Interview with Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha


Welcome to my first of a (hopefully) monthly, interview series, with inspirational and talented writers in the blogging community.

I’m pleased to share with you this week an interview with Jacqueline Oby – Ikocha of A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales. Please visit this link to read her fantastic blog:


 

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Jacqueline Oby – Ikocha

“Personality wise, I would describe myself as a simple, deep-thinking, friendly, inquisitive, and vivacious human with multiple layers which baffle me at certain times” – Jacqueline Oby- Ikocha


1. Please Tell Us About Yourself.

My name is Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha. I’m a Nigerian born, Dubai (UAE) resident, of Igbo heritage. The Igbo’s are a hardworking, industrious, nomadic and proud tribe of Nigeria whom can be found in almost every nook and cranny of the world, even in places that you would least expect to find them. We strive to thrive wherever we are found.

Personality wise, I would describe myself as a simple, deep-thinking, friendly, inquisitive and vivacious human with multiple layers which baffle me at certain times.

I’m an ambivert, a people person, an outspoken, and focused woman. I can own up to being a loyal and upright person and you can take my word to the bank. Hard work doesn’t scare me. I truly believe in encouraging others to be the best that they can be. I’m also a wife, a mother, a writer, a perpetual learner, a life-enthusiast and a die-hard optimist. I don’t believe in the word impossible.


2. When Did You Begin Writing and/or Blogging?

I actually have no conscious date as to when I started scribbling. I use the word scribbling because I would write drama series at a very young age and designate my siblings to roles that I deemed fit. I was both the story writer, the film director, and everything in-between. Sometimes my siblings fell out with me because they weren’t particularly enthused about one role or the other.

However, I consciously started taking my writing seriously and away from the realm of a hobby two years ago. My venture into blogging started on May 62015 as I searched for areas to help harness my writing and opportunities to interact with like-minded people.


“As some people resort to drink or other vices of choice, writing is my vice, which is only possibly matched by reading” – Jacqueline Oby – Ikocha


4. What does writing/poetry mean to you? Why do you write?

I write for vision and clarity. I process things better when I write. I write to share thoughts that I may ordinarily not give voice to. I write to deal with issues that bother me. As some people resort to drink or other vices of choice, writing is my vice, which is only possibly matched by reading. I wouldn’t know how else to be.

My reason for writing is so strong, a lot of times, when I need my husband to understand a point that I’m probably not expressing vocally as well as I should, I write him a letter.

My heart has known peace through my writing. Some of the turbulence I experienced earlier in life have been manageable due to writing. It’s a voice that God gave me. A lot of times my husband, children and friends marvel at the speed at which my fingers fly across the keyboard even without looking at the letters. Or they marvel at how quickly my pen flies across a journal endlessly.

It’s the way it is for me. While some people say they experience ‘writers block,’ I’m yet to experience the feeling. What I experience is insufficient time in any given day where I’m able to write the words, thoughts that flit through my mind. I have many other responsibilities which have my name written on them.


5. Where do you find your inspiration and motivation to write? Is there a time of day you prefer to write?

I see inspiration in everything. I could see a mustard coloured car and a story comes to my mind. It could be the way someone wore their clothes, spoke, smiled,  or didn’t smile. Inspiration just comes. Sometimes I ask God’s Spirit to lead my hands.

I enjoy writing in the wee hours of the morning before my entire household rises, but such opportunity is becoming less. Someday’s I write late into the evening after work and other chores before I knock off to sleep. I normally wake up at 4:00 to 4:30 am and put in an hour either prepping my blog or writing something before I prepare for school runs, work, and the rest of my day.

I’ve learned to write on the go, anywhere and anytime, otherwise I’ll never find enough time during the day to write. My notepad is always ready in my bag and I can tune out if need be and scribble. I scribble all the time. Morning, afternoon, evening, night, sitting, standing, even riding the train or bus.


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Jacqueline Obi-Ikocha

6. What Are Your Most Current Writing Projects? Have You Published Or Are You Planning to Publish Any Work?

Presently, I’m working on a collection of stories, two novels, an inspirational book, and another poetry book. I’ve decided to take them one at a time because it was getting crazy. I want to focus on one work, have it finished, and then move on to other projects.

Out of The Silent Breath is my first published poetry book. I’ve done freelance writing in the past, writing content for others, as well as ghost writing. However, I’ve decided to focus more on my own works. I still freelance when the right briefs come, but I’m planning on having my second book published by the second quarter of this year.

I honestly haven’t gotten around to submitting my works for external publication. It’s a plan in the pipeline, but for some reason, having my writing published in a magazine or otherwise, hasn’t been a driving point for me. Possibly after my second book, my mind will be more attuned to that.


