Imbolo Mbueis a novelist and short story writer.
- …One of my favorite things was that television was all in English. Growing up an English speaker in a predominantly French-speaking country, I couldn’t understand most TV shows since they were in French, so coming to America allowed me to enjoy such a simple pleasure…
- On her favorite thing upon emigrating to the United States from Cameroon in “INTERVIEW: IMBOLO MBUE, AUTHOR OF BEHOLD THE DREAMERS” in Book Riot (2017 Jul 24)
- I did not do it because I wanted to one day have a book deal…I did it because I loved it, and I enjoyed it, and I did not know where it was going to take me. I did it out of love of the art.
- On why she wrote Behold the Dreamers in “Imbolo Mbue on Empathy and the Price of the American Dream” in Lit Hub (2017 Jun 1)
- …The reason why people connected with the characters is because they are real, and to write real characters you have to go deep into them. As a human you look at another human and you come with your own judgements, but as a writer you have to put that aside and just look at people for who they are. It is a process, and much of it is subconscious…
- On what she believes attracts readers to her book in “An Interview with Imbolo Mbue, author of ‘Behold the Dreamers: A Novel’” (Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, 2019)
- It's so hard to be a stranger in a strange land. I don't think most people understand how difficult it is to leave behind what you know and come to a country where everything about you is considered "different."
- On being a stranger in “Oprah Talks to Behold the Dreamers Author Imbolo Mbue” in O Magazine