Author Chibundu Onuzo’s first novel, The Spider King’s Daughter, was published by Faber and Faber on March 15, 2012. Prior to the release, I had the pleasure of attending the Black Book Swap event, where Onuzo took part in a Q&A session and reading.

Onuzo’s personal story is nothing short of amazing. Having written her first novel at the tender age of 19 and securing an agent and publisher within six months, a fact brought to light by a member of the audience, the modest author shied away from revelling in her achievements instead humbly accepting praise before moving on.

The Nigerian author talked about her upcoming release, growing up in a Lagos town and her experience of the publishing process so far, taking great pleasure in reading excerpts from her debut novel and expanding on its characters.

Onuzo is currently signed to a two book deal with a major publisher, not bad for the 21 year old History student currently studying at King’s College London – view her upcoming readings and events here.

If Onuzo’s story tells us anything, it’s that anything is possible!

The Spider King’s Daughter is available to purchase via Amazon.co.uk.