AUTHOR INTERVIEW 19

Nicalol Christopher Needham

Age 38

United Kingdom

My name is Nicalol Christopher Needham, and I was born in Jamaica on the 16th December 1981 in the town of May Pen that is situated in the parish of Clarendon Jamaica, West Indies.

I migrated to the UK on December 1, 2002, worked in a factory for some years then progressed in the Social Care Sector, working with elderly service users in a variety of healthcare settings such as nursing homes, provision for Learning Disabilities, residential homes, and supported living.

I have made history & a positive one. Here it goes!

I’m one of a few Jamaican born, Black, Male, Social Worker in the UK which is an unusual profession among black Jamaican males.

Progressive, educated, and an exemplar who is breaking the stereotypes
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My Physical and Physical Journey by Nicalol Needham.

You will find this book very interesting because it gives you an insight of my life growing up, my struggles, my determination, the importance of spirituality in my life, my relationship with God and my success story.

Additionally, the book provides an insight into the physical and metaphysical aspect of my life journey.

My conclusion on life journey is that an individual can achieve anything they want or set out to accomplish with hard work, focus, and determination. Still, there is an essential ingredient that is required, which is the almighty to be in the midst.

Ideas without action will not result in achievement, but one needs to understand that accomplishment doesn’t happen quickly because there are obstacles and challenges, but that doesn’t mean that you should give up because anyone who quits can never win and anyone who wins didn’t stop.
Success feels incredible and rewarding when you have worked hard for it.

Romelia: WHAT IS A SIGNIFICANT WAY YOUR BOOK HAS CHANGED SINCE THE FIRST DRAFT?

Nicalol Needham: I have far gone past that stage now because I have published my first book, my second book manuscript which is the sequel is completed to be formatted then published in a shortly.

Romelia: WHAT PERSPECTIVES OR BELIEFS HAVE YOU CHALLENGED WITH THIS WORK?

Nicalol Needham: That with hard work comes success and we can all achieve what we want if we stay focus and keep dedicated. Also that what is to be will be and that each individual have their unique destiny that will be distinctive to them just like it was destined for me to write my first book, the second book and many more to come.

Romelia: WHAT INSPIRED THE IDEA FOR YOUR BOOK?

Nicalol Needham: I made a Facebook post on the 2 may 2020 about my life struggles and that if anyone don’t know my story then they shouldn’t envy my story which was viewed by a friend that commented book worthy but I didn’t take it serious but thought that I would write a book if the opportunity came along. The opportunity manifested and I decided to write a book.

Romelia: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BOOK’S IDEAL READER?

Nicalol Needham: My ideal reader would be someone who is interested in reading about life struggles that with focus does turn out into success stories and also those who acknowledge and embrace the divine power of the almighty. It will also be ideal or be on interest to those who want stories or a narrative of inspiration, motivation, encouragement, achievements made possible because of a supernatural and divine intervention from the almighty god.

Romelia: HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU NEED TO DO FOR YOUR BOOK?

Nicalol Needham: I did not do a lot of research as per say except around the process involved and accessing resources to get my book edited, formatted, front cover completed and then publishing.

As for the book itself, I wrote the contents of my book without any support or help except for a friend to proof read it.

Whilst putting my second book together and getting my first book on to potential readers, the mass and people of interest, I realized that more research is required around promotion and promoting the book, improving sales and maximizing people of interest.

Romelia: HOW IMPORTANT WAS PROFESSIONAL EDITING TO YOUR BOOK’S DEVELOPMENT?

Nicalol Needham: It was very important because writing a book and publishing was new to me, the professional input to enable the final product which is the book was awesome and the persons who supported me with the task of editing, formatting and book cover + designs did an awesome job.

Romelia: WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE, AND WHY?

Nicalol Needham: There wasn’t any chapter or part of my book that was challenging or hard to write as per say because everything flowed smoothly when I was putting the contents of the book together because it is a real life story and non-fiction.

I struggle with a recollecting my dreams in a few chapters because they were very scary and frightening even on recollecting it to write and there were about 7 but the most difficult chapter was the one about racism I experienced in the UK that made me really sad whilst recalling the events and writing about it

Romelia: WHAT CHARACTERS IN YOUR BOOK ARE MOST SIMILAR TO YOU OR TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

Nicalol Needham: There isn’t any character in my books as per say as it is not non-fiction.

Romelia: HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?

Nicalol Needham: It took me 4-5 weeks to write the content of my first book and it was the same with my second book (due to be released soon).

Romelia: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR YOUR BOOK?

Nicalol Needham: After the opportunity came along and after much encouragement, I thought that my first thought of a title being: ‘my Success Story’ was missing something then I thought about my spiritual journey and decided to combine both for my book and came up with the title: ‘my physical and spiritual journey’.

