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When I was growing up in Ghana, books of all kind were
abundant at home. My parents were university lecturers who
had large collections of fiction and nonfiction. Bookworm
that I was, I spent long Saturday hours browsing the
university bookshop and expanding my own book collection.
Life on the campus was culturally diverse and in many ways
My African-American mother and Ghanaian father both did
their own writing, primarily academic. My own love was
fiction. I devoured novels, sometimes two in a day if they
were an easy read. I wanted to be a writer long before my
ambition turned to my current profession of medicine. When I
was about eight years old, I wrote three short novels bound
with staples and illustrated cardboard covers. The first of
these novels was modeled on Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan.
Another was about a troupe of five children who made it
their business to solve pesky local crimes. Last came the
adventures of Eddie Rheingold, a wisecracking private
detective disliked equally by the police and criminals he
was constantly outwitting. My childhood attraction to
detective stories and thrillers persists to this day. I
loved reading Conan Doyle, but I read others including Henry
James, Joyce Cary, Kingsley Amis, V.S. Naipaul, John le
Carré, James Thurber, and Chinua Achebe.
Due to time constraints, my writing had to be put on hold
during medical school and residency, but once those years
were over, I renewed my interest and began writing again.
Culminating my lifelong interest in detective stories, my
first full-length novel, Wife of the Gods, draws on both my
medical training and my memories of Ghanaian folklore and tells
the story of a rural murder investigation that ultimately
turns into a clash of cultures. Although novels are what I
like to write most, I have also written two feature length
screenplays, one of which placed at a finalist at the 2002 Moondance Film Festival in Boulder, CO.
I currently live in Pasadena, California. I write early in
the morning before going to work at the clinic and am
already working on my next novel.
Awards and Special Recognition...
WIFE OF THE GODS
Essence Magazine June 2009 Book Of The
Go On Girl! Book Club's 2010 Best Male Author
Photography by Steve Monez