Author Spotlight: Sinmisola Ogúnyinka



One of our flash fiction columnists, Sinmisola Ogúnyinka, is featured today. Let's get to know more about Sinmisola and her new book, Under a Red Delta Sun.

What was the inspiration for your latest book?

I wanted to do something I had never done before. I was “afraid” to write for young adults so when I enrolled for the Jerry B. Jenkins’ former Christian Writers’ Guild Craftsman Course, I decided to write Under a Red Delta Sun as my work-in-progress in the course. That way, I had expert mentorship on writing the book.

Why did you decide to become an author?

I love writing. I decided to pursue it as a career so I could do what I love and still commit to family and church without much interference.

What is your favorite aspect of writing?

Writing. Lol. I found out writing is a lot of work. You need to research, write, self-edit, get published, and sell. In all of this, my favorite is creating the characters and watching them fulfill their own destinies.

What was your favorite interaction with a reader?

I am very shy when I interact with my readers. I just feel so vulnerable, like they will discover I didn’t write my book, lol. Most of my readers are surprised when they meet me, and this is what I like most – the surprise. Somehow, I don’t look like a writer. Lol. My favorite interaction, however was when I gave my boss a copy of my book. It was his last day at work, he’d gotten another job, and was leaving the state. He didn’t know I was a writer, and he was surprised as well. So, he took the book into his office. But then, he started reading right there, at work, and came back to meet me, so impressed. He was on chapter 3 and just had to get me to autograph the book.

Do you have any writing advice for novice writers?

Keep writing. Don’t ever stop. Do all you can to sharpen your craft. Don’t be discouraged, it’s a tough life but keep writing.

Do you have any marketing advice for novice writers?

Just like the writing, keep pushing your book out. Talk about it all the time, don’t be shy. Pepsi advertises, Facebook advertises, everyone who wants to make sales advertises.

I want to appreciate Pandora’s Box Gazette for the awesome platform, and thank all my readers. Keep reading! God bless you.

About the Book

The day starts as any other for fifteen-year old Temilola (Temly) Cole, but ends in an unknown forest. She has made a stop at her best friend Asabi’s house and missed the school bus. The taxi she got into is filled with evil men and Temly will spend the next two weeks fighting for her survival.


Asabi has been sexually abused by her stepfather for ten years. In all that time, she has carefully sought out her biological father, and planned to run away from home. The day she chooses to execute her plan, however, turns out to be a nightmare. Temly goes missing. Asabi is conflicted between going on with her plans, and staying back to help search for Temly.

Fela Peter was always seen as the black sheep of the family. He refuses to conform to the strict standards of his fanatic father and overtly submissive mother. However, he is sure at least his father is into something more than the Christian faith he professes. Encouraged by his older outcast friend, Law, Fela goes in search of the truth about his father and ends up in an evil forest. Under a Red Delta Sun weaves a beautiful, heart-stopping, suspense-filled adventure for three teenagers who have done nothing wrong except being right.

About the Author


Sinmisola Ogúnyinka is a pastor’s wife, mother, writer and movie producer. She has a university degree in Economics and is a Craftsman of Jerry B. Jenkins’ former Christian Writers’ Guild. Sinmi, as she is fondly called, blogs, teaches writing, and writes. She also has a day job in customer service. Sinmi lives with her family in Philadelphia, PA.

You can connect with Sinmisola online at her blog, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

You can read Sinmisola's regular monthly flash fiction column on the 4th Tuesday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.


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