I was surprised recently to learn that I was not the only person where I work to recently self-publish a book. That’s when I met Osayi Osar-Emokpae through a mutual friend. I decided to find out more about Osayi’s book, Impossible is Stupid, and her experience with self-publishing. So what better way than one of my interviews?
1. Tell me briefly about your book – what is it about and what motivated you to write it?
It’s Thanksgiving Day as I sit here responding to this interview question. The plan was to go to the gym in my apartment, then come back and respond to this email, but my plan didn’t quite work out that way. On the way from the gym I was stopped by a random woman in my apartment. She asked me to escort her and her boyfriend to her apartment because she was nervous that he was violent. He seemed harmless, and I didn’t want to get involved, but I asked God, and felt Him telling me to go with her.
When we got to her apartment he kept talking about how peaceful he was, and I could see the tears streaming down his face, and all I could think was how did I get myself into this mess? If anything, at least I would be a witness for him to prove that he did not hurt her. So one minute he is telling her that he can’t believe she brought me into their situation, and the next minute I hear her screaming and he had her in a grip hold and was punching her in the face, pummeling her as hard as he could. I could see blood, arms flailing and things getting knocked around. And all I heard was screaming and more screaming.
I did the only thing I could, I quickly walked away and called 911 as fast as my fingers would allow me.
While talking to the police I found out that she was 40 years old, she had started dating the man in August of this year, and they started living together not long after that. Not only was he unemployed, but he had a record…for assault!
And it is for women like these that I wrote this book. There are women out there who are dating men just because they feel like they need to have a man. There are women out there dating men who leave them stranded after they become pregnant (another story for another day). There are women out there married and miserable because they felt they absolutely had to marry the first thing that came along.
So I wrote this book, and I keep writing because women need to know that they are valuable, and that living a fulfilled life without a man is not impossible. I wrote this book to show that beating loneliness and depression as a single woman is not impossible. As a matter of fact, Impossible is Stupid!