Author of the Week — C. M. Okonkwo

C M Okonkwo

An interview with C. M. Okonkwo. Listen to Mo’s audio review of her book, All That Glitters here.

LE: Hello C. M. Okonkwo, please tell us a bit about yourself.

CMO: I’m a Nigerian author, writer and editor, originally from Imo State, but I was born in Lagos where I grew up before moving to France. I got a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France, an M.Sc. in Personnel and Employment Management and an Advanced M.Sc. in International HR Management and Development, both from the School of HR (IGS) in Lyon, France.

LE: What you do for a living? Is writing your full time job?

CMO: I’m a HR Manager by day and a writer by night. I currently reside in Lagos, Nigeria.

LE: When did you start writing and what prompted it?

CMO: I started writing from primary school, thanks to my mum who bought me loads of toys. I created families and stories for my toys as I played every day, and when I couldn’t remember the storyline or names the next day, I started writing them down. And that’s how the storytelling/writing was born.

LE: Are you currently working on any book and if you are, what is it about?

CMO: I’m working on several books at the moment, but the main one, which is about 60% done is titled “Kissed By Danger.” It’s a paranormal mystery/suspense book. In order not to give too much away or accidentally dish out spoilers, here’s a brief description:

After having an argument with his wife, Chris Masha goes off to a bar where he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman who seduces him. She claims to read people and offers to make his wish come true. To play along, he agrees to it, and she kisses him before leaving the bar with him. The next day, everything changes. Chris returns to his home, but it’s no longer his. There’s another family living there, and his wife and kids are nowhere to be found. His car isn’t his and the staff at his office have no clue who he is. He teams up with Inspector Jamie Tahiti and together, they hunt down the mysterious woman and get the answers they seek.

LE: Lastly, what are your hobbies?

CMO: I love dancing, it’s fun and relaxing at the same time. Movie night with my sisters every other Friday is something I look forward to, it helps us relax. Otherwise I’m in bed catching up on TV shows.

Then writing is my passion, it takes me away from all the stress from the day and also keeps me up at night.

C. M. Okonkwo has several published books and short stories:



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3 replies

  1. I find it very interesting that this lady author was somewhat inspired by toys as a child. I remember reading that the world famous Bronte sisters had their imaginations fired at youth when their father bought them toys…toy soldiers, I think? That was like200 years ago. Incredible that such an unexposed family of young women could go on to write classics we still read; like Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

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    • That’s a really interesting point. We noticed it when we did the interview. I learnt a different art from dolls, how to plait hair. Didn’t know this about the Bronte sisters so thanks for sharing!


  2. That is part of the internationalism of literature!! Eg some pundits noticed some parallels between Shakespeare and Soyinka. For examples, both “W.S,”, William Shakespeare, Wole Soyinka; also, both authors of many great, polished plays; both, world celebrated; one Bard of Avon, the other, Bard of Ake… etc etc

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