Q&A with Kenechi Udogu
1. Please tell our readers about Aversion.
Aversion is a paranormal story about a girl, Gemma Green, who has the power to push thoughts into the minds of her assignees to stop them from carrying out acts that will affect their futures. She is not alone in her vocation as an Averter but she is unique because she is the only female Averter she knows of. Unfortunately Gemma runs into trouble after carrying out her first Aversion and she has to make some big decisions that will affect both her life and that of her first assignee, Russ Tanner, her school’s tennis champ. Aversion is not intended as a simple romance story; it is one of discovery, change and acceptance for the two main characters.
2. Why did you choose the fantasy/paranormal genre to write in?
I was a huge fairytale and epic fantasy tale fan in my childhood and I pretty much fell in love with any story that had some form of well-developed mysticism to it. As I grew older and started to expand my writing field, leaning towards magical beings and objects was a no brainer.
3. If you could have any paranormal power, what would you choose?
Easy. Time manipulation. I’m obsessed with time and never think I have enough time to do the things I want to so it would be great to be able to slow down time to suit my needs. I’d especially love to be able to catch that elusive train/bus that I watch take off just as I arrive at the platform/bus stop. Or add another hour of sleep to my week day morning. Bliss!
4. Do you ever wish you had the ability to change someone's life?
I can be a bit of a klutz so I’m sure I’d mess up something that important. I really don’t envy Gemma’s responsibilities. The pressure would drive me insane.
5. How many books do you have planned for this series?
At the moment I’m thinking the series will have no less than four books to complete the story but, I’m hoping that as the story unfolds, the characters and their journey will dictate the length of the series.
My favourite compliment by far is one I received for The Other Slipper. A reader said he thought my retelling was more interesting than the original Cinderella story. After reading that, I couldn’t stop smiling for days.
7. You've written several books. Which book was the most challenging? Why?
The Other Slipper was probably the most difficult story to get through because I changed the story from how it was originally intended to pan out. Then I spent a long time worrying about how to end it. I was pleased with the end result though so it was worth it.
8. What would your protagonist think about you?
She’d probably not pay much attention to me, unless she had to carry out an Aversion on me. Like Gemma, I find it easy to fade into the background when I want to.
9. What book do you recommend everyone should read?
I found the original Grimm fairytales fascinating as they were quite different from most of the modern interpretations we’ve become accustomed to in the last few decades. I’d recommend everyone reads at least one or two of the original stories to get a sense of the intended message they were meant to convey.
10. How do you take your coffee/tea?
A dash of milk and one teaspoon of sugar = a perfect cup of tea.
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