How did you know you wanted to be an author? I’ve always had a creative process and a wild imagination. It was after my trip to Hong Kong way back in 2003 where I was totally blown away by my visit to Lantau Island.
When I returned back to the UK, I remember thinking that I would love to write a story, or even a blog article about what I saw there, and then over the course of 10 years or so, the story kept evolving in my mind until eventually I decided to put the words down.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Just start. Do not worry yourself with having to ‘know it all’. Like life itself, your story will evolve and may take a new direction, which is completely, as that’s just the way it was meant to be.
Inspiration comes from the most unknown of sources and experiences. So, if you are inspired, or have an idea, no matter how small it may be, write it down. With today’s technology, you can also take pictures or film the moment so when you’re looking back it’ll be as fresh as possible.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?Normally, first thing in the morning works for me. I generally do some relaxation techniques, including meditation. This helps me write with a clear mind, and more importantly a creative mind.
What message to you want readers to remember?Books and stories are meant to be shared. So if you enjoy any book, share it with friends. You never know, the message within any story could indirectly help someone in their personal who may need that escapism of a journey hidden within words.
How can fans get in contact with you?I am most humble and grateful to all of my fans. They can reach me by visiting my website: www.mannmatharu.com or via Twitter @MannMatharu