Interview with Segilola Salami, Author of Yetunde

When and why did you begin writing?

I started 2015 and it sort of just happened. I didn’t set out to start writing.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The first story I every wrote was when I was in secondary school, but I never thought of myself as a writer until last year, 2015.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

It sort of just happened. I was looking for African folktales for my daughter, and next thing I know, I had one written.

Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured to accommodate your writing?

I am a mom first and foremost and that takes priority over everything else. So I save my writing and promotional work to whenever my little one is sleeping.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I was given a lot of feedback after I wrote my first book which I took into consideration when writing my second book. I know that my writing has gotten better because people who read the first book said they felt the second one was much better.

What have you written so far?

Yetunde: An Ode to My Mother (UK) (US)

Learn to Count in Yoruba

Yetunde: The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London (UK) (US)

Do you work to an  outline or plot sketch, or do you prefer to let a general idea guide your writing?

I let the idea guide my writing.

What are some ways in which you promote your work?

Book readings.

Talking to people I know (and those I just met eg at the doctor’s) about my book and asking them to get a copy and share with their friends.

Social media.

Did you make any marketing mistakes that you would avoid in the future?

Facebook ads.

Can you share with readers a little bit about your latest book?

It is very deep. It talks about a mother’s love. It talks about loss. No summary can do the book justice. You just have to get a copy and be ready for it to touch your heart.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing this book?

I wanted to do something to honor my late mom, so I scheduled this book to be available on Mother’s day in the UK.

Tell us more about your main character. What makes him or her unique?

The main character is Yetunde, and she’s only a baby. I think that makes her very unique a character as we get to see the world from a baby’s point of view.

What do you do to get book reviews?

As simple as it sounds, I just ask. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

It’s still a work in progress but I have gotten more than 10 so far, with a few pending. You can’t rush reviewers.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Fantasy (though I am not sure what free time is).


Yetunde cover

How can discover more about Segilola and her work?

Author Site | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Google+ | PodcastYetunde: An Ode to My Mother

Recent Articles and Posts

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: