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Author Interview: Asanti East

1) Tell us something about yourself.

Well I’m a mommy to 4 beautiful kids and a wife. I actually have a full time job though I can’t wait until the day I can quit and just write for a living. Some of my things to do are play board games and bake

2) When/How did your writing journey start?

I first started writing in high school as part of my English class. I wrote a book of poems that my teacher loved and helped me get published. I’ve written on and off since then. It wasn’t until my husband pushed me to get my book Royal Choices published. He told me he loved the story and other people would to…I guess he was right LOL

3) What inspired the idea for your book?

So Royal Choices is based on me and my husband. No he’s not a prince but he’s my Prince Charming who came in and saved me.

4) Whose character was hard to sketch Nate or Nicole?

Nicole was much harder to create because her/my story is so complex. It’s so deep and there’s so many layers. It was a challenge to balance the sweet with hurt and pain that she had to overcome. To keep her needing Nate in her life but also strong and independent.

5) What part of the book was the most fun to write?

Call me crazy but the action scenes where the most fun to write. I got into this zone of being in the midst of the action. Almost like I could feel everything going on around me. The steamy scenes were a close second 😊

6) What part of the book was the most difficult to write?

For me the transition scenes are the most difficult. But they serve such a huge purpose, they set and scene for the reader and move your story along.

7) Readers’ response to your book has been very warm. How do you feel about it? Is there a special review/comment you would like to share with us?

First off I’m still so amazed that people are loving my book!! I just want to say thank you a million times over! To be honest since this is my first book all the reviews mean so much to me! But one that sits in my mind is here:

Selena michaels

5.0 out of 5 stars OH MY GAWD!(Said in Janice from Friend’s Voice)

Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2020

If you don’t get the reference of the headline I left, you are too young to read this book. Anyway! I loved everything about this read and that is truly rare. It kept my attention, as a speed reader, I gobble a ton of books just like most people gobble turkey during Thanksgiving. There was tons of steam and the spark between Nate and Nicole were instant. I too want to run my fingers through Nathan’s hair and get a spanking. What else is there to really say? It was intriguing with enough mystery that I didn’t know what was going to happen next, but not too much that I got distracted from the love arc. This book is not normally something that I would pick up and I would be a liar if I didn’t say that I read it for the hunk on the front. Either way, I’m glad I picked it up. I am ordering it for my shelves because it deserves to be re read and I will recommend it to anyone looking to read a romance novel.

8) If your book can be made into a movie, who will you cast?

Oh my goodness I’ve never actually thought about this. Hmmm you have my mind racing now. I promise I’ll get back to you on this one 😊

9) Do you have a writing process?

Sort of. All my books start with a simple idea. Like what would happen if a girl met a guy after he rescued her from a car accident? Then my mind goes wild with all the possibilities. After I narrow it down to one plot line that I like then I do an actual loose outline. Once I start and craft my characters I let them take over. I let them lead the story and get themselves into and out of situations. It’s so much fun!

10) What books have most influenced your life? Which is the one book you will suggest everyone read?

There are a few to be honest. Anything by Geneva Lee is a definite go to for me. Marianne Knightly’s Royals of Valleria series is a MUST read.

11) Are you working on a new book? Any details about it that you can share?

Yes! I actually have another book that is going to be published in February 2021 called Her King. It features a hard working young woman and a dominant and sexy King. Can he help her stop and just fall in love? ALSO I am starting a series about some mountain men daddy doms, so get ready to meet your daddy 😉

12) What is your advice to aspiring authors on writing and publishing?

My biggest piece of advice is to write from your heart and never stop. Don’t let anyone deter or discourage you from your dreams. I did that and I regret it everyday. Now I’m happier than I’ve ever been before because I’m doing something I LOVE!

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Author Interview: Nikolina Kosanovic

At what point did you decide to write a book on your journey?

I decided to start writing this book in July of 2019, and I would say the biggest inspiration for me was to write a book about depression and mental health that stopped shaming those with mental illness for having it, and affirm that it’s not the fault of those who suffer. Another big thing I wanted to do was provide an argument for friends and family members of those who suffer expressing that “curing” mental illness was not an easy, or even feasible, outcome.

Do you have a writing process?

I was very flexible with myself in the writing process. I wrote the majority of this book in sporadic bursts of inspiration based on a rough idea of specific topics about mental health that I jotted down on a working table of contents early on into the process. As I started writing some of those stories and topics, I found myself getting inspired with more and more stories that eventually turned into chapters. The rest is history.

At any point did you feel vulnerable for sharing your experience with the world?

I felt extremely vulnerable releasing the majority of this book because it is based on my personal experiences, and because it is an admission of my personal mental health diagnosis for the world. The hardest section for me to share was the “Reflect” section because that section is the most raw and revealing of any of them, with the specific topics of forgiveness and imposter syndrome being the hardest for me.

Do you think society contributes to or aggravates mental illness in any way?

I think people are scared of what they can’t understand, and when they see someone they care about in pain, they want to help. But by trying to fix people and tell them they need to “cure” their mental illness, they do a lot more damage to the overall societal view of mental illness.

What is the best way people can respond to when they hear about someone close suffering from any form of mental illness?

The best thing to do is to care, offer your support, and actually actively listen to the person who is suffering.

What was your source of strength during your course of ‘acceptance’ about your mental health?

I found I was my own sense of strength in accepting my mental health status. I just got so tired of fighting against it that I had to dig deep to overcome the fear or accept that it wasn’t going to be an easy fix to get it to “go away”.

Do you think ‘cure’ to mental illness is a myth?

I do, because mental illness is strange and misunderstood. I think of it like any virus or physical ailment we can have. If you get sick, your body fights it off. You take the medications you need to manage it, and your friends and family can help you. But you still had it, it’s an experience that now makes up a part of your existence, and often there are lasting effects.

Is it wise for everyone suffering to seek professional help or does it depend on any other factors/indicators?

I think there is no harm in seeking professional help if you have the means to do so. But, with that being said, it’s often hard for many people to be able to afford professional help, or even know where to begin with finding the right professional to support them. But a professional can identify issues you may be having, and give you the awareness and tools to work on fixing them in your life. So I actively support anyone and everyone who wants it.

What books have most influenced your life? Which is the one book you will suggest everyone read?

Ah! I always get anxious giving book recommendations because I feel like book preferences are so personal and they all have a purpose. For me, the most influential book I have read in the past year and a half is the one I read right before writing my book, and that is Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins. I was in a place where I needed some tough love, and it was the story and catalyst that helped me create some amazing results in my own life.

Are you working on a new book? Any details about it that you can share?

No new books that I’m working on yet, but I do have two ideas for my next book. One is a fiction book, and the other is another collection of personal stories. But that’s all I can share!

What is your advice to anyone facing any type of mental issue?

Don’t invalidate your own feelings, and know you’re worth a lot more than your mind makes you feel.

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Author Interview: Duriya Kasubhai

1) Tell us something about yourself.

It has always been my intention to write stories with a distinctive flavour to it. I was inspired to write about women empowerment, to portray women as strong and capable, able to handle situations with expertise and confidence. I believe in a woman maintaining her stance. My Books speak more about me than I do.

2) When/How did your writing journey start?

My writing journey started way way back, and what motivated me to write were my many life’s experiences as that’s how I could express myself.

This book says it all; how a woman fights all odds and emerges the Victor in trying circumstances; never once permitting her self esteem to be tampered with. 

To brief it up my Journey of writing any of my books has been quite satisfying. 

3) How did you get the idea for the story? Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?

It started with a concept that occurred to me while I was in my teens and considering the circumstances I faced then, I realised that submissiveness and Placidity could never be the answer to any problem. And since Women have always been sidelined so I decided to write a book about the Empowerment of Women.

4) Every character has a personality of their own. Which one was most difficult to develop?

Character analysis comes easy to me with the flow of the story. So, I’d say, it wasn’t difficult to shape these characters into living breathing entities giving them a life of their own. 

5) Lord Brodwell had a very blasé aura throughout the book, while Mabel was more on the humble side, was this contrast intentional?

No, it wasn’t. It may have slipped your notice that both had strong personalities in their own individual capacity. 

6) If a film were made of your book, who would you cast in the leading roles?

Daniel Gillies for Lord Brodwell and Mila Kunis for Mabel  

7) Do you have a writing process?

Using Pen and paper to write my stories comes with less effort. I’m then in perfect control of my writing skills.

8) What books have most influenced your life? Which is the one book you will suggest everyone read?

Ayn Rand The Fountain Head. Her philosophy and convictions somewhere down the line match mind which is I can connect to her better.

9) Are you working on a new book? Any details about it that you can share?

The book I’m presently working on is a completed format, but a lot many changes have to be made to enhance the impact of the story. However, the treatment of the book is not too far fetched. You can relate to it and enjoy the experience at the same time.

10) What is your advice to aspiring authors on writing and publishing?

When your writing your thoughts make certain you jot down the story idea, characters and the situations before seriously working on it. And regarding Publishing I guess Self Publishing is the way forward till a better deal is brought up that they can accept.

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Author Interview: Dr. Sujata Chatterjee

Tell us something about yourself.

I am Dr Sujata Chatterjee, a doctor by profession and an author by passion. I am an Anaesthesiologist and I practise in Kolkata. I am also a Critical Care Specialist. I have authored 3 books, THE FLIGHTS OF FANTASY, a collection of short stories, LOOKING THROUGH THE PRISM, a collection of motivational poems and WAVES OF FORTUNE, an anthology of emotional poems. I have also edited a book THE TRAVELLER’S DIARY, a collection of stories, articles and poems through experiences of the various writers. In addition I have participated in various anthologies and my books are available in amazon. My books have been showcased on shelves of Kolkata International Book Fair, Delhi World Book Fair, New Town Book Fair, Chennai Book Fair, Kochi International Book Fair, Agra Book Fair, and Allahabad Book Fair. I have been awarded by many organizations for my contribution to Literature and Medicine. Some of them are Shonghoto Samaanana Award by Hello Kolkata, The National Book Honour Awards, The top 100 Inspiring Author of India Award, by The Indian Awaz, The top 50 Influencial Authors of India Award by the Spirit Mania, The Swami Vivekananda Excellence Award by the Seva Youth Guild, The Literoma Achiever Award, The Literoma Laureate Award and many more. I have passed Journalism from Delhi School Of Journalismand was a regular contributor to the esteemed magazine, THE WOMAN’S ERA.

When/How did your writing journey start?

I started writing poems from the age of 8 years. Then I started writing for the school and college magazines. My write-ups found their way to the notice boards of the school and colleges. I was awarded many certificates for my contribution to Literature in my childhood.

How important is accessibility of meaning? Should one have to work hard to “solve” the poem?

I believe that a poem with apparently accessible meaning or with hidden meanings, both are equally important. Important aspect is that a poem should be lucid and deep in meaning. The depth of the content of the poem determines a well written poem.

Readers’ response to your books has been very warm. How do you feel about it? Is there a special review/comment you would like to share with us?

I am very much overwhelmed by the response of the readers. Thanks to them that they appreciated my poems, short stories and articles.

I remember a young girl of 14 years who read my book LOOKING THROUGH THE PRISM and said that she wanted to meet me because she wanted to be like me. Another reader, who herself is a writer, said that she had tears in her eyes when she read my poem MY MOTHER in the book WAVES OF FORTUNE. Incidentally, she has written the PREFACE for my book THE WAVES OF FORTUNE.

Is writing poetry a spontaneous thing or do you have process?

Writing poems is a spontaneous expression for me. When I sit to write, I close my ears and eyes to all the noise going on outside and concentrate on finishing the task.Writing poems for me is like a dedicated job.

Do you have plans to explore fiction or other genre in future?

Yes I plan to write about Cancer patients in future.

What books have most influenced your life? Which is the one book you will suggest everyone read?

In my teens I loved reading Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, Alfred Hitchcock, Hardy Boys. Then I started reading Sydney Sheldon, Perry Mason, Agatha Christie, Dan Browne, Mary Higgins Clark, Danielle Steele, Erich Sehgal. I lived reading poems by Wordsworth, Keats, Lord Tennyson, Robert Frost, Robert Louis Stevenson. My poems have greatly been influenced by Wordsworth and Robert Frost.

I would recommend everyone read the book, DOCTORS by Erich Sehgal.

Are you working on a new book? Any details about it that you can share?

I am presently working on a book. It is in the preliminary stages.

What is your advice to aspiring authors on writing and publishing?

Please read a lot of books. You will have a good vocabulary and will eventually be a great writer. And please write on.

