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“When the Words Won’t Come Down the Stairs” – Ekow Duker Chats About Being a Writer

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White WahalaDying in New YorkEkow Duker is an oil field engineer turned banker turned writer. His first two novels – White Wahala and Dying in New York – were both published and very well received last year, with the latter being longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

Aerodrome caught up with Ghana-born, Joburg-based author to talk about his working life, which includes his favourite ritual: writing two pages a day. He reveals that he is working on “a novel exploring how a gay man stumbles into a heterosexual marriage” and says that when he feels stuck he likes to “stand at the bottom of the stairs and shout at the words that refuse to show their face”.

However, the hardest thing about writing, Duker says, is “When the words won’t come down the stairs. Or when they do and they’re all dishevelled and in disarray and I send them back again because it’s got to be right.”

Read the article to learn more about this fascinating writer:

What does “writing” mean?

Writing for me is that piece of the puzzle that makes all the other pieces fall into place and make sense

Which book changed your life?

It’s got to be Dying in New York. Now I get invited to events I only read about before and strangers come up to me and shake my hand. Well, one person did.

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