About this writer
Lara is a published author of African romance suspense novels and some other not-so-romantic fictional works. She was born and raised in Nigeria where she read her first romantic fiction at about age 9 or 10, and got ‘hooked’, as she says! Lara wrote her first fictional work at around that time and then relocated to the United States some years later. In 2009, she published her very first novel!
AiA: In the past four years, you’ve pretty much shot to superstardom in Nigeria Literature. How does that feel?
LD: I wouldn’t describe myself as a writer that has achieved superstardom status yet. I’m on the journey though, and I hope to get there, not necessarily me, but my books….my stories; for people to read my stories and go, “Oh, now that’s one story I’ll never forget.” So far, I’m grateful for the mostly positive responses my stories have received from readers. The feedback is what creates the encouragement and the thrill to keep writing.
AiA: What made you choose to specialize in Romance? That’s not a very common category of writing in Nigeria, or in Africa for that matter?
LD: Romance is mostly what I read and enjoy, so it’s inevitable that my books would come from the same genre.
AiA: Do you dedicate your love stories to anyone in particular, or are they all pure fiction?
LD: All my stories are pure fiction, but of course, I borrow from real life experiences. The dedications of my books are determined by the message of the story. For example, the Officer’s Bride – my latest novel – is dedicated to my dad – a retired military officer, and my mom. For Wale Taylor, My First Love was dedicated to the bitter-sweet experiences of first loves; and Love at Dawn, which centers on love and self-forgiveness was dedicated to my belief in a God who has the ability to give everyone a brand new beginning regardless of their past mistakes.
AiA: Your latest book, The Officer’s Bride, can you tell us anything about it?
LD: The Officer’s Bride is a Nigerian love story set in the late nineties during the worst military rule in the country. It features Nafisah, a Hausa-Fulani whose family is violently taken away from her, and Eddy, a powerful officer in the Nigerian military with whom Nafisah eventually finds love. It is a novella, which can be read in one sitting.
AiA: What do you like most about your life today?
LD: That I’m a part of the African writing surge. It’s a wonderful time to be an African writer.
AiA: Again, congratulations on your success! Any words for your fans?
LD: Thanks for having me here. And to my fans, I want to say, “Thank you. Without you all, I really wouldn’t be here. You are the reason why I can confidently say ‘I’m a writer’, so thank you!