Welcome Segilola Salami to my blog.
What book are you promoting right now? What is it about?
Yetunde: An Ode to My Mother is my latest book. You can call it book 1.5 after Yetunde: The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London 1. Baby Yetunde is slightly older in this book. She narrates the Ode her mother told her in honour of her grandmother.
How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
Mother’s day was approaching and I thought why not?
Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?
Ahahahaha, the voices in my head tell me the story. I just put it down on ‘paper’.
What inspires you to write?
Writing is self perpetuating. Once you start, you just can’t stop.
What’s the best part of being a writer?
Seeing my imagination come to life.
What is your favourite scene in your book?
In my latest book, it definitely is the battle scene between the mom and the warrior chief.
Tell us about your main character? What makes her/him so special?
Yetunde is a baby of Yoruba descent growing up in London. She’s very special to me especially as she’s very relatable. I try to depict what growing up in the 21st century is like to a baby from a multi cultural background.
What would you like readers to take away from your book?
Fun insight to the Yoruba culture from food, to clothing to traditional beliefs.
Is there one passage that you feel gets to the heart of your book? If so, can you share it?
“And that is the end of my story. And what is the moral of the story you ask? I will always fight to
protect you no matter what” Mama said.
What new projects are you working on or are excited about right now?
I have a podcast show called The Segilola Salami Show. It is an entertaining but educative show. I have a number of guests share their experience on self publishing, help listeners discover new indie books, host giveaways (sometimes). I think of it as a nice twist to a sex and the city cafe hook up.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I believe that children are the future and should be invested in. That’s why I partnered with a UK charity called
Jigsaw4u. I have pledged to give a small portion from the sale of each book of Yetunde: An Ode to My Mother to them to help with the fantastic work they’re doing. So please support me to support them by buying the book. You can read more on my blog http://www.segilolasalami.co.uk/partnership-with-jigsaw4u/.
Thank you so much for being here today and for sharing your books with us.
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Links to Segiloa Salami’s books:
Buy via Amazon store on my website.
Yetunde: The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London
Yetunde: An Ode to My Mother
Learn to Count in Yoruba and English