I’m interviewing John Ukah today, author of cozy mystery “Murder at Midnight”. Welcome!
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I have been writing since childhood. I have always kept a personal journal. Writing is therapeutic. There was no conscious decision to become a writer. Writing has always been a part of me.
What inspired you to write Murder at Midnight?
The story took shape after I was awakened at night by unusual footsteps outside my door. The story is about a young lady who discovered a dark secret and was murdered in a guesthouse at midnight.
What is your editing process like?
I make a lot of notes when writing especially for research purposes. I prepare broad outlines and chapter plans. I write a few chapters at a time and not necessarily in a sequential order. I edit them over and over again. It is useful to get feedback from a reader, an independent eye, while editing.
Did you set any writing goals for 2017?
I am hoping to complete two manuscripts I have been working on.
Are you working on something now?
I am working on a detective thriller. It is a testimony on the bogey of love-life amidst confusion and value misjudgements. It affirms the point of duty on young men and women to make the right choices with their eyes open. The story is a saga of love, pitiful criminalities, investigations, assumptions and deceits.
About the Book
Title: Murder at Midnight
Author: John Ukah
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Alex Simpson, an ex-police officer, decides after a bout of typhoid fever to take a break in a serene and therapeutic environment. The last thing he expects is to be called upon to solve a murder at the Kinging Guest Lodge. But that is what happens, when the delectable and vivacious Maria Marshall is found dead in her bedroom at midnight.
The gallery of characters living at the guesthouse and thrown into the mix, do not make his task of solving this chilling and brutal murder any easier …
John Ukah is a seasoned banker and Associate of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ACMR). He is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, where he was listed as University Scholar. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
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