Gare Moses is a Computer Science graduate, a Web Developer, and a Writer. He’s also the founder of Fiction Limbo, an online community for fiction writers to explore. In this interview, Gare tells us more about himself and Fiction Limbo as a brand, the challenges he’s had to face, and an insight into plans he has for the community. He has asked to stay anonymous. Hence, why his pictures are not available.
I KNOW YOU ARE UX/UI DESIGNER AND A WEB DEVELOPER, WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
Okay, Majorly, I do content research and strategy for international brands.
Aside from that, I do Animations, video editing and offer general digital branding services to organizations.
INTERESTING. SO, HOW DID WRITING COME IN?
Writing has always been a thing from childhood. Growing up, my dad will buy my siblings and me as many books as possible and would encourage us to write our own stories.
By 10, everyone in the house had some story they were working on.
We had an enormous private library; it was fun; it was a family thing.
WOW. WAS IT THIS EXPERIENCE THAT PROMPTED TO START FICTION LIMBO OR SOMETHING ELSE?
This experience played a big role in my love for organized storytelling. But what prompted me to start the first instance of Fiction Limbo, about five years ago, was my clique back in the University of Benin. I was studying Computer Science, and they were English and Literature students. They started their personal blogs, so I jumped in and create mine. I was telling my own stories and, in a month, I had had over 10,000 hits on the page. I had to shelve the idea because I wasn’t able to keep us with the heat.
Last year, I redefined what I wanted, picked Instagram, and kicked off the version Fiction Limbo you now see.
OKAY YOU SHELVED THE IDEA? YOU MEAN THE BLOG?
Yes, the blog.
“I think making reading attractive will go a long way in improving how our culture embrace reading.”
DID YOU START FICTION LIMBO ALONE OR WERE THERE PARTNER(S)?
I started Fiction Limbo alone, but kicking it off, I had help from my circle of really talented friends.
GREAT. SPEAKING OF FRIENDS, LET’S TALK ABOUT SKYLAR EMMANUEL AND E.S. SERIES. HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN FRIENDS FOR A LONG TIME OR E.S SERIES JUST HAPPENED AFTER YOU STARTED FICTION LIMBO?
I met Skylar around the time I started Fiction Limbo.
I was going through social media looking for talented writers I could talk to about the idea. Then, a friend, Resa, told me about Skylar. I checked her page on IG, chatted with her, and that’s how the friendship started.
Skylar later became my Editor-in-Chief.
Now for E.S Series, it is a very personal idea of Skylar. She had been posting those stories for a long time before Fiction Limbo started.
It had even gone viral on Twitter.
We had a talk and birthed the idea to run the series under the name Children of Eris.
The goal is to draw enough attention and then publish the book which is currently a work in progress.
OH LOVELY. WHAT’S THE FIRST YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?
Okay, so I have been working from home for up to two years now for a company that is 5 hours apart in time zone difference. My timeline is kind of really weird. Lol.
I wake up quite late.
For some months, the first thing I do is to write and improve my Work-in-progress, Son of the crow.
OH COOL. LET’S TALK OF THIS WORK IN PROGRESS, WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE AND WHEN SHOULD WE EXPECT IT?
Okay, my work in progress, Son of the Crow, is actually a dark fictional story which centers on death.
I had initially written it as a short story and entered it for the commonwealth prize; it wasn’t successful.
It caught the eyes of a publisher and talks of fleshing it out into a trilogy started.
I am working on part one now, and I honestly do not know when it will be out.
I SAW THE DARK PART COMING. WHY ARE YOU REALLY INTERESTED IN DARK STORIES, IS IT LIKE A PERSONAL THING? MOST STORIES ON FICTION LIMBO ARE QUITE DARK TOO.
Okay, apart from the fact that I read a lot of dark stories whilst growing up.
I had personal experiences as a child, and it kind of shaped my consciousness of the supernatural.
I like to think the supernatural is as close as the physical.
In fact, there is this truth I feel when I write about the dark and because of that, dark fiction transcends every other genre I write.
THAT’S AMAZING. WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE IN FICTION LIMBO?
I think our underground projects challenges us the most.
These are things that I am not allowed to discuss until the projects become public.
But if I must say something, I’d say time is constantly a problem.
Most of the creatives on our team have real-life jobs, and until we have the resource to bring them in as full-time workers, we might continue to struggle with meeting targets.
IF YOU TRAVELLED THE WORLD, WHO WOULD YOU GO WITH?
I will definitely go with my girlfriend.
ROMANCE IN THE AIR. IS SHE ALSO PART OF FICTION LIMBO TEAM?
Yes, she is. She is a writer and also a UI/UX designer and Developer.
BEAUTIFUL. HOW WOULD SAY FICTION LIMBO IS BEING PERCEIVED IN NIGERIA?
I think what many people are seeing is potential; the brand is yet to become viral in Nigeria.
But the results we got when we ran out polls showed that as the days go by, we are getting more Nigerians to identify with and support us concretely.
The demography shows India as a country holding over 40% of the followership.
But I think with a little more focus we will able to get more Nigerians to embrace the brand.
“You not getting published by a publisher does not stamp that you are a bad writer.”
HMM. WHY DO YOU THINK INDIANS TAKE 40%, DO YOU HAVE AN INDIAN INFLUENCE OR SOMETHING?
I have worked with a lot of Indians in the past and have great friends that helped with publicity.
In 2015, when I created the Fiction Limbo blog, I met some of them that are now really close friends; we collaborated on so many successful chain fiction and did a lot of fun things.
According to a survey, India tops the list of countries in the world that read books the most.
Followed by Thailand and then China.
These countries are represented really well on the Fiction Limbo follower’s demography.
So, I guess this is also a reason.
Indians love to read.
I AGREE WITH YOU. HOW DO YOU THINK THE READING CULTURE IN NIGERIA CAN BE IMPROVED? SHOULD WE EXPECT FICTION LIMBO TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN?
I think making reading attractive will go a long way in improving how our culture embrace reading.
The first step we took on Fiction Limbo was to present our stories in the most visually appealing way ever!
We used great graphics and did videos to promote our series like Araromire.
It worked like a charm. Many people loved how the page felt, and that is what we want to deliver on our website project that has been in development for almost too long. Lol.
We want to give reading a cinematic feel.
I hope that could spike up the readers’ demography in Nigeria.
OH WELL GOODLUCK! IF YOUR LIFE WAS A HASHTAG, WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WOULD BE?
I’d say #Miracle
You would understand this when I finally publish an authentic account of my life.
You could get a glimpse if you read the story on the page titled “Of thoughts remembered.”
YOU’RE PUBLISHING A BOOK ON YOUR LIFE, WHEN SHOULD WE EXPECT THIS?
Not now, later.
But it is a story that needs to be told.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO WRITERS OUT THERE? YOU’VE READ THEIR WORKS, YOU’VE POSTED SOME. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL THEM?
“I think the major thing I’d like to advice is, every publisher has what they are looking out for in every story. You not getting published by a publisher does not stamp that you are a bad writer. If you have some sort of personal preference to that publisher, read what they have published, craft your art in a way that falls in line but still has your unique voice all over it.”— Gare Moses