If you haven’t read any of the above books, you should do so ASAP! This multi-talented thriller master is someone to watch out for, as his stories are mind-blowing. He is also into scripts for comics. You can read the review of “They Took a Trip,” here.
We decided to catch up with J. C. Nova, at least to know a little more about him, and below is our chat.
Pelleura: It nice to have this chat with you.
J.C. Nova: Thank you. Same here.
Pelleura: Please can you share details of your background with us?
J.C. Nova: Sure. I’ve always had interests around all things creative. This includes music, art, poetry, and writing. My parents had always been finicky about reading, and we read A LOT. This really influenced me and my siblings because we took to books, comics, writing, and drawing. From primary six, I started drawing comics and remember selling one in my first year of secondary school.
By Uni, the stories were more complex and I started writing poetry as well. Couple of them got selected by Poetry.com for anthologies. Been a fan of Stephen King and Ted Dekker, at some point, I decided writing was one of the things I was going to be doing, and so I started taking writing seriously, especially since there were strong reactions to articles I had written for blogs and magazines. Right now, I have a couple of completed books, several other manuscripts, write comic scripts for Epoch and focusing my energies on churning out more material.
Pelleura: Awesome! So what were your dreams like when you were in school?
J.C. Nova: To be successful and make an impact in real ways – and to do so with people I love. I’ve always been aware that making a truckload of money, by itself, will not bring satisfaction. It’s really how that money lights up people’s faces and worlds, and the creative ways to do that, that is amazing.
Pelleura: Are you full time into the writing business? Or do you have a day job or business, that you run?
J.C. Nova: The short answer is that I do other things apart from writing, as my passion lies in many areas including business and music. I’m of the opinion that human beings, generally, are multifaceted – and so, should not do only one thing. On the other hand, however, I am aware that if you do too many things at once, they will all likely be mediocre.
Pelleura: Please tell us what your writing is about.
J.C. Nova: I write fiction and the stories will largely come across as thrillers. My writing continues to evolve but fiction thrillers are my current genre.
Pelleura: Do you think you’d ever take writing as a full-time business?
J.C. Nova: I think writing will become more prominent in consideration to the other things I will be doing.
Pelleura: What inspired you to write your recent novel, “They Took A Trip?”
J.C. Nova: At a point in my life, I had a lot of time on my hands. I was in Taraba state for service and ended up writing, by hand, what became the story. It took about eight months to write and it filled two massive books; don’t know if people know “higher education” books.
I was inspired by the surroundings because I was living with friends at the base of a hill. There was a lot of greenery, the sharp contrast in weather, not a lot of people living around compared to Lagos, seeing the occasional snakes, lizards and really large lizard-type things. And I guess the story kind of ‘fell out’ from it all. I have had to re-write huge portions of the story as my view of life evolves but the central thread remains the same.
Pelleura: What are the obstacles you’ve faced as a writer and how were you able to overcome them?
J.C. Nova: Writing requires time, focus and the right environment. Living and working in Lagos can sometimes mean there are challenges with these key elements. However, if something is important, you have to make time for it and I guess this is where brutal time management has really helped.
Pelleura: In a country like ours, do you think the government has put in place structures that helps small business/ full time writers survive?
J.C. Nova: To be honest, I don’t really expect much from the government. There is what the government should do, and then, what the government is doing – and if one waits for the government to do certain critical things before acting, one may wait for a long while. I really think if an individual wants to ‘survive’ via writing, then he/she will need to come up with a realistic and personal strategy, approach writing as a business and be aware that it does take time to achieve significant income streams as a writer.
Pelleura: So presently, what are those achievements you’ve made and what future goals are you aiming for?
J.C. Nova: Well, I am currently a published author with three books to my name – all available on the website JCNova.com. I was also nominated for scriptwriter at the last comic con in 2017 for the comic series called AEGIS, for Epoch comics. I guess as an author, it’s really early days, but there are more things in the works. The goal is to churn out 2 more novels before the end of the year, go viral and get mentioned by Oprah. <Laughing>
Pelleura: Ha! Amen to that. So have you used social media to your advantage?
J.C. Nova: Sure. It’s cheap and is often the first step. However, I also find it is important to try to leverage traditional media as well as launches or events where people can get to meet with you physically.
Pelleura: What’s the most important social media activity you engage in daily, to grow your reader base?
J.C. Nova: I normally have ads running to drive engagement with the site or provide notifications about the new material I am working on.
Pelleura: If you were to do it all over again, would you choose to write crime thrillers or romance?
J.C. Nova: Thrillers. That’s my thing.
Pelleura: What advice do you have for other writers running a small business/job?
J.C. Nova: Since they already do business or have a job, they should approach writing like a business. Know the target audience, be passionate about what they write but tailor it to their target audience, think about books like a retail product, so churn out a lot of material – and at every opportunity to get ‘market’ or talk about your work, grow your contact database and keep your followers aware of your journey.
Pelleura: Thanks so, so much for your time, J.C.
J.C. Nova: You’re welcome.
So, you’ve read it all people. Keep writing, and don’t stop being creative. You can connect with J.C. Nova on these pages: