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Oyeyemi was something of a child literary star, having written her first book at 18 "instead of studying for A-levels." But now that she's almost 30 and on her 5th book, the label is beginning to chafe. "It's getting embarrassing because I'm getting older and older. I'm 29. I just have to brush it off now," she says. "Otherwise it's going to stop me from doing what I want to do. I want to get better. I want to write things. I'm seeing this as a long game — I want to write as many books as I'm allowed to publish."And was so interested in how she thinks and that she likes the praise but she doesn't want it to detract her from getting her writing done. It gives me pause. It stops me from waiting for gold stars, or more comments, or someone complimenting me on how much I write. It reminds me to see writing as a long game and to get better so that I can write as many books as I'm allowed to publish--or just one, how about at least one?