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Abimbola Dare


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SUMMARY

Name:  Abimbola Dare

Pen or Nickname: Abimbola Dare

Date of Birth: December 1981

Relationship Status: Married with a daughter

Occupation: Author

GENRE: Christian, Fiction, contemporary

 


INTRODUCTION

Abimbola Dare is a Nigerian Novelist, She focuses her work on Christian Fiction for the promotion of God’s kingdom.

EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION

Abimbola was born in Lagos in December 1981, She is the last born of 2 and has an elder brother. She attended Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls in Lagos before moving to London for her degree and masters 

WRITING BEGINS

She never had the intention of writing the book “Small Print“ a christian fiction which according to her was ordered by God.

In an interview she says “Christian fiction is a novel that is written primarily for the sole purpose of drawing readers to the Christian world view with a message of redemption and grace. It is fiction inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Many years ago I picked up my laptop and started a blog. Turns out the blog was a hit… my mother, her friends, my pastor, our house help in naija, and anyone else you can think off, found out about it. The genius that I am, I had used a combo of my first name and maiden name as blog title. So, I couldn’t deny that it was me. Feeling undeniably unmotivated to continue to blog on a personal level, I decided to start a story. It was supposed to be a short story. Two chapters. End of story. But for some mad, crazy reason, people seemed to enjoy the story. And for an even madder, crazier reason, I couldn’t seem to be able to stop writing. Eventually I completed the badly written novel.

Then I got pregnant. Wide and huge and unable to write or blog…or eat… (Yeah right). I decided to take a break off blogging. I had a baby, and found myself in a deep abyss of intense boredom. So I picked up the book, and started to polish it. As I worked hard on the novel, day and night, thrilled at myself for having the guts to come back to the book, I gave my self a deadline to complete, and to find a publisher- yes- one of the big six. I wanted to win literary prizes. So I typed furiously, night and day, vowing to top the charts with my best seller.

About 50,000 words into The Small Print- (think it was called The contract or something then), I felt a stirring in my spirit to make the novel Christian fiction. In fact, it wasn’t a stirring; the instruction was as loud as a siren in a graveyard. The Holy Spirit did not want me writing any other type of books, apart from Christian fiction. Seriously? I had never even heard of Christian fiction. Never seen a book that talked about Christ, weaving the salvation message into the characters lives, so I ignored the voice, pushed it to the back of my mind.

The next day, I was in church, and a friend comes up to me and says: “Bimbo, I was staring at my bookshelf yesterday, and I saw this novel- something asked me to give it to you.” Yep - you guessed it. It was Christian fiction. A novel by Francine Rivers called “and the shofar blew”….. My very first Christian fiction! I read that book in one sitting and within two days, I had deleted 40,000 words and started to re-write The Small Print.

In the process, the Lord gradually stripped off the desire to be recognized, toned down the hunger for literary prizes and helped me to focus on the message of the novel, the message of redemption and forgiveness and hope. And it was with that strength and encouragement from The Holy spirit that I wrote the Small Print. I know now, that this is what I was called to do. And as God gives me strength, I will keep writing books that Glorify Him, and cause hope to stir in your hearts that regardless of what life throws at you, there is a God.

A year or so later, the finished manuscript was born, but like a newborn baby, it was covered with all sorts of gooey that needed serious cleaning up. I enrolled TSP in a contest (won an award there- yay!), I joined a creative writing school, hired a professional editor and several editions later… the novel was complete. I did not even bother looking for a publisher. Why? Because I had written a novel that didn’t seem to fit into any market. It wasn’t African American Christian fiction, It wasn’t literary fiction, wasn’t suspense, pure romance, or contemporary fiction. It had all the elements…..yet it seemed a bit out of place. So I did it myself. I loved writing the book, loved the moments I spent in prayer, asking God to direct my work and sharpen my characters. But best of all, I love the comments I have been receiving from people that have read the book. The entire process has been an amazing blessing.

Her novel The Small Print was a top 25 Amazon UK best selling novel in Christian Fiction category and has been featured in Genevieve Magazine, TW Magazine, Vanguard Nigeria, Bella Naija, Lagosmums and many other online platforms.

HER CAREER

She works for a Publishing House in the UK named Divine Publishing Ltd.

PERSONAL LIFE

She is married, has one child and lives in the UK.

HER BOOKS

 The small print

The No-nonsense wife

When broken chord sing

 

 

 

Article Credit: Kenechukwu Edeh

Updated 1 Year ago
 

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