Unoma, tell us about yourself.
I was born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents. I spent my childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance & Banking and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Global Management.
My job is in the business field but my talent and gift is in writing. I am a lover of all things books. I also loves, travelling, watching movies, listening to music and family time. I presently resides in Atlanta, GA with my husband and two kids
I believe my ministry is to share faith, hope and love of God through writing aimed at encouraging people through all facets of life
I make the time. Staying connected with Him is very important to starting my day of right.Being a wife, mom, full time worker and a writer now author, it can be tough but necessary feat. Some tricks I have developed are;one not to leave the bed in the morning with out communing with God, two,as a family we set a specific time everyday when we pray together.
We have this early evening so that one, we don’t get too engrossed in ourselves and forget and two so that the kids learn at a younger age that this is a crucial part of life.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
Oh my there are too may to mention. If I could I would list them all, but the authors that have had the most effect on me are Pat Simmons; her Guilt series is just out of this world, so also is Crowing Glory. There is also Rhonda McKnight, loved What Kind of Fool. Sherri Lewis; Dance into Destiny, My Soul Cries out etc. Victoria Christopher Murray with Destiny Divas and lastly the one I started reading first Kendra Norman Bellamy. I have read everything she has written.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
I started writing a number of years ago. I would write 500+ word count blogs and that would be it. I spent most of my time reading and reading and reading. When I got married my husband took one look at my library and asked where was my book? He harassed my all the way to publication and I’m thankful for it. I am independently published with KevStel Publications.
An independent Nigerian woman in Diaspora; Feranmi Adewunmi is threatened with the suggestion of an arranged marriage because by her parent’s calculations, she should be married by now. She is however determined to beat them at their own game, but she needs a man, not just any man but a Nigerian man.
Alex Montgomery, CEO of Montgomery Construction has no space in his life for a woman. An unfortunate incident changed his life forever; therefore rebuilding his business has become his sole focus.
For Feranmi time was running out, so Alex would just have to do. After all how hard could it be? What they weren’t prepared for was an attraction they couldn’t ignore. Their only option is to lean on the Lord to fix their hearts and minds but will his past confirm her stereotypical beliefs and come in the way of a future together?
An Unexpected Blessing is a story of love, forgiveness, and being open to God’s plan in your life. The best blessings often come in unexpected packages.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
Although I was born in Akron Ohio, I spent my formative years in my native country Nigeria before I came back to the US about fifteen years ago. The issue of a marriage prospect at a certain age is nagging problem for most single ladies abroad. After a certain age, people want to know ‘whose wife’ you are and not ‘what accomplishments’ you have achieved. Then there is the unspoken expectation that you should marry from your culture.
I decided to write the story based on experiences all around me . Also wanted to shed light on the fact that sometimes what we want might not be what we need.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
Forgiveness and the rewards we get when we let go of past hurt and pain. Also that the best blessings often come in unexpected packages.
What’s next for you?
I am writing another book, which will release next year. And I’m currently working on three novellas.
Please tell us where we can connect with you online.
I have a couple of online homes;
- For twitter @unwankwor
- Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/unoma.osiegbunwankwor
- goggle plus – https://plus.google.com/u/0/100491854772747890957/posts?tab=XX
- blog: http://inhissaftey.com/