Interview with N.K. David for AuthorMePro

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APKY/AMP: Hello David. Please tell us something about yourself and how you came to be a writer. What inspired you to write your first book?

Thank you for the question.  I was born on May 6th 1977 in the N K DavidEastern part of Nigeria which is regarded as the Christian part of the country. At an early age, I wanted to study law/arts but I ended up in science in which I have come to love and I am currently in the medical field studying Veterinary medicine. I personally passed through a lot of struggle in my academic life because of a corrupt educational system.  I had to stand and fight against the corrupt Educational system and I am glad some people in Government answered my call and worked to change the system. It was during the struggle and in my quest for answers from higher planes of existence that my first book was born and published to predict the end of the struggle and other message for humanity. Today I have published two books and still counting.

APKY/AMP: An interesting life and one that afflicts many from the continent. What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?

I write mostly on inspirational, motivational, and emotional. But I It is Time We Truly Know Why Jesus Wept, by N K Davidalso write on religion, mystery/occult, love, romance, and suspense. I know that I can write on any other genre as the works have shown.

APKY/AMP: That’s quite a palette, so all power to youJ. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes my books always have a message in [them] and I try to make it easy for people to understand. I try to make people understand the need for true religious tolerance, and for people to look back in history and remember how we got here today because the truth is that we were liberated, if not we would not enjoy the freedom we have today so there is need to let others have their freedom for as long as they do not stop us from having ours. But there is always a problem as people try to save others in this religious tangle, and other laws, traditions and cultures that need to be conserved. That is why some people are calling for the move to personal responsibility.

APKY/AMP: Responsibility is certainly  worth embracing. What have you had published to-date?

I have published four books which are “The Formula for reincarnation (the rebirth equation),” “It is Time we truly know why Jesus Wept: at the grave of Lazarus,” “Most perfect exchange: The cost of liberty,” and “My Game: The switch”

APKY/AMP: I’m beginning to understand that palette of yoursJ. Do you have any advice for other writers?

(smiles) well, I think we, as writers, will always write what comes to our imagination or what we want people to know or learn from our idea among other [things]. That is there are various reasons we write but we should remember that our books/works can make impact in the lives of people because people can always come back to it and say “he wrote this” even after we are gone.

APKY/AMP: True enough. Now, why should we buy your book?

Firstly, because of the message it has for humanity which can be passed from generation [to generation]. That is because we need to hear the message it contains. Secondly, my books can meet other interests of the readers like suspense/thriller, mystery, to gain inspiration/motivation among others.

APKY/AMP: How much of the marketing do you do for your published works or indeed for yourself as a ‘brand’?

I do not much of marketing /publicity except that I carry my label on my online profiles. That I try to tell people about myself and my books where ever am found online. However, I have been interviewed by a radio station and I have other online interviews.

APKY/AMP: I’d call that quite a bit of marketingJ. Have you won or been shortlisted in any competitions and do you think they help with a writer’s success?

I have not really participated in any competition as such but I am on Hub pages where I have received an accolade as an engaging writer, http://www.hubpages.com/profile/davidkaluge, I once made the golden nugget honor on muttonline.com

APKY/AMP: More marketing right there, see?  Is there a special place that you prefer when you write?

Not really because although I like to write in my study or somewhere that I can focus, I realize that I can write anywhere when an idea comes up; I just pen it down and develop it later.

APKY/AMP: Many writers have told me they do a lot of that. Do you have an agent? Do you think they’re vital to an author’s success?

I do not have an agent because I never thought of it or see reasons why I need one.

APKY/AMP: Lucky you – I’m still looking for one and feel hopeless since I parted ways with one. What are you working on at the moment / next?

I just published my last book, My Game, late June 2012 and I have other unpublished scripts but I want to give myself a break before I publish or write another book. However, I keep writing hubs almost daily.

APKY/AMP: Excellent habit. Do you manage to write every day?

