SEEKEROFLIGHT also known as Héphzibah Brian Izuogu is a great wattpad writer with seven published works on the platform. She has been on the platform for well over two years and has managed to garner over a Thousand followers.
READ HER INTERVIEW BELOW:
QUESTION #1: When and how do you start your day? What do you do to prepare yourself for a day of work and your morning routine?
1: I wake up early for school around 5am or 6am in the morning.
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QUESTION #2: What do the day-to-day responsibilities look like to you, would you consider yourself strict or disciplined when it comes to do your duties?
2. It all depends on my mood. Some days I act like an individual with OCD, others days I’m with Bruno Mars doing the lazy song.
QUESTION #3: How often or how long do you write a day and how does it fit into your schedule?
3. I don’t have a schedule for writing because of the Nursing school I attend. For writing, some days I take six hours to write 500+ words and other days I use an hour and see myself hitting 4k words.
QUESTION #4: What is your favorite part about being a writer? Are you planning on making it your full time responsibility or a side job?
4. Favourite part about being a writer is having someone read your work. The feeling is immeasurable. I’d love to be a full-time writer. That would be great!
QUESTION #5: How did you discover wattpad and how long have you been using it? What benefits have you derived from it?
5. I found about Wattpad four years ago when I was in serious need of free books to read. A year later, I began writing my own story. The readers here make everything worthwhile.
6. My favourite author, for now, is Late James Hadley Chase. I’ve learnt how to play with words in the best I can. Hadley was a master of words. He still is.
QUESTION #7: What book of yours would you recommend to a person who hasn’t read your stories before?
7. Definitely Crooks and Castles.
QUESTION #8: If you were to write a song or poem about yourself, how would you begin it?
8. She saw the world different because she wasn’t like the others…
QUESTION #9: What does your writing process look like and what goes into your physical and mental preparations. How do you tune yourself into the writing mode during a writer’s block?
9. I do not have a writing process. I know that sounds bad, but I just write whenever I get the inspiration to. I do it for fun and so I don’t like stressing the words to come out.
10. I think it’s taking too long to finish a work. It’s hard to write but not writing is a lot harder. Be consistent to avoid word buildup.
QUESTION #11: What do you look for most in your writing and how do you achieve the results you want? What do you consider the most important in a story?
11. A good plot and I help myself in that goal by reading my story over and over again so I don’t get left out or miss anything.
QUESTION #12: Rank all your books:
12. Okay. This is going to be hard.
i. Your favorite, the one you enjoyed writing.
i. Crooks and Castles
ii. Most engaging and helpful or likely to win an award.
ii. Girls Who Dreamt Of Castles.
iii. The bestselling or most read.
iii. Girls Who Dreamt Of Castles
QUESTION #13: Rank all your characters:
13. Even harder!
i. Your favorite or they one you could possibly have a romantic relationship with?
i. Adira Archibong. I think she’s really cool even though she makes a lot of bad decisions. She’s my girl.
ii. Most irritating and most likely to get killed by you.
ii. Oh God!!! I don’t think I’ve felt this way towards any of my characters but I’ll go with Amanda. I hated her at first.
iii. The most badass or adventurous.
iii. Brenda! She’s as badass as they can be.
QUESTION #14: What was the most exciting moment for you in your journey and how have you coped with disappointment?
14. Finishing a book. It is as exciting as it is heartbreaking. My characters will always have a special place in my heart. If I ever get disappointed, I just read and write harder. I don’t like staying or feeling that way towards my books.
QUESTION #15: What does success look like to you in look like to you in this position? What new projects are you working on and when should we be expecting them?
15. Success to me is getting more people to read my books. I love seeing the different perspectives of humans. It’s amazing, really. I’m working on a lot of new things. I have over five draft and it kind of makes me sad because I don’t know when I’ll write them.
QUESTION #16: Do you think you have developed professionally and personally through your journey? What can you tell us about it?
16. Yes, I do. When I read back at my old books, I cringe. Hard. Being part of some great programmes on Wattpad, I’ve been taught a lot of things, directly and indirectly. I have improved and it’s obvious.
QUESTION #17: What do you see as the most challenging aspect of this job and how do you overcome them?
17. For me, it’s editing. I hate it. I loath it but it is my best friend. I give myself enough time to know that I have to edit and it’s important. And I’ll definitely see towards it.
18. Seeing a lot of people post their works on the internet gingered me. I knew I was like them, so why hide? When I posted my work, it took a lot of time for me to get a reaction but when I did, it was marvellous. For hate, I just laugh because what else can I do? Haha.
QUESTION #19: Do you write with songs or you prefer dead silence? If yes, what are your go to writing songs?
19. Sometimes I write with songs, sometimes I don’t. It all depends on the characters and scenes. I listen to slow songs, blues, soul. Other times I listen to trap and hip-hop when I want to write something badass.
QUESTION #20: Have you had any issues with people stealing and distributing your work and how did you deal with it?
20. A couple of times. I usually try to speak to them and if they don’t cooperate. I report them ASAP. It’s a serious issue. I don’t think people realize that.
QUESTION #21: What promotional method or practices did you use to promote your book? Which ones did you find the most useful? How did you get so many people interested in your work?
21. I haven’t used any. I just update and hope for the best. It works. It’s slow but it works. Haha
QUESTION #22: What was the most exasperating experience you have had in your journey?
22. Having my book taken off a platform. It was a glitch but it was frustrating still. I don’t think I’ve ever held my breath for that long.
23. Do people have that? I don’t have a timetable. If anyone did, I’d love to see how it’s made.
QUESTION #24: Where do you see yourself and your work in ten years from now?
24. I usually say I don’t know but my sister hates when I say that. She likes being optimistic. So, well, I’ll say that in the next ten years I see myself signing copies of my books for awesome readers around the world and maybe, just maybe, seeing my characters come to life on the big screen.
QUESTION #25: What is the mystery and reason behind your pen name?
25. Seekeroflight is not really my pen name but I use it sometimes. It’s gotten from my real name Hephzibah which means God’s delight. I personally don’t think I’ve seen that light in me. I’m still searching. Or seeking if you want to put it that way. 🙂
26. I think reading a lot of crime documentaries did a lot for me. I think authors should binge watch or read from their role models to get broader knowledge on their genre. In writing, you can’t be a lone wolf.
QUESTION #27: What was your family’s reaction to your writing success?
27. This one is funny because of my answer. My dad doesn’t know I write. My mum is happy but I’m pretty sure she didn’t know what she’s happy about. My brother still couldn’t care less and my sister. My sister thinks I’m a star.
QUESTION #28: Do you ever consider luck, your gender, ethnicity or race as a helping factor in your success?
28. It’s hard being black and female out here, so I would never consider my gender and race a helping factor. I think people read what I write because they like it.
QUESTION #29: How do you feel about all the success you have garnered as a writer, Are there any specific people who helped you out and encouraged you on this journey?
29. Strangers mostly with their little comments. They don’t know how far it has gotten me.
QUESTION #30: Any advice for the young, doubting or upcoming writer who feels like giving up?
30. Don’t give up. The fact that you mustered the courage to even write is fascinating. I hear a lot of people say they’ll write when they have the time but never do. But you have written something and it’s worth reading. If you feel you’re not good enough, read. Read, read, read and then when you’re tired of reading… You already know. Write. 🙂
I am a fifteen year old book addict and writing enthusiast from Ghana in West Africa. I love potato chips and jelly, pizza too but not so much. If you want to know more about me, you can follow me on other social media platforms. Don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter!!!!