Romelia: WOULD YOU AND YOUR MAIN CHARACTER GET ALONG?

Nicalol Needham: My main character is myself so yes I would like to think we would get on so the answer is definitely yes.

Romelia: IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR CHARACTERS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?

Nicalol Needham: I wouldn’t say they are characters but for some of the characters and or atmospheres that was peaceful and godly, I would say please stay with me but for those scary, violent and wicked ones then I would say vamoose with urgency.

Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE? ARE YOU MORE OF A PLOTTER OR A PANTSER?

Nicalol Needham: My writing process wasn’t a plotter because my book is about real life story and or experience so it was a matter of explaining my story in a way that flowed and the reader could follow but keep the authenticity at the same time.

Romelia: WHAT DO YOU NEED IN YOUR WRITING SPACE TO HELP YOU STAY FOCUSED?

Nicalol Needham: All I need is some nice Jamaican music at a reasonable level bouncing with some bass and treble in the background and I am good to go.

Romelia: IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A SPIN-OFF ABOUT A SIDE CHARACTER, WHICH WOULD YOU PICK?

Nicalol Needham: This wouldn’t be possible because of the type of book but from the characters in my book, I would say, I would do a more detailed sequel about my later teenager days in Jamaica.

Romelia: IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANOTHER POPULAR AUTHOR, WHOM WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Nicalol Needham: I would choose Jamaican writer Louise Bennett (Miss Lou) because she is a much admired author who worker to preserve the practice of presenting poetry, folk songs and stories in patois.

Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE WHEN YOU’RE WRITING A BOOK?

Nicalol Needham: My schedule is usually busy but I get a satisfying adrenaline rush that I enjoy that some people may think is weird but I love to be busy. I tend to write then pause for a short while then proceed which isn’t about being able to recall the events but more so working with not rushing the process and allowing it to flow naturally.

Romelia: HAVE YOU EVER TRAVELED AS RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?

Nicalol Needham: No but I would love to travel to research for my second book which might be a tight schedule because of timing but most definitely for the next future book/s.

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WRITING SNACK OR DRINK?

Nicalol Needham: Any drink to keep me hydrated is fine.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR BOOK?

Nicalol Needham: I didn’t celebrate as per say but when I got the physical copy of my first book through the post, I posted it all over social media to celebrate and show how proud I was of my accomplishment.

Romelia: WHAT RISKS HAVE YOU TAKEN WITH YOUR WRITING THAT HAVE PAID OFF?

Nicalol Needham: I decided to write a book about my life story and journey but I did not know how it would have been received and how people would react to it but I had faith in myself and my abilities.

It has been received greater than I anticipated and the feedback/reviews I have had I awesome feedback of how it has impact the readers life positively and that they can’t wait to read the next book.

The risk of writing my book though it was a totally new remit/forte for me has inspired many readers & individuals to write their story that they have delayed out of being doubtful of their ability to write it.

Romelia: WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOOGLED YOURSELF AND WHAT DID YOU FIND?

Nicalol Needham: I have done this several times and a few times recently it showed y social media details about my book and or post about my book promotion.

Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR KRYPTONITE AS A WRITER?

Nicalol Needham: It is to write sincerely, with charisma + style and with the intention that the way the story or narration is told will get every minutes and seconds of the reader’s interest once they pick up my book.

For readers to feel so satisfied and blown away by the contents of my book that they have to tell their friends and family.

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Nicalol Needham: One Sunday morning, a friend of mine was in church giving exaltation and saying he is a child of god when his daughter shouted ‘dad stop lying’ with an expression of being annoyed on her face. He looked at his daughter in confusion, despair, worried and with a look of hope that she don’t say anything to embarrass him then he said out of what seemed like obligation why you say that my daughter.

She replied ‘you say that you are child of god but you are not a child, you are an old man’.

The church erupted in laughter.

I was at work and when we were entering through some doors in the corridor, one of my male colleague asked me to stop to allow the ladies to enter first and said ‘ladies before gentlemen’ then after we got to the main door to the office, my friend said again ‘ladies before gentleman’ then the ladies went through the door but this time as they went through the door, he further said ‘because when it’s time to go to hell, it will be ladies before gentlemen’.

By this time I was on the floor laughing and my friend was crying from laughing but my female work colleagues didn’t think it was funny at all.

Romelia: Describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Nicalol Needham: I am a down to earth, caring, loyal and outgoing person.

One thing you don’t know about me is that I am a Christian.

I would day hate is a strong word but something that I dislike about the world is when others treat people in a way they would not like to be treated and look down of others because they think they are wealthier or in a better situation or better off or privileged.

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