” . . .[t]he joy of having one’s work published, far outweighs the challenges. The hard work involved in self-publishing, shouldn’t deter anyone.” – Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha


7.Can You Briefly Describe The Process You Experienced Publishing Your Work?

To publish in itself is not difficult, yet it isn’t easy either. Being self-published is twice as much the hard work. It includes writing, editing, publishing, marketing, and accounting (etc); however, the joy of having one’s work published, far outweighs the challenges. The hard work involved in self-publishing, shouldn’t deter anyone.

I’ve been writing for a while and sometimes when family or friends read my articles they ask me why I’m waiting to publish them. Getting to the nitty-gritty of choosing the pieces to publish, trying to edit my material, and do all the formatting myself, was where I experienced difficulty.

My days are filled to the brim. I realized that if I had to do everything myself, it would probably take forever. I outsourced the cover production and formatting to a professional. I focused on the writing and marketing; marketing is a a big job.

As well, I couldn’t afford professional editing since it doesn’t come cheap, so I sought out beta readers among friends. With that said, I think that having an editor is important, especially when one embarks on writing as a career. Now I am working on a compilation of stories about 40,000 words and also motivational handbook which should hopefully be published at the latter part of this year.

To break my publishing process down:

  • I wrote.
  • Sourced beta readers.
  • Tried to do publishing myself (which took me ages).
  • I then outsourced the book cover, formatting, and uploading to a publishing firm.
  • Now, I’m focusing on marketing.

My poetry book Out of The Silent Breath, is 8,660 words of poetry and roughly 82 pages. You can find it on Amazon in Kindle Books here.

Jacqueline's Poetry Book


7. What is Your Writing Process Like?

I  don’t have a writing process per se. I try to write early in the morning before I get busy with house chores, school issues, and work. Sometimes, it means setting the alarm to wake up at 4:30 am to 5:00 am and work on a story for an hour before my family wake up.

Through out the day, I find minutes to center my thoughts and scribble. After dinner when everyone is settled, I blog or write until around 10:00 pm to 10:30 pm, then I retire with the present book I am reading and hopefully, fall asleep within the hour.

I write as the thoughts flow and then edit after. Many times, I find myself rising in the midst of sleep to write something that’s running around in my head.


“My reading and writing is eclectic as my personality.” – Jacqueline Oby- Ikocha


8. Do You Prefer Certain Areas of Writing Styles or Genres?

I’ve found that I’m no longer finicky about genres because having read various genres widely, I have learned information from different scenarios. I would actually refer to myself as a cross-genre writer and reader. My reading and writing is eclectic as my personality. For me, it’s what catches my thoughts of the moment. My writing could be descriptive (mainly for poetry), narrative, or persuasive to sway thoughts.

I always read a myriad of books. My book purchases in a month usually encompass books of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, romance, thriller, adventure, motivational, and self-help (etc). I try to keep it balanced.


9. Do You Have Any Advice to Aid Other Writers?

My advice would be: What is that piece of thought and writing that keeps you up at night? Which makes your inner engine rev in anticipation? Don’t give it up!

Some days, it will be hard and almost impossible to find time to sit down and put pen to paper; sit down anyways and type nonsense. Type as the words flow into your mind without any sequence. Each day, find time to write. The time doesn’t have to be in one huge block, a lot of us don’t have such leisure. You might find a half an hour of concerted flow far outweighs an hour or two without any flow.

As well, never listen to the naysayers and please go with your heart. Fashion your own writing and leave trying to be the next whoever to someone else. Just be you. When you write from within, writing flows and is far more compelling than trying to imitate  someone else. It can be done because your words count.


10. Please Share With Us Some Of Your Writing.

I have no particular favourite piece of writing and I don’t understand why. I’ll share with you several which people have read and enjoyed. I do hope you find my writing pieces interesting:

“I Live In This Space – Personal”

This is the face that I live in
She stares me in the eye
each minute of my life

I have learnt to know the woman
beneath this oval-shaped
golden-toned and warm face

Her laughter lines and crinkles around the eyes
say life is too short, don’t take yourself too seriously
make the best of it while you can.

The hidden depths of her eye’s
speak of mystery and message that lurks within
they have known the joy and the sting in life’s sharp tails.

This is the face that I live in.
I wouldn’t know how to live in another face.
for this is mine. Mine alone and IT IS beautiful!

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha


Please Find More Links to Jacqueline’s Writing Below:


Thank you so much to Jacqueline for doing an interview for me on my blog. I would love to interview you too. Please let me know if you’re interested in sharing yourself and your writing. You can reach me on my Contact Page.


