Moral Fortitude is proud to interview Viano Oniomoh, author of The Boy Next Door and Club Fantasy. Viano has had amazing success on Wattpad and we are very honoured to interview her.
Welcome Viano, and thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.
When did you first start writing LGBT books?
The very first LGBT book I wrote was written in 2011 (Guess Where I’m Gonna Bite Next?) about vampires in love.
What inspired you to write LGBT fiction?
The first LGBT books I read on wattpad were by Jordan (@Tardistiles on wattpad) and Giovannie (@Amysence on wattpad) and I really loved how they portrayed the love in their books. I originally found it cute and it inspired me to start writing my own with the thought that there aren’t enough LGBT stories out there.
Where do your ideas come from?
I’m mostly inspired by anything and everything. I once had a story inspired by a walk I took. Little things like music or my neighbour’s cat or even other books I read etc acts as sources of inspiration for my books.
How much research do you do for your stories?
Not a lot haha it mostly depends on the story – since I dabble mostly in romance and fantasy, I don’t really need to do that much research. I only look up petty things like some stuff about dead bodies and how viruses act in the blood (reference to Rise Above) or I did a bit of research on how therapy works for my story “Infinite”. I think I’d do more research in the future if I planned on writing a factual or historical novel.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you?
Most of the time I write and just roll with it but recently, ever since my project for Camp NaNoWriMo (The Death Dance) where for the first time I actually outlined the entire plot, I’ve found myself plotting out an entire story before writing it.
Do you have a special time of day to write or how do you structure your day?
I mostly always write in the evenings because all day I’m busy with school work. When I’m on a school break though, I sometimes can spend all day writing in between doing other things like watching a movie or reading etc (I get easily distracted haha)
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A couple months during school weeks – probably between one to ten months and during the summer, it could take me as short as a month or three.
Do you proofread/edit all your own work or do you get someone to assist?
I edit all my work myself. I mostly just get the chapter done and then re-read through it and sometimes, Microsoft Word helps with that 😉
Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Yes I do actually. A cover is the first thing that attracts me to a book – if your cover is badly done then I’ll just assume the story is just as bad because if you can’t take the time to make a good cover for your story then what’ll make me believe you take the time to write properly? It sounds mean but that’s just me haha. Sometimes I do ignore the cover if the title is catchy or the blurb manages to draw me in – only then can I forgive you if your cover isn’t nice haha.
How do you choose the right cover for your book?
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Reviews are nice as long as you’re polite and the author has required it. Some people write just for the fun of it – they are aware of their mistakes and inadequacies and don’t need anyone pointing it out while other authors specifically ask for feedback. I for one don’t mind constructive feedback as long as you do it politely and your feedback is actually useful to me and my story.
Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
Not really, no. My current stories aren’t all that serious so I’m not really looking for feedback although it is welcome. I think I’ll actively start looking for feedback when I think of seriously publishing a story.
Do you use social media and how has this worked best for you?
I have a facebook page and so far it’s great. I think it would even be better if I utilized it more often.
What would you say are the main advantages / disadvantages of self-publishing?
The advantages I would think are the facts that self-publishing is easier and faster and I think cheaper? Disadvantages could be that you would need A LOT of advertising to put your story out there and it takes a lot of work on your part. Also, you’ll either have to get it professionally edited because most of the time, self-publishers don’t get their work properly edited before going with it.
What advice would you offer to other writers who would consider self-publishing?
Make sure you thoroughly edit your book! Also, make sure you have enough resources to help you advertise your book when you self-publish.
Do you have a favorite author / book?
I love LOVE Dan Brown and I really can’t choose which of his books I love the most. I think he writes brilliantly and I’d like to write like he does one day. His plots are always full of twists and turns and end up never being what you expect in the end.
What is your next project and what should we expect?
I’m currently focused on my werewolf LGBT “Rise Above” and you should expect great things! Its new for me because it revolves around crime and issues similar to the problems we actually face today, mostly inequality.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Hopefully published my first novel, living in my own apartment and engaged or married x)
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Thank you Viano for taking the time to be interviewed. We wish you great success and look forward to reading more great stories from you.