It was a pleasure to interview Author Christabel Sylvester, an Administrator in How to Write for Success Literary Forum, spreading Literary Talent throughout the World.
Christabel is a Head Teacher who is versatile, vivacious, loves to smile, sing, and laugh.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.,,,,,,
My name is Christabel Sylvester and I am from Delta State Nigeria where I obtained all my Education.
I am a very hard working headteacher in Nigeria and I love music and poetry.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED ON WRITING?
I love reading a lot.
At age ten, I had read all the available books and novels I was allowed to read.
When I complained to my dad, he laughed and said, " Ok sweetness, why don't you write your own books so that you and others can have enough to read?"
He suggested that I should write about funny things I see around me.
That was the start of my writing career.
ARE THERE ANY POETS OR WRITERS WHO INFLUENCED YOU?
Yes, there are many but I'd like to name just a few.
My Dad, my kids, Mr. Shiju Pallithazheth, Founder of Motivational strips, Brenda Mohammed, Founder of How to Write for Success, Purity Onyam, Nseobong Edem Okon, Bose Eneduwa Adogah, Sahjahan Ali Ahamad, Sreelatha Padmakumar, and a host of others.
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF ANY LITERATURE FORUMS, AND HOW HAVE THEY INFLUENCED YOU?
I belong to many forums, but I have had a lot of motivation from Motivational strips, How to Write for Success and the affiliated groups.
I am an Administrator in How to Write For Success Literary Forum where I love to cheer and encourage members.
DO YOU HAVE PLANS TO WRITE A NOVEL OR A BOOK?
Yes, I intend to write my first Anthology.
I am currently hoping to start on it soonest.
WHERE DID INSPIRATION FOR THIS COME FROM?
I have inspiration from many sources such as:
Personal experiences, insight on any given subject, prompt conversations, observation of my inner longings.
WHO DO YOU THINK WOULD LIKE YOUR STORY AND WHAT KIND OF READERSHIP ARE YOU AIMING FOR?
I write for a universal audience, family and mostly Adults.
WHAT IS THE MESSAGE YOU WILL BE TRYING TO GET ACROSS IN YOUR BOOK?
The message is mostly about love, optimism, empathy and compassion.
WHAT IS YOUR WRITING STYLE LIKE?
I write in Freestyles mainly.
HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT EDITING YOUR WORK?
I am very meticulous when it comes to Editing.
I am very particular about the correct grammar.
If a word is misused or wrongly spelled, It sends the wrong message to readers.
So I always make sure to speak and write properly.
I am my own editor.
IS THERE SOMETHING ABOUT THE WRITING PROCESS YOU WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD YOU BEFORE? GOOD OR BAD?
Not at all.
Instead, my writing has always been enjoyed by all readers.
I hear comments like " Christabel this is so exciting and encouraging."
"I can't wait to read your next post" "You hug your thoughts tightly to your chest and keep dishing them out bit by bit so that we keep hungering for more."
Comments like these and encouragements from Sir Shiju H Pallithazheth, Brenda Mohammed, fellow Admins, and all my wonderful readers usually uplift me to the glory of the Almighty God.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR WRITERS?
Yes. I would advise each writer to be themselves, as it is easier than copying.
They should look out for what works and adapt to a style peculiar with their nature.
I always give myself as an example, no matter the subject matter I write about.
I always season it with a little dash of humor.
WHAT ARE YOUR SOCIAL ACCOUNTS IF PEOPLE WANT TO CONNECT WITH YOU?
For now, I can be reached via sylvesterc366@ gmail.com.
My Facebook Handle: Christabel Sylvester.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Christabel Sylvester, a prolific poet, is a dedicated Head Teacher from Nigeria, popularly known as the Queen of Hearts, who loves to encourage everyone.
She is an Administrator in How to Write For Success Literary Forum.
She is a co-author in two best-selling Anthologies spear-headed by the Founder of How to Write for Success Literary Forum.
They are A Spark of Hope: A Treasury of Poems for Saving lives Volume II, and BREAK THE SILENCE: An Anthology Against Domestic Violence, both of which topped the charts on Amazon to become Amazon No 1 bestsellers in poetries and anthologies.
Christabel is also a Gold Categorised member in Motivational Strips, showing outstanding qualities in global literary excellence and contributions.