Chinelo Mgbeadichie honors us this week. A native Nigerian, she writes legal mysteries and lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
Welcome, Chinelo. You honor this week. We’re eager to know a writer from the other side of the globe. What a treat! We thank you for offering a giveaway—Mrs. Unmarried in ebook format.
Who Is Chinelo Mgbeadichie?
First, let me mention how much I appreciate being interviewed by you. I do not take this privilege for granted.
I was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and grew up in Lagos. Being a boarder meant most of my teenage days were spent in school. As a loner, I claimed no permanent friends. But good and intelligent people surrounded me. I admit to a mischief or two, but I was scared that my father would know, so I was a good girl most of the time. My family numbered 5 before God added 2 beautiful boys later on.
I work as a Legal Practitioner and a Partner in a Law firm in Lagos.
Chinelo’s Faith Journey
God has been faithful. Yes, I have had my share of falling out with God. At some point I told God I was done with him. But it was as though He smiled and said, “Where do you want to go?”
In my mind I couldn’t think of any other option so I just came back home. He didn’t even let me out of his sight one day. I have faced a number of challenges.
Chinelo’s Writing Journey
I grew up with all forms of imaginations. (smiles) As a hopeless romantic person—only in my mind—I wrote love stories and threw them away. I don’t write love stories now. I guess that part of me faded away.
My publishing journey challenged me. At one point I almost gave up because many publishers told me that people don’t read novels. Instead, they read schoolbooks. Some publishers told me point blank that I am not known so my book will not sell. Eventually an unknown publisher accepted my book, and it took him more than three years to publish it.
Chinelo’s Debut Experience
My first book is titled Murder at Dawn. It is mystery novel with a lot of Christian flavor to it. A young Christian woman’s sister was murdered, and her brother was arrested as the prime suspect. This young lady, Annabelle, must figure out who killed her sister and the motive.
Chinelo’s Journey Continues
Partridge Africa published my second book, Behind Dark Clouds. In this story, a young woman is raped and her entire family wiped out. The tragedy halts her dreams.
Monalisa, devastated by the gruesome extermination of her family, faces the choice of abandoning a baby she never planned in pursuit of the career she always dreamed of. She decides to unmask the one who placed the kill order on her family. She forces the tragedy and her frailties behind her and sets her eyes on her goal. Although she is a broken woman, she learns to live through the brokenness and trust in a love that is genuine. Follow her marks in this book as she chooses the hard road.
Also, I wrote Mrs. Unmarried, which is Book One in the Ice for Heart series. I am working currently on Book Two in the series, Two Deaths; One Murder.
Ezinne is an abused, battered and broken wife whose husband is murdered in their home. She is the prime suspect and the world is looking at her because she had motive and opportunity. Will her lawyer be successful in saving her life? Or does his death doom her?
Insight from Chinelo
I hope my books encourage and inspire people. In addition, I hope to go international in my writing.
How to Find Chinelo and Her Books
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Dear Lord, we honor and praise Your name alone, for You alone are worthy of praise. We stand in awe of the works of Your mighty hand—from creation in the beginning to the re-creation we anticipate at the end of time. You bless Your followers around the globe by joining us by faith in Christ. Here we are, sharing another common passion—reading and writing stories that bring You the glory. Please bless each word Chinelo writes for you. ~ For Jesus’ sake