Today I bring to you a little Q&A with Ike Pius. I reviewed Ike’s book Bomber Boy back in 2016! so a Q&A is long overdue! ha.
Question 1 – For readers who haven’t yet read your work can you give us a little bit of an insight as to what the book is about?
First let me say a big thank you for having me here on your blog, David. You have been very helpful in getting my book Bomber Boy out there in front of people.
Bomber Boy: Rise of the Underwear Bomber is more than just a story about Terrorism; this is a project for change. This is social activism… this is my lifeswork. The lead character is a terrorist or a suicide bomber who is sent to blow up a plane loaded with passengers bound for the United States.
That is exactly the point- He was sent. By whom? Why?
I try not only to make the reader laugh, but also to see that Terrorism goes a lot deeper than the folks at CNN are willing to let us see.
Question 2 Where did the idea for the story stem from?
The Underwear Bomber. The son of my country’s richest banker, is a very real person. Hence the idea for the book is inspired by real events. However, I labelled the book as fiction so as to dodge any legal issues.
Question 3 What motivated you to write the story?
Nigeria my country is always in the news for the wrong reasons. We are always looking for excuses to kill each other, but honestly religion seems to be the most effective reason we have.
I wrote a book titled Paradise That Was. This book was a story about the futility of Religious madness, particularly in the Nigerian setting.
Bomber Boy was supposed to be a radio skit to raise awareness about the book. somehow I saw more potetial in Bomber Boy and so decided to make it a book of its own.
Question 4 I enjoyed the book and quite honestly say for me it’s unique, how has it been received and how have you handled the feedback?
Well, for a guy like me with no background in literature, and no connections to the big publishing houses out there I really have no right to complain.
I just have to mention that many reviewers have refused to give me a chance just because of the colour of my skin. One American woman attempted to shoot me down in flames via a review on amazon… and then 2 years later she posted an even worse rating on goodreads. A man from Canada was moved to write about her “racism takes many forms.”
How I have handled the feedback? Difficulties have only made me stronger. I have improved the quality of the text and I am determined to keep pushing on.
Question 5 Do you plan to keep writing?
Interesting that you should ask this. Several times I have started a new draft, only to tear all up. I guess I don’t want to write anything less significant or meaningful than Bomber Boy. That would be like walking backwards. But when inspiration comes, I will be sure to write again.
Question 6 Do you have a day job? If so how do you balance this with day to day life
I run a small business which involves photography, graphics, and printing. My attitude towards life is: ‘stuff won’t get done by it’self.’
Question 7 I know you’ve worked hard to get bloggers like myself to read your work. Have you found the community as a whole supportive?
I believe that the future of publishing is not big presses or PR firms- it is bloggers. I therefore try as hard as I can to work with them. A lot of work still has to be done, like fishing out racists and scammers who don’t care about books but just want to take money from authors.
But yes, there have been a few supportive bloggers whom I have had the joy of meeting.
Question 8 What are your hopes for the next five years, personal and professional?
I would like to meet a nice girl. I would also like to see that my book Bomber Boy has gained acceptance. I don’t even know what that means, but I believe I’ll know when I get there.
Question 9 Tell me more about Ike. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy watching TV. I think my favorite show is Only Fools and Horses. I also enjoy reading. My favorite book is Gaius Julius Caesar: The Conquest of Gaul. I like to eat too..hahaha
Question 10 What would you say to convince readers to give your work a read?
Please read my book… hahahahaha
Thank you Ike!