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Author Interview : Yasher Echad El

  • Tell us something about yourself.

I’m 34 years of age living in Washington D.C. I like to refer to myself and others my descent as Moorish American because the term “black nor African American” are Nationalities nor descriptions of myself and others. I love to read, research and study ancient, accurate, scientific history which leads to Truth because the mass population of people have been lied to for generations!!

  • When/How did your writing journey start?

Writing for me I would say was destined. I love to write any and everything that I’m thinking just because our thoughts are alive!! I remember when I were in 5th grade and had to write an essay. I had been getting in trouble in school and the essay was gonna be seen by our parents this very same day later in the evening because it were parents and teachers conference meetings. Well let me say, my mom were gonna give me a whipping, until she read my essay and got sentimental. lol!!!

  • To take what we learn from life and implement in our living is something many struggle with. How did you manage to convert thoughts to actions? How can people do it?

As I stated before, our thoughts are alive. Each and every person has their own intellectual thoughts and ideas. Some people perceive things beautifully in a positive manner. Others perceive things evil in a wicked way. No matter the person’s perception, always jot down the thoughts and/or images seen within. Just one day, you may be able to use those past thoughts and ideas for a bigger good.

  • If there is one advice you wish every parent follows about child upbringing, what would that be?

To instill in your child early Truth. Many parents keep the traditional lies going, just because religion and family traditions. I always say, you can raise your child to be a Vegan never showing them a human eating meat. As they come of age and see someone eating a steak medium rare, they could possibly be grossed out because they’ve never saw that sight before. Parents have the blueprint to lay the Foundation of their children’s future!!

  • What do you think will be major takeaways for readers from your books?

I can say readers would definitely take a deep look within themselves and children if they’re a parent. We must realize that majority of the information we’ve been spoon fed is absolutely false. No matter a person’s “race”, nationality or ethnicity today’s history has been rewritten and written to navigate and sway a person’s perception, to believe what has been written. We just must understand that history has been rewritten to mislead people and that in the middle of belief is LIE. So believe what you want, just be cautious!!

  • Do you have a writing process?

My writing process consists of taking at least 2 hours out of everyday to work on writing of all sorts. When I’m working on a book, I zone in 5 or more hours daily to completion then once completed I go over and over until I’m ready to have edit.

  • What books have most influenced your life? Which is the one book you will suggest everyone read?

Must read….Cause and Development of All Illnesses “What the Person Sows, He Will Reap” by Gabriele

  • Do you plan to venture into writing fiction in the future?

I will definitely keep a open mind to it. I never focused in to think about it, but I’m open to fulfilling my will if it’s destined to be.

  • Are you working on a new book? Any details about it that you can share?

Divine Simplicity is a series, Day 3 titled Unity In The Community will be out in September 2020. I’m currently working on Day 4 titled Construction Over Destruction.

  • What is your advice to aspiring authors on writing and publishing?

Writing is within the person, if they inspire to write then write. Write down everything you think and see within your brain. Everyone’s understanding of life is within their lessons learned in life. We can learn from others mistakes/experiences because we visualize and perceive a understanding of what we think an feel within but most times our own personal experiences helps to write. So write, write and write if it’s within you. Then when it’s time to start looking to publish, the law of attraction will get you there, you first have to have content!!

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Author Interview: Abhijeet Kumar

1) Tell us something about yourself.

I am just a regular guy trying to create a difference by nullifying prevalent social stigmas through my writings. As an avid traveler and photographer, I see an amalgamation of emotions amid my experiences which is reflected in my writings.

2) When/How did your writing journey start? How did you get the idea for the story? Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?

Scribbling ink on blank papers had always been an interim part of me. I was a part of a residential program for the postgraduate degree at the Indian Institute of Forest management. During the tenure, the campus was in the cocoon of emotions. 100 students from all across the country were secluded in a commonplace gave rise to a lot of short stories happening around. It caught my scrutiny and I started jotting down the infant moments of joy, laughter, and sorrows. These moments were garnished with my personal experiences that turned into the book – MAYBE YES !

3) Who are your main characters? Tell us a little about what makes them tick.

Ayaan and Rhea are the spines of the story. The rebellious Rhea meets the calm and composed Ayaan and from there everything goes haywire in his life. Ayaan has everything planned out in his life, whereas Rhea lives in the moment. Her decisions are dynamic which are not inline with Ayaan. The opposite poles churn out a unique bond between them.

Yash and Shweta are the close acquaintance of Ayaan, who are always by his side no matter what. They are Ayaan’s support system who leave no stone unturned in pulling Ayaan back on track whenever he elevates himself out of the normal regime emotionally.

4) The story spans over 15 years of protagonists’ life. What are some elements that you found challenging while building such a long timeline?

Spreading the plot over 15 yeas was indeed a difficult task. I had to adhere strictly to events, technology, and way of living according to the timeline. For eg – a plot in the storyline talks about the India Pakistan Semifinal match during World cup 2011. The shift from Orkut to Facebook, base phone to mobile phones, and ‘being online’ are few of the parameters that point to the stretched 15-year timeline in the book.

Another challenge was to nurture the characters from their teenage years to the early thirties. The change in characterization and behavioral changes was the result of year-long qualitative research.

5) Readers’ response to your book has been very warm. How do you feel about it? Is there a special review/comment you would like to share with us?

I am glad that the book received a warm welcome from the readers. As a noob and first time author, this has indeed fanned the flames of my confidence. I want to put out a word of thanks to all the peers who supported me.

“I am so proud of you Abhi, I cannot tell if I am reading a book by a first-time author,” This comment by Suruchi Roy means a lot to me as she was the one who ignited the author in me.

6) Do you have a writing process?

Yes. I am an avid traveler and most of the content in the book is written while I was in the foothills of Himalayas. For me, the words germinate when I hit the road with my laptop and a backpack.

7) What books have most influenced your life? Which is the one book you will suggest everyone read?

I started to pen down my thoughts when I read the book – perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The book was a game-changer in my life, it instilled confidence which pushed me off the ledge to do things that I aspired for. The piling of the ‘to-do list’ started to tick off because of this particular book.

8) Are you working on a new book? Any details about it that you can share?

Yes, I am working on a new book in the same genre. The book is going to be out later this year.

9) What is your advice to aspiring authors on writing and publishing?

A piece of advice to the new authors out there to let your idea flow! Jot it down, whatever you have in mind even if they are terrible. Writing the first draft is just winning the half battle, editing and proofreading will decide if the book will create ripples in the market.

