21 year old Nigerian-born author Chibundu Onuzo, whose acclaimed debut novel, The Spider King’s Daughter, was released last year, revealed in an interview with Olushola Ojikutu that she had written a collection of short stories at age fifteen that was rejected by the publisher she sent it to.
However, “the young prove elastic to failure”, she says and despite the fact that The Spider King’s Daughter was also rejected by one publisher, she went on to find an appreciative agent. The book was shortlisted for the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize and longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize last year.
Onuzo also disclosed that the best perk of being a writer is getting free books and that the worst part of this occupation is people’s assumption that you “sit at home all day doing nothing”.
Which of your major characters would you like to be trapped on a desert island with?
Aunty Precious. She’d cook and I’d signal for ships.
What’s your earliest memory?
A pram race between my brother and my aunt. My cousin was in one pram and I was in the other. No-one in my family believes I remember this.
- The Spider King’s Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo
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