Q&A with Oyinkan Braithwaite, Author of My Sister the Serial Killer

Q: To start off, could you please introduce and share with us a little about yourself?

A: There isn’t a lot to say about me…My name is Oyinkan Braithwaite and I am an anime junkie. I am not seeking help for this obsession.

Q: What brought about you discovering your love for writing?

A: I’ve been writing for almost as long as I have been reading. I fell in love with poems and stories and I think when that happens, especially when you are young, you quickly try to replicate/re-create this love.

Q: I believe a lot of people would love to know how the idea for My Sister the Serial Killer planted itself and got you writing it?

A: It was the black widow spider – this creature who would kill her mates if she was hungry and they were close by. There was something cruel and reckless about it and I was immediately fascinated.

Q: Both sisters have unique personalities, but I’m highly interested in how Korede is. Is her obsessive nature when it comes to cleanliness symbolic and if so could you explain why?

A: I think her obsessive cleaning is a coping mechanism. Her life is messy, impure and she attempts to set this to rights by making sure nothing is out of place in her immediate environment.

Q: How would you say the reception from Nigerians whom you’ve come across that have read My Sister the Serial Killer is? And if it was up to you how would you persuade others to read it?

A: So far, everyone has been supportive and I am grateful for that. A lot of people are surprised by the title, which is quite entertaining. If I wanted to persuade people to read it, I’d ask how often they got an opportunity to read about a beautiful Nigerian female serial killer…

You can read Lara’s review of My Sister the Serial Killer on Naija Book Bae.

Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University.  In 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her debut book My Sister the Serial Killer has won many awards as well as been long listed for the Women Prize in Fiction 2019 and The Booker Prize 2019  She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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