I’m back to writing fiction. It feels really good to type that. The last three years have been a kind of literary wilderness, in which I’ve been writing non-fiction and doing quite a bit of business writing. But now, I’ve come full circle to what has always been my first love; fiction.
Writing the book is part therapy and part labour of love. Simply put: I’ve been away too long. And coming back to fiction, to this particular manuscript, feels right. The novel is called ‘Looking for Bono’ (and yes, it already has its own hashtags #lookingforbono and #whereisbaba) and it’s about Baba, an illiterate 50-odd year old Nigerian with what some might say are unrealistic dreams of meeting Bono (yes, he of the U2 fame). I would say more, but I don’t want to give away too much at this stage.
Baba is married to 35-year-old-wannabe-Nollywood-actress Muniratu, who goes by the Nollywood age of 25. Their marriage is one of mutual convenience, love and loathing in equal measure. In other words, the stuff of marriages.
I am having a blast writing this book. In fact, I’m having so much fun I’ve decided to do something different whilst I’m writing it.
#lookingforbono on social media
I thought it would be fun to share the writing and publication journey of this particular book with my readers. Anyone can write a book, but not every book is accepted by a traditional publisher, and even those that are accepted have faced an uphill battle to get the publisher to accept their work – usually.
To date, ‘Looking for Bono’ has yet to find a publishing home. However, my agent is working hard on this (she’s been waiting a loooong time for this manuscript to be completed). This blog will document this stage of the publishing journey as well.
What should you expect to see on social media?
Images of the characters, locations from the book, extracts, research notes… In fact, everything that is involved in the process of writing a book. Look out for #lookingforbono on social media and let the journey begin!