FRANCIS YAMOAH: MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS THE LACK OF PATIENCE
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Franicis Yamoah is our next guest. His first novelette A Good Day was published at the beginning of the year. It’s always interesting to hear from young authors what is their opinion on the writing in general. Are you ready for our next Q&A?
– Francis, What is your book A Good Day about?
– A Good Day is about London Metropolitan Police detective who moves to a small town called Kennet in order to take care of her ill mother. On her first day at Kennet Police Department she sets down the path of investigating a car crash which is believed to be nothing but an accident.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– The story was simply inspired by my mother’s declining health at the time and my sister’s determination to take care of her. The crime aspect of the story was because at the time I was reading a lot of crime novels. I love good crime stories and I just wanted to write one.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– My biggest challenge during the writing process would be my lack of patience. Writing is somewhat an unpredictable process and sometimes that process takes a long time in terms of figuring what to write or the progress of a story and I find I become impatient with the process sometimes. But I am learning to be patient with it.
– Tell us something more about your main character? Is it close to someone from your real life?
– The main character is loosely based on my older sister. I think all the things I admire about my sister ended up as part of the characteristics of the main character.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– It’s a fairly short story and it was written and published within a month.
– Who are you?
– What a question. Um, I’m not quite sure I’ve worked out entirely who I am, I think I’m still figuring that out, and I think on some level my desire to write is an attempt to make sense and understand who I am and the people and the world around me. But these are what I can tell you about myself. I’m 25 years old. I was originally born in Ghana in a small town called Suhum. I spent my first 12 years of life there and I moved to London where I currently live. I love stories in all formats whether, its film, theater or novels. I love creative arts in general and I spend my free time enjoying that and following football.
– What are your writing habits?
– I don’t have any distinctive writing habits that I know of, I just write as often as I can which isn’t that often because I’m a bit lazy. The only repetitive thing I do perhaps would be the amount of re-writes that I do. I change almost every word that I write, I can’t stop changing things. Yeah, I’ll say that’s my writing habit. It gets a bit annoying after a while because I’m never satisfied. That’s when I consider the sentence or paragraph or writing finished when I get annoyed at the amount of changes I’m making to it.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of the book?
– I’m satisfied and happy that there have been sales but of course as a writer you always want more people to read your work so no, I’m not completely satisfied yet but I’m sure I’ll reach some point of satisfaction in the future.
– Do you plan another one?
– Yes, I’m in the process of writing the next installment to the book, a novel which I plan to publish sometime in the first half of next year.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– I’m a bit of a novice in publishing in general so apart from signing up to twitter I’m afraid I haven’t done much in promoting my book but I do intend to educate myself in the area and do some promotion in the near future.
– You are author of short movies. Would you tell us more about them?
– So far I’ve made three short films; “Distress Call”, which is simply a short portrait about an anguished man. “The Lost”, which explores the criminal culture adopted by some of Britain’s inner-city youths and “Confessions of a Murderer”, which I’ll describe as an exploration of the theme actions and consequences based on the London riots of 2011.
– As a fan of photography, please send us one of your best photos and the story behind it?
– The photo I’ve sent you is called “Global Warming” and the story behind it is in the title really, I just wanted to create a picture that symbolized Global Warming so I took some food colorings, mixed them in a white plate with a circular base and when I was satisfied I had what I wanted, I took a picture of it.
– I am also Arsenal supporter. Curious to know your opinion on this season’s chances of the team to become champions and who is your all time favorite gunners’ player (Mine is Dennis Bergkamp)?
– As it currently stands, with the level of injuries the team have sustained and the apparent lack of enthusiasm from the available players apart from Alexis Sanchez, I fear we might not even finish top four this season, let alone finish on top of the league and become champions. A significant change in philosophy I think might need to happen at the club for that to happen. The club needs to spend, in my opinion, and buy high quality experienced players in order to be able to compete and be in with a chance of becoming champions. The days of the invincibles are long gone, it’s a different game now and I think the club needs to adapt for any chance of finishing on top of the league.
It’s hard to choose an all time favorite gunner but I’m going to have to go with the legend that is Patrick Vieira.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be? (Don’t forget to answer)
– My question will perhaps be, “Have you always wanted to be a writer?” to which I’ll respond “Yes.”
Check out more about Francis at his Twitter
Take a look at his book
A Good Day