Category: The Diaspora

INTERVIEW: Author Dorothy Koomson talks her writing journey from journalist to best-selling author


Dorothy Koomson has 15 published books, one of which (The Ice Cream Girls) was adapted into an ITV drama series. Born to Ghanaian parents she grew up in London as the second-born out of four children and had an international life that still shapes her writing until this day. She went to college in Leeds in the north of England, worked in Australia and now lives in Brighton, UK. On top of all that she’s also been nominated for a Black British Business Award (BBBAward) and challenges what it means to write about the ‘black British experience’.

I was standing in a book shop when…
When I got a call saying I had been shortlisted as a finalist for a BBBAward and I thought, oh wow!

Dorothy is a finalist in the Arts & Media Leader of the Year category at the BBBAwards, which takes place in London tonight.
Credit: steve@stevedunlop.com

I do my job of writing books and…
Being nominated for awards is like the icing on a fantastic cake because I never expect anything.

I started writing books at…
Thirteen and always loved writing stories. When I worked as a journalist, I would write chapters for my books on the train into work and on weekends.

I did have books when I was younger but…
We didn’t have much money and we’re reliant on the library.

I read all sorts of books…
Including Jackie Collins’ books, sci-fi and comics!

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My Liebster Award – I accept!


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Big shout out to Life of Afua of Friday Born Designs who nominated me for a Liebster Award! I know what you’re thinking….”What’s a Liebster Award?”….

It’s the Grammy awards for new bloggers, who are nominated by their fellow bloggers to show some love and appreciation for all the hard work we put into our blogging craft!

The rules:

1. Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them

2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator

3. Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 400 followers

4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer

5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

My Nominees:

SNAP

BEGINNERS MIND

 kryticalmind

Aurella Yussuf

The Commentator: Observations Of A Modern Life

Cerriann Taylor

African Art in London

sugarythings

TaDaa Nails

Questions for my nominees:

1. The inner city or the leafy suburbs?    2. What is your favourite quote and who said it?

3. Which actor would you choose to play yourself in a biopic film?    4. What’s your favourite colour?
5. What is the main theme of your blog and why?    6.One of the best books you’ve ever read?
7. If money was not an issue, what would be your dream job?    8.Cocktails or wine?
9. If you could make one thing in your country free, what would it be?  10. Is school the best place to learn. Why?

My answers to Life of Afua’s questions:

1. Favourite city you’ve ever visited? Having lived there for a bit would have to say NYC

2. Favourite song? I’m taking it waaaay back – Erykah Badu, Next Lifetime

3. What person inspires you the most? This is tough as there are quite a few but would say, Nelson Mandela

4. What made you start your blog? Encouragement from a friend and a chance to get my thoughts out to the world! lol

5. Favourite pizza toppings? Spicy beef

6. If you could do a degree in something new/different, what would it be? Geography

7. Apple or Samsung? Apple

8. Favourite childhood movie? Home Alone

9. Spring or Autumn? Spring

10. One piece of advice for the person reading this? Never convince yourself that you’re not good enough!

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