Featured Creatives

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Love Rekindled From Myne Whitman

If you live in Blogsville and aren't just a visitor, you probably know who Myne Whitman is.She is a poet, blogger, and the inspiring author of two books A Heart To Mend and A Love Rekindled. If you've been reading her blog, Myne Whitman Writes, you'll know that she has got an active and creative imagination. Her thoughts and writings are as versatile and interesting as they come. And, she's such an adorable person (I'm even saying this though I've only known her in Blogsville).
Myne recently launched her second book A Love Rekindled. It's a story about love lost and found again. Like the saying goes, 'if it's yours, let it go and it'll come back to you'. It sounds like an impossible rule with no logic to it, but lots of things that are true in this world do not follow human logic, do they? Anyway, this interview of Myne is a peep show into the creative process of writing the book. Here goes:

1) When did you first decide to become a writer, and what triggered the decision?
I've always been writing, right from when I was like 10 or so, but I decided to make  a career of it about 2 years ago when I had the opportunity to choose what I wanted to be, as opposed to what I wanted to do.

2) Where do you usually get inspiration for your stories from?
From everywhere. My stories usually come to me from the experiences I have seen in my own life, from friends, or other people I know or have met. I also pick strands from news, movies or books.

3) Where did you get inspiration for A Love Rekindled from?
Some of it came from my own experience. I lived in Warri for a few months during the time there were a lot of ethnic clashes there. And when I thought of a story that involved that theme, I had to draw from that experience. The characters themselves came to me differently, and then I had to merge their stories together, Efe is a girl who has had her heart broken, and Kevwe is a twin with special abilities, and who is very open emotionally.

4) How long did it take you to write the novel?
I took almost a year. It was a quick write for the first draft, that took closer to two months. But the editing process was more demanding, another 6 -8 months was spent on this side of it.

5) What was the most challenging thing about this writing process and how did you overcome it?
It was the persistence and discipline to keep writing everyday. Sometimes I wanted to give up, just blog or Facebook, or go to the cinema. But since writing is something I really want to do, I had to go back.

6) If people could take back one thing from the novel, what would you rather it be (in other words, what message are you giving out through the novel)?
The major message is that of forgiveness, and of tolerance. Other themes are that of the rich history of our different cultures and why we should be aware of them and engage them. Over all these is love, that is the essence of all my stories.

A Love Rekindled can currently be bought in the following outlets: Amazon (paperback),Kindle, Createspace, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble Nook.

And that's all folks. Well, not quite. Leave a comment to enter a raffle draw for the chance to win an ebook copy of A Love Rekindled. It's a great read, believe me. Only one winner will be chosen and the giveaway will be open till Thursday 14th 2011.

Once again, congratulations on the new book Myne. We are rooting for you!

Update: I'm happy to announce that YankeeNaijaBabe is the winner of this giveaway. Yay! Congratulations Hun. And thanks everybody for participating :D


  1. Ms Myne is doing a superb job!

  2. congratulations myne.

    looking forward to read it.

  3. so proud of her! i heard it was featured in a newspaper too :)

  4. nice write up lady...I think Myne is such a great talent...

  5. Oooh! I'm really glad i'm following your blog you know; I never knew about her!!!

    I think she's found a niche in the Nigerian Literature market; No one's really focused on romance as their main topic.

    Amazinnnng Adiya!

  6. Thank you so much Adiya, your preamble made me laugh. I promise you I am adorable in person too, lol. I appreciate the opportunity, and good luck to everyone taking part.

  7. congrats Myne

    babe, thanks for stopping by my blog

  8. Myne! Am glad that she is Nigerian. Another reason to be proud of 9ja.

  9. Nice one, Adiya:)
    Congrats to Myne.

  10. Nice one Adiya,i say thank you on behalf of Myne even though i also don't know her in person but in Blogsville.

  11. Great write-up girl, love Myne, my girl always.

  12. She's amazing!


  13. This is just great! Nice interview!

    ps: Thanks for the comment



  14. I typed a very long comment and it just got deleted (mistakenly refreshed the page). I've actually never read any of Myne Whitman's stuff not even her blog but I'm looking forward to reading her new book. All the best with your writing career.

    @Adiya thanx for poppin in every now and then at http://appricotlekisses.blogspot.com/

  15. Great Interview with Mary! A Love Rekindled sounds like a book I would enjoy reading.I am looking forward to reading it.
    Good work Mary.

  16. Thanks so much for these comments guys! You're the bestest! xoxo. Getting ready to do the raffle draw- the old fashioned way

  17. You Adiya are one talented lady. To think that a feature of Myne rhymes with your theme! Indeed it does.Myne is one of my fave people on blogger. Wishing her all the best in her field!

  18. This comment has been removed by the author.