Live Interview with Author Dot IkwerreGirl Acheru

A trained linguist and Certified Project Manager, Dot IkwerreGirl Acheru is an embodiment of resilience. Her inner strength gives her the impetus to go out and help other women who had walked the path she had threaded and conquered. As a Humanitarian, she sees to the needs of the less privileged and provides help to the broken to the best of her ability. Her writing skill has birthed countless didactic posts on Social Media as well as this open-hearted narrative. Dot, who is a founder of a supportive club for B.A.M.E women in London, is a mother of two adorable kids.

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Author Dot IkwerreGirl Acheru
The Impacts of Domestic Violence

About the Author:
A trained linguist and Certified Project Manager, Dot IkwerreGirl Acheru is an embodiment of resilience. Her inner strength gives her the impetus to go out and help other women who had walked the path she had threaded and conquered. As a Humanitarian, she sees to the needs of the less privileged and provides help to the broken to the best of her ability. Her writing skill has birthed countless didactic posts on Social Media as well as this open-hearted narrative. Dot, who is a founder of a supportive club for B.A.M.E women in London, is a mother of two adorable kids.

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Describe yourself in five words

Intelligent, Energetic, Creative, resourceful, and Pleasant

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I am really shy 🙂

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

I focus on my strengths; other times, I give into my fears and doubts because it is good to be vulnerable and feel things as I experience them.What scares you the most? Aging. I fear the inevitable old age, as we cannot predict how we will age. I fear that age when I am vulnerable and totally dependent on others for my care and basic needs.

What makes you happiest?

My Children. Seeing how far they have come and blossomed makes it all worth it.

Why do you write?

I write to express myself and give my readers hope and knowledge. I like to proffer solutions. I hope that my story can be someone’s survival guide.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes, I’ve always enjoyed writing articles and funny stories. It comes naturally to me, What motivates you to write? I get challenged by situations I find myself and even situations of others. The urge to shine a light for others.

What writing are you most proud of?

Silent Watchers is my first indie published book. What are you most proud of in your personal life? I am proud of myself for never quitting or giving up, regardless of what life may have thrown at me.

What books did you love growing up?

To Sir with Love by E. R. Braithwaite, adventure novels by James Hadley Chase, I wasn’t a great reader, though.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

That I was a fantastic person and an inspiration to many, a hope for the hopeless, and a game changer with a dash of crazy humour.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing; tell us where you grew up and where you now live.

I grew up in Nigeria and later relocated and naturalised in the U.K. Nearly two decades ago.

How did you develop your writing?

I have a creative mind, which makes writing easy for me. It all starts with an idea, and then I begin to expand on it.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

Marketing! Most definitely marketing. You can have an amazing work, but people must see and read it. You’ll have to have good enough reviews to validate your work. So definitely marketing.

What marketing works for you?

Social media is fantastic. The good thing is that I have a sizeable following, which facilitates getting the word out there. However, I have had to work out of my circle with other social media influencers and marketers to expand my reach.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Not really. Sharing isn’t difficult; getting people to respond to the content. Now that’s the tricky bit.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

My children are very proud of me; my daughter (6 years old, by the way) kept on my case, reminding me to keep writing. My mother has been a pillar! I also have very supportive friends and colleagues; I feel blessed for that too.

What else do you do, other than write?

I’m a project manager, and I also run Community Clubs that support women who have experienced Domestic violence and ongoing financial difficulties. Every year for the past four years, I have also carried out outreach programs to single mothers and widows in Nigeria, providing food, clothing, and money for business start-ups.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

Hmmm… I’ve been around the block, trying to find my passion, and I’m still on that journey. So, I’ve worked as a bi-lingual translator, Documents controller in the Oil and Gas industry, and Project manager for UK Public Sector, and believe it out not; I have also worked as a Catering assistant serving up meals and a security officer/ bouncer 🙂

If you could study any subject at university, what would you pick?

I’ve done quite a lot of studying in my life, and I am not sure I want anymore, But criminology and profiling have always interested me. I’m also looking to bag a certification as a life coach soon.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would love to live on a private island in Fiji, drinking milk out of coconut  and eating roasted fish and salad every day while listening to “Don’t worry be happy” by Bob Marley and getting a massage three times a week.

Tell us about your family?

It’s just myself and my two children, a son, and a daughter; they are my battery source; they keep me going, and I feel validated every time I look at them.

I come from a nuclear family of 6. My dad, my mum, two brothers and a sister. I am the youngest of four. Sadly, my dad passed last year. I wish he was here to witness my first book. I know he would have been proud.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

It’s a mix, really. Sometimes I make voice notes; I may be in the kitchen and get thoughts, so I scribble on a piece of paper or tissue, whatever is available to collate my thoughts. I type primarily at night, when the house is quiet. 80% of the time I’m on my sofa, laptop on my lap typing away. And then I wonder why I have back pains.. hahaha

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

At least 4hours, but I’d be lying to say I ever get that much…lol

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?

I want to recognize my friends Yvonne Egbuna; I’ve known her since 1996, she was help when I needed to get out of a dire situation, and she has never stopped checking up on me. Annet Mugaga I met in Uni while studying for an M.A. in management at the Middlesex Uni London. And the list could not be complete without mentioning Joan Oruwari, Andrea Stewart, Ufuoma Aaron, and many more, too numerous to mention for constantly checking up on me and pushing me to be the best I could be.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?

Success for me is good sales but, most importantly, positive feedback from readers. I want to get that feeling that my work changed lives.

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?

I have employed two marketing companies to manage my campaign as I feel a bit of professionality would go a long way. I have a vast social media following that helps. I also work alongside individual social media influencers and promoters. Just about anything to create a buzz, really.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it? 

I wrote the book Silent Watchers as a solution for those going through domestic violence. Using my situation as an example, my hope is that it becomes a wake-up call for many. This book highlights the impact of Children Witnessing Domestic Violence. Parents often, especially mothers, will stay in a toxic relationship because of their children. However, my book shows how detrimental and damaging that choice is to a child. Also, many people don’t know they are in an abusive relationship because of the absence of physical violence; this book breaks down domestic abuse and highlights the non-violent aspects of it that are usually overlooked. A definite must-read. 🙂

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?

Whitney Houston, there’s just something about her voice that gives me goosebumps. And, of course, she’d have to sing to me…lol. Also my great grand father, the King Amakwe, he has something I need…lol

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?

Listen to music, make creative funny skits, and have family time with my kids. We like to travel, try out new things, and see the world.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

The words in my books are hard-hitting… lot’s of emotions, anger, tears, pain, and then hope. I hope my book is an eye-opener to my readers and hopefully a wake-up call. Also, with determination, they can survive anything.

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