Novelist, screenwriter, and actor Kyrian Chiemelie Offor remains one of Nigeria’s terrific storytellers and favourite thriller writers. He found his talent in writing after moving to Lagos in 2015, and he has since gone on to write many fantastic screenplays for some Nigerian filmmakers and production companies. He was born and raised in Anambra, Nigeria.
When did you officially start writing?
The first story I wrote in my life was in January 2016 in Surulere, and the title of that story is Flash Point.
What are the challenges you have faced in your journey as a writer, and how best did you overcome them?
In 2016 my stories were written such that filmmakers rejected them. I felt terrible, but it didn’t break me. Instead, I focused on learning more about writing and storytelling and sharpening my craft. Today I am proud that it is paying off.
Interesting… Can you say that you’ve overcome challenges in your writing career?
Every story you want to tell as a writer has its challenges but what makes you a successful writer is when you overcome these challenges and make sure your work gets to your targeted audience. When your audience reads and loves your work, then the work is done.
I’ve heard many people say writer’s block is a mental condition. And it doesn’t have a cure. What’s your take on that?
Writer’s block is not a mental condition. It is a common challenge among writers.
And how do you deal with writer’s block?
I read novels or stories related to the story I am working on. That way, I am inspired to keep writing. Since the writers of these novels I read can make it, I can do better.
Do you have a writing ritual? If yes, let us in on how it works.
My writing ritual is that I write every day. I write or read a story daily because I love writing.
I’ve heard many writers say that the more you make writing a habit, the more it becomes a part of you. In other words, you become used to writing every day. It also helps improve your writing skill. What’s your take on that?
It is true. Like I used to say, ‘What you do and practise every day, you become excellent at it, and when you are amazing at what you do, people will pay you for that service.
Now, as a writer, we will all face criticism. It is almost inevitable. I’ve also heard people say that criticism can either make you or mar you. What’s your take on that? How do you deal with criticism as a writer?
It makes me become a better writer and storyteller.
Amidst all the challenges and difficult times, at what point did you realise that writing is for you?
On the first day, I picked a pen and wrote a story.
Inspiring! Asides from writing stories on Facebook, what other kinds of writing are you into?
I am an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and ghostwriter.
What’s your definition of a successful writer?
When you keep changing the narrative, changing lives and society with your work, that is my definition of a successful writer.
At this point, can you say you’re a successful writer? If yes, why?
Yes, I am a successful writer. Why? Because I have changed so many lives and narratives with my work and social media.
Do you have a favourite writing quote, a motto, a watchword, or a saying that keeps you going in your writing journey?
Yes. ‘I Live to Write and Write to Live’.
Any projects you’re working on?
Yes, I am still working a book. My fourth book Bleeding Fog.