Goodreads Description of the Book:
Freddie Abani is the MP for Woundham, who was touted as London’s potential first black Mayor – until the summer riots.
Rupal Advani is a former policewoman and is now a marijuana addict.
Gemma and her struggling filmmaker husband Pete Newman, are trying to save their marriage.
Vivian Moses is a therapist, and they all have her in common.
Vivian’s Couch is the prequel to Michael Obiora’s 2009 debut Black Shoes.
I deliberately chose people from different backgrounds, and from different walks of life to have Vivian as the tie that binds them because I wanted to show that no matter what we look like, how much money we earn, or what status we have, we can all have problems. No matter how different we seem on the surface, no matter how much somebody can appear to “have it all”, sometimes we could all do with a little help. There are of course sub-plots and other characters to keep the story moving, and (hopefully) entertaining.
2. Out of all the characters, who was the most fun to write and why?
3. How did you come up with the idea for the book?
4. What tips would you give to any of my readers who would like to be authors?
5. What projects have you got planned for the next year?
6. If you were on a desert island which 3 characters from any book series would you want with you?
I’m one of the few people who isn’t too well versed in the YA world – please don’t kill me! But if you were to ask me which computer game characters from the mid to late nineties I could give you a long list! But my favourite fictional character in the book world is Alex Cross, he’s intelligent, he’s cool, and he’d have my back on a desert island!
7. What is your favourite childhood book and why?
Growing up I didn’t really read children’s books – thank goodness I write now because that could potentially be worrying – a kid who likes to read but only “serious” books! Right now, the children’s story that I can recall striking a chord with me was the Hare and the Tortoise – I was actually upset that the hare lost the race! While my classmates were rooting for the tortoise, I was thinking “come on man, don’t be complacent!”. So from then on, at every sports day race I’d give it my all until well past the finish line!
8. What inspired you to become and author?
Stories are incredibly important, especially in book form, as far as I’m concerned. Reading encourages one to use their imagination. I find good book’s inspiring, and I wanted to try my hand at creating world’s, and telling stories featuring diverse characters – that’s very important to me, challenging stereotypes. This is what inspired me to become a writer.
9. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like reading, of course! Exercising, and watching Arsenal frustrate me. But most of all I love traveling, binge watching TV box-sets, and fine dining with my wife.
10. What inspired your book cover and what do you like most about it?
There is also a big tabloid theme in my book – I’m very interested (and was once very annoyed!) in people’s fascination with celebrity culture. I also thought it would be interesting to show lies juxtaposed with the truth, running parallel in the story. The newspaper cut-out font was a nod to this. There may be a murder or two, three… four… in the book. Just teasing! But I used to be freaked out whenever I saw the hands of a stalker or murderer sticking newspaper font onto a piece of paper to send out a chilling message. So I wanted to include that in the cover to represent the disturbed – the disturbing infatuation with celebrity culture, also some of the disturbing things that happen in the book. I also always like to leave things open to interpretation, this is where the white background comes in – a blank canvass for readers to maybe look at in a different way when they get to the end of the story. And I was quite good at art at school and realized that I hadn’t actually drawn anything in years! So one day I was staring into space with writers block and started doodling with my pen, and within minutes I had drawn a couch! I really liked it and decided I was going to incorporate it into my front cover.
Top Ten Children’s Books I Can’t Believe I Havn’t Read.
1. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
2. Charlotte’s Webb – E. B. White
3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
4. Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!/ The Lorax/ Horton Hears a Who! – Dr. Seuss
6. Watership Down – Richard Adams
7. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
8. The Borrowers – Mary Norton
9. Cheaper by the Dozen – Frank. B. Gilbreth. Jr.
10. The Famous Five – Enid Blyton