Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Christian/inspirational author Unoma Nwankwor is bringing a little African spice to romance with a new novella.
“He Changed My Name is about an unlikely pairing. Ayanti Effiong is an embattled pop star who as part of her atonement to society has to perform community service in the church headed by Pastor Mensah Afortey. Her distaste for the church he loves with his whole heart should be a surefire deal breaker, but their attraction is hard to ignore. However, before he wins her heart, he must win her soul. The question is will they be able to overcome their obstacles to reach their happily ever after,” Nwankwor said.
Having released several books, Nwankwor is no stranger to writing Christian fiction.
“I remember always being a writer,” she said. “The issue was becoming an author. Now that, I was more like pushed into. After a life-threatening incident in 2012, I decided to use my talent. What would I have told God if I had died and not used anything He gave me? So just like that I started writing with the aim of becoming an author. So that was the first step. Then I reached out to an author who I had admired for a while. She was kind enough to help me out with craft and kind words of encouragement. I didn’t, however, submit it to a traditional publisher because I wanted the flexibility of being independently published. Which I stress should never mean you skimp on quality. Well the rest as they say is history. I have now published my sixth novel.
“The genre I’d write in was a no-brainer for me as I love sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, I’m also introverted, so I use my writing to say things I wouldn’t normally feel comfortable saying. Coupled with the fact that I’m a sucker for happily ever after, you have Christian fiction romance. My own uniqueness comes from the pieces of my African culture I throw into the mix,” she said.
“There is a great difference in what people think Africa looks like and what it actually is… This is in huge part due to the media. My commitment to my readers is to not only give them an enjoyable reading experience but teach them about different African countries, especially my home country Nigeria—our language, our food, our music. Cultures may differ, but the universal theme of faith, hope and love remain the same.”
Nwankwor has several full-length projects planned.
“I will release my next book, The Final Ultimatum. This is the much anticipated sequel to my Christmas novelette and after that I will start on the final book in the Sons of Ishmael series. Along the way I hope to write a nonfiction book.”