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Author Interview: Pratik P Sharda

Tell us something about yourself.

I grew up in Kolkata and have spent a considerable part of my life in the city of Joy. Writing brings me happiness and I wish to travel the world some day. I am very reserved and like to keep the company of a few good friends only. While I love the company of people, I like to spend most of the time exploring the world all by myself, such as going on solo journeys or taking up a solo adventure like trekking.

When/How did your writing journey start?

In 2008, I used to earn my pocket money via giving private tuition. It was then, while teaching story writing, that I wrote my first story. I loved it, and knew instantly, that I have to be a storyteller.

Readers’ response to your book has been very warm. How do you feel about it? Is there a special review/comment you would like to share with us?

Well, I am thankful to all those who have read it and spent time on it. And many have yes expressed their likeness for the book. So the one comment that I got was the very first one for the book. I do not remember the exact words but it was a fellow poetess who posted the picture of the book on her Instagram story with the captions saying something like, “After a long time read something without a break as couldn’t stop the page from turning”. So that was the first comment I got for the book and I am thankful to her.

Where did you get ideas for every short story? Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?

Most of my contents was about something that I was facing as an individual. Yes, there were stories which were based on certain events/ happenings in India at some point of time. But almost all the other stories were in a way an expression of my emotions in a fictional background.

As far as short stories are concerned, which stories works better according to you, plot driven or character driven?

Its entirely on story. In my view, the best story is when the two get so much mixed that you cant separate one from another. Imagine a plot where the character decides what the story will be by his choices, thus, both changing and impacting each other. I do wish to write something like that someday, hoping it would still make sense and will be a thrilling read.

Do you have a writing process?

It is very random. I just start with the idea and then branch out my story from there. The baseline for any story for me is, surprise, thrill, adventure, soulful, unpredictable and engaging. I would like to play around above concepts, mixing them as much as possible, or rather, needed.

What books have most influenced your life? Which is the one book you will suggest everyone read?

‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ by Robert T. Kiyosaki. I read that book for the first time in 2012. It was then I realised that I cannot dream of a financial freedom by just doing a job. So yes, I want to take on more initiatives in future, along and in parallel with writing. I believe everyone must read it for once and apply the principles to their meaning of financial freedom.

Are you working on a new book? Any details about it that you can share?

Currently, I am building up for introducing a fictional Indian detective to the people. I have read a lot of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. I grew up watching Byomkesh Bakshi on Doordarshan. I just love the detective and crime thriller genre and my next book will be my entry into the same. Hope I will be able to do justice to the big names cited above in the new character I propose to introduce to add to this list someday.

What is your advice to aspiring authors on writing and publishing

I can perhaps, being a debut author myself, say that seeing your work published is perhaps one of the best things that can happen to anyone. It is like a mother giving birth to a baby. I just want to encourage all of the writers to think more from the perspective of the truth and story and not money. Money is a very weak and baseless element to be a driver for anything in life.

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Author Interview: Manali Debroy

Tell us something about yourself.

Hi Nandhitha. Thank you for inviting me to this candid talk.
I do not want to introduce myself as a boring Banker but rather as an artist who draws a connection between science, philosophy, art and literature showcasing in my work. I am a planning oriented person in general, and more so towards my work and career. Hindrances sometimes have constrained me in terms of time, to reach where I wanted to. But, I have never deviated from my goal. I am an artist – writing, reading, dancing, singing, even acting in dramas (performing arts) – I have done and love all. I love science and defying or understanding a theory with numbers. I can’t blindly take in any theory you tell me without reasoning and derivation. I believe in absorbing deep not in superficial read. Above all, I am a dreamer and I intend to live my dreams.

When/How did your writing journey start?

I very well remember my first elaborate writing piece, which I kept on doing for a long time. I started writing letters to my grandfather when I was merely six or seven years old. Broken English, child-like handwriting but completely filling up the sky blue colour inland letter. My father used to post the letters to my grandfather. I think I improved the sense of written communication from there. It’s something I fondly remember because my grandfather used to give me tips on improvisation. Being an inquisitive one which I am still, I took every comment seriously and improved on my writing. That’s how I got into writing. But reading is something that was innate. My mother used to always say that even when I didn’t understand words, I used to hold a magazine and frown my forehead as if I am trying hard to read what’s written there.


What is your inspiration for the short stories? Did they all come from the same place?

I have a very short and simple answer to this. I am inspired by everything. Everything that surrounds us – moving or non-moving, tangible or intangible. From a person’s behaviour in general, reaction to a situation, nature and it’s whispering, wildlife, everything. I am inspired by reality which I relate to fictional characters and weave stories around them. Those fictional characters can be very much you and me – relatable to many. That’s how I write – be it short stories or a novel. Lastly, I am a huge fan of Haruki Murakami’s short stories. He also inspires me when I write any short story.

Readers’ response to your book has been very warm. How do you feel about it? Is there a special review/comment you would like to share with us?

Amazing! It warms my heart to know that readers can actually connect with the stories. The characters are built with a lot of emotions to seem them feel real when you read their stories. I think the readers are able to connect with the emotions. We are blissful that humans can speak about their emotions. So, it’s wonderful to see the connection. But, I still feel the book has a lot of potential to reach more readers. I am hoping this interview would help the audience in gauging the book’s essence.The reviews so far have been very heartwarming. My book has an average review of 4.3 with almost 30 reviews now which is pretty amazing for a debut author, especially when all are honest reviews. I love all so far, even the critical ones as well, since they give you another perspective to look at for your next one. Amongst all, the recent review of Sakshi Saxena connected with me the most. Her review is very organic like straight from the heart. She has expressed her feelings as she perceived from the book. I think that stuck with me.

Most of the stories revolve around women and each of them is different. Was it a deliberate decision to concentrate on women protagonists or it fell into place?


To be honest, it’s something that comes from within. Maybe being a woman my thoughts organically connect with a female character more than a male. But it is not a deliberate attempt to have female protagonists. It’s very innate I guess.

How do you decide when a story should be from the first-person narrative and when it should be from the third-person narrative?


