Interview with Tolulope Olashile
Page Bloom: Please let’s meet you
Tolulope Olashile: I’m Tolulope Olashile, a software support engineer and a fiction writer. I occasionally write poems. I am quite adventurous and I love to try out new things.
Page Bloom: When did you start writing, what influenced your writing career and when did you publish your first book?
Tolulope Olashile: I started writing fiction in my junior secondary school years. It was a lot of fun writing back then as much as it is now. While in secondary school, I wrote basically for the fun of it and to also entertain my classmates which were the devoted readers of my works. Leaving secondary school, I came to the realization that something more than entertainment could be achieved through fiction writing. Fiction writing could actually be a tool to change lives positively. This change in perspective has ever since set me on course to implement a positive change through my works.
Page Bloom: How has the journey been so far? And how lucrative has it been for you?
Tolulope Olashile: The journey so far has been great. I won’t say it hasn’t been challenging because one has to put a great deal of effort into producing something beautiful. This effort, coupled with God’s grace over the years, has yielded the kind of fruit I have hoped for.
Page Bloom: We see you have your book in audio format. What informed your decision to do that?
Tolulope Olashile: I met this great lady, Ejiro Osakede of Mixsie audiobooks. She contacted me sometime last year and told me about the brand. I was interested in the brand and after writing a beautiful fiction story, she helped produce the work into the audiobook you know of today.
Page Bloom: How do you unwind/relax?
Tolulope Olashile: I see movies, I try out a new recipe, hang out with friends, I do anything that’s fun
Page Bloom: What is your favourite book of all time?
Tolulope Olashile: I’ve got three, I can’t choose! “You’ve got male” by Elizabeth Bevarley, “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare and “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers.
Page Bloom: Are you working on a book currently?
Tolulope Olashile: Yes, I am. It is a work in progress and yes, it’s going to be another beautiful piece which I’d love you to watch out for.
Page Bloom: What can you say about the literary space in Nigeria at the moment?
Tolulope Olashile: The Nigerian literary space is exponentially growing with writers. This growth is quite encouraging and in the next decade, we will definitely be in greater spotlight. We’ve also got people willing and ready to help budding writers become better at writing. It’s a whole new world.
Page Bloom: What would you consider as the struggles of a writer/author generally and in Nigeria specifically?
Tolulope Olashile: Getting people to actually read books. That is not to say we do not have readers in Nigeria, we do but the percentage of those who don’t read to those who read is large. If you talk to ten people today and ask them about their love for reading or you even bother to give them a book to read, you’d probably hear “It’s not my thing,” from 60% of them and this can be discouraging.
Page Bloom: When it comes to writing, who is your mentor?
Tolulope Olashile: Francine Rivers.
Page Bloom: What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
Tolulope Olashile: You can achieve anything you set your mind to do. If you can dream it, you can do it.