For this week’s author interview, I’m pleased to introduce Geosi Gyasi. Geosi is a fantastic author and a huge supporter of indie writers. On his site, Geosi Reads, he interviews up-and-coming authors, and I was honored to appear there over the summer. His questions are well-researched and in-depth, and his writing is the same. This is one writer whose star has only begun to rise.
A few icebreakers to start: when did you first decide to become a writer, and who are some of your favorite authors?
I became a writer when I started taking writing “seriously” – thus – in the latter part of my final year at the university. I wrote a number of short-fiction until after several rejections, I turned to poetry.
For my favorite writers, I would always go for Benjamin Kwakye and J.M Coetzee.
Your site, Geosi Reads, is a fantastic project that, in part, helps new writers get their names out there through your insightful interviews. What inspired you to start reaching out to up-and-coming writers?
This is an important question as I also identify as a budding writer. It is often too common that budding writers are not always given the needed exposure from the beginning of their writing careers. My role as an interviewer is to give them this exposure they need to blossom. My site is therefore a celebration of both budding and established writers.
What is your favorite medium as a writer: short stories, novels, or nonfiction articles?
Poetry is my favorite medium.
What writing projects are you currently working on?
I am working on a couple of poetry but at the same time, my book of interviews is forthcoming by Lamar University Press Books in 2016.
Where would you like your writing career to be in five years?
In five years from now, I hope to have a couple of chapbooks out and also to pursue further studies in writing and make a descent living as a writer.
Any links you’d like to share?
- A Journey: http://visualverse.org/submissions/a-journey/
- A Writer’s Block: http://visualverse.org/submissions/a-writers-block/
- Three Poems: http://afrikana.ng/the-olduvain-review/poetry/three-poems-4/
- On Your Birthday: http://literaryyard.com/2015/09/15/poem-on-your-birthday/
- If You Truly Enjoyed My Voice, Why Did You Reject Me: http://www.artvilla.com/plt/if-you-truly-enjoyed-my-voice-why-did-you-reject-me-a-poem-by-geosi-gyasi/
And then an interview: http://www.africanwriter.com/interview-with-geosi-gyasi-founder-of-geosi-reads/
Big thanks to Geosi for being part of this week’s author interview!