Following reading the fantastic Aversion (review here) the lovely Kenechi Udogu answered some questions for me.
What inspired you to write Aversion?
I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of telepathy and mind alteration of any sort. I don’t know why but novels, TV shows and movies with parapsychological themes are amongst my favourites (maybe my subconscious is trying to tell me something). The idea for Aversion came from a random pondering session where I wondered what it would be like to possess a paranormal ability which could help others but still give them the freedom to mess up their lives. The story grew very quickly once I decided that the main character’s abilities had to be flawed in some way. Isn’t it funny how we always tend to identify with flawed heroes?
Did you have the series planned out before writing the first book?
Funny enough, Aversion was going to be a standalone novella but once I started to write it, all these questions started to pop into me head and I knew I wouldn’t do the story justice by keeping it in one book. If I resolved all the issues I had, it was going to turn out to be a really, really long novel (who wants that?) or split up into shorter episodes of Gemma’s adventure as an Averter. I chose to split the story to give the characters room to grow in their own time. I’m still not sure what’s going to happen at the end of the series or how long it will be. I’d much prefer the story to lead me to a natural end instead of planning it all out to the last detail.
Would you like to be an Averter?
No way! Messing with people’s minds sounds like way too much responsibility. I’d be haunted by the thought of failure and probably have a nervous breakdown.
If you could be born with a special ability what would it be?
I am obsessed with time and always wished I had the ability to freeze it or slow it down. Not all the time, just when I need a few more hours sleep or an extra half hour to meet a deadline. Turning back time would be a huge no-no though. I believe everything happens for a reason, even what we consider as bad stuff, so if we ever get evolved enough to manipulate time, time travel backwards should not be an option.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so, how did you get over it?
I don’t think many writers can claim to never have suffered from writer’s block. I usually leave whatever I’m struggling with and try to focus on something else. Most of the time, what I change my focus to has nothing to do with writing at all. I’d watch telly, go out with friends or play an online game. Totally distract myself from my work. It could take hours or even days, then, Eureka!
Now it’s time for some quick-fire questions!
Favourite author? As a child, Enid Blyton. As an adult, Stephen King.
I loved Enid Blyton too!
Favourite book character? Hmmmm, it’s too difficult to narrow this down to one character. I’ll pass!
Favourite place to write? In bed (but I haven’t done this in ages because I tend to fall asleep with my pen still moving).
A fictional character you love to hate? Sophie Kinsella’s Rebecca Bloomwood from the Shopaholic Series. I can’t stand her silliness, yet I’ve read all the books in the series.
Favourite book genre? I have three favourite genres – fantasy/paranormal, thrillers and good old romance. If all of these can be found in one book …bliss!
Thank you so much for your time Kenechi!