Author Interview

Name of Author: Prakash Vir Sharma

Titles of Published Books: Kathputli (Hindi), Life in Shackles (English)

Genre: Literary/Fiction

1) Tell a little bit about yourself.

Basically I am a management professional with engineering background. Born in a remote village of Moradabad (India) in 1973, I am presently living in Kolkata, ‘the City of Joy’ , with my wife, son and daughter. I would describe myself as easy going, friendly and passionate for writing since my college life (1990) .

2) When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

When I was graduating, I came to realise about my father’s financial limitations. I started exploring options to help him out. During that exercise, I came in touch with Late. Hari Singh Nirbhay, the owner and chief editor of a weekly newspaper “Shrambheri” in 1991. I was given regular space in his group publications. I then started to send my articles to various newspapers and got published in various states. Thus, I totally immersed myself in print media during my graduation. I have written hundreds of articles in various regional and national newspapers in India. Though I was never paid for that but it turned as my hobby. Initially it was just for fun because I used to enjoy whenever I have seen my name publishing in a newspaper and people were talking about me but afterwards I decided to dedicate this hobby for the society and the nation as well.

I have written two novels during 1995 – 1996 but could not get those published because of resource constraints. Later, in 2014, I found the solution as Indian self publishing portal “pothi”. It gave wings to my dreams, with a new hope I again started writing and finally this year 2017 made me the author of two books.

3) Tell us a little bit about your books.

There are 14 short stories in my each book. These stories are based on social, political and religious issues in “Kathputli”, “Life In Shackles” contains the short stories about plight of women in the socieaty. However, the books are fiction yet these characters may be seen everywhere and everyday. These books are the mirror which shows us the clear picture of our society, our politics, our misunderstandings about religions and the ordeal of women in male dominated society.

4) We all need a hero! Tell us about your protagonist(s)? Was there a real-life inspiration behind him or her?

Yes, there you are. We all need a hero. An idle story is incomplete without hero and villain. In both of my books, there is a new hero in each story. Despite of being a fiction, these are real life situations, there are people who experience these situations. When I write a story or design a main character, I think upon a real life situation, I make a note what usually happens in such situations and finally I write up my thoughts as a message to the readers that it can be done in a better way. Being an educationist, social thinker and management professional, I must admit that my characters don’t do different things but they do things differently.

5) A good villain is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain(s) to write this book? Was there a real-life inspiration for him/her/it?

Actually story, script or novel writing is a brilliant’s jobe. It needs great imagination and expression. Being social, my stories don’t have violent villain.

6) What was the hardest part of writing this book?

I don’t remember whether there was any hurdle in writing this book because I am writing since 1990. I have drafts of my thoughts, stories, novels, articles. That’s why I need 4 to 6 months to come up with a new book till the stock lasts. Still I have around 6 books in hand, which will be published soon.

7) What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

It’s tough to say because in short stories, there are numerous favorite characters, even every story may have author’s favorite character. In my first book “Kathputli”, my favorite character was Mirza, I must accept that I love him so much. That is why I have written three stories in different situations of real life with that character – one story is on voter’s education, another one is based on importance of voting right in democracy and third one is success story of a muslim family which has a clear stand on various political and religious issues.

My favorite story is “Chakravyuh” which is said to be MRI scan of political parties.

8) What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?

I have presented the women as a catalyst in six stories of my first book and there are the best female characters in “Life In Shackles” who faced harassment, domestic violence, political abuse but put themselves as an example before the society. They are not weak, they are giving birth to strong man. Hence, They are creator.

9) Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?

Let me first appreciate you for such a great mix up of questions. I am enjoying it because there is something for all, I mean for readers, for authors, for me too.

So you asked about my learning experience from writing this book ! It was really amazing experience because I have learnt book formatting in various styles, conversion in various formats, cover designing, self publishing, promoting, marketing and finally turned the book into a saleable product.

10) What are your future projects?

