INTERVIEW WITH WAYNE SAMUEL
Page Bloom: Please let’s meet you
Wayne Samuel: My name is Wayne Samuel, aka The Godfather. I am a spoken word poet, novelist, screenwriter, copywriter and lover of art. They say I did a bunch of great stuff, but Proverbs 27:2.
Page Bloom: What was growing up like for you?
Wayne Samuel: I was an only child for a long time. Raised by a single parent and her band of sisters and mothers, I was quiet mostly. I was everything from Prom King to the Weird One.
Page Bloom: When did you start writing and what influenced this?
Wayne Samuel: Started writing circa 12/13. I just finished reading a book by Frank E. Peretti, it was a profoundly built work of prose. That and a faraway girl who had a crush on me were the elixir of my creative life.
Page Bloom: Are you working on a book currently?
Wayne Samuel: Yes I am as a matter of fact. It’s a bit of sci-fi, a bit of satire and the tiniest bit auto-biographical about the Nigerian educational system. I can’t wait to put it out.
Page Bloom: What is your favourite book of all time?
Wayne Samuel: Tough choice. But for keeping me so engaged for so long, I’d say it’s the Left Behind teen series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Page Bloom: What would you consider as the struggles of a writer/author and how do you think they can be addressed?
Wayne Samuel: I think it’s settling upon a style/voice and making it so that your words are seen by the eyes of strangers far and near as opposed to just your immediate family and friends. The first can be overcome by realizing that writing is simply revised expression. Express yourself, then revise until it reads and flows as you want it to. The second is a matter of marketing and understanding the institutions that exist in the industry, so that you can either take advantage of them or disrupt them.
Page Bloom: Do you think the genre of a book could influence its level of sales?
Wayne Samuel: Just like everything rises and falls on leadership, when it comes to book sales, everything rises and falls on marketing. So no, the genre has nothing to do with it.
Page Bloom: When it comes to poetry, who is your role model?
Wayne Samuel: I don’t really have role models in anything, never did. There’s just two categories of people in my mind. People I like and people I’d like to beat.