Meet Chris C.Uzoh.
Chris is a medical doctor and has written articles in scientific journals. On top of this, he also writes novels. I found that I was intrigued to know how he had the time to write a novel in-between being a doctor. This, i thought to myself is a person who is most certainly an inspiration to other writers for having the discipline and determination to find the time to write with such a demanding job taking up the majority of his time. Not to mention that he has family and a social life to contend with no doubt.
His favorite quotation is quite fitting – ‘Be as you wish to seem’ and his favorite book this week is Jodi Picoult’s ‘Sing You Home’. This is an interesting choice of book as Chris is a Crime Writer. In response, Chris advised me that he likes reading all kinds of fiction but prefers to write crime fiction.
My writing is reflective of my thoughts at any period in time. Therefore, I tend to joggle several stories simultaneously.
- Chris C.Uzoh.
With this in mind, I decided to ask Chris a few questions about his novel, and what inspires him.
So Chris, what novels are you currently writing? And why do you think an Agent should take on your work?
I have recently concluded my novel – ‘The Man Who Drew Blood’. My story has a message; my story is topical; my story is different, but they are all cliches. For me, an agent should take on my story because every writer, who has written a story, deserves at least one chance at getting the story to readers, so that they can decide. One pair of eyes can’t see everything. I understand that this would mean flooding the gates, but those are my thoughts.
What is the unique selling point of your story?
Don’t buy my book unless you’ve got time on your hands… . Once you start reading, you can’t stop. My book targets all adult population.
How did you hear about Write & Share?
I came to know of ’writeandshare’ from the writers’ & artists’ yearbook; and in the short time I have been a member, I’ve felt supported mentally as an aspiring writer, already. I hope that it would continue to provide me with support.
My inspiration comes from what I see happening around me–all the good, all the bad, all the ugly. My motivation comes from my drive to make a positive impact in the world with my writing.
- Chris.C Uzoh.
How do you overcome Writer’s block?
I write several stories simultaneously and for lack of time, I set realistic targets for myself (i.e 500-1000 words a day). Because I can move from story to story; and writing 500 words is not that difficult to accomplish, blocks are rare for me. However, when ideas stop flowing for one story, I move to the other. If ideas stop flowing for all my stories, then it is likely that I’m fatigued or hungry. I sort whatever it is out. If ideas still don’t flow, then I go back to stories already written and tweak them. If by the time I’m done tweaking my stories, fresh ideas are still not forthcoming for any of my stories, then I would accept that it is time for me to pack it in for the day and do something else. Nevertheless, I live in my stories. I think and ruminate on them minute in, minute out – this way, it is seldom that I encounter blocks.
What are your writing goals?
My only goal as a writer is to reach out to a wide audience of readers. Readers make writers who they become. Seek ye first the readers and the rest shall be added.
Would you like to feature in our next ‘Writers Interview’ blog? I am interested in hearing all writers stories – after all, everybody has taken a journey from the point they decide to put pen to paper and take that step into the writing world. Email me a request and why we should feature you in an interview at: firstname.lastname@example.org.