The Oshun Diaries

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High priestesses are few and far between, white ones in Africa even more so. When Diane Esguerra hears of a mysterious Austrian woman worshipping the If a river goddess Oshun in Nigeria, her curiosity is aroused.

It is the start of an extraordinary friendship that sustains Diane through the death of her son and leads to a quest to take part in Oshun rituals. Prevented by Boko Haram from returning to Nigeria, she finds herself at Ifa shrines in Florida amid vultures, snakes, goats’ heads, machetes, a hurricane and a cigar-smoking god. Her quest steps up a gear when Beyoncé channels Oshun at the Grammys and the goddess goes global.

Mystifying, harrowing and funny, The Oshun Diaries explores the lure of Africa, the life of a remarkable woman and the appeal of the goddess as a symbol of female empowerment.

 

Doesn’t this book sound really atmospheric.. AND there is a book trailer too HERE : ) I love a good book trailer.

Hi Diane,

What inspired your to write Oshun Diaries?

My desire to share what I’ve learnt from Oshun, the goddess of love and female empowerment, and her amazing high priestess.

Which Authors inspired you to write?

While I admire many, many writers I can’t think of one that has ‘inspired’ me as such. The urge to write, to express my creativity, was so great it just burst out of me!

If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece of advice would you give yourself ?

Live in the moment: enjoy the actual process of writing – the wonder of creativity; worry less about how others will judge your efforts.

What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Just do it!

What are your writing routines?

If I haven’t been able to write for a while I become agitated. As hard as I’ve tried I’ve never been able to achieve a set routine. I write when I’m in the mood – which, thankfully, is quite often

If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

Seeing clients as I’m also a psychotherapist – but I’d rather be travelling.

Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

Well, as this is a memoir I guess I’m the main character. I’d love to say Angelina Jolie, but Olivia Coleman would be a more likely candidate!  I see Beyoncé as Oshun.

How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

I tried about thirty agents before one agreed to represent my first book. An agent is always the best bet as many publishers won’t touch unsolicited material. It then took her about six months to find a publisher.

How did you deal with them when you started out

For a number of years I made a living as a play and scriptwriter so I learnt pretty early on that rejection is part and parcel of being a writer – and it’s ongoing. It comes in many forms – a lousy review is kind of rejection, too. I taught myself to build up rejection resilience. Something the writer Harold Pinter said after his first play was thoroughly panned by every theatre critic in London has always inspired me: ‘Even though they all hated my work I continued to believe in it myself.’

Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

Like many writers I have a rebellious nature. I went to eight different schools before the age of eleven and hated every one of them – then left home at sixteen!

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Diane Esguerra is an English writer and psychotherapist. For a number of years she worked as a performance artist in Britain, Europe and the United States, and she has written for theatre and television. She is the recipient of a Geneva-Europe Television Award and a Time Out Theatre Award. She is previously the author of Junkie Buddha, the uplifting story of her journey to Peru to scatter her late son’s ashes.

She lives in Surrey with her partner David.

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