"I'm a reader, writer, and lover of books and literature. I used to be an accountant, until one day a light bulb went off in my head. I couldn't imagine working as an accountant for the rest of my life. Over a few months of agonising and researching myself, I rediscovered my love for writing and left my job to become a writer in 2008.
My first novel is titled Nothing Comes Close. It's based on the online fiction series, "In My Dreams It Was Simpler", which I created and co-wrote with eight other great bloggers."
Official Apex Reviews Interview: Tolulope Popoola (Nothing Comes Close)
Apex Reviews: Thanks for joining us for this interview, Tolulope. We're looking forward to sharing more about your book and other efforts with our readers.
Tolulope Popoola: Thank you for having me on Apex Reviews.
AR: What inspired you to craft this compelling tale of the struggle to preserve love in the midst of daunting challenges?
TP: I wanted to write a story that most people can identify with. Relationships are one area of life that every adult has to deal with - we’re either searching for the right person to be with, or trying to make the best of our current status. Love is a universal language, finding love is not always easy and overcoming challenges always makes a good story, so I put those situations together to weave the story.
AR: What’s the significance of the book’s title?
TP: The title comes from something one of the main characters said. He was admitting that nothing comes close to having the love of the lady in his life. It is significant because he regretted letting love get away from him.
AR: Are the main characters based on people you know or have known in real life?
TP: No, they are not exactly based on real people, but I know people who have one or two of their traits. I would love having a friend like Lola.
AR: What is it about Wole that draws Lola to him so?
TP: Wole is intriguing to Lola because there’s something unpredictable and mysterious about him. He is impulsive and romantic. He does bad things, but for good reasons. He’s very honest and loyal, even though it sometimes gets him into trouble.
AR: In light of all she soon learns about Wole's past, what keeps Lola so determined to keep their love alive?
TP: She knew that no matter what Wole had done in the past, deep down, he was a changed person. Wole had also treated her like she was very precious to him. Initially, she couldn’t figure out what to think about his past, but by the end, Lola didn’t doubt Wole’s love for her.
AR: Was it difficult for you to maintain the suspense of the tale until the very end?
TP: It wasn’t too difficult. In earlier drafts of the novel, whenever I felt I had revealed too much, I went back to hide the clues to the climax of the story.
AR: Who have been some of your chief writing influences?
TP: There are so many! I would say that almost every good book I’ve read has some influence on my writing. I would mention Abidemi Sanusi, Rose Tremain, Chika Unigwe, Lola Shoneyin, Buchi Emecheta, Louisa May Alcott, just to name a few.
AR: What's next for you?
TP: I plan to continue creating stories so I’ll always have a project I’m working on; whether it’s a short story, flash fiction or a novel. I also want to create more opportunities for other aspiring writers.
AR: In addition to being an author, you're also the Founder of Accomplish Press, your own publishing company. Please share more with our readers about your endeavors with that organization.
TP: I knew I wanted to become a publisher a long time ago, because I felt that there were not enough mainstream publishers willing to take a chance on new writers like me. I had some experience with publishing through a self-publishing company, but I didn't like many aspects of that process - I felt it was too restrictive and limiting. So I did a lot of research and decided to become an independent publisher myself. That way, I could have more control over the process of bringing my stories to the public, as well as creating an avenue for other writers like me to get their work published. Accomplish Press is still a very young company but I’m hoping that in time, it will grow and I can bring more writers to the attention of the public.
AR: How can our readers learn more about you and your ongoing efforts?
TP: I have a blog @ www.onwritingandlife.com
On Facebook @ www.facebook.com/TolulopePopoola
On Twitter @ www.twitter.com/TolulopePopoola
On LinkedIn @ http://uk.linkedin.com/in/tolulopepopoola
On Goodreads @ www.goodreads.com/tolulopepopoola
AR: How can they contact you directly?
TP: By email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
AR: Any final thoughts you'd like to share?
TP: I would encourage everyone reading this to get out there and make their dreams come true. And to say thank you to Apex Reviews and the friends that have helped me on my writing journey.
AR: Thanks again, Tolulope, and best of continued success to you in all your endeavors!