Friday, June 29, 2012

Author Interview with Kenechi Udogu

The DMS was lucky enough to interview Kenechi Udogu, author of the middle grade novel The Other SlipperLizzy recently reviewed this twist on a classic fairy tale and It was fun to share our thoughts about it and hear yours! We are excited to learn a little bit more about the story behind the story. So, without further ado... take it away, Kenechi! 


What inspired you to write The Other Slipper?


A few years ago I misread a café sign that said “The Other Side” for “The Other Slipper”. This got me wondering about Cinderella’s other slipper – the one the Prince didn’t pick up from the steps. What happened to it on that night? Did she take it home or lose it as well? As I didn’t know what the answer was, I decided to make up a story about it on my commute home. In my story, someone else found the slipper, which had its own spell and adventure wrapped around it. I was hooked on the idea. Of course, when I got home I realized that Cinderella kept the other slipper and used it to prove to the Prince that she was who she was.

How long did it take you to write The Other Slipper?

It took just over a year to complete the first draft, but that’s mostly because I work full time at my day job. The only opportunity I get to write is at night and weekends so most of my novels take pretty long to finish.

What are some of your favorite books from childhood? Were there any specific authors who inspired you?

I read a lot of books as a child but I have fond memories of Enid Blyton characters. She had a brilliant imagination – Famous Five, Malory Towers, The Magic Faraway Tree. Then as I got a little older, I graduated to high school romances like the Sweet Valley High Series, before plunging into slightly darker realms in Steven King’s world.

Where did you come up with the character, Jo?


Once I knew what I wanted to write about, I pictured the protagonist as a strong willed, sometimes obstinate but well meaning girl. I didn’t want her to be too vulnerable even though her mission would expose her to a lot of danger. Some readers seem to think Jo is a little too stubborn, but I reckon if I was forced into going on the same mission at her age (and with her limited exposure to the world), I would be equally suspicious of everyone I met. Her stubbornness worked out all right for her in the end.   

If you could befriend a character from any of your books, who would you befriend? Why?

I’m particularly fond of Locke from The Other Slipper and Mel from The Altercation of Vira. They both defy all logic to help their friends/companions. Mel literally crossed realms for someone he loved and Locke put himself in danger to protect two strangers. I’d love to have people like that looking out for me.

What is your favorite song?


I’m a bit of a music nut so it’s impossible to answer this because I’d say the first really good song that pops into my mind then realize it’s not actually my favorite song when I remember another great tune. It’ll probably be a rock song...Hmmm, can I pass on this one?


If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?

I really, really, really dislike cold weather so it would have to be somewhere hot and dry – preferably somewhere with room service.   

Where can we purchase your books?


Lots of places. All my books are available as e-books at:

☞ Smashwords ☞ Barnes and Noble ☞ Amazon.com ☞ itunesKobo






Read the reviews!  




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20 comments:

  1. Oh this book sounds fun! I can't wait to read it. And glad you dropped by author Kenechi Udogu.

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    1. LM- It is a fun retelling from a totally different point of view. It was so fun having Kenechi here today! Thanks for stopping by too! ~F

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  2. Always fascinated by these author interviews, Kenechi did not disappoint. Sounds like a book well worth a look at even if I do have my reservations about the rewriting of these stories.

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    1. Petty- So glad you enjoy the interviews! I love finding out more about the authors whose books I have read. The Other Slipper is lots of fun! ~F

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  3. I always love alternative fairy tales...I love those different unique views!

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    1. Patty- Me, too! I like looking at everything from a different vantage point! ~F

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  4. Makes me want to go to a ball! Thanks for the great interview and introducing us to the book.

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    1. Cleemckenzie- It would be fascinating to attend a ball. Glad you liked the interview! I hope you enjoy the book if you get a chance to read it! ~F

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  5. Lovely interview! And I like the premise for this book. Sounds curious and wonderfully original!

    Thanks ladies!!!

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    1. M. Christine- Thanks for stopping by. If you pick this one up I think you will enjoy it! :) ~F

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  6. Sounds like a book I'd love! I love spin offs on fairy tales. I love fairy tales as well! I'll look it up! Thanks for the great interview! Isn't it funny what can inspire a story??

    Heather

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    1. Buried in Books- If you love fairy tale spinoffs then this is definitely a book for you! I agree- it was amazing to discover that the idea for this book came from a misread sign! Wow! :) ~F

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  7. Love the title. Love the premise!

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    1. Kelly- I think the title is so clever! :) ~F

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  8. Hi everyone, huge thanks to the team here for letting me share some information on myself with you. I always loved fairytales as a child so when I began to stumble upon spinoffs and retellings in my older age, it was love at first sight/read. Writing about elements of a story from a different view point isn't easy but was a lot of fun in the end. I hope you all enjoy my twist on this classic tale when you get a chance to read it :)

    Kenechi

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    1. Kenechi- Thanks for stopping by to talk to our readers. We know they love hearing from authors. Your comment gave us even more insight about what inspires you and your writing life. :) We look forward to reading more of your books! ~Stephanie and Jess

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  9. I love hearing stories about those lightning bolts of inspiration. The painting is intriguing.

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    1. Leslie- I agree with you that it is amazing to hear what sparks our imaginations and gets us writing. Thanks for stopping by! ~F

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  10. Nice interview. I also don't like cold weather. Brrr.

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    1. Hi Donna, It was great to explore this book and connect with Kenechi- it's a fun story! Thanks for checking out our interview : ) ~ F

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