Nigerian born author, Tolulope Popoola taps into her experience of living in the UK to write a book about familiar themes – real people with ambitions struggling to make the right choices in their romantic relationships. The story also shows the tensions of living within two cultures – trying to maintain a Nigerian identity whilst absorbing British values.
“I’ve always loved reading,” the author said. “Growing up, I read a lot of books by authors such as Enid Blyton, Louisa May Alcott and Jackie Collins. When I started writing, I wanted to write about characters and situations that people like me would recognise, without the burden of adding to the narrative of what’s expected from an African story.”
The plot for Nothing Comes Close grew out of an online series titled In My Dreams It Was Simpler that Tolulope created and co-wrote with eight other writers. She created the main cast, and picked two of them as protagonists for her novel. “The online series ended on a cliff-hanger.”
The story captures the ups and downs in the lives of a girl, her group of friends and her love interest as they try to navigate careers, death, heartbreaks, loyalty and cultural expectations in an exciting and entertaining way.
For an enticing preview of Nothing Comes Close, visit the Accomplish Press website to download sample chapters and view its exciting trailer: http://www.accomplishpress.com.
About the author – Tolulope Popoola was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She moved to England for her university education where she studied BA Accounting and Business Economics, and a Masters in Finance and Investment. She started blogging in 2006, which rekindled her love for writing and telling stories. In 2008, she left her Accounting job to concentrate on writing full-time. She writes short stories, flash fiction and articles for both print and online magazines. Nothing Comes Close is her first novel. Tolulope lives in London with her husband and daughter. She can be reached via her website: www.onwritingandlife.com