We’re super excited about this week’s blog post as it’s something a little different…an author interview! We love nothing more than to chat to authors about their writing processes, so when we were lucky enough to be approached by best-selling author Alex Owumi to discuss his latest book THE FIRE RAVEN: The Winter Vendetta, of course, we jumped at the chance. Alex is currently doing a blog tour for the new book in his The Fire Raven trilogy, a thriller/suspense series following protagonist and assassin, Raven Winter. Check out the covers for all three books and Alex’s author bio below!
Alex Owumi was born in Lagos Nigeria, and moved to the United States at the age of eleven. He is the best-selling author of QADDAFI’S POINT GUARD: The incredible story of a professional basketball player trapped in Libya’s civil war which was an international bestseller. His debut novel The Fire Raven had a top five debut on the Amazon bestseller list under Thriller/Suspense. He is also a professional basketball player in Europe and currently is playing in the British Basketball League.
H+B: Hi Alex, we’re very excited to have you on our blog! Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us, we can’t wait to get to know a little bit about you as an author and of course, your new book. Let’s launch in with our first question…
First things first, you’ve had a very interesting life – have you always wanted to incorporate writing into said life, or is your interest in writing something that developed later? What inspired you to launch a writing career?
A: I’ve always wanted to be a writer since childhood. My parents used to make me read great books as a child and I knew this was something I wanted to do. I knew I was going to start my writing career in my mid-twenties and it was my parents that gave me the extra push.
H+B: That’s awesome! Sometimes having that support is all you need to push yourself forward and get writing. That said, it can’t have been easy to fit writing a trilogy into your daily life, and we’re super impressed that you’ve done it so quickly. It’s taken us three years to reach the third draft stage of a single book! Some might say we need to get on with it! Can you tell us a bit more about your writing routine? When and where do you write? How do you find the time?
A: I usually get up around 7am and start writing for a couple hours just to get my creative juices flowing. I continue to write around 8:30pm for another couple of hours. I write mostly at home because of the comfort level. I believe people make time for important things. Writing is important so it is a priority in my life.
H+B: I think that’s a philosophy we should all incorporate into our lives! Now, the age-old question (and perhaps our favourite) – do you outline or improvise? Can you talk to us a little bit more about how you approach your first drafts?
A: I like to outline but most of the time I improvise. I can knock a first draft out in about 4–5 months but focus on getting the story down more than making corrections. I really write a lot and when an idea comes to me I just can’t stop going.
H+B: We love it when that happens. We guess that’s how you felt when you wrote The Fire Raven Trilogy. This new book is the last in the series – how did you come up with the idea for the trilogy? And how did you find writing a trilogy in comparison to writing a stand-alone book? Do you have any advice for budding series writers?
A: The Fire Raven trilogy was a childhood story I came up with back in Nigeria. I’ve always had dreams about writing about a female assassin and I knew it was time. Writing a trilogy was difficult because you fall in love with some characters and you don’t want it to end. I think writing a stand-alone book would be easier on the emotions. My advice for trilogy writers is that you must be invested in the characters. Don’t be afraid to kill someone off from time to time.
H+B: Brutal! One final question – are you working on anything else at the moment?
A: I’m working on another book at the moment. I have a problem – I just can’t stop writing! This next book will be a stand-alone book and will be released sometime next year.