It’s about the story frame that I have in mind. Sometimes when I want to set the stage for the readers should connect with each and every character in the story, I use a third-person narrative. It introduces facts as well as some description of the characters and the personality of each of them, letting the narration flow in an overarching way. And then, let the readers’ have their flair.While there are times when the stage of the story should look like from the perspective of the protagonist, a limited but very strong perceptive. This leaves the reader with a subjective record of the plot details.It really depends on how the story plays in my mind before writing. What is it that I want to convey to the readers, or give something to the readers to think about. How do I like it when I imagine the story as a play in my mind, or as a reader reading it. All these go on as a process with me before putting the story on paper.

Do you plan to venture into writing a full-length novel?

Absolutely! I am a sucker for romance. Moreover, a realistic convincing romantic story even makes me dream. Every love story is magic I believe, and, I want to create that magic in my next book. I am in the conceptualizing phase of writing a full-fledged romance novel. As popular genre as it sounds, I feel writing romance is not easy. So, it will take time until I am convinced myself that it is a good read 🙂

Do you have a writing process?

I read a lot of books in the genre I want to write my book on. Different styles – classic, modern – in short, a lot of books authored by different magicians (I call every artist as a magician, because they are!). I watch movies, TV. series etc of the same genre. It takes some time to then think about the setup, characterisation, etc. While I start writing I isolate myself a lot. Writing is one of the many things that I love and do. So juggling my life between a job, writing articles for a media house, sketching, being a partner to my husband and then isolating myself to be in my ‘writing a book’ zone is challenging. But it’s worth it and I love that absolutely. It enriches you and each time you write, you discover a part of yourself that you weren’t aware of yet or were in denial. It’s a learning process to me more than a writing process.

What books have most influenced your life? Which is the one book you will suggest everyone read?


Many. I can’t really be that specific. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took us into the world of mysteries with Sherlock Holmes, J K Rowling took us to a different land and what a journey it was with Hary Potter, Rabindra Nath Tagore poetically charms us, Jane Austen’s classic romance helps us to meet the reality, there are so many. I am influenced by all these geniuses because you learn so much. But, something that helps me to understand human and their institution is from Yuval Noah Harari (Israeli historian) and Jean-Paul Sartre (French philosopher). I recommend everyone to read Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.

Are you working on a new book? Any details about it that you can share?

Yes, but my book is still in the conceptualization phase. One thing I can share is it will be a novel in the romantic genre.

What is your advice to aspiring authors on writing and publishing?

Well, I don’t think I am at a position to really advise anyone. I am still learning and growing each day with everything I write. But if I have to share from my own experiences it will be to believe in yourself and constantly keep improvising. Failures are good. Embrace them and then work on yourself to improve. And, if you can’t then at least you know this is not for you and you can do something else. Take each life experiences as a lesson and not as a remorseful event.

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Author Interview : Janhavi Samant

Tell us something about yourself.

I am Janhavi Samant. I am a complete Mumbaichi mulgi at heart – born and brought up in a small lane in a middle-class locality in Dadar. I am a content marketing specialist. But I used to be a journalist; As a senior features and entertainment editor, I have worked with the best newspapers in the city – MiDDAY, HT, TOI and Lokmat over the last two decades. I grew up in the 80s in Bombay – which was a very different city from Mumbai these days – and like most kids of my generation, I enjoyed a very entertaining and filmi childhood. Faaltugiri And Other Flashbacks is a book that combines my love for my childhood and cinema, the 80s and Mumbai.   

When/How did your writing journey start? 

It started very typically with rat/bat, sat/fat, light/tight type of self-made rhymes as a child. My silly rhymes somehow thrilled my maternal grandfather. He would keep coaxing me to write more and more. Once he even made me write a letter and poem for Raisa Gorbachev (wife of Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev) for her 50th birthday!! By the time I was in college I was serious about writing and decided to study journalism.Journalism allowed me to do lot of interesting things – meeting different people, observing them, interacting with them, trying out new experiences and learning new things about life in general. That is the fuel that allows me to write.   

Readers’ response to your book has been very warm. How do you feel about it? Is there a special review/comment you would like to share with us? 

Faaltugiri has indeed been received very warmly by everyone. Goes to show that a combination formula of humour, cinema and childhood will never go wrong! There are readers who found Faaltugiri in their library and wrote to me on Instagram to tell me how much they loved it. A doctor in our neighbourhood just dropped by home out of the blue to praise the book. A friend’s father called me to specifically to tell me that Faaltugiri helped him relive all his childhood once again. And he had grown up in the 50s! Some friends loved it so much, they organised lovely reading sessions to promote the book. Some others offered to keep some copies of my book at their shops for sale. But to share a special response: filmmaker Rohit Shetty asked to read the book when I requested him to be the chief guest at my launch. Within a week, he got back to me to say he was thrilled with the book and would be happy to launch it. The same happened with actress Sonali Kulkarni. She was so excited with the excerpts I sent her. Both Rohit and Sonali came to the Faaltugiri launch and even shared their own childhood stories from the 80s. Just recently, Sonali read out an excerpt from Faaltugiri for her performance for the Bookmyshow.com Theatre evenings. It thrills me to see how happy and smiling people are after they have read the book. That’s the best payback!     

At what point did you decide to compile your experience into a book? Any particular reason? 

My family is full timepass and we have had many funny incidents in our past. My father passed away before my son was born. And so I would often tell my son some funny episodes from my childhood. My mother once told me to write these episodes down so we wouldn’t forget them. I followed her advice and before I knew it, I had some 18 stories ready with me. Then I started to take it seriously and began to consider if I could make some better sense of all that material. Writing, re-writing, then yet more re-writing. And finally there was Faaltugiri. 

 Is there something you realized or recognized about your childhood or people from your childhood over the course of writing this book?

Every generation believes their childhood was unique and special. There is absolutely nothing to beat nostalgia of some golden past. But I live in the same building where I grew up and all the incidents of Faaltugiri took place. My children are also now growing up at 1, Loukik. And it’s been interesting to compare my own childhood experiences with theirs. My generation grew up with no cable or Internet and only three hours of daily television. My kids grow up with 24 hours of television, Internet, Netflix and Amazon Prime. Their notions of boredom and time pass are very different from mine. We used to walk to school by ourselves. We watched a variety of people on the street. My kids step into a school bus. They only see one kind of people – their kind. Our parents found it very easy to say a firm NO to us whereas parents today seem incapable of refusing their kids anything. The difference in values, experiences is too vast but also interesting to think over.  

Share with us something that you wish hadn’t changed over time and something you are glad has changed.

