DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
You know the saying, "Things come in threes." I am a firm believer in it. Now, here is where I am coming from. Do you remember a month ago that I accidentally set my kitchen on fire? Then, about two weeks ago my water heater exploded resulting in flooding my laundry room, bathroom, hall, and a guest bedroom. I was worried because on June 1, 2019, hurricane season begins. I dreaded it because I knew that something would happen in the threes. Guess what? It did. No, not a hurricane, but my husband and I upgraded our security system in the house and the installer fell through the ceiling leaving a huge gaping hole in it. There was my three, praise God, he wasn't hurt. However, I didn't miss an opportunity to sell him THE KEYSTROKE KILLER and A.D.A.M. THE BEGINNING OF LIFE. That is my author tip of the day. Take every opportunity to sell your book. Of course, that means you have to keep copies on hand to do it. Pictured to the left, is the installer. Look in his tool pocket and you will see he has THE KEYSTROKE KILLER in it.
In two days, A.D.AM. THE BEGINNING OF LIFE launches on June 1, 2019. The best part, that for a limited time, and on launch day, the eBook will only be .99. Get your copy while you can.
Wow! Where did spring go. It is already time for summer. Do you know what that means besides that the children are out of school, picnics, swimming, summer camps and more? It means that in June, lots of weddings. I know this for a fact as I am also a June bride. On June 11, 2019, I will celebrate my thirty-sixth year wedding anniversary. It takes a lot of give and take to stay married that long, and in these times, more than fifty percent of weddings end in a divorce or are annulled. Yikes! That is why I found this next author, Bibi Apampa, and her new book "Nigerian Brides Academy" most interesting. When you read her interview, you'll know why. And, to top it off, the book as opened up as the #1 New Release on Amazon. Congratulations! Oh, if you want to launch your book as the #1 New release, my book "How to Launch and Market a Book," is available on Amazon.
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Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I’m Bibi Apampa, I was born in Nigeria, grew up, schooled and married in Nigeria. I currently live in the Ukwith my family
What inspired you to author this book?
A desire to see more ladies happily married. My husband and l have been involved with counseling and mentoring young adults, especially marital counseling, for over ten years.We had discussed the possibility of starting a “Finishing School for Brides” as we perceived that there was a gap that needed to be filled.
l discussed the idea with some friends and the idea of writing the book “Nigerian Brides Academy” came up as a forerunner to a boot camp for Brides and Brides-to-be, so, l wrote the framework and the topics to be covered.
How did you find the eighteen women to write this book? That is powerful in itself.
I can safely say that the choice of the eighteen women was divine as l got connected to most of them when the idea for the book came out.
We wanted the book to incorporate different viewpoints of successful Nigerian women who have a passion for seeing the younger generation succeed in their marital life. The idea was for them to share their experience, strong points, and ideas on how they were able to successfully balance career, business, and ministry and still have a happy and sweet home.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
I needed a happy and lovely African bride as the model. I walked into the photographic studio of a couple l was mentoring, and l saw the picture of his wife modeling after a makeup session, and it was just perfect for the book cover. I asked for permission to use the picture as the book cover, and they were so elated another proof that God divinely orchestrated the book. It was as if the picture was specifically taken for the book.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
My parents. Both of them were academicians and they made me develop a love for books growing up.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
Coordinating and compiling the work of eighteen ladies across four continents was a big challenge and getting the contents of the book to gel, flow and follow the framework was a bigger challenge as well as editing and compiling the transcripts for the book to become a reality
Tell your readers about your book.
It’s all about brides having a warm house, warm food, and a warm bed. It’s about preparing, empowering, and transforming brides into virtuous married women with a home that is peace, loving, clean, and warm. Having the ability to cook delicious meals for the family while maintaining a “warm, intimate and romantic bedroom relationship.”
Who is your target audience, and why?
Young brides and brides-to-be with a desire to have a happy home and a blessed married life.
If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?
It’s a manual for young brides who want to be joyfully married for life.
Tell your readers anything else you want to share.
They should watch out for the Finishing School for Brides. It's going to be explosive.