A Book Review + Giveaway for you!

Hello lovely friends!

Today is an exciting day for me and it involves a special little treat for you.

As a writer who is still very much in the beginning stages, it means a lot when people believe in me and care enough to support my dreams and goals. Since that has been so helpful to me in my writing journey, I want to make sure I do the same for other writers. We’re like a little family and family always supports each other. I want to help others achieve their dreams because I know that they would do the same for me. That said, today I want to introduce you to a writer who is currently making her dream of being a self-published writer a reality. Her name is Eniola Prentice.

author picEniola Prentice was born in Lagos Nigeria where she began to pen her stories as early as nine years old, inspired by an eclectic group of writers. Her budding writing career was put in the back burner as she pursued her dream of becoming a medical doctor, completing her undergraduate degree in Chicago, Illinois and her medical degree in Washington, DC. However in the third year of medical school inspired by the holy spirit or the voices in her head (she would prefer to blame God for this one) and the unique and inspiring stories of friends that became her family in medical school she began to write her debut novel and series, Still. She hopes that her writing compels challenges, inspires people and draws people to the Christian God’s redeeming love.

I had the lovely opportunity of interviewing Eniola Prentice about her upcoming novel, Still. She shared with me her journey as a writer (she wrote her first book when she was twelve!), her inspiration for the novel, and why writing it was so important to her.

Make sure to read all the way to the bottom for a special giveaway associated with her book!

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What is Still (and the Still series) about?

At its core, Still is about God’s love for four flawed characters. It includes a fifth character of medical school. Medical school is an essential component of my plot. The novel is about their intertwining relationships between each other and their friends against the backdrop of medical school. The main character, Sola starts medical school with the hope that it’s a new beginning for her but as life never turns out how we plan she meets an unlikely character, Tayo in medical school who she had encountered in a past life. She also develops and ignores feelings for Ladi, another classmate while she is trying to convince Nikky, another classmate that she should steer clear of Tayo.  Yes, she does have her hands full. :)

Tell me a little about yourself.

I am originally from Nigeria and I came to the United States when I was seventeen. I went to undergrad in Chicago then medical school in Washington DC. So I spent most of my formative years in the states. As for writing, I have always enjoyed writing from a young age and I guess Still is the perfect amalgamation of both sides of me. I absolutely enjoy dancing in front of mirrors, watching movies and eating. I really love food.

Tell me about your journey as a writer

How long do you have? LOL. My journey as a writer actually started when I was younger. I wrote my first official novel or novella  when I was twelve years ago. It was called Dark Shadows. Before that, I would use stories from the Sweet valley high series and Baby sitters club as “inspiration” for my novels. I put inspiration in quotes because my sister always accused me of copying the stories and I would get upset. LOL. It led to a lot of sibling squabbling. Anyway these novels inspired me and tickled my imagination. I never took writing seriously as a medium for reaching people until a light bulb went off in my head in medical school and I began writing again. I realized the imagination I had should not be dismissed as childish but that it was a gift from God.

Is Still based on personal experiences?

Yes it is a tongue in cheek memorial of my experience in medical school. When I graduated I realized just how self-absorbed we were. Our whole lives revolved around being in medical school, the gossip, what we wanted to do in the future. We were aware that we were going through an exciting process and enjoyed every minute of it. Yes it was hard work but it was also fun.

Why was writing this book so important to you?

It was important because I believe God placed it in my heart to write it. I felt He has a plan and purpose for the series so I am going to obey him to the best of my abilities.

What was the hardest part about writing a novel? (The writing process, promotion, etc.)

Every part of the novel was hard, to be honest. I enjoyed the organic writing process the most. I disliked editing and promotion. It’s a difficult process and can be very isolating if you are self-publishing. There are so many voices out there offering advice so it’s hard to know if you are doing the right thing. My advice is at some point to trust God, tune out all the voices and just go for it.

What do you want your readers to take away from the book?

I want readers to understand God’s love and redemptive grace from the book and the series as a whole.

How can someone purchase the book and when does it go on sale?

The novel goes on sale May 26th. It’s available on kindle and paperback on Amazon. It will also be available on other retailers like the Apple book store.

And now here’s the fun part.

You can enter Eniola Prentice’s giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of the book and a $40 gift card to Amazon!

Click here to enter!

Good luck!

Thanks, Eniola, for allowing me to walk along side you in the journey. You have my full support and I wish you luck in all your writing adventures!

Love,

Lottie

Writing is hard…Here’s some pictures!

 So…I’ll admit it. I’ve been really bad at getting new posts on here lately. I have a ton of ideas floating in my head (trust me, I’ve got things I want to say!) I just haven’t had a chance to get these thoughts out on paper yet. It’s been a busy time for me. You know what, I haven’t been that busy lately. I’m just going to be honest with you guys. Every time I sit down to write, my mind goes blank. I lose all motivation and I let myself get distracted by social media. I intentionally set time aside to write, and…nothing comes out!

Writer’s block? Sigh…maybe. But it’s more like writer-laziness.

If you want to be a good writer, sometimes you just have to fight for it. Fight through the laziness and perfection. As Stephanie May of the Lipstick Gospel so delicately put it a couple of weekends ago: you’ve got to get out a shitty first draft. Because then at least you have something to work with!

Ha! I love it. And that statement has been challenging me ever since. Last night I sat on my bed with my computer, opened up a word document, and just started writing. I didn’t second guess myself or think too hard about the way I was saying things. If I had a typo, I let it be. Within a half hour, I had 1000 words written on a topic I’ve been wanting to write about for a long time. Is it perfect? Nope. But it’s out there. And in a couple of days I’m going to revisit it, comb out the crap, and modify it til it’s an insightful, entertaining, and relevant post.

Seems legit, right?

In the meantime, here’s a glimpse into my life from the past week! I moved recently as was able to celebrate the new home with some awesome friends. I also got to explore a farmer’s market in downtown Kansas City – which was fun once AAA came and fixed my friend’s car! Oh, and I probably should mention that I got to meet NEEDTOBREATHE last week! I volunteer at Children’s Mercy Downtown and they performed a private concert during the lunch hour for nurses, patients and staff. It was ah-mazing. Yup – shook their hands and everything. I may have been a tad starstruck.

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