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94 thoughts on “Interview with Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

  1. Peaceful Journey June 6, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Awesome interview and interviewer. Jacqueline thoroughly provided deeper insight into the marvelous woman we have discovered here on WordPress, and you are demonstrating your versatility in an unselfish and inspiring manner, Mandibelle. Thanks for sharing!

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    • mandibelle16 June 6, 2016 / 10:31 pm

      Thank you for reading the piece and commenting. Jacqueline was/is a great person to interview. She gave such insightful answers. I just put it together, it’s all her words 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 June 6, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you Marquessa. They were Jacqueline’s words I just put it all together 🙂

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      • Marquessa June 7, 2016 / 3:09 am

        Yes but interviews are a nice feature to integrate the blog.

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      • mandibelle16 June 7, 2016 / 3:16 am

        Thanks. I think so too. It’s really interesting learning about other writers, how they think, research, publish etc. I think I have always liked character studies so an interview is fascinating in that respect. Would you like to be a guest one month? I could email you questions tomorrow and feature you in August? Let me know 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 June 7, 2016 / 1:39 am

      Thanks Jacqueline. You had awesome answers to my questions, it was just a matter of putting it all together. Thank you, I’m so happy and pleased you like it 🙂

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  2. clcouch123 June 7, 2016 / 2:30 am

    Thank you for starting your series with an interview with Jacqueline. She has so many fine things to say. And she shows many fine aspects of her personality and character. I taught writing once for international students. My favorite (though I didn’t have favorites, of course) was a student from Nigeria. She was–and is, I trust–smart, spirited, respectful, and expressive. I am pleased to think about her while reading Jacqueline’s responses. The text of Jacqueline’s poem is grand. Her face clearly is beautiful. So is what is happening behind her face.

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    • mandibelle16 June 7, 2016 / 2:54 am

      Thank you for reading Christopher and your lovely comments. I’m sure Jacqueline will be pleased to read your words 🙂

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    • jacquelineobyikocha June 7, 2016 / 3:27 am

      This is such a delightful comment to read. Thank you for taking the time to read through and for your words that leaves a smile on my face. My kind regards. Jacqueline

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  3. rosemawrites June 7, 2016 / 5:44 am

    oh wow! this is awesome and so generous of you, Mandi! her answers are lovely and wise, and part of it is because you asked the right questions. 🙂 This is great, dear! More to go! 🙂 ❤

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  4. Joan June 7, 2016 / 8:00 am

    This lady amazes me to no end. Before following her or reading any of her writings, her face pulled my heart’s strings. I just had to follow her. I have no regret in that regard.

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    • mandibelle16 June 7, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      I’m happy you really enjoyed the interview. Jacqueline is amazing and a beautiful person inside and out. All her words, I just put it together. Happy to have had the chance to interview her too and I’m glad you’ve no regrets following her, neither do I on that matter 🙂 thank you Joan💗

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  5. MindandLifeMatters June 7, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful interview with Jacqueline. She is one of the most marvelous and admirable woman and writer I have had the pleasure of knowing through this blogging community.
    Wishing you all the very best on your interview series Mandi 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 June 7, 2016 / 4:03 pm

      Thank you so much for reading your comments. Jacqueline is indeed a wonderful lady and an inspiration. It was her words, I just put it together so it looked pretty 🙂 Thank you for your wishes and I’m certain the series will go well 🙂

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  6. Dr Meg Sorick June 7, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Wonderful! Jacqueline is a remarkable, talented and generous lady! Fantastic interview!

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  7. Melinda Kucsera June 7, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    wow this is a wonderful idea for a series! You did a great job. I have learned so much about Jackie.

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    • mandibelle16 June 7, 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Thank you Melinda. Jacqueline answered the questions so well. She is really an interesting and lovely person. Happy you liked the interview. Glad you like the series idea too. 🙂

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      • Melinda Kucsera June 8, 2016 / 1:14 pm

        You’re welcome 🙂 the series is a wonderful idea. who’s up next? Yes Jackie is a multifaceted, talented lady 🙂

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      • mandibelle16 June 8, 2016 / 3:29 pm

        I’m interviewing Christopher from Clcouch123 for July. He’s a teacher so I think he’ll have an excellent perspective on writing. And in August Marquessa, whom I think will also be interesting. I love her fiction and knowing more about her will be neat.

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      • Melinda Kucsera June 9, 2016 / 1:37 pm

        Wow sounds like you have quite the line up! I will check back to catch those interviews. I am very interested to read about our fellow bloggers.

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      • mandibelle16 June 9, 2016 / 3:06 pm

        Awesome thank you. I will keep you in mind for a future one if you don’t mind?

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      • Melinda Kucsera June 9, 2016 / 3:13 pm

        You’re welcome 🙂 No I don’t mind. I am honored that you are asking me. I will make myself available! 🙂

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      • mandibelle16 June 9, 2016 / 3:43 pm

        Awesome. It won’t be until September. So I will send you questions later, hopefully give you some time and let you just focus on your book publishing. I will make a note so I remember 🙂

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  8. stella June 8, 2016 / 9:21 am

    A very inspirational interview. I really enjoyed reading it. nice work

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    • mandibelle16 June 8, 2016 / 3:41 pm

      Thank you. Happy you liked it. Jacqueline is an amazing lady and she answered the questions well. The answers are all hers, I put it it together.

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  9. Ryan Stone June 9, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    Very cool, Mandi! Great post. Such an interesting read, Jacqueline. I’m always keen to read interviews and this one is wonderful 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 June 9, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks Ryan. Happy you enjoyed this. I hope to do a monthly interview feature.

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      • Ryan Stone June 9, 2016 / 10:49 pm

        If this first one is anything to go on, I’m already looking forward to the next! Let me know if you run short of subjects – I’m boring as bat shit but I’d be happy to play 🙂

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      • mandibelle16 June 9, 2016 / 11:28 pm

        I’ll make a note of your name Ryan. I’m set until September. But after that I’d be happy to interview you 🙂

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      • mandibelle16 June 9, 2016 / 11:33 pm

        Lol. Happy to write about you. 🙂 I’ll send you interview questions in September of that works. Unless you want them right away?

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      • Ryan Stone June 9, 2016 / 11:36 pm

        Send them now if it’s not too much trouble…I’m not good with tight deadlines 😉

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  10. Nedoux June 9, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    I enjoyed reading this, Jackie is a lovely inspiring woman. Her passion for writing and literary endeavors is so inspiring, I can’t imagine where she gets her energy from!

    Thank you for sharing this, Amanda. 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 June 9, 2016 / 11:27 pm

      You are very welcome. The words lovely words are her’s, it was a matter of putting it together so it flowed nicely. Thanks for reading. I appreciate it so much 🙂

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  11. Kathleen Aherne (@CoolTweed) June 10, 2016 / 10:07 am

    Thanks for choosing this post for us to feature at the top of the Link up. What a great interview with the loveliest and talented Jacqueline.
    Kathleen
    The Bloggers Pit Stop

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    • mandibelle16 June 10, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      Thank so much Kathleen. I’m happy you liked it 🙂

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  12. Gary June 10, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Linked to this from the blogging pit stop. What a brilliant feature to put on a blog; interviews with other bloggers. We see their posts but finding out more about them is a fantastic idea. Well done 🙃

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    • mandibelle16 June 10, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Thank you so much Gary. Happy you enjoyed the interview. Jacqueline’s an amazing lady!

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      • Gary June 10, 2016 / 8:50 pm

        You’re very welcome and yes, I know..we linked up a few weeks back 😊 This just gives more depth to the person behind the blog !

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  13. Sara Duggan (@duggansara) June 19, 2016 / 9:28 am

    What a lovely interview. I enjoyed learning about you Jacqueline and the piece you shared are as precious as you. Publishing is hard work indeed. I like your idea of using beta readers to help you edit your book. I keep a notepad and pen in my purse too. I’m always writing something. ^_^

    p.s. Mandibelle, I’m driving by via the Blogger’s Pit Stop.

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    • mandibelle16 June 20, 2016 / 1:45 am

      Hi Sara, thanks for reading and stopping by. Jacqueline’s an amazing lady. I have a new interview out this week Monday or Tuesday. A
      Poet named Ryan Stone. Amazing writer as well. http://www.daysofstone.wordpress.com and follow me if you like too 🙂

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  14. ofhisgloryblog June 19, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    God Bless you both of my friends. And to all of those who are reading this, may your faith save you from the days battle. Amen Hallelujah
    God Bless.

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  15. LydiaA1614 December 15, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with one of my personal favourite bloggers, Jacueline Oby-Ikocha!

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  16. vanbytheriver December 16, 2016 / 7:06 am

    Thanks to Robert for re-blogging. Jacqueline is special, so glad you showcase her so well in this interview. 💗

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    • mandibelle16 December 16, 2016 / 11:27 am

      Thank you. She admirably answered the questions. She’s a wonderful and talented woman as you know 🙂

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