Binghamton University experience inspires alumna's series of novels
By Kathleen Rubino '13
As you grow up, many people tell you to choose your future, pick your job, choose your profession. But what if you didn't have to choose? Imagine a world where you can pursue more than just one of your passions.
Welcome to the world of Ogochukwu Marietta Ezeoke '11, who writes under the pen name Etta King. "You don't have to worry about focusing on just one thing," she says.
She recently published her second book in her Caspian University series, The Life and Times of the Heir and the Keeper. But what many people don't know is that she graduated from Binghamton University in 2011 with a biology degree.
"Med school is definitely in my future, so I'm working on that," she says. "I would love to do something with oncology."
Ezeoke pursues her passions for both writing and science. During her time at Binghamton, she actually found one class which offered the perfect marriage of the two - Literature in Medicine. In addition to fueling her loves of biology and writing, her Binghamton University experience enriched her in other ways.
"Joining so many organizations allowed me to meet so many different people," she says.
Ezeoke said many of her characters and plotlines for the Caspian University series are based on her experiences at Binghamton. While the Caspian series was her first foray into novels, Ezeoke always had a passion for writing. When she was 13 years old, she wrote short stories about anything that came to mind.
Her first book, The Life and Times of Elizabeth and the Duchess, focuses on how some people change in college and others don't, while the second novel focuses on Greek Life. Ezeoke hopes to complete this eight-part series in the near future.
When it came to getting published, Ezeoke didn't take the most traditional route. She self-published.
"I wanted to get my story out there," she says. "It was a challenge to do everything by myself."
And for those budding writers out there, Ezeoke has some words of advice.
"It's easy for friends and family to say they love your story, but when a stranger says it, that's the real joy," she says. "Get people you haven't met to read your story."