Author of The Falcon opens up…
VTP: When and why did you begin writing?
SBS: In 1989 when I was in the eighth grade at the Firestone Public School. I felt the drive within me, and it led me to storytelling in class when I was at the Sinkor Assemble of God High School.
VTP: When did you first considered yourself a writer?
SBS: When I took a notebook and began concomitantly writing my first stories- True Love, Becca is a devil, Sweet Revenge, and Terror on September 18.
VTP: What inspired you to write your first book?
SBS: We had an English and literature Teacher called Mr. Patrick N. Kaikai who took us into the Harbel Club House to watch Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and instructed us to provide a full report on the story. After the movie (as I was walking from home) I said to myself ‘I can do that’. This is how it all started.
VTP: Do you have a specific writing style?
SBS: Well, I am still trying to perfect one; but recently I started writing in a way that will allow the reader to unfold the story as they read on.
VTP: How did you come up with the title?
SBS: For the Falcon, I decided to name the story after the falcon of good fortune mentioned in the story.
VTP: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
SBS: I want Liberians to know that our country is blessed with enough resources and if we a paradigm shift in all we do-mind, love for country, etc-it will achieve the paradise of hope. I also want my readers to experience the uniqueness of the story and archive all of its morals.
VTP: How much of the book is realistic?
SBS: I do believe 98% percent of the book is fictional and the rest contains excerpts of real-life events.
VTP: What books have most influenced your life most?
SBS: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and Murder in the Cassava Patch by Bai T. Moore. Although I have read several other books, these are the two which attracted me both in technique and plot.
VTP: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
SBS: Bai T. Moore, but William Shakespeares and Jeffrey Archer are also added advantages.
VTP: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
SBS: At this time, I will consider Village Tales Publishing which has been mentoring me into a power pen.
VTP: Do you see writing as a career?
SBS: If the opportunity avail itself, I will say yes.
VTP: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
SBS: I noticed that giving a vivid description of my characters and instead of ‘showing I tell’ have been challenging.
VTP: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
SBS: My favorite author is Bai T. Moore. He may not have been internationally acclaimed but there is something about his writing that moves me.
VTP: Where were you when the idea for this book came to you?
SBS: I was in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia when I was attending Sunday School at the Koinonia Baptist Church. The late Mrs. Patricia Jeffrey Chea was teaching about other religions.
VTP: What compels you to write?
SBS: Writing flows throughout my body and soul and narrating a story is as easy as chewing a spoonful of cream of wheat.
VTP: If you didn’t write what would you do?
SBS: I will literally die because a lot of storylines filled my head. I also do a lot of research.
VTP: What is the hardest part of writing for you?
SBS: Rewriting my story to reach perfection.
VTP: What’s the best thing about being an author?
SBS: I believe to have an opportunity to convey what had been hidden in your innermost self.
VTP: What advice would you give aspiring writers?
SBS: I will tell an aspiring writer to read and write more and strive for perfection.
VTP: What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
SBS: Are you willing to adapt to a new environment? Yes.