Yay! It’s Thursday again and we’re featuring another fabulous writer on #WriterSpotlight today. Her name is Frances Okoro and she is a writer on a mission. Enjoy our interview with her.
Hello, please introduce yourself.
My name is Frances Okoro, a young lady in her twenties. I am a lawyer, writer, author and Christian blogger who is passionate about youths living purposeful lives for God.
What do you do?
My profession (at least on certificate) is a Lawyer, but I am being called unto different waters presently. I run ‘Awakening Youths’ an organization that aims to awake young girls and youths generally to walk in God’s purpose for their lives. I organize seminars in schools in a bid to raise girls and women of purpose for God and also organize seminars where youths can attend and leave with more clarity regarding what niche they were created to fill on earth.
I am also the founder of a ladies group called “the women at the well”. We are simply young ladies who love Jesus and desire to be His own kind of women.
Why did you choose to write or what led you to writing?
I wouldn’t say that I chose to write, I would say writing chose me. I’m serious.
Just before I graduated from University, I used to write behind all my school notes when the writing bug struck me and then I graduated into sending broadcast messages on BBM, until the tug from people and a deep pull inside of me led me to start my blog.
I just knew that I had words inside of me that refused to stay hidden. They were words that could change lives and I had to let them out. That journey has brought me here.
What is your most challenging moment as a writer?
I would say my most challenging moment is dealing with fear. I had such a huge issue with fear when I was just about to release my first book and it was odd because fear was something I talked about in the book. So I literally had to take my own advice and walk the talk. Conquer fear and release God’s Word in me to the world.
Can you share any lesson you have learnt from writing?
Oh, there are a lot of lessons to share but my biggest reoccurring lesson has been to “stay faithful” wherever God has placed me. Writing to me isn’t just an occupation. It is a ministry. So it is of great need that I write and stay faithful to this ministry be it one soul who reads my words or millions.
Can you tell us your most rewarding moment as a writer?
It would have to be getting mails and even real life moments from people who just come to me to say my blog/books has been amazing. I literally lift hands in worship to God when people say that my words came at the exact moment when they needed it. Lives transformed and changed was and is still my most rewarding moment in this journey of using my gift of writing for God.
If you didn’t become a writer what else would you have done?
Uhm…maybe a fire blazing lawyer breathing brimstone from her nostrils in the courtroom. But then I am a lawyer so…I don’t know.
Have you ever been rejected as a writer and how did you handle it?
I would say that the moment of rejection I encountered was turned to joy. I sent my book to be sold at a Church bookshop and it was rejected as “not suitable”. I quickly gifted the book to a member of that same Church and she called me with words of praises for the book saying that she had told her colleagues about it and is challenged to do more in her own life.
So what’s the saying? One man’s meat is another man’s poison right? That wasn’t really rejection per say to me.
Will you ever retire from writing?
No. I don’t see myself doing that anytime soon. Writing is a huge part of my purpose on earth and this girl is determined to live out her God-given purpose!
What do you do in your leisure time?
I surf the Internet a lot…maybe too much. I also love traveling, sightseeing and seeing new places. So you would probably find me climbing mountains, hills, visiting waterfalls anytime I have time and cash to spare.
What would you pick;
- Continental Food or African Delicacy? African delicacy…Banga soup to be precise.
- R&B or Hip/hop? R&B but more like gospel songs to be truthful.
- Fiction or poetry? Fiction.
- Fashion or music? Music
Do you have a writing mentor? If yes why?
I wouldn’t say that I have a writing mentor. I do have people whose words inspire me though. They inspire me to write words that would never fade away but would still touch lives for good decades from now.
Your best article or story so far?
My best article would be this one where I shared my story on my past abortions (link: http://www.imperfectlyperfectlives.com/from-taking-a-life-to-having-abundant-life/)
Or this one where I shared my past struggles with sexual addictions (link: http://www.imperfectlyperfectlives.com/introducing-chatsity-for-men-project/)
They made lots of impact in lives. It was overwhelmingly sweet to see lives changed by an act of obedience to God to share my life story.
Any last words for upcoming writers?
Share the words God has placed in you. If it’s burning in you don’t keep it in. Don’t let fear keep the words hidden either. Lives are waiting to be changed by the light that shines through your words.
About Frances’ books
You can get her FREE ebook “Chastity for Men” (with an exclusive chapter for the ladies) HERE and purchase her new book “10 Steps To Walking In purpose” HERE