I wish Star and MTV had never turned Hindi. However I don’t say that very seriously. I am infinitely glad that the world has changed so much over the years. Although I come from a fairly liberal and permissive family, my older girl cousins in the 80s didn’t have the power to step out whenever they wanted, to choose the careers they wanted, to choose the husbands they wanted or to choose not to marry at all. Hell, my mum tells me she couldn’t even go to watch a film with only her sisters. They had to take their brother with them. The ability for women to choose our entertainment to our careers to our spouses and life choices has and will only improve as time passes.

Plus the access to so much information because of the Internet. I can only be glad that I was born and grew up at the time I did. And I am happier to be more powerful and in control of my life every passing year. That change I am not going to crib about!    

 Given a chance what is something about the 80’s that you would want today’s kids to experience

Boredom. This was a lovely thing about childhood in the 80s. Having no ready made means of entertainment meant that one had to jabardasti rely on building friends, available toys and space to play whatever games we could think of. Today’s kids get bored because of too much choice and stimulation. I wish they could play without toys or tabs for a bit every day. Maybe all parents should switch off the WiFi once in a while and let kids figure out some creative ways to entertain themselves.

Do you have a writing process? 

Write-Scratch it-Re-write–Scratch that – Re-write – Get depressed – Re-write – Repeat on loop till I am satisfied. I don’t have a process for writing. But I realize that writing happens in three steps. One, when you have an idea or a thought. Two, when you sit down to write it out. Three, the finalizing and finishing touches. Step 1 and 2 are for you but Step 3 is for the reader. A lot of us write but very few stop to think about what that writing will mean to the reader. What is in it for the reader? A good writer is one who can transcend from Step 2 to 3 effortlessly. 

What books have most influenced your life? Which is the one book you will suggest everyone read?

So many books and so many authors. Too many titles have influenced my life. To Kill A Mockingbird, Aunt Julia and The Scriptwriter, Ravan And Eddie, Nine Parts of Desire, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Yugantar, Pride and Prejudice, Sons and Lovers….too many books. It’s difficult to think of one book as such but any of the titles above would be lovely reads. If nothing else, please do read C Rajgopalachari’s version of Mahabharat – loads of lovely entertaining mythological stories.    

Are you working on a new book? Any details about it that you can share?

I am working on a couple of new ideas. But it’s too early and premature to say anything about anything actually.   

What is your advice to aspiring authors on writing and publishing?

Write for yourself but keep the reader in focus. Do think about what your reader will get from reading your book.Even if you do get a willing publisher – make sure that you leave no stone unturned to promote it. And finally, even if the whole world rejects your work, don’t give up on your writing. Believe in your story.

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Author Interview : Dr.Sonia Sharma

  • Tell us something about yourself.

I’m a Cosmetic Dentist and an Implantologist as far as my professional training goes. But, there is a pleasant diversion I got when I realized I could pen down more than a few lines or couplets that I wrote close to three decades earlier. Busy with my professional obligations and family responsibilities, the creative streak lay hidden for years until the day I brushed it off and started giving words to my thoughts. Trust me; it was an onslaught of emotions that paraphrased themselves into a plot, energized each character with life and before I knew it, I’d written my first novel; ‘AFTERLIFE’, the 1st of Afterlife series.

But it’s definitely work in progress. Life gives you challenges and you evolve accordingly.

  • When/How did you start your journey writing?

It was the spring of 2017, if I remember correctly. My son was already in engineering college and my daughter just promoted to class 12th. I was exhausted after helping her with her history notes and psychology revisions. Yes, before you ask me; history and psychology after being an out and out science student and a medical professional; I loved going back to reading history again more than three decades later after I did my class X. And it felt pleasantly refreshing especially after learning that there is a lot more than what we learnt back then. Psychology was a very brief chapter during my Dental training, so yeah; it was exciting to learn psychology as well. But little did I know that while helping my little girl with her studies, I would evolve. I took a break from helping her giving her time to settle down in her new grade and took to writing something light, something frothy, and something romantic. And there I was, stepping into a new terrain; unknown, challenging and expressive knowing little how will it shape me in times to come. It felt awkward to share my writing even with my family members in the beginning for the fear of being judged but when I completed the first draft and a round of editing, I felt at ease with owning my work. It sure was received with a lot of astonishment, which turned into appreciation once they read it. Well, I was immensely motivated to move further with a positive response.

  • Has your profession as a doctor helped you in your writing journey for character or plot inspiration?

I think we give a way too much importance to our profession in our life. A profession is just about a practical training to perform certain job with as much perfection as it is required of a person. But at the end of the day, it’s just about a means to an end. With medical profession, definitely, your responsibility is way higher than the other professions but at some point, you have to detach yourself from it and look at yourself holistically. We as human beings are a lot more than slaves to our professional duties.

The upside of being a doctor is that people discuss their lives with you since you work in a very close proximity to them over a much extended period of time. It helps you to understand their life, its challenges, their family, their body language better than you would otherwise. There’s a story in everyone’s life and I guess, that’s the essence of my stories; there’s something for everyone in there. Anyone can find them relatable to their own circumstances or of their loved ones. Maybe in parts but that’s the response, I’ve got.

Writing Romantic Fiction, I felt was taboo for a medical professional because everyone in the beginning reacted with a small frowning, an element of surprise, maybe. The standard question was; ‘How come? How did you manage to write a fiction and not a Medical journal? And how did you find time?’ Well, I just acknowledge their response with a Sauvé smile. But I guess, I enjoy the mix of appreciation as well as disbelief in their demeanor as they flip through the books.

  • Your books deal with characters that are unique yet relatable, how did you prep yourself to pen them? Was there any research involved?

Well, my characters represent some reflection of me or women like me who are free-spirited. I derive inspiration from people around me and try to make sense of their actions, deconstruct their behavior and try and learn their perspective. I guess, my interest in human psychology coupled with being analytical comes in handy. And yeah, in all my books, the central characters are women; a story from their perspective and of course, since my genre is Romantic fiction, there has to be a hero. My books deal with relationships; be it between a man and a woman or a mother and her children, a father with his children or even friends. I believe that as human beings, we are entangled in an assortment of relationships much like a Venn-diagram; some overlapping or others personal. And at some level, you have to justify them all and be honest to them. Maybe, that’s the reason, these characters are relatable.

