Today I’m hosting author A.D. Koboah on my blog. A.D. Koboah is the author of paranormal romance novel Dark Genesis and contemporary fiction novel Peace.
1. What inspired you to write Peace?
Addiction is an interesting subject and I have always been curious as to how people come to be addicted to their drug of choice. Whereas alcohol addiction is the kind of thing that can creep up on a person, most people understand the dangers involved with the harder stuff like heroin or cocaine. So I have always been curious as to why people would take a step in that direction even though they know the possible consequences. And I decided that a possible reason could be that they have already given up on life by then. Of course, that is just one of many reasons why people choose to go down that route.
2. Your first novel, Dark Genesis is a paranormal romance novel. Peace on the other hand, is contemporary fiction. Why the changes in genres? What genre did you prefer to write in?
I have been asking myself the exact same thing and there isn’t really a specific reason. I started writing Peace years ago and I want to call it a labour of love, but it was just labour to be honest. Dark Genesis on the other hand seemed to write itself. Whereas I planned the plot for Peace step by step, the plot for Dark Genesis just seemed to come to me on its own and within a week or two, I pretty much had the whole story worked out in my head. I’ve heard some artists say that creative ideas are never really your own and you’re just the conduit. I always thought that was nonsense until I started writing Dark Genesis. But I prefer writing fantasy novels as there are no limits to the kind of world or characters you can create when writing a fantasy novel.
3. How is the writing process like for you? Do you use an outline or just write what comes to mind? Do you write every day, or only during the weekends?
I find that it is best to write when the ideas come to you. I think that is the reason why writing Peace was so arduous. I was either working or job hunting when I started having the idea for the novel and so I couldn’t really focus on it. I try and write every day.
4. What do you do if you suffer from writer’s block?
Because I tend to write the moment I have an idea, it means that I am normally working on more than one project at a time. For example, when I was working on Dark Genesis, I was writing parts of the second book in the Darkling trilogy as well as a screenplay. And whenever I became stuck or bored, I would just work on something else until the ideas started flowing again.
5. How long does it usually take you to write a novel from start to finish?
Every project is different. Peace took years to write and countless revisions. Dark Genesis took about a year to write.
6. If you were sent to a deserted island and you could only take three books, which ones would you take?
Beloved by Toni Morrison. I know I keep going on and on about this book, but it really is a masterpiece. The other is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I want to say that I would take a Stephen King book, but I think I would be scared enough on a deserted island on my own, so I will go with something by Anne Rice, probably The tale of the body thief.
7. Who was your favorite character to write about in Peace, and why?
Probably Mohamed. He was just so arrogant that I wanted to slap him a few times. He was fun to write. I also enjoyed creating Jason as he remained quite mysterious throughout the book.
8. Are you currently working on something new? If so, can you tell us more about it?
I’m working on the second book in the Darkling trilogy. For those that have read Dark Genesis, the second book will be narrated by Avery and begins just before he was turned into a vampire and continues up to the present day.
Peace Osei is young, beautiful – and addicted to heroin; the only thing that can keep painful past memories at bay. But when a face from her past re-enters her life demanding answers to questions she is not ready to face, it threatens to send Peace swimming deeper into self-destructive waters. Having spent so long drifting away from the real world, can Peace find the strength to face the past and banish her demons?
A.D. Koboah was born in London and completed an English Literature degree in 2000. Peace is her second novel. Her first novel, Dark Genesis, is a Paranormal Romance that was inspired by the concept of dehumanisation. She is currently working on a screenplay and will begin the sequel to Dark Genesis shortly.