Writing Fiction Has Made Me A Super Power–Vicky Bon

By Ikenga Chronicles February 14, 2018

Writing Fiction Has Made Me A Super Power–Vicky Bon

Vicky Bon Uzuazor is a wife, blogger, fiction writer, film director, stage play director, script writer, aspiring film producer and director, who studied Fiction Writing at the University of Anglia. 

Renowned for her “Vicky Bon Fictions” series, Mrs Uzuazor’s themes centre mainly around romance and God.

In this interview with Ikenga Chronicles, she talks about how fiction made her a goddess; Chimamanda Adichie, the challenges of juggling several aspiration, and the menace of plagiarism or copyright violations. 

Enjoy the read.

Who is Vicky Bon Uzuazor and how are you connected to the Fiction writing industry?

My name is Victoria Boniface Uzuazor. I am from Akwa Ibom state, my husband is from Delta state. Writing has been part of my life since I was a child, and it has stayed with me since then. I decided to write pure fiction when I discovered that it was more entertaining and interesting.

As a wife, blogger, fiction writer, film director, stage play director, script writer, aspiring film producer and director how are you able to juggle all these and still maintain a happy home?

Let’s say being a wife, a blogger and a writer hasn’t been just easy. My husband gives me a lot of time to write. He wakes me up most nights to write. He reminds me every single day that writing shouldn’t be skipped. I write mostly at nights, and blog whenever I am chanced. I suspend fiction writing and blogging, and every other thing whenever I have script writing jobs. I am still aspiring to be a movie producer and director, it’s still part of my dream. But I have started saving and seeking for sponsorships for production of one of my fiction series. So, while I keep writing my fiction series, the movie stuff can wait.

Where did the VickyBon’s Uzuazor fiction brand come from?

My dad gave me the name VICKY BON. He was my first boss in a newspaper company in Uyo. I submitted my first published fiction story to him and he stared at it for a while and said “Victoria sounds boring, you need a pen name.” Then, he gave me Vicky Bon. When I realized I was going into fiction writing full time, I had to add ‘fiction’ to my name.

How do you describe your brand’s personality?

My brand’s personality is amazing. I love the fact that I am known and recognized for interesting fiction series online.

Do you plan to sell the movies rights to your books someday?

Sure, yeah.

What sparked your interest in the fiction writing?

Passion.  Reading lots of African fiction–Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Buchi Emecheta etc.

How has your work evolved since the birth of your own brand?

My work has been spreading fast as far as social media is concerned. People publish my stories on their blogs, share them on WhatsApp and I have over 500 constant readers of my stories on my Facebook platform alone. My blog was launched in July 2017, and within a period of one month I got over 4k subscribers.

What does fiction writing mean to you?

Fiction writing is life to me. Knowing that I can create characters, give them names and life makes me feel like a small goddess. it’s the only super power I have.

What inspires your fiction/stories?

Deep thoughts, movies.

Is there any connection between your writing and your African heritage?

Most of my stories are deeply African. I use African names, precisely Ibibio names or Annang names for my characters. My favourite characters are usually African. I am African, and I try as much as possible to display African ideologies, styles, beliefs in my stories.

What is the biggest lesson that you’ve learnt since becoming a fiction writer?

Plagiarism. It makes me regret writing atimes. People steal my work and kill the passion in me. I have learnt not to write stories in a platform that is not safe. And sadly, I have come to realize that in Nigeria, no matter how careful you’re, people will still plagiarize your work if they want to.

Has anyone ever stolen your work before? Who? And how?

Several times. People steal my works from my blog, Facebook timeline. When I didn’t own a blog, my readers advised I get one. Since I was always complaining of plagiarism. They thought my work would be safer there. But unfortunately, people still go to my blog to steal my stories and get glory for themselves.

What have you done to stop it from happening again?

There is nothing anyone can do about plagiarism in Nigeria. Even Chimamanda’s books have fake copies in the market. Writers’ works are not taken seriously here. We make little money from creative writing and it’s sad. I hope that we will do something about it in the nearest future.

If you look ten years down the road, what would you like to see?

I want to see the Vicky Bon who is an author of at least 15 African fictional novels.

Are you self-taught or did you study creative writing in a formal setting?

I studied fiction writing in the University of Anglia. I was one of the lucky Nigerians who participated in that course in 2016. So I was lucky. I learnt a lot. It gave me more ideas on storytelling. And after that year, I improved in my storytelling.