About them being unique; I don’t think so. My protagonists are your everyday men and women trying to live their lives through life’s various turmoil. The fact is every person is unique in their own right. We just don’t know their story. So, for my characters, when I give reasons to their actions and justify their viewpoint; right or wrong, it brings out their uniqueness. Most of my characters fall in the grey zone, each one with their set of imperfections. That, I think is my USP.  “IMPERFECT LIVES’ happen to be the title of my book of ten short stories, resonating my understanding of the people around me.

  • Readers’ response to your book has been very warm. How do you feel about it? Is there a special review/comment you would like to share with us?

I think, here we are talking about my book on the now abrogated Article 370 of Jammu and Kashmir; ‘THE BATTLE AHEAD…? And yeah, it’s very heartening. ‘The Battle Ahead…?’ though is a romantic fiction as it begins, it takes a turn to being a socio-political pot-boiler. It is my take on a Political legacy that shaped a societal paradox about the identity of half of its population; the women, the daughters of Jammu and Kashmir.

It is a story told through the life of a young girl born in Jammu, and I emphasize on Jammu from Jammu and Kashmir, because every time we talk about J&K, it is Kashmir that dominates the conversations. This girl named Srishti embodies the issues of inheritance of a girl as well as that of the next of kin of a martyr. On one side in the first half of the story, she walks us through her childlike enthusiasm, her efforts at understanding relationships and a level of maturity seldom seen in young adults today. It’s the other half of the story that’s intriguing because that is when her formidable grandfather takes her on an emotional and a thought-provoking journey handing her down the information about the aspects of history of accession much less documented and largely spoken about. It is then she understands the plight of people living along the borders where shelling from across the border is a regular occurrence, the condition of Kashmiri Pundit refugees whose existence is merely used as an adjective for misery and that too of West Pakistan refugees. It is a story of the life of men in uniform, their challenges and the way the families of the martyrs deal with their loss over an extended period of time. This is a story of transformation of a girl from a dreamy teenager to woman of substance. In all, this story runs parallel on many tracks much like a society where it is the cumulative effects of various issues that transform our emotions build a collective conscious of the society.

One of the reviews I instantly connected to, though it was not taken up by Amazon for reasons I don’t know, so the reader sent it me on my social media handle, and I quote;

‘I grew up listening to how my mom felt as a step daughter of the state after she married my father who was in Indian Air Force. She wondered why her own state would snatch away her rights and sense of belongingness when for her home, Nation always came first. She understood boundaries across borders but not within her own country.

I fell in love with this book the moment i held it. It took me down the memory lane and the time spent listening to ma came back

Read the book with lump in my throat and tears wouldn’t stop

I am glad that the daughters of the state will not go through what my mom did

Kudos to you Dr Sonia for penning this book. I love you and your writing

All the best for your upcoming work

Waiting for the next eagerly

Shanaya Sharma’

It is the love of such wonderful readers who go beyond only looking for the books of star authors is what keeps me going.

  • You write fiction as well as poetry. How do you decide if a particular idea can be expressed well as poem or a story?

I started writing poetry when I was a dreamy teenager but I’m glad, some of my work still finds relevance nearly thirty years hence. Being from the state of Jammu and Kashmir where the official language was Urdu and thanks to PTV, which was broadcasted there while I was growing up, I learnt to appreciate Urdu poetry as well. So, sometimes, I write Hindi/Urdu poetry too but those are fairly transient emotions; in the moment kind.

Fiction is the real deal for me. It brings out a life you create by your perception. It invokes emotions I didn’t know I was capable of feeling. Like, in ‘The Battle Ahead…?’ I write from the perspective of the family of a martyr and about the children of officers who for the love of their country and safety of their children have to live far from them. These were alien emotions to me but if you’ve read the book, you can feel the chill in your bones when you read that account. That’s the beauty of a fiction that it plays like a movie in your head when you read it. I love that about writing stories, short or novels; they should imbibe the spirit, a life is made of. One of the reviewers on Amazon had written that she would’ve wanted to see this story on screen, but neither do I have resources nor the contacts to make that happen. So let my readers’ head be their own screen and they perceive the story as they deem fit.

  • Do you have a writing process?

That’s the thing. I’m not a literature student and I never took training in Creative writing. I was a reasonably good reader, a little short of voracious. If I start a book, I’ve to finish it as fast as I can but at the same time, it’s okay if I didn’t read for a while. Maybe, my language skills in respect to reading and writing were good but bred in a small city has its challenges when it comes to fluency of speech especially in pre-Google and pre – English media. It enhanced over the years as I graduated from Amar Chitrakatha and Tinkle to M’n’B’s to Robin Cook, Danielle Steel and Sydney Sheldon. That’s my first taste of novels and my initial teachers for the world of fiction. So when I took to writing, I wasn’t aware that there’s something called a process by way of which, a story develops. The journey of my writing began with ‘AFTERLIFE’, a story about a woman’s life who had stopped living her life after a failed relationship and how she found love again and reinvented herself. But this wasn’t the only story that began that day. I already had four plots, four situations in my head as to how a person, a woman can react in her given circumstances. All I had was the circumstances and I began with the first book.

I created Aneesha, a Gynecologist and thus began her journey. I let her walk, let her fall, let her guide me through the joyous days of her carefree life and through the dark alleys as well all the while feeling what she felt. I don’t know if you find it superfluous or this is how everyone writes but that’s exactly how it started with me. The dialogues I wrote are hers, the words I normally don’t use in my everyday conversations and I loved every moment of her life. And then on, that’s what I did every time I sat down to write a story. I let my characters speak to me and guide me. And you won’t believe; in AFTERLIFE 2, the story that I had in my head changed course because my protagonist, Sarika won’t budge. She was persistent on how she wanted to tread after she had reached a cross-road and it was fascinating because I was debating with her and negotiating in my head. I’m so glad; I listened to her because it came out beautifully.

In AFTERLIFE 3, the story about a woman, Mahima’s struggles with a lost memory, a condition called Dissociative Amnesia, I got stuck after I’d written about a third of the story. Everything I wrote for days, I junked. Then one day, while helping my daughter revise a chapter of Psychology about the similar condition, I had a break through. I started writing the last third, a couple of chapters before the climax and then went back to complete the middle third.

