I’m Esther Okoloeze, Anwu Ututu (Morning Sun), God’s love child, story fairy and a girl learning to live one day at a time. In a nutshell, I’m an author, editor and mindful living—the God-way—writer.
Born in Enugu, raised in Lagos, I pay homage to my upbringing, one where I was bequeathed Igbo folklore and culture, multigenre music, the Bible, good values and languages.
My childhood would not be complete without Bible stories and lessons that shaped my beliefs and lifestyle.
But it would be my late uncle and big cousin’s stories, poems like Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken, and authors like Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Chinua Achebe and more books from Ben Carson, John Maxwell and Joyce Meyer that will fan the flickering love for books into a lifetime passion.
The journey to becoming a story girl and writer cannot be told without God playing God. He’s the one who helps me stay on this path; helping me find my way after mindless and fruitless detours.
For most of the last six years, my life felt like a stagnant brook. I strived, hustled and wandered back and forth to find my place, peace and purpose—to make sense of my talent and transition into a career and life I would be happy in with fewer disappointments.
My stories find root in experiences dealing with setbacks, death, grief, obscurity, the pursuit of happiness (joy?), heartbreaks and all the questions about what might have been. They rest on fantasy, spirituality (Christian faith), culture and romance; on hope, love, resilience and rising above the storm.
My work as an editor, book writing and publishing consultant is to help authors spin their stories and knowledge into excellent books.
To serve humanity, I volunteer as a mental health counselor at Chop & Chat, a peer group that provides mental health awareness, assistance and community to young people.
As I awaken to the stories and adventures around me and give life my best chase, I hope to become the girl whose stories and teachings on mindfulness made a difference and the solopreneur who helped people leave their footprints behind.
My first novel, Red Roses, Stained Glasses was published in 2020.
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