Andrew Oyé Revealed
About Andrew Oyé
Previous occupations:many posts in communications (copywriter/editor, PR executive, editorial director, etc.)
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:I enjoy a plethora of music.
Favorite television show:I like music videos & interview shows.
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. Documenting the incessant madness in a creative mind.
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. Design your survival.
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. creative, spiritual & financial freedom
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. losing my mind
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. on top of the world
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. my former self...who evolves every time I do
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. people living their dreams
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. creativity
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. never knowing sooner what I know at the current moment
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. musical talent
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. daily survival with a shred of sanity
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. over-analytical
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. my creative gene
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. a good night's sleep
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. my tenacity
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. I'm always creating him or her
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. I'm always creating him or her
- Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
- A. I need to think more about this...after more history has passed.
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. laziness
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. creative director
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. entertainment mogul
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. drive, dedication, follow-through
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. green grapes
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. stuff from the catalogues of Sadé, Annie Lennox & Lauryn Hill...each have songs/voices that have actually made me shed a tear (there, i said it!) i also like phil collins, jay-z, prodigy, sting & rage against the machine.
On Books and Writing
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. I don't want to commit to my "favorite of all time" yet, but classics I enjoyed include Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mocking Bird," F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby," and Richard Wright’s "Native Son."
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. my own book of dreams
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Write to tell not to sell. (Write, first, to "tell a story" not to "sell a book.")
- Q. How did you come to write Sin in Soul's Kitchen?
- A. In the late 90’s, Love Jones – a film about the romantic trials of a struggling photographer and a struggling writer – was the flick du jour among the artsy set and middle-class moviegoers. Neo soul music and poetry slams were all the rage. Folks were getting downright cultural, and I was down with it all. I was also a fan of Fatal Attraction, a film that had been released 10 years prior about an obsessed woman who terrorizes her lover. I decided to write a novel that combined themes from the aforementioned stories – to explore obsessive insanity in the world of peace-loving poetry and soul music.