Which of your competitor’s do you have the most respect for?

I don’t know if I have competitors. I haven’t really thought of that. But I love Tolulope Faniran. She said I inspired her to write after she read my story “Diary of a Pastor’s Wife”. I am currently writing a review of one of her series “Stalemate” and I must confess that she is good.

Who would you say is your best friend in the fiction industry?

Chimamanda Adichie.

Where do you see the future of your brand in 10 years from now?

I hope that Vickybonsfictions will be widely read. Ten years is too far!

What are you fascinated by at the moment and how does it feed into your work?

Love, women, men, animals, nature. I write everyday of my life and get to put these things in my stories. I try as much as possible to love the things I mentioned above dearly.

How do you balance creativity with your brand?

To own a brand like mine, you have to be creative at every moment. Anything can come into your head. So I write things a lot to save me the stress of thinking too much.

Does your approach differ when you write a non-Nigeria/African fiction.

I hardly write non-African fictions. I don’t enjoy writing anything that isn’t African or Nigerian.

What should people remember as they finish reading your stories?

That there was a love or romance scene in one or five episodes out of all. And that there was God who helped a character solve his or her problems.

How is your work received internationally?

I get a lot of commendations from foreigners. Especially people from most parts of Africa and the western world. They tell me they enjoy reading my stories. And the other day, a woman from France told me she could help translate my books to French language when published, and I was really excited.

Do you feel there’s a significant interest for young writers in Africa at the moment?

I get a lot of messages from young people who come to me and want me to teach them. A lot of them are not aware of the hard work and passion to learn that is involved in writing fictions. You have to dedicate your entire life and love it alone. It demands a lot of time and learning. you have to read and study vocabularies deeply.

 

Are you superstitious or do you have any rules you live by?

I am not the “rules” person. I doubt if I am superstitious. I am simple. Just do what is good and love God. Follow your heart positively and don’t dare care about what anyone says about you. I live by these policies and I am just fine.

Is there anything you would like to achieve before the end of the year?

I will be publishing one of my stories “The Black Feminist”. Publishing this book is going to be one of my biggest achievements.

Who is that lucky husband of yours, and can you tell us a little bit about him?

My husband is Mr Anthony Uzuazor. He is an engineer. And he loves reading my stories so much. He tells me anytime I try to relax on writing that I can do it. My husband is the man who has made me, and I am proud that he is my husband.

What is the most exciting aspect of your husband that you fell in love with?

My husband thinks like a feminist. He believes in equality. He believes in the power of womanhood. He is very supportive and protective. He tells me that I can be anything I wanna be, and that he is ready to push me as long as I hold his hands firmly. He is everything to me.

When you met him the first time, what did you see in him?

I saw a comedian and a funny friend. He makes me laugh really hard. He told me the first day we met “I want you to be my wife.” And I said “scam.” I never knew he was serious until the day he proposed. I liked him a lot afterwards, and I kept telling him before he even made his intentions known that I really liked him. He only used to smile at my own endearments.

What is it about him that makes you smile?

He is a fine man.

Did you ever have a favourite dream about your union with him?

Yes, after our first kiss.

How much of that has become reality?

100%

What makes Valentine’s Day special for you?

Valentine’s day is always special because I’ve got romance stories to tell and I’ve got a husband to cuddle in the midst of scented candles and white wine dinner.

What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day story?

I have written lots of them. My favourite is the one I will be  publishing on my blog from the 1st of February, ‘Three Sisters and a Man”.

As a fiction writer, what advice would you give to keep the sparks of Valentine’s all year long?

Romance and love are beautiful things. Read romance novels and rejuvenate that spark. Love shouldn’t be celebrated only on Valentine’s day.

What would you say is the secret behind every successful marriage?

Love,God, patience, compatibility, tolerance.

As a fiction writer and a married woman, is there really a happily ever after

In the world of fiction anything is possible. In the real world, we only pray in our hearts that our loved ones stay with us forever. But unfortunately, there is no forever, forever ends when we’re dead.

What advice would you give to young and upcoming writers?

Learn patiently. Write, even if you’re not sure of the number of readers. Just keep writing. Love what you do.

Where can we find you? Are you on social media?

I am on Facebook as Vicky Bon Uzuazor. I am on Instagram as vickybonsfictions.

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