My future projects will includes inspirational books, novels, randum thoughts on various social, political and religious issues.

Currently I am writing a motivational book for which I have got a title in Hindi language but debates are going on to choose a good title in English. This will be my first book which I want to publish in English first. One may find its cover page on my goodreads profile.

11) What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?

E-Mail : prakash2484@gmail.com Blog :https://www.pvsharmablog.wordpress.com
Author Pages : https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B072PCYJL1https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B072PCYJL1https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16683 Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/prakaash.sharma.5 Twitter :https://twitter.com/Prakaashsharma Pinterest :https://www.pinterest.com/prakash2484/

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Tip #22: Create a fan base.

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My first tip for marketing your book is to create a group of fans. In order to sell your book, you need readers who want to read your books. There are several ways to build up your fan base. First, let your friends and family know about your novel. They already love you so many of them will be eager to read something that you have written and published. They might also share your novel with others. However, don’t take it personally if the people closest to you never read your works. I have had friends that I was sure would read my books, but they never have gotten around to it. Focus on the positive not the negative!

Another way to build your fan base is to sign up on Goodreads as an author. Goodreads is a website for readers and authors. You can find books and promote your own books. On an author page, you can keep readers updated, blog, and participate in group discussions on a variety of topics. The more you participate on Goodreads, the more likely that others will try your books.

A third way to recruit fans is a Facebook page. Even if you already have a personal page, I recommend setting up an author page that will be for your readers. This page can be kept public though you should only share what you are okay with the world knowing about you. Posting updates, sneak peeks, and where to purchase information on your page will attract readers.

Finally, the Internet is full of other ideas for creating your fan base. Research, research, research! As always, enjoy the adventure!

Author Interview

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Name of Author: Pamela Q. Fernandes

Titles of Published Books: Ten Reminders for the Single Christian Woman

Genre: Christian Non-fiction

1) Tell a little bit about yourself.
I’m a bit of a global citizen. I was born and raised in Kuwait, though I’m an Indian citizen, with some Portuguese ancestry somewhere. I graduated from medical school in the Philippines. I’ve worked as a doctor and medical writer in many places of the world. I write romantic suspense, speculative fiction and Christian nonfiction.

2) When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I was quite sure of my author journey three years ago, when my first romantic suspense novella titled “Seoul-Mates” got accepted by a publishing house in a competition. It was like a bug after that. I just couldn’t get the urge to author more books out of my system. Still haven’t. (Winks)

3) Tell us a little bit about your books.
Ten Reminders for the Single Christian Woman comes from my series “Ten Reminders.” Basically, it’s a set of reminders reminding single Christian women not to waste time looking for that life partner or missionary work, but to use the season of singleness to grow and flourish.

4) Was there a real-life inspiration behind this book?
I have to admit that my own life experiences inspired me to write this book. I’m a thirty something single Christian woman. I know how difficult it has been not just me but for my single friends as well. The pressure of society, peers, even the church can be painful. Often well-meaning friends will say stuff and you end being hurt. So I know what it’s like to be in this position and I know the agony, but I’ve also realized that the journey is just as beautiful as the destination. That’s what I want these women to know.

5) What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The hardest part was coming to terms with the truth. Here I was advising other women when I had so many flaws and errors myself. The book research led me closer to Biblical concepts I had long forgotten or ignored; forgiveness, chastity, hope, prayer and faith. So it was a deep struggle for me to accept what God was trying to teach me and to submit to the Holy Spirit. My ways are certainly not God’s way. 😊 It was hard to implement the books advice in my own life before I could write it for others.

6) What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favorite chapter was hands down, “God can make up for Lost Time.” Lots of Christian women have this feeling, they’re running out of time. I sensed it too, the moment I hit thirty. But when I realized that God can truly make up for lost time I was amazed and the words just flowed. If anything, that’s one chapter that I’d want everyone to read. Because He truly can make up for lost time.

7) Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I learned so much. I didn’t want to learn some of it. Haha. But what really got ingrained in me was that I’m not alone and that despite what happens in my life, no matter the circumstances, no matter what happened to me in the past, no matter what people say or do, no matter what storms come my way in life, God wants what’s best for me.

8) What are your future projects?
I have a few sweet romances coming up this year titled Under A Scottish Sky, Cinders of Castlerea and The Milanese Stars. But as far as the Ten Reminder Series is concerned I will be working on the next book very soon titled, “Ten Reminders for the Grieving Christian.”

9) What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?

I love hearing from readers, especially when the books have helped them in some small way, it really makes me feel blessed.

You can find me on:

Twitter: @PamelaQFerns or on Facebook: pamelaqfernandes

You could also reach me at my website https://www.pamelaqfernandes.comwhere I’m giving out free calendars you can print and use. I also run the Christian Circle Podcast where we talk about practical tips for Christian Living. It plays on iTunes, stitchr and tunein.com. Readers can find me on Google plus, Goodreads and Pinterest as well. I’d also like to inform people— if you run a singles ministry or want this book for a library, kindly let me know, I’d be happy to send in a copy. Ten Reminders for the Single Christian Woman is available as an ebook and in print.

Author Spotlight

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Name of Author: Aaliyah.S

Titles of Published Books: The 13: We all Start as Strangers

Genre: Mystery

1) Tell a little bit about yourself.

I’m Aaliyah, 18, from Mumbai, India. I dropped out of middle school. I love travelling, dancing, painting, playing video games and spending some quality time with my family and my cat, Ginger.

2) When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

After getting good reviews on my work published on Wattpad and abundance support from my family, I decided to write a novel.

3) Tell us a little bit about your books.

My debut novel “The 13: We all start as strangers” is a Mystery/Young Adult novel, It follows the story of 13 university students, although they encountered each other at some point, eventually they end up getting involved in an unfortunate situation where trust and friendship is just a play for the antagonist.

4) We all need a hero! Tell us about your protagonist(s)? Was there a real-life inspiration behind him or her?

Aria Heart is nineteen, half-American, and carefree. She’s cute, friendly, and mostly careless of her surroundings and belongings. There wasn’t any inspiration behind Aria, but I wanted her to have a really cool and bold attitude.

5) A good villain is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain(s) to write this book? Was there a real-life inspiration for him/her/it?

After watching many villain oriented movies, in the end I would feel like the villain wasn’t strong enough for the plot. I used to think that the character could do/show more of his bad side. Therefore I wanted the villain to be fitting for my plot. I got a bit inspired after watching anime and Korean dramas/Movies. And maybe that’s how I got in touch with my inner villain.

6) What was the hardest part of writing this book?

It was writing the P.O.V’s of different characters.

7) What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

My favourite chapter would be “Episode 24- 7:11PM.” because this is the chapter where the villain enters and the story
takes a turn.

8) What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?

My inspiration was Seoul, South Korea, since I always thought that my story would be best situated here as I watched many Korean dramas/Movies

9) Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?

Yes, I learned about friendship, loyalty, brotherhood and that we reap what we sow.

10) What are your future projects?

There’s going to be a sequel for “The 13” so please anticipate it!

11) What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?

Website: http://www.writernxtdoor.com/
Personal blog: https://writernextdoor.blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/writernxtdoor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writernxtdoor/
Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/aaliyahchan

Author Spotlight

 

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Name of Author: H.K. Christie

Titles of Published Books: We Can’t Be Broken

Genre: Women’s Literature, Genre Fiction, Family Life

1) Tell a little bit about yourself.

I am a native and current resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.
I currently balance my time working as a Project Management Consultant in the Life Sciences industry and working on my next novel. I live with my husband and Shih-Tzu, but we are frequently visited by my 21 year old stepson, who is currently attending the University of California, San Diego.
I love to read, to write, to run, to eat good food and to spend time with my closest friends and family.

2) When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

About two years ago, I conducted an experiment on myself to figure out what would happen in my life if I stopped watching TV for 30 days.
I was inspired by a book I read, “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. Duhigg proposes that by breaking a habit it can lead to positive changes in unexpected and seemingly unrelated areas. I was very scientific about my experiment and created a hypothesis of what I thought the outcome would be. I also decided that I would write a book about my experience.
My hypothesis was completely wrong and my book, looking back now, was terrible! However, during that time I had my “a-ha” moment and realized I loved writing. It was quite unexpected.

3) Tell us a little bit about your books.

My novel, We Can’t Be Broken, follows a family that has been devastated by childhood cancer and a multitude of others tragedies. The story is told from the view point of the three adolescent children who are basically on their own growing up, due to the majority of family attention put on the youngest sibling, who is undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma (cancer). The story spans about 25 years so you get to learn about the children’s lives, struggles and what it is like growing up in the face of adversity and constant change. The story ends with where all of them are today.

4) We all need a hero! Tell us about your protagonist(s)? Was there a real-life inspiration behind him or her?

The main protagonist in We Can’t Be Broken, is Casey, the second to youngest sibling (age gap of youngest to Casey is nine years). She is headstrong, intelligent and a little bit of a know-it-all! However, she cares deeply for her family, especially her siblings, and takes on a lot of responsibility in order to ensure they stick together.
Casey’s character is based on me. When friends and family read the parts of the story where Casey’s siblings are describing her, especially when they call her a dork or a know-it-all, they say “wow they really nailed it!” I try not to take offense.

5) A good villain is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain(s) to write this book? Was there a real-life inspiration for him/her/it?

The villain in We Can’t Be Broken, was a little tricky to write. He (Jasper) is clearly the villain but at the same time he wasn’t a total monster either. I think we all have a little villain in each of us. Nobody is all good or all bad.
Jasper’s character is based on my step-father who despite his myriad of faults and abuses against the family had another side to him that was both kind and caring. I think Jasper’s character shows the complexity that all good villains exhibit.

6) What was the hardest part of writing this book?

There are a lot of emotional pieces to the story – at times it was difficult to keep focus. Sometimes I would just have to take a break and clear my mind before continuing.

7) What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

The Epilogue. It wraps up where the family is today. It was the part where I got to show how those who persevere can overcome great obstacles and come out better than ever thought possible.

8) What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the world building within your book?

The novel, We Can’t Be Broken, is inspired by my own family’s story but many parts have been fictionalized.

9) Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?

I had to do a lot of research for the book – I learned a lot about childhood cancer and the advancements in treatment compared to the eighties. It made me realize how lucky my family is that my sister survived and is living a great life.

10) What are your future projects?

I’m currently working on a mystery/thriller series set in the SF Bay Area. It has some themes of social justice, equality and science … with a little bit of murder thrown in.

11) What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?

I love to hear from readers! You can contact me at any of the social sites below.
Twitter: @HChristiewrites
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16374046.H_K_Christie
Website: https://www.houseofhow2.com/about-holli

 

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Tip #21: Let’s sell that book!

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The next few posts will cover some ideas on marketing your novel. Yes, there are services available out there where you can have professionals market your book, but they do cost money. It is up to you how you go about this. If you are looking for a way to market by yourself, then the next few posts may be beneficial to you.

I haven’t used professional marketing services because I wanted to try it on my own due to the expense. Though my books aren’t selling by the thousands, I feel that it takes time since I am a newer author. It takes time to become like Stephen King or J.K. Rowling. Be patient! You are not going to become a best-selling author overnight. It takes time. Try to learn through the process. Research your options and pick what is best for you. Of course, enjoy the experience because you are embarking on quite a journey.

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Tip #20: Get published!

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So you have reached the point that your book is ready to be published. There are many options for authors to get published. You can seek an agent who can help you find a publishing company. You can send manuscripts to different publishing companies (always research their submission guidelines). You can also use a self-publishing company.

