An Interview with Author Kossi Afedo

Kossi Afedo

I am 45.
I am a husband and father of 2 children.
I am author and Businessman living in Hamburg Germany.
I love helping people.

Describe yourself in five words 

Impulsive, kind, courageous, a little intelligent but at the same time stubborn

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

My love for others. 

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

To overcome my fears, I go to the front of things.

I take a deep breath

I have a rule of 4-6-8. I take 4 seconds deep breath, release it out of my mouth 4 seconds. Repeat this for 6 seconds and 8 seconds. I tell myself that everything is fine and I pray.

What scares you the most? 

Losing my mind

What makes you happiest? 

Family, friends and success

Why do you write? 

To help others understand how things work.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes. That is why I am with you

What motivates you to write? 

Any writer that starts writing to get rich is most often disappointed. No, most writers write because it’s impossible NOT to write. The stories build up in your head and the developed characters come alive and won’t let you rest until you write down what they are telling you.

And I know that everybody has a story which will please someone else. So, I write mine.

What writing are you most proud of? 

I am proud of the book I published right now on amazon.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

My family and friends are my first pride

What books did you love growing up? 

The stories in the bible.

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

I grew up in Togo Africa and I am living now in Germany.

How did you develop your writing? 

I like reading other books and get inspiration from them.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Marketing

What marketing works for you? 

It is not that easy to market a book but I have a team of people like you who work hard to let people know about what I am doing. What really works for me is facebook marketing.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

Yes. This is the crucial point that makes most writers doubt.

Is your family supportive? 

Yes. Of course. They are my biggest fans and my main inspiration.

Do your friends support you? 

Yes. Some of them read my books and give me their honest review.

What else do you do, other than write? 

I am a businessman. I sell things online and consult other companies.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

When I was in Africa, to finance my studies, I sold insurance. When I arrived in Germany, to finance my studies and other things, I had worked as a cook’s helper.

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

Business, accounting and marketing.

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

Right here. I like to take advantage of the time that I am in a place. Because I can’t say why I’m here at this time.

Tell us about your family? 

I am a husband and father of two children. I love them above all else.

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

It depends where I am and I have the ideas. Sometimes I use pencil and paper. But most of the time I use a laptop.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

At least 6-7 hours 

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

Yes. First of all my family, my lovely wife Sitsofe, my children Emefa and David. Also  my brothers in Christ and friends Fojo, Narcisse, Jonathan, Yah-se, Nathalie, Serge, Ingolf, Marcel and Kaka

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 when my audience or readers identify with my writing and can’t get rid of my books. Among other things, when the same books hit Amazon’s bestseller list, the same books can help a lot of people and my books will be cited by people for reference.

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

Hum, I am now using Amazon KDP select. I will use fiverr gigs, use banner ads on blogs, use facebook groups, facebook ads etc.

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

My new book “CONVERTING FEARS INTO CONFIDENCE” is an interview exposing the truth about cancer with an expert oncologist and hematologist Dr. Med. Thomas A. Walter. 

When it comes to cancer, how can you segregate FACTS from MYTHS?

It doesn’t help to be bombarded with jargon and medical terms we are not familiar with.

With all the available information online, it can be confusing and stressful, especially for someone ill. 

I, myself, faced cancer in 2013 and dealt with it successfully so I wrote this book or interview to help people that are sick of the disease of cancer and their family who are fighting to find reliable information online to get rid of the fears they are having and gain confidence.

This is my goal.

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

Hum, I never think about this before so I’ll give you the answer next time

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

Reading, enjoying playing with family and friends, watching movies and traveling.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing?

To get rid of the fears of cancer and gain confidence in this 21st century.

How will your words make them feel? 

They will change their perspective on how they view it as a fatal disease and in fact listed as one of the leading causes of death in the world.