Today’s guest at Paperback Writer is Azuka Thomson, author of the Social Drama, Dark Patches. Azuka joins us as part of her book tour with Pump Up Your Book. She will be on tour for the entire month of April. This is her first novel exploring polygamy and the lethal effects of outside interference on a hitherto happy marriage when a second wife is brought into the marriage. Visit the author at her tour page;
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About Dark Patches
Meet Ndidi, the high school teacher and adoring wife. Blissfully married for seven years, a single question brings her world crashing down.
Grant, Ndidi’s loving husband, is his mother’s only child. Unable to stand up to his relatives, he devises a plan to keep his family together.
Omorose, Grant’s mother, is determined to leave no stones unturned in her quest for more grandchildren, even if it means spiritual intervention.
Josephine is no ordinary second wife. Selfish, manipulative and troublesome, she does not intend to share Grant with Ndidi, so she starts an evil campaign with horrifying consequences.
As each of them make sacrifices for the sake of a common goal, ruthless bids for power unleash sinister forces of catastrophic proportions….
It is a pleasure to have you visit Paperback Writer, Azuka.
Thanks so much for having me.
I would like to get started with a few questions.
Q: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
I knew a couple of women who had been treated harshly in their marriages by their husband’s families and so decided to write Dark Patches around that perennial problem. Dark Patches is therefore about the adverse and sometimes lethal effects that outside interference could have on a hitherto happy marriage.
Q: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
My stories are first planned with an outline.
Q: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
Yes I do because my outline usually consists of the beginning, middle and end of the story.
Q: Do you have a process for developing your characters?
I really do not have a process of developing the characters as such since I know the end of the story, I just let them develop and lead me to the desired conclusion.
Q: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
Some of my friends suspect that Ndidi, the heroine of the book, had a strong resemblance to me but by the end of the story they usually conclude that is not the case. However, the only character who really reminds me of myself is Ndidi’s mother Philomena.
Q: What is your most favorite part about this book?
That would be Chapter 31 when Grant decides to mete out some jungle justice to his oppressors.
Q: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
I was really frustrated in my search for an agent. The only agent who would have me here in Germany was unable to find a publisher for the book. He eventually suggested I write the book in the German language and we parted ways. I then limited my search for an agent to the English countries but most of my enquiries did not even receive an answer. I was discouraged and did not do anything for over a year until I gave it to an American acquaintance of mine to read. She was extremely impressed with the story and urged either I send it directly to small publishing houses or self publish. Thus heartened, I resumed my search and was lucky to be accepted by Frankfurter Literaturverlag.
Q: What has been the best part about being published?
Considering that this first novel Dark Patches was released in November 2010, the best part of being published for me is still seeing my book in print. I have also derived immense satisfaction from some of the reviews that I have received.
Q: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
I hope that after reading this book, readers will resolve to be strong and fight for what they believe in.
Q: Do you have plans to write another book?
I am currently working on my second novel ‘Boomerang’ and hope that it will be released early next spring.
About Azuka Thomson
Azuka Thomson graduated from the University of Benin in Nigeria with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and later obtained a master’s degree from the University of Lagos. She worked as a consulting engineer for many years in Nigeria before relocating to Germany. She has three daughters and lives with her husband in Leverkusen. Dark Patches is her first novel. You can visit with Azuka Thomson at: