Meet Stephen Atalebe, a Triality writer from Ghana
Where do you write?
I write anywhere it is convenient. I have written in places such as libraries, pubs or coffee shop and even on trains and buses, on rocks, and waiting at the airport. When it happens that I’m writing a scene about one of those places, it gives me more ideas. That aside, I prefer a quiet place where there are no external distractions.
What’s your proudest moment as a writer?
My proudest moment as a writer is when I write the words: “The End.” This means that I have come to the end of yet another journey, a journey that has been but a pleasurable ride, a journey in which is born a creation, a creation of the imagination.
What made you want to write in the first place?
When I used to read the African writer series, I realised that there were no stories from the Frafra area or the northern part of Ghana for that matter. I used to tell myself that I will also write books about life from where I come from so that others can read about my people just as I enjoyed reading about other people. I wrote my first book when I was in the final year of my bachelor studies in 2005/2006. It was about the mercenaries who were en route to Guinea and were arrested in Zimbabwe. Although I completed the story, I judged it not worthy of publication and gladly it will never see the light of day. I considered it a learning curve for me, and it provided me the right practice to start writing my first published book: Cowboy: The Genesis in 2007.
What are your favourite films/tv series?
There are so many movies and series that I like. Those that come to mind include: Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, How I met your Mother, Lost; Carrie, Shinning, Black Panther, Django Unchained and so many others.
What sort of characters interest you?
I like intriguing, intelligent, and incongruous characters, characters that are funny, and entertaining. I wouldn’t say that I can or have written such characters to their perfection, but I’m still learning.
Where’s your favourite place in the world?
My village, in Zuarungu-Moshie, in the Upper East Region of Ghana. It is where everything began; filled with memorable people, places, trees, lore, indeed, the sum of the roots of my imagination.