I. Iyi-Eweka Chou
K. W. Kgositsile
Daniel P. Kunene
Ryan Eric Lamb
Sarah L. Manyika
Martin A. Ramos
S. D. Partington
Marcia Lynx Qualey
Marilyn H. Mills
John Stephen Rae
Manyika is a San Francisco State University Literature professor and author of the novel, In Dependence [Legend Press, 2008]. She was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the judge of ’s inaugural Flash Fiction competition.
In African Writing:
Author for Sale 11 (Essay)
The man in the bookshop says, just do whatever makes you feel most comfortable. So I reflect on his words thinking that had this been a more traditional book tour, I would know what to do. I would read passages from my novel, answer questions and then sign books. But this is something different and because I no longer live in England, I do not know if this is now the norm or merely unique to the Birmingham bookshop in which I stand. It is certainly not as glamorous as book readings, but given the dismal state of the economy, perhaps it’s more sensible.
‘Excuse me sir, excuse me madam, could I interest you in a new novel?”
The Sarah Ladipo Manyika Interview 9 (Interview)
: How long did it take to write? And would you say your 'intentions' were accomplished?
SLM: It took me several years to write this novel. At the time that I began to write the novel I was looking for a really good love story set in geographical locations and historical periods that I was particularly interested in (namely West Africa from the 1960s to present day) and because I did not find that story, I ended up writing the story that I wanted to read. And so in that sense I accomplished what I intended...Oh – and one more thing on intentions … when I wrote this novel I gave it a sound track and envisaged it as a film. For the lead character I had Chiwetel Ejiofor in mind, but alas, this intention has yet to be realized.
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