Hey Sparkle Writers! Today’s #WriterSpotlight is absolutely amazing and that’s for lack of a better word. We have a writing powerhouse on The Sparkle Writer’s Hub today. She tells beautiful stories in the most unique and real way. Her name is Itunu Taiwo She’s a writer, blogger and pharmacist.
If you’ve been looking for someone to give you detailed advice on how to grow a blog community Itunu’s interview is exactly what you need. We don’t want to continue talking just read up.
Hello Itunu, please introduce yourself.
My name is Itunu Taiwo and I love to see myself as a modern day woman with Christ-fashioned values. I love Jesus and I aspire to be like him every day. I also love ice-cream, vintage and all things cute. During the day, I work as a practicing pharmacist while I love to read and write during my spare time.
We did a little background check so we know you’ve been writing since you were 9. At that what inspired you to start writing?
During my childhood days, I had a best-friend who brought some hand-written stories by her cousin to my house. After reading them, I felt I could try something similar. So I would draw pictures to illustrate my stories as much as I could while structuring white stories I’d gleaned from Enid Blyton. I also loved watching Tales by Moonlight and other shows that aired on TV back then. Before I knew it, the writing thing chose to stay and I discovered I found joy creating new worlds, scenes, characters and bringing my imagination to life.
So do you think you are a born writer?
Haha, I think it’s safe to say I was born a writer.
How has your writing evolved over the years?
Firstly, the more I spend time with God, my writing keeps taking shape. Intimacy with Him blooms into all kinds of expressions and writing is the best way I can express His love. I also observed that the more I read more books, the more my writing evolves.
You’ve grown a community via your blog. Can you give tips to bloggers who are struggling with this?
Patience and consistency are sisters. Over the years I learned this myself while writing. People appreciate consistency especially as a blogger or they’ll think you’re unserious. It’s also good to have a niche that people can use to identify you. My readers associate my blog with the following theme: God, Love and Life.
So whatever I’m providing to my readers, be it in stories or articles, all are centralized around this. You can’t be a jack of all trades. Also, your content must be good and be generous with it too. I realized people were able to trust me enough to buy my stories because they’d read stories from me in the past and they knew what to expect. These days, there are many things vying for people’s attention. So that you don’t get lost in the crowd, ensure you let people know how much they need what you want to give, and they’re willing to pay for it.
In your opinion, how can writers make a difference in the society through their skill?
Words are powerful. They can either make or marr a person. Now imagine weaving those words to reach the soul. That’s a powerful weapon if you ask me. I chose to mend broken hearts and build soul bridges that have been broken back to God. I chose to shed light and make people see the light in whatever darkness they may be dwelling in.
It’s left to each and everyone of us what we wish to do with our writing skill. Just remember you’ve got a powerful weapon that must not waste.
Why do you write?
I write because it’s the perfect way I know how to express myself fully without restriction or inhibition.
Which would you choose;
- Fiction or non fiction? Fiction
- Reading a good book or listening to great music? Both!
- Writing or pharmacy? Writing!
What’s your definition of having a great weekend?
A good book in hand or my tablet, tea or coffee and chocolate cake while I’m wrapped nicely in a warm blanket. A good movie (science fiction or drama) could come later in the evening though.
How has your love for books helped your writing?
The more I read books, the more I tend to pay more attention to vocabulary use, tense structure, body language, character development, benefits of research amongst many interesting things. Reading is very vital for a good writer.
What do you love most about writing?
The ability to create characters and make people fall in love with these imaginary friends of mine. It sounds like a Lego movie I know. And the beauty of this is I can express something vital through each story fascinates me. I don’t think I remain the same after I’m done writing a story.
What’s your advice to upcoming writers who are scared to share their talent with the world?
Just do it anyway! Perfection is a journey and this journey begins with a story. If you don’t begin, you’ll never have a story to tell. That in itself is a story!
What’s your ultimate goal as a writer?
To be a lighthouse with my stories and to take joy in the fact that I lived building God’s name above mine during my time on Earth.
We told you Itunu is awesome! If you would like to purchase any of her books, please click the links below;
- Dear Diary and Stolen Kisses on Okadabooks
- Stolen Kisses on Smashwords
- Dear Diary on Smashwords
- Stolen Kisses on Kobobooks
- Dear Diary on Kobobooks