Please welcome author John Ukah to my blog. His book, Murder at Midnight, was released in November.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is John Ukah. I am a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, Benin City. I am a banker and an Associate of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ACMR).
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Delta State of Nigeria. But I have always considered Benin City in Edo State home because that’s where I grew up. That’s where my parents live.
What or who inspired you to start writing?
I have always kept a personal journal. Writing is exhilarating and therapeutic. The books I grew up reading, influenced my writing.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When people asked me to write stories or essays for them and were willing to pay for it.
How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?
My writing is usually inspired by conversations with others and personal experiences. I am also blessed with a fertile imagination, which gives wings to such experiences or conversations.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?
It is a detective thriller that affirms the point of duty on young men and women to make the right choices with their eyes open. It contains love, pitiful criminalities, investigations, assumptions and deceits.
Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I work in a bank. It is challenging finding time to write with a banking job. However, we do find a way though to do the things we love.
What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)
Best advice is that writing is an evolving process. We get better at what we do constantly. Worst advice is that a writer has to sit and wait for inspiration. Writing is work and a commitment to get the task done.
What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?
The best thing is the fun in doing what you love. Living the life you dream about. The worst or hardest thing is that you don’t get to spend as much time with friends and family as desired. You have to make time for your writing.
What fuels you as an author to continue to write?
Writing is cathartic and some stories demand to be told.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
An outline helps in developing the plot. I prepare broad outlines and chapter plans. I write a few chapters at a time and not necessarily in a sequential order.
Alex Simpson, an ex-police officer, decides after a bout of typhoid fever to take a break in a serene and therapeutic environment. The last thing he expects is to be called upon to solve a murder at the Kinging Guest Lodge. But that is what happens, when the delectable and vivacious Maria Marshall is found dead in her bedroom at midnight.
The gallery of characters living at the guest-house and thrown into the mix, does not make his task of solving this chilling and brutal murder any easier …
About the Author
John Ukah is a seasoned banker and Associate of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ACMR). He is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, where he was listed as University Scholar. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).