About Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. door-to-door canvasser, salesgirl, receptionist, travel coordinator, copywriter, editor
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. Mfantsiman Girls' Secondary School and Vassar College
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Marvin Gaye
Q. Favorite movie
A. tie between Fargo and Mahogany
Q. Favorite television show
A. tie between "I Love New York" (1 & 2) "I Love Money" (1 & 2), "Sex & the City", "Entourage", and now "Kendra"
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Fear itself.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Where I'm supposed to be.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm able to empathize with most sides of a story.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My love of shawls, wraps and scarves.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. "Tracy Chambers" in Mahogany
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. tie between "Miss Evans" in Mahogany, "Barbara Covett" in Notes on a Scandal, and "Jerry Lundegaard" and "Carl Showalter" in Fargo
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Interviewing people.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. World Traveling Do-Gooder
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Humility, Ambition, Sharpness
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Peanut butter soup filled with bite-sized chunks of meat
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. This is an ever-evolving list, but so far these have been favorites for the longest time: "Chinwe Ike" by Resonance, "I am a Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel, "This Woman's Work" by Maxwell/Kate Bush, "Best of Me" by Mya feat. Jay-Z, all the songs on "Here
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Buchi Emecheta, Zadie Smith, Janet Fitch, Chinua Achebe, Elizabeth Gilbert, Wally Lamb, Alice Walker, Madeleine L'Engle, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Terri McMillan, W. Somerset Maughm, Shauna Singh Baldwin
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta White Oleander by Janet Fitch A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe Just Above My Head by James Baldwin White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. You have the time to write even if you have a 9-5 or some other demand on most of your time.