Columnist Spotlight: Sinmisola Ogúnyinka
At Pandora’s Box Gazette, we like to spotlight our columnists, so our readers can find out more information about them and their writing journeys. Today, we are spotlighting one of our flash fiction columnists, Sinmisola Ogúnyinka. You can read her regular column on the 4th Tuesday each month here at the magazine.
Why did you accept the invitation to write for Pandora’s Box Gazette?
I saw it as an opportunity to give and receive. I cherish entertaining and blessing the lives of my readers through my stories, and I also wanted a platform where I could gain visibility and better audience for my work.
What do you hope to accomplish with your monthly column at PBG?
More visibility and interest in my books, and my stories, and I also want to be a part of something great, blessing lives, reaching the unreached.
Have you ever been encouraged by a reader’s comment to your column?
What is your favorite movie and why do you like it so much?
Sound of Music. Old but ageless classic romance story.
What has been the most influential book to your life that you’ve ever read?
Many books have influenced my life. I can’t say which had the most influence. I know This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti, Leota’s Garden by Francine Rivers, Failing Forward by John Maxwell are my top three picks. I got introduced to Christian fiction through This Present Darkness and Francine Rivers’ romance novels taught me a lot about writing romance as a Christian. And at a time when I was so depressed, I couldn’t even look at a blank page, Failing Forward by John Maxwell helped me get back on my feet. I thank all these great writers.
Do you have a favorite TV show?
I love reality TV. Hope to create one my readers can enjoy too, someday.
Which social media platform (ex. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ etc.) is your preferred mode of online communication? Do you prefer one over the others for promotion of your work?
Yes, Facebook. It was the first I got to know about. It remains the one I understand the best.
What was your favorite vacation destination and why did you enjoy it?
My family went to Sun City in South Africa. It was a fantastic time to bond as a family.
Where did you travel to on your honeymoon?
This is a funny one. I got married in 1998 during the world cup. My husband I a soccer fan. My honeymoon was holed up in a hotel room, watching matches. Not totally fun.
What is your dream vacation travel destination?
I will like to visit Greece. Maybe I will also get inspiration to write an epic love story. Lol.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? How do you relax?
I play candy crush soda or watch TV with my children.
Do you have a hobby? We’d love to hear about it.
I like to laze around. When writing was not my career, it was my hobby.
Is there a hobby you’d like to take on if you had the time?
Sewing maybe, but isn’t that a lot of work?
Who was your most influential teacher in school?
My two literature teachers
Did you play any sports or belong to clubs in school?
I did the athletics for a little while.
Have your kids/grandkids followed in your footsteps by participating in the same sports/clubs or have they taken on other interests?
Two of my daughters are doing athletics too.
What do you do to keep learning each day? Read? Play puzzle games? Take online courses?
I take courses. I’m about to start my master’s degree in creative writing too.
What was the most significant event in your life?
Difficult to say. I have had many high moments.
Who is your role model?
My mother. She inspires me all the time and she’s a writer too.
Have you taken an active role in mentoring someone?
Yes. I also started a free writing class on Facebook just to help people who want to get their writing dream started.
A special thank you to Sinmisola for being interviewed today in our columnist spotlight. We hope you all stay for a bit to chat with her by commenting below.
About our Columnist
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.