AUTHOR: DUPE OLORUNJO
BOOK TITLE: A BEAUTIFUL WILDERNESS
GENRE: INSPIRATIONAL FICTION
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 27, 2014)
A Beautiful Wilderness (ABW) is Keanu Omira’s Story of redemption. It’s inspirational fiction and is set somewhere between the present and the future. If you have read the book then you probably know that already. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about ABW….
1) WHAT INSPIRED ME TO WRITE THIS BOOK
Early one morning on my way to work, I was stuck in traffic and found myself on the same spot a whole 20 minutes. The time passed very slowly as I found myself drawn to a lame beggar settled beside the road, all set up for the morning. Several thoughts filled my mind as I watched what must have been his daily routine for many years in the past and probably for many years to come.
I began to imagine that, in any set of even slightly different circumstances anyone of us could have been in this man’s shoes; different parents, different country, different side of the town. Then I realized that I am where I am today just by the grace of God and I became thankful to God.
My imagination ran wide and wild and within those 20 minutes, the story line for this book was created and fully formed in my mind.
2) IT HAS A PARALLEL TOUCH POINT STORY LINE WITH ONE OF THE MAJOR STORIES IN THE BIBLE.
Try looking through the book of Daniel and you should be able to hazard a guess as to which one.
3) ABW TOOK ME 3 YEARS TO COMPLETE.
I started late in 2010 and rounded it up in Dec 2013. That is a long time in anyone’s writing career, but I did want to get the story development, flow and presentation as near perfect as possible.
4) ABW WAS NOT THE ORIGINAL TITLE I HAD IN MIND
The original title at the development stage of ABW was ‘Mirror on the wall’. But then I noticed that each time I picked up the manuscript the word - Snow White popped in my mind. That gave me an indication that the title was just wrong.
I eventually chose ‘A Beautiful Wilderness’ as I was rounding up the first draft, for the love of its originality, the play on words and the conflict it presented.
I’ve never owned a dog but ABW has one that is full of life and is a bonafide member of the Omira family. He is a Golden retriever and it actually took me days to research on what his features and personality would look like. By the time I was through, I wanted to own a dog. *Smile*
6) WHAT IS HOMELESS LIKE?
How do I know what homeless is like? Many years ago, I would drive by a real life homeless settlement under a real life bridge on my way to work every morning. I studied and studied the activities of this Lagos colony. One fateful day I even experienced what it was like to be the victim of a robbery attack. A team of 4 young men shattered the windows of my car on the highway, snatched my bag and casually walked away to the car behind me. If all that wasn’t enough to feed my imagination then I wonder what else would be.
7) MIDNIGHT BLUE
I was in church one Sunday, when a friend told me the color of her hat was midnight blue. Both the colour and the name sounded so exotic and I immediately stored it away in memory knowing I would use it somehow in my next book.
8) WHICH CHARACTER IN THE BOOK IS THE AUTHOR MOST LIKE?
That has to be Bisi Sanders. I have been told that I can be prim, proper and panicky just like her.
9) HOW IS THIS BOOK DIFFERENT FROM MY PREVIOUS BOOKS
I think one major area is that ABW showcases some of the real struggles and temptations that even dedicated Christians face on a daily basis. For example, Cathy, a growing Christian who professes to love God, found it difficult to properly handle the challenges with her husband.
Jack is one of the minor characters in ABW and I found him to be such a lovable and unpredictable gentleman. He crept into the story during one of the early re-writes and I immediately fell in love with his character. I can’t let him go just yet, so I plan to write Jack’s story sometime in the very near future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dupe Olorunjo is an Inspirational fiction writer who loves to create stories to challenge her readers to consider life-changing possibilities sometimes outside their normal reach.
She is also the author of TAILED, a compelling tale of a troubled family of five; and THE AIREGINAN DREAM, the story of one man’s quest to set his country free from the shackles of corruption.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Keanu Omira is a wealthy Nigerian private equity investor whose ruthless backroom dealings have brought him to the top of the corporate ladder. Driven by passion to escape memories of his childhood poverty, he would do anything, hurt anyone to keep his fortune growing; leaving him with little thought for his family.
Cathy Omira, a beautiful and successful events manager loves her husband still and hates the towering invisible wall growing between them. Her distress mounts daily as she tries to understand why Keanu cheats on her and doesn’t seem to care enough for their two adorable children.
One bright morning, Keanu is on his way to seal a hostile takeover of a fledgling company owned by his childhood friend Bisi Sanders, when he is involved in a ghastly car accident. From that point, his life takes an unusual downward spiral. He is helpless as subsequent events trap him in a remote place he never knew existed. As the hand of the clock cycles on and Keanu’s ambitions no longer mean much to him, all he craves for is a chance to unearth what is fast becoming an elusive key to aid his return back home.
Will he ever find it?
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