Author of the Week — Yejide Kilanko

Yejide Kilanko

An interview with Yejide Kilanko. Read our review of her book, Chasing Butterflies here.

LE: Hello Yejide, please tell us a bit about yourself.

Yejide: I was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, and grew up there. My first Bachelor’s was a Political Science degree from the University of Ibadan. In 2000, I moved to the United States and stayed home to raise our children. After moving to Ontario, Canada, I went back to school and obtained an undergraduate and graduate degree in Social Work.

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

Yejide: Writing is not my full-time job; that would be a dream. I work as a psychotherapist in children’s mental health.

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

Yejide: I started writing poetry at the age of 12. Writing in all forms was and is still the best way I process my emotions.

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

Yejide: I am in the early stages of outlining a new novel set primarily in Canada with some scenes in the U.K and Nigeria. It’s about a young lady who is desperate to discover the truth about her origin.

LE: Lastly, what are your hobbies?

Yejide: I love listening to music and designing graphics.

Yejide has four published books:

Chasing Butterflies

Chasing Butterflies

Daughters Who Walk this Path

Daughters Who Walk This Path

There’s an Elephant in my Wardrobe

There is an Elephant in my Wardrobe

Wiping Halima’s Tears

Wiping Halima's Tears

She is on Twitter and has a blog.