‘THE BATTLE AHEAD…?’ was stressful but again, I let Srishti in the driving seat, unearthed all the sentiments I’d pushed back in my sub-conscious while growing up as a girl in Jammu and Kashmir and let my emotions flow. I recollected a couple of old memories walking close to fenced border at my mother’s ancestral village and how people constantly lived in fear in those areas but still held their ground. Some research into the history of accession, some angst about the exodus of Kashmiri Pundits in 1990, a few months before I left for college; trust me, it was painful.

I’m sorry, if I’d gone on this for too long but that’s it. This is my process, if you can call it one.

  • Is the transition from writing one book to another smooth? How do you rejuvenate your mind?

Like I stated earlier; I had a lot of clarity about what I wanted as a theme for AFTERLIFE series, the stories of lost will to live your life to the fullest in the given circumstances and then how it changes as love knocks on your door. So yeah, that didn’t take much effort to change gear. Now, at one point, I’d the layout of all four on my desktop. In between, I read about a short story competition by Write India, A Times group initiative. Just to gain some confidence, I wrote three short stories in three different heads but never got any response. Maybe, there were better writers than me but I consoled myself that maybe, the mentors didn’t have enough time to go through thousands of entries and mine skipped their scrutiny. So, I wrote seven more; stories about the people who are not perfect, flawed but genuine and I self-published this book of short stories by the name ‘THE IMPEFECT LIVES – A Collection of Short Stories.’ Alongside, the traditional publication of AFTERLIFE in the month of September; 2018.

Always the one to follow news religiously, the issue of Article 370 was hot amidst the debates on national media but what always irked me was the narrative, which was being set. There were and still are discussions about Kashmir as though Jammu and Laddakh were non-existent. Now that I’d taken to writing, I thought of writing from the perspective of Jammu, the Gateway to Kashmir. I stopped working on the other books and started researching about the history of accession of Jammu and Kashmir. It definitely was a tough call because history books tell you the chronology of events and I wanted to write a psycho-analytical point of view, about things that aren’t written or omitted deliberately and are passed down by the word of mouth through the generations. And that too without offending the sensibilities of people in different spheres. I indeed did. This, transition from AFTERLIFE series to THE BATTLE AHEAD’ was surely not easy.

Regarding the rejuvenation part, I must remind you that I’m not a full-time writer. I’m a full-time Dental Practitioner and it is writing that rejuvenates me, liberates me. I guess, I’m a people’s person but being a doctor, my reach is limited. Writing has opened my wings, and though claustrophobic is a very intense word, but working in smaller set ups and meeting the same people repeatedly over the years, the feeling is closer. So like I display in the dedication column of each one of my book, ‘Dedicated to Myself- My Me-Time Indulgence’, I truly mean it, only with the exception of ‘The Battle head’. It is the marketing part of the book that is time consuming and challenging. I’m trying to work on that because howsoever good you are, you can’t grow if you don’t find the right readers, people who challenge you to write better.

  • What books have most influenced your life? Which is the one book you will suggest everyone read?

Recently, I read Nicholas Spark’s ‘BREATHLESS’ and I truly loved it. He’s one guy who can make the most hopeless person believe in love. That kind of love stories are missing today. My writings identify with him because my stories do not have definitive antagonists. They are about the challenges people face because of their perspective and how things become better when we try and understand the other person’s standpoint.

Though I don’t read biographies but I did read a biography on ‘Maharaja Hari Singh’ the last ruler of Jammu and Kashmir before the accession by India during my research for ‘THE BATTLE AHEAD.’ It was a book called ‘THE TROUBLED YEARS – Maharaja Hari Singh’ a book by Harbans Singh with a foreword by Maharaja’s son DR. Karan Singh. This book was an eye-opener about the way politics was played during the last leg of British rule and how the events unfolded with vested interest in the region of Jammu and Kashmir. It debunks a lot of theories being floated to malign the then ruler and how he was ousted of his kingdom, he’d nurtured to be crowning glory of INDIA. My book has excerpts from this true account. His ouster was followed by occupation of almost 40% of the region of Jammu and Kashmir being taken over by Pakistan and some of it later by China. The boundaries, the Dogra Army protected for over a Century from Russian Czars, Afghan Tribes and China was allowed to be gone by much larger Indian army because of the myopic vision of the then national dispensation.

  • Are you working on a new book? Any details about it that you can share?

‘AFTERLIFE-4 An Illusion called Forever’ is complete and I’m into the final rounds of editing. This is a story about a half Indian American woman, a Neurologist and a Psychologist by profession in love with an Indian man. A woman with a traumatic past who develops phobia about loving people because she feels that she loses everyone she loves and even though she’s a Neurologist, she does a diploma in clinical psychology alongside, it isn’t always easy to council yourself. It is the story of her strength how she overcomes her phobias, learns to love her children, learns to love herself before she finds love again. And there’s a twist and for those who’ve read my books, that is what makes my stories interesting; a twist when you expect it the least. I needn’t say more. This book completes my series of four books from AFTERLIFE series. And mind you, though ‘AFTERLIFE’ is available in print and on Kindle, ‘AFTERLIFE-2 A conflict b/w Love & Desire’ and ‘AFTERLIFE-3 Love Will Find A Way’ are available as e-books.

There’s another book I’m working on is titled ‘A LIFE LESS WORTHY’. It is the story of an Air Force officer who died and not martyred and how the way a soldier dies defines his worth. It’s a very challenging work, so I’m going very slowly.

  • What is your advice to aspiring authors on writing and publishing?

I don’t know, if I’ve reached that stature to hand out advices as I’m just about three years into writing and about two since I published. But yeah, I’ve already published five books; two by traditional publishing and three by self-publishing.

I can only say this; if you are passionate about writing, do it unapologetically. But before that, try and work on your language skill. It’s not always about how good a story is but about how it is told. I learnt the art of storytelling while I helped my children, especially my son’s Cambrige board. I refreshed History and Psychology helping my daughter. I got the resolve to write a book about Article 370 listening to conflicting narratives on Primetime every day. We all need a source to intrigue us, an imagination that pokes us and a thought-process that doesn’t let us sleep. So let it out and own it. There will always be more criticism than appreciation but that should only help you become better.

Publishing is yet another ball-game. Traditional publishing is good as your work passes through an expert scrutiny before hitting the stands and it gives you a lot of exposure, an already established platform but you have to be ready to bear the cost. Self-publishing is good if you already have an audience. But, it’s everyone’s own call. We all have our journey to follow. My mantra is; 

“When the roadblocks happen – FLY” by Dr Sonia Sharma

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