Saturday, October 5, 2013

Interview with Nike Campbell-Fatoki

Yesterday I reviewed Nike Campbell-Fatoki's novel of 19th century Benin, Thread of Gold Beads, and I'm delighted to share my interview with her. Read on to learn more about her, her novel, and what she does when not writing!

What was the plot of your very first piece of fiction?

My first piece of fiction was also historical fiction. It was the story of a slave girl’s life during the 19th century in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Do you have any writing rituals or routines?

I don’t have any rituals. I read over my outlines as many times as possible to ensure I stay on course.

Was Thread of Gold Beads the original title of your book?

No, the original title for a long time was Sojourner, but it just didn’t feel right. For me, it has to feel right. So I wrote without a title for a while until it came to me – Thread of Gold Beads. Amelia’s lineage was traced back through the beads. That was the clue and that felt right.

As you were writing Thread of Gold Beads, was there a particular scene or character that surprised you?

No, not really. Every character in the book actually represents someone in my life or some experience that I have either gone through or someone I know has gone through. Thread of Gold Beads is a story about life and the traumatic experiences that can either cripple us or make us stronger.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

I enjoy home interior design. I’m the Creative Director and owner of Eclectic Goodies, a party favors and gifts company. I’ve been working hard introducing the fall home décor line which comes out October 5th. The home décor line is African-inspired home décor. I designed the dining room décor and living room throw pillows using Ankara print. I was inspired to do this as a way of celebrating the African culture through fashion and design.

I also enjoy watching and analyzing movies. I think my next job will be screen writing. I always seem to have my own ideas of how a movie should end or predicting exactly how it will end.

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My thanks to Ms. Campbell-Fatoki for her time and answers. You can learn more about her and her book at her website.


I'm thrilled to offer a copy of Thread of Gold Beads to one lucky reader! A paperback or e-book copy is available, choice of the winner! To enter, fill out this brief form. Open to US and Canadian readers, ends 10/18.

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