Yes, I can say so because even when am not writing articles, am writing on my academics which is personal.

APKY/AMP: A memoir in the making, perhaps. What is your opinion of writer’s block? Do you ever suffer from it? If so, how do you ‘cure’ it?

My answer here will need explanation. This is because some people claim that writing is easy and I used to think so, myself, but I now realize that it is not all that easy. The only thing is that it seems easy because we, as writers, love writing. I never really suffered from writer’s block even though it was not easy writing some of my books but the first time I suffered from it was in my last book, “My Game” because the suspense was so much that I was enmeshed by it and it was not easy for [me] to continue. I must admit I left the writing for a little while to think and plot further before I came back to face the challenge and it took inspiration and talent to cure it.

APKY/AMP: Do you plot your stories or do you just get an idea and off you are with it?

I get an idea, then I plot it but before I start writing a story, I usually know what I want to achieve and how I want it to end, depending.  The plot is necessary because things happen in between the story.

APKY/AMP: When it comes to fiction, do you have a method for creating your characters, their names and what do you think makes them believable?

I usually use common known names, for now, because even though some of my works are fiction, I make it look real to bring the message to the readers.

APKY/AMP: Who is your first reader – who do you first show your work to?

Except for my first book which I worked on alone, I usually give my finished script to friends that can edit it and tell me what they think about it.

APKY/AMP: Do you do a lot of editing or do you find that as time goes on your writing is more fully-formed?

I don’t do much editing because I always make my plot before I start writing. However, I may do a little editing if necessary to put the story in line.

APKY/AMP: Do you write on paper or do you prefer a computer?

In the past, I write on paper but now I prefer my computer but that does not stop me from putting down some things on paper when I can’t do that on my computer directly.

APKY/AMP: What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?

I like to use first person or third person. I have not tried second person and I wonder how it would work.

AMP: So do I! What do you like to read?

Mysteries, suspense, religious histories, love /romance, and health topics.

APKY/AMP: Good body and soul topics. What do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks?

I read/do my academic works or go for sporting activity.

AMP: Where can we find out about you and your work?

My books are available on many online stores like booktango.com (http://bookstore.booktango.com/Products/SKU-000546543/It-is-Time-We-Truly-Know-Why-Jesus-Wept.aspx  and, “Most perfect exchange: The cost of liberty” http://bookstore.booktango.com/products/SKU-000550902/Most-pefect-exchange.aspx  ), : ‘ http://bookstore.booktango.com/products/SKU-000591732/My-Game.aspx , authorhouse.com, Amazon, among others. (http://bookstore.booktango.com/AdvanceSearch/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=N.%20K.%20David)

 I am on many social sites like http://www.facebook.com/david.kalu77, twitter, linkedin, talent.me, http://www.hubpages.com/profile/davidkaluge , muttonline.com among many others. I welcome friendship and I love making good friends so people easily join me on facebook where I usually create my events and where I  have my book pages or through hubpages where I post free articles.

APKY/AMP: Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

I think you have asked all that need to be asked. However, interested readers are free to read my hubs on hub pages.

APKY/AMP: I’ll head there myself. Thank you, David. I invite you to include an extract of your writing:

 “…Even now that the formula has been developed to help all mortals gain the knowledge it has to offer, there is still a task left for the profane and even for most mystics, a task which each person must do as an individual and that task is to find the centre of the triangle. It is only within the triangle and at its centre that the formula must function. That is your task if you must wake up to the reality of your past lives” The formula for reincarnation.

“This is one of those few books that will always be remembered throughout history. The author did not only remind us of where we are coming from, but truly of where we are today and still heading to. You will find it interesting, intriguing and at the same time very educative. I am particularly honored to foreword this great book.” Editor –Most perfect exchange. “I found the book, My Game, brilliantly written. N. K. David puts a twist on the twist in this suspense filled novel.” Leesia Parrish Champion-editor review.  

APKY/AMP: Thank you again, David.

You are welcome.