Sabinah studied English and loved Literature and enjoyed religious studies. She moved to the United Kingdom started writing poetry in May 2018. She wrote her first poem Chemistry from a Park bench in Gidea Park, Romford Essex. She continued to write poetry on her journey to work and used the environment to inform her poetry .
She has continued to write inspirational poetry to encourage anyone of any age group and went on to start writing religious poems influenced by her faith. She has continued to use nature to promote her poetry in local parks using nature to inform her listeners and viewers in her recordings. Sabinah has gone on to compose more poetry in New York where she composed 6, Atlanta 7 Kent 4 and Maryland 6 and various other locations especially on the train and the local parks.
Some of Sabinah’s work can be found on The Talent Bank where five of her poems were quoted as first newcomer in three categories for three months from May -July. Some of her work is on the Creative Future which is a platform for young underrepresented poets.
Some of her work is also now on Vocal Media which is a multidimensional platform for showing creative Abilities.
1) First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most? What about being a writer frustrates you the most?
I have been greatly inspired by the gift of poetry and writing. I was gifted the gift of poetry while sitting on a park bench in Gidea park in May 2018. I have continued to write daily and have created over 500 poems some Children books, Faith books and Adult inspiration and Transformation poetry. I have also co-authored four anthologies and three poetry anthologies that brought me into contact with coaches, publishers and a host of authors. I am grateful for those friendships and continue to work on building positive . I have seven published books, five of which are self-published. Four of those books are best sellers. I have also just completed my first Half Poetry Marathon in June 2021.
What I love the most about being a writer is the fact that I get to share my passion with the world and anyone can get to read and be inspired by my poems. My book has traveled further in the world than I have in person and that’s amazing.
The thing that frustrates me the most is me not knowing how to get my books in front of the right audiences through adequate and effective marketing. This affects a lot of writers out there but the good thing is to continue writing and one day the appropriate audience will tag along and buy your books.
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?
Journeys of Life Inspiration and Transformation poetry Volumes -1-3
A Childs Journey Through Poetry -Vol 1-2 (Children)
Journey of a Childs Faith -Vol 1 (Children)
A day on a Journey to Lakeside Shopping Mall Vol 1 (Children)
Seven years of Bondage -All that glitters is not gold by Koko Danielle’s
3) Where do you draw your inspiration from for the stories that you manage to weave together and the characters that you create?
I draw my inspiration from the environment like nature, the outdoors and things affecting us globally on the news. For example the pandemic or little things on my day to day journey on the bus, train etc. Some of the poems I created in my children’s book are rainbow, boy on the train, crayons etc.
I do not create characters as the audiences I write about become my character or who I might be describing in my poems.
4) Do you have a schedule for when you write? Do you outline your novels? How long does it generally take you to finish a novel? What projects are you currently working on?
I like writing at night time between the hours of 2.00am and the early hours and then I go back to sleep. I like joining the weekly and monthly contests on the Facebook poetry groups as this has helped to improve my writing and creations. I wrote my personal story, My Memoirs Empowerment Defiance, over the course of a year, writing every Saturday during the pandemic. I had to outline my chapters for this book.
Currently I am still working on My Memoirs Empowerment Defiance, as well as working to finish A day on a journey to Lakeside Shopping Mall -Volume 2 and Sabinah’s Poetry Journey Volume 1.
5) What’s the first book you ever read that really moved you emotionally? Who is your favorite author to read? What book are you currently reading?
The first book I read that moved me emotionally was Romeo and Juliet as this was a love story and I enjoy Shakespeare’s novels. My favorite author would have to be Shakespeare as I enjoyed Merchant of Venice and Chaucer. My Memoirs Empowerment Defiance has also moved me beyond doubt as it is a deep book and I had to connect emotionally with my own journey having lost my dad at the young age of four. I am currently reading My Memoirs Empowerment Defiance by Sabinah Adewole. My Editor is working on improving it based on the Beta Reviews we received.
6) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?
My most significant achievement as a poetess is I completed my first Half Poetry Marathon in June 2021 writing 12 poems in 12 hours with writers across the globe in response to a prompt and image every hour. I also want to congratulate myself for writing my own personal story, Memoirs Empowerment Defiance, with 83000 words. I want to share this with the world and cannot wait for the release of this book soon.
In the next five years I see myself with over 10 books published, I am currently up to eight at the moment. I hope to have broken through in terms of marketing strategies so that I can start to make better returns on my published works and for my books to be achieving more income regularly. I would want to make my mark for children to see me as an inspiration as a children’s author making an impact in the education industry around the globe. I would like my name to carry on my legacy through my books.
7) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career? What is your advice for other writers to better be able to cope or navigate their way through the publishing process, be it traditional or self-publishing?
I have learned to deal with rejection on social media but not within the writing community. I believe the writing community is very supportive to one another. My advice for anyone is not to give up and keep going and focus on your journey. There is always someone who would want to read your book and benefit from reading your book.
There are a lot of writing support groups on Facebook and also Webinars to improve and learn from within the publishing industry. Amazon KdP and D2D are quite supportive for self publishing your own book.
I have used both Traditional publishers twice and one Indie publisher and I enjoyed the latter experience I would like to say she did an amazing job with my book having it become a best seller in eight categories and it still remains in top 100 on Amazon since Dec 2019.
8) Do you find it hard to juggle the creative side of being a writer against the business side of being a writer, in terms of marketing and promotion and things of that nature? How hard has it been (or easy) for you to build up your author platform?
It has been a long struggle to build up my Author platforms and have made steady progress. I have cross promoted authors on my website, doing author interviews and just recently launching my Instagram live interviews for new releases only. This is a way to help cross promote with other authors. I also upload this on YouTube to create more awareness. I have also been trying to do some collaborative work with a creative artist by writing up some Haikus based on being inspired by some of her images. I have also joined numerous Poetry contests to build my name in the right environments and making my presence felt and I have received numerous recognitions and special mentions on some of my poems. I am well pleased.
9) So many writers say that they hate reading their own work. Do you ever enjoy reading your own work back to yourself after it’s out there for the rest of the world?
Yes I do enjoy reading my own work and I actually recite my own poems on my YouTube channel where I also upload my author new release series
10) Do you believe that there is ever a point in life where it’s too late for an aspiring writer to become successful in this industry? Do you feel a late start would hinder their chances?
I believe God’s timing is the best, however I started writing in 2018 at the age of 51 and have gone on to make a success of my writing aspirations, as I believe God gave me this platform for a reason . I am grateful for this gift of Poetry and thank everyone that has been a part of this amazing journey.
11) I feel like writing is a remarkable tool to help people not only express themselves, but also to cope emotionally and mentally. I know for me I write to be and feel more authentic. What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity? How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?
Writing helps me to be more empowered in my purpose as it gives me a voice I can share with the world without feeling any remorse or fear. Writing is a powerful weapon to have and is unique to each individual author and their own craft.
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Releasing October 7th 2021