and a Postgraduate Certificate in Food Law (De Montfort University, Leicester). She is the founder of THE FEARLESS STORYTELLER HOUSE EMPORIUM LTD (a premium storytelling outfit based in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, where she lives), typically contributes to lifestyle and literary publications, and runs the “Memo From A Fearless Storyteller” blogazine at www.fearlessstoryteller.com for which she won the 2016 BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Award.
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As a paperback, Forever There For You is available from Amazon in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Canada, and India.