Before I found CreateSpace, I had researched many different self-publishing companies looking for the best fit. Then I feel that God led me to CreateSpace. CreateSpace is a self-publishing company that is a part of Amazon. It has several options that can fit your needs. If you need help formatting your manuscript to meet their guidelines, you can pay for their services. If you want a professional to design the cover of your book, then you can pay for their services. You are also able to do the formatting and cover by yourself if you feel capable. CreateSpace also have samples and forums to help with questions. This company sells your book on Amazon.com and other distribution groups. You have a choice of how much to sell it for and where you want it sold.

If you are unsure about where to publish, do your research. It is best to find the option that meets your needs and preferences. Don’t rush into it!

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Tip #19: Don’t be hard on yourself.

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As you are editing your manuscript, you may find yourself becoming discouraged or disheartened at the number of mistakes that you made. You might put yourself down or wonder why you bother writing at all. Don’t fall into this trap!

We all make mistakes in our writing. It is normal to find several errors when editing. I edit my writing at least three times through and still find mistakes before publication. It is natural. You are a writer because you are putting your thoughts, hopes, and dreams down on paper. It has nothing to do with perfection. Give yourself a break when you begin to focus on the huge amount of errors. Don’t overload yourself. Just remind yourself that you are making your work better by fixing mistakes.

In the end, it will be worth the work when you have a manuscript that is as good as you can get it. Persevere! And of course enjoy the learning process!

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Tip #18: Fix common mistakes.

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The English language is a complex sometimes confusing thing. It is important that you research the right words and make sure that your manuscript contains the correct way. Some readers may notice if the wrong words are used and be turned off from your writing.

Here is a list of words that can be easily substituted incorrectly:

  • a lot/alot
  • affect/effect
  • can/may
  • further/farther
  • good/well
  • i.e./e.g.
  • into/in to
  • it’s/its
  • lay/lie
  • less/fewer
  • that/who
  • their/they’re/there
  • then/than
  • who/whom
  • your/you’re

When editing your manuscript, check over it carefully along with other “editors”. I suggest that you have a hard copy and that you highlight each time you find one of the above words. Then focus on whether that word is used correctly or not. Take your time and do it right!

Author Spotlight

Name of Author: Ronald R. Melone

Titles of Published Books: Through the Bible: Genesis – Deuteronomy

Genre: Religious

1) Tell a little bit about yourself.
Born into a Catholic family in upper state New York in 1955. In 1972, my parents and I moved to Clearwater, Florida. In 1986, I married and began going to a Christian church. There I found a passion for God’s Word. After reading the first book of the Bible, I wanted to test my knowledge. There was not a single book in the Christian book stores that was right for my need. I knew in my mind what it should look like and couldn’t find it. So I went home and re-read the book of Genesis, pulling out questions in order as the answer would appear in the Bible. I now have a workbook of the first five books.

2) When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

The passion to write a Bible workbook began in the early 90s when I couldn’t find a workbook that tested my knowledge on God’s Word even if I simply read a few chapters. The books I found jumped around from one book of the Bible to another or also had the author’s commentaries.

3) Tell us a little bit about your books.

My workbook is set up with Multiple Choice, True or False, and Fill-In-The-Blank questions. At the top of each page of the workbook is the range of the scripture verses where the answers can be found. It is all set up in order. One can read just a few chapters, find that range at the top of the page and test your knowledge.

4) What was the hardest part of writing this book?

The hardest part was presenting each question in such a way as to not be too ambiguous or misunderstood.

5) Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?

I learned just how rich God’s Word is. There are so many treasures to be found and messages that are in there, but many don’t take the time to read it all. I find that many just read parts of God’s Word and I believe they miss out on so much.

6) What are your future projects?

I am presently working on the four Gospels of the New Testament.

7) What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?

On Goodreads, of course, but also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ThroughTheBibleGenesisDeuteronomy/