How did you know you wanted to be an author? ’ Well, I was always a story-teller. Building alternate realities was my favourite pastime. My daily dairies and journals have recordings of my day of incidents that had never happened. As though I was living not just one but many lives, through the incidents that happened and the characters that I would meet in a day that I hadn ‘t lived, but had experienced in my imagination. And, I wouldn ‘t mind sharing my dairies or leaving my journals around, unguarded, actually hoping that someone would read them, and enjoy through a life that I hadn ‘t yet lived. Being an author, taking up writing professionally was not a consideration because I was having too much fun writing. When I was not writing my own stories, I was writing for others. I was happy to write essays and short stories for anyone who needed them. When the class tests were around in school, I would land up writing a dozen essays and stories for my friends, that being their highest score in the subject. It was about three decades later when an employee insisted that I write a book, did I give it some serious thought. Until then, writing was fun, something that I did for myself, to escape into a world, that would never present itself in my living, a world that I had the liberty to create as I wished. And when I wrote my first book I am another you , the process of dedicated writing, of dedicated indulgence in a world that I built from start to finish, a world where others were invited to tour through their reading, and sometimes stay on, I had found my salvation. And then there was no stopping me. 10 books later, I am on a spree to keep the words and the worlds going.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? My advise to aspiring writers is to write, without taking upon the burden of the consequence ”will someone like it? Will my editor like it? Will the publisher take it up? Leave what others will think and feel about your thoughts to be their problem. You can never get into the readers head and figure what he or she wants. But you will find joy and solace in getting into your heads and writing what you need to express, learn and grow with. And chances are that when your writing emerges from that source of honesty and peace, what you write will strike a cord with many others.
And of course, don ‘t give the writer ‘s block too much importance. I would say, that if you are stuck, don ‘t think too much! If it is a subject that is close to your heart, it will come easily to you, without stressing yourself out. If you allow that time, that space, go to an unfamiliar territory, away from people you know then you will be forced to look outside of yourself and see things anew, you will break away from the habit you are living into and that ‘s where it you will become most creative.
If you really want to be a writer, allow yourself the time and space to give your gift an expression of words. So take those pending leaves, call in sick and spend time with yourself. And if you are still stuck, get your hands on my latest book how to write a book in 8 days . That maybe the game changer you are waiting for.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? Yes, I have a writing ritual and I have never violated it or altered it. When I sit to write something, my policy is to not do anything else inti that piece is over. So when I intend to write a book, I take 2 weeks off, set my emails and other social media to DND with auto responders stating my disappearance, and I return only when I am done. And when I know that life awaits on the other side of the story that ‘s in my head, it flows fast and it flows smooth. Taking breaks and writing when I have time to write has never worked for me. The story misbehaves like the irritable wife, to whom you give time when you have it. The tit bit writing has never worked for me. Its assigning time and importance to the act itself that has brought me the best stories forward. During that time, it is needless to say; I do not hang out with friends, no television, no phone calls, no nothing. It ‘s just eating, sleeping, writing, and repeat until it ‘s all done. And I have never had to work beyond 8 days on any of the books that I have written. But my laptop does go for repair when I am done, the keyboard has many pressed in keys.
What message to you want readers to remember? Live Life on You Own Terms. You don ‘t owe anything to anybody because ultimately you are going to die as you are going to live. There will always be a price to pay whether if you live to please others or you live on your own terms. So choose to live on your terms and pay that price happily including the books you want to write and everything else.
How can fans get in contact with you? I am available across most of the social media platforms.
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