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By Norm Goldman
Published on June 1, 2012
 


Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com Interviews Ola Adigun Author of Razor Sharp 3.0



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Author: Ola Adigun

ISBN: 9781475039917

Today, Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com is pleased to have as our guest, Ola Adigun author of Razor Sharp 3.0.

Good day Ola and thanks for participating in our interview

Norm:

Please tell our readers a little bit about your personal and professional background.

Ola:

Thanks Norm, for this opportunity. I was born in Lagos, Nigeria. I started out wanting to become a Chemical Engineer. With just about a semester left to finishing my first degree, I got the opportunity to come to God’s own country. I took it. Once I got to the U.S. I switched majors to Information Systems Engineering and I’ve never looked back.

As a kid, I loved listening to stories but never thought I would one day pick up a pen (or the keyboard these days) and spill a yarn I’ll be brave enough to share with the world. Something happened that changed that for me. I refer to the experience now as a “seismic shift” inside me. I was admitted to the hospital as a kid, about 8 or 9 years old, and almost lost my life. That experience awakened something in me. I started reading a novel afterwards and couldn’t help saying to myself, “I can do this”. I began working on my first book shortly after that.

Norm:

If you could go back ten years and give yourself one piece of advice what would it be?

Ola:

Just do it and let the chips fall where they may.

Norm:

Do you have a philosophy of writing?

Ola:

Not really. But if there’s one that comes close, it’s probably that my work will inspire someone.

Norm:

What was your creative process like when writing Razor Sharp 3.0? Did you read any special books on how to write? Did you work from an outline?

Ola:

I usually start with an end in mind and a general outline. A couple of times I’ve deviated from this with bad results. I also like to have a working title before committing to paper. Once I have these elements in place, I can generally finish the first draft within 2-3 weeks (about 6-8 hours daily). 2nd, 3rd or 4th draft is usually painfully slower. No, I didn’t read any special books on how to write.

Norm:

How did you create Supo Adelaide (also known as Zeus)?

Ola:

I don’t know how smart you have to be to write software that can predict stock prices with 97% accuracy. Or how much more smarter you need to be to build it without basic resources at your disposal. I needed someone just a little smarter than that and with a lovable personality able to influence total strangers to collaborate with him on his project. I was surprised when this tiny nineteen year old came to me in a dream and said he was the guy for this job. I said “sure, show me what you’ve got.” He literally blew me away! Then he said he wanted to be nicknamed “Zeus”, and I said “no way in the hell.” But as you can tell, he was very persuasive.

Norm:

Did you know the end of your book at the beginning and what is the most favorite part of your book?

Ola:

Yes, I did know the end at the beginning. I actually wrote the last page and worked my way back. My Father in heaven works the same way. I think it’s a great model to emulate when possible.

There’s a saying in the bible that “He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are….” That passage inspired Razor Sharp 3.0. For me, the symbolic elements that showcased this was my favorite part of the book.

Norm:

Did you share your drafts of the book with someone whose opinion you trust?

Ola:

Yes I did with my dear friend, Biodun Fatokun and a few others.

Norm:

What surprising thing did you learn in writing your book?

Ola:

That there are a hundred and one ways I could tell the story. Picking the best one was a challenge. It took four iterations. Each one with completely different premise of what was driving the bigger picture in the story. The 3rd iteration survived. This influenced the title of the book.

Norm:

In fiction as well as in non-fiction, writers very often take liberties with their material to tell a good story or make a point. But how much is too much?

Ola:

For me, it's important I have a general idea of what I'm trying to do with a story. That way I can keep asking myself if I've accomplished what I set out to do. To the extent that I can answer a definitive yes to that question, then I know everything outside of that is “fluff”. It's important that the picture I see in my head is what the words on paper represent. Once I'm fully convinced, everything else after that is probably scaling the wall of "too much".

Norm:

Where can our readers find out more about you and your book?

Ola:

I currently don’t have a personal website – imagine that! I’m working on it. They can find out more about my book(s) on amazon and other online retailers. However, only Amazon carries the digital version for now:

Norm:

What is next for Ola Adigun and is there anything else you wish to add that we have not covered?

Ola:

I’ll be publishing another book (The Masked Avenger) towards the end of June/early July. I’ve also started work on a rough outline for the 2nd installment of Razor Sharp, which will also be out later this year.

Norm:

Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors

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