VBD Author Interview: Taiwo I. Ajao

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Write Now Literary is pleased to interview author Taiwo I. Ajao. We discussed Taiwo’s writing process, her latest release, and much more.

What’s your name or pen name?

For years, I’ve written under the title Lyrics by tia. Now that my writing is beginning to merge with my professional life in nursing and public health, I use TI Ajao RN

What are your genres?

My first book is a creative Biography about my Mom’s childhood. I like creative non-fiction because I get inspired by real stories, and it gives me the push to write

What have you written?

I have written a creative Biography called “Adunni Dares to Dream”. It is a true story about my mom’s difficult childhood. It inspires me deeply. My next move is a special book of true stories by my Dad, to be introduced in July 2017.

When did you begin your writing career?

I began to write as a blogger in 2010 after I had my first baby. It was my new-mother experience that inspired me.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?

I am an all-the-time writer! I fit in writing when I am inspired. This can be as simple as scribbling down ideas as they pop in my head, or using my phone to record ideas when they fill my heart.

What’s your writing process? (Number of days you write per week, a.m. or p.m., specific music you play while writing, or anything else that you feel is a vital part of your creative process.)

Writing for me has been very sporadic. I have dreamed about it for many, many years. Writing this book was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t truly have control over it. It came over me unexpectedly. Completing this book is God’s gift to me. I feel like it wasn’t even the works of my hands.

I did have to be deliberate about putting all the pieces together. I had a working document and I made sure all my ideas ended up there. It allowed me to organize seamlessly and present a concrete product to my editors.

I use what always makes me feel comfortable and soothed: soft or nostalgic music, warm lighting and of course my feet up in a recliner!

Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing?

I did! I started journalling as early as 13 years old as a confused teenager. I had so many thoughts, feelings and emotions that I couldn’t handle alone, so I began to write them out in a book as prayers, poems, songs and conversations to God. One book turned to maybe 50 over the years! When I started longing for marriage, I would write prayers for him and dream. Then when I started a long distance friendship with my now husband, we would instant message daily which brought out both of our writing potential! After our first baby, I began to blog and get into social media. To be honest, social media turned into my journal. This can be positive…or negative. Essentially, all of this full and deep writing have become like a invaluable treasure chest! Some will be shared, but even more importantly, our legacy is preserved.

Becoming a professional writer has helped me turn my inspiration into an investment: a book that all can read for themselves and to their children.

What’s your inspiration?

The Acts of God. His Faithfulness. His Love and His Grace. I am inspired by the Victories He has made in my life. I want to burst out almost everyday thinking of ALL that He has done. I throw out how I feel in social media a lot! I just have a hard time keeping it in! I feel like everyone needs to know what God has done!

I am also inspired by parents’ stories and all that I have watched happen in their lives and relationship. A lot of areas in my life mirror that of my parents. Writing my books started by a deep desire to honor them. Honoring my parents is the “WHY” of my professional writing career.

What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?

I came to the understanding that I am here today because of the Legacy of all of those who came before me. My first goal is to honor my parents and their stories, which of course includes that of my grandparents, great grandparents and beyond. These stories validate my humble stories. Because of them, I am.

My 2nd goal is to build myself as a stronger supporter of my husband. He is my illustrator, producer and publisher. Putting pen to paper is 5% of the work, while his role was so much more than the other 95%. His contributions are just too tremendous! I was so surprised at how little I could do after the words were done! My parents’ interwoven  story has shown me what marriage is all about. As my husband and I continue to develop concepts together and develop our professional selves as educators and clinicians, I pray to leave a legacy of love for our kids and grow closer as a team.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Wait for it. Pray for it. It is the inspiration from God that will bring forth our books. Every part of each project, from the written word, to the illustration, to the masterpiece of the cover must be inspired. GOD still works miracles. Writing a book was my ultimate impossibility! I gave up on it a long time ago and figured i’ll just keep handing out my ideas frivolously on social media. When this book started to come to being, it could have only been God, and thus, all the glory is His!

What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?

I have a lovely kid’s book for 0 to 5 years old called “I am Worth The Wait” by Dr. Lindsay Marsh-Warren. I know Dr. Marsh-Warren personally. She too has a very deep testimony along with a powerful ministry called The Worth The Wait Revolution. My boys LOVE her kids’ book! It teaches them big words and validates them.

“The Supa Dupa Kid” is by TY Allan Jackson, an amazing action-author who adds true meaning to the industry. This was the first chapter book my sons & I have ever completed together. They were so excited that they would remind me of our 1 chapter commitment every night.

I’ve also fallen in love with a book called “Dylan’s Big Surprise at the Doctor” by Kishma Anthony. Kishma is another action-author who brings life to the message of her story when she interacts with children. She has also been an inspiration and I love how to promotes the health care profession!

I am enamored by a Historical Fiction novel by my friend, Author Nike C Fatoki called Thread of Gold Beads. It is the first grown-up book i’ve read in ages! Such a beautiful rendering of legacy & culture! She was the first I reach out to for advice. I am excited about the example that she leads and the way she has developed her story beyond a book by also making it a play in which my husband was a star! This Author is dear to my heart.

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What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a special book of wisdom about the character “Mike” in “Adunni Dares to Dream”. When writing Adunni’s story, the Mike character began to impress me more and more, and I began to dream of ways to shed light on his actions & wise ways. My goal is to introduce “Mike Makes a Move: Golden Nuggets of Truth from Uncle Mike” this July 2017. I am very excited.

Latest release and book blurb

Although she was a part of a very hardworking family, Adunni just could not have the finer things in life, like school, books, & literacy. In her culture, girls were just expected to look pretty, get married and have children.  But Adunni wished for something more. Does Adunni give in to her society’s expectations? Does she chose the status quo? What are Adunni’s dreams and where do her dreams take her?

Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?*Alt. for poets: what type of music would you set your poetry to if you were performing it?*

Well, we can see Adunni more as an animated character. Her voice however would be acted by an amazing woman who has truly put our culture on the map. Her name is Rashidat Fawehinmi-Raji of HerGist.com. Rashidat has been the creative genius behind the cultural dialect depicted in the book. She is extremely talented and funny and would be perfect as the voice of Adunni!

How  can we purchase your work?

Proceeds from the Book goes directly to Medical, Public Health & Educational Outreach to support poor children like little Adunni, starting in her home town in Nigeria, West Africa. To obtain a copy, please make a donation at www.AdunnisDream.com

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Dr. Ajaos are a husband-wife, doctor-nurse team who have a joint passion for health literacy, preventative healthcare, and education for at-risk groups in the Global setting. Mrs. Taiwo I Ajao, the Author, is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health, while Dr. ‘Wale Ajao, the Illustrator, is an internationally-trained medical doctor with a Master’s of Arts in Communications & Producing for Film and Video.

Together, The DrAjaos intend to address health literacy via it’s most fundamental forms: using the arts of writing, entertainment, and communication to educate children and their parents. Adunni Dares to Dream is the beginning of a beautiful merger of not just a celebration of educational achievement, but also of Faith, Hope, Love and Miracles.

 CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Website           Amazon

    Blog 1             Facebook

     Blog 2             Instagram

 Follow the tour here: http://wnlbooktours.com/taiwo-i-ajao

Tour Hosted by: Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tour

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Thanks for joining us, Taiwo! All the very best in your writing endeavors. Stay victorious.

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Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series

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VBD Author Spotlight: Cassie Edwards Whitlow

Victorious By Design is pleased to spotlight author Cassie Edwards Whitlow. Cassie describes herself as remarkably optimistic, faith-filled, Spirit-filled, and a lover of life and people.  However, we would add overcomer to that list, because her life story is remarkable.

According to Cassie, “Success and happiness happen when we discover our purpose and walk in it. I am free to be who I was created to be and I can help others recognize their gifts as a blessing and not a flaw.

Cassie writes uplifting, faith-building reads. Her stories are filled with many valuable life lessons on forgiveness, faith, love, and family. Check out her books.

Title: One Wish

Genre: Women’s Fiction (Inspirational)

Release Day: December 2, 2016

THE BLURB

An orphan at three years old, a low chance of ever carrying a child, and in her second marriage, Iman is afraid she will die alone. Everything that has ever gone wrong in her life, happened during the Christmas season. Needless to say, Iman isn’t thrilled about celebrating Christmas.

Finally married to the man of her dreams, Micah Carrington, a successful oncologist who’d do anything to make her happy. But even he can’t give her the one gift she most desires.

Determined not to put too much trust in Micah’s promises, she ignores his plea for her to trust in God’s plan. Instead, she takes matters into her own hands.

Will Iman’s trust issues and need for control jeopardize her dream of having her own child with the man of her dreams?

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 A REVIEW OF ONE WISH

“What a beautiful and uplifting book! It is a reminder to be thankful for the loved ones you have around you and be mindful of their situations. We all go through things, but if we would stop and listen to God, we will hear and see what HE has in store for us. This is truly an amazing book by an amazing author!” Amazon Customer

CHECK OUT “TEMPTATION”

 

Title: Temptation

Genre: Women’s Fiction (Inspirational)

Release Day: June 9, 2016

THE BLURB

Natalia Philips is a manipulative, self-entitled paralegal, who will stop at nothing to win the affections of the new lawyer, Bryan Hunter. Natalia is accustomed to the finer things in life, and she has every intention of remaining married to her husband, Terrance for financial support. But her heart belongs to Bryan.

Bryan re-dedicates his life to Christ, and sets his sights on a more conservative lady, Ashlee Allen. After he breaks it off with Natalia, he realizes her issues are deeper than he thought. In addition, they share a secret that could destroy any chance he had with Ashlee. Will Natalia’s conniving ways, and the secret she and Bryan share, threaten the future he desires with Ashlee?

Ashlee has faced many struggles in her twenty years. Pregnant at seventeen, and two children by twenty, she was forced to make it on her own, without the help of her family. After being let down by her father and the father of her children, Ashlee is determined not to let it happen again. Will Ashlee’s past trials and her own insecurities keep her from finding true love?

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 A REVIEW OF TEMPTATION

“Finally a (clean) juicy romance novel with unexpected twists and turns and a highly anticipated sequel. I cried, laughed, prayed and held my breath while reading this book. I Literally read the book in one sitting. Omg I will definitely be reading this again and I cannot wait for part 2.” Amazon Customer

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Unlike many authors and others in various professions, Cassie didn’t discover at five years old, that she wanted to be an author. She spent a great deal of her childhood and young adult life writing songs and pursuing a music career. It wasn’t until much later that she would discover her love for writing stories. She creates relatable characters who grapple with issues she herself has a passion for: women’s mental, intellectual, and physical health issues.

Cassie received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Southern Arkansas University and a Master’s in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. A native of Arkansas, wife of an Air Force Sergeant, and mom of two, Cassie currently resides in a small village in England.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Website                                                      Amazon

Twitter                                                        Facebook

Goodreads                                                 Instagram

Thanks for joining us, Cassie! All the very best in your writing endeavors. Stay victorious!

Please remember to leave a comment and share this post. Thank you!

 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series

abryan@victoriousbydesign.com

https://twitter.com/victoriousbydes

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