Friday 5 March 2021

Questionnaire with J. Alchem

This month's featured Author is ' J. Alchem '

  Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

I am a simple person with a kind heart and high morale. I am an MBA in International Business and Finance from the an esteemed University of India. I provide academic support to international students and professionals. I am also an advisory panelist to the Association of Indian Students where I share space with many big personalities and figures.

 Questionnaire with J. Alchem

1.       What are your interests apart from writing bestsellers?

I am into cooking lip-smacking cuisines, watching movies, listening to songs, and chit-chatting with my friends about the vast universe of books. I feel there is a lot in this world to explore.

2.       How did you first get involved with writing?

It professionally started with writing an article for a magazine. It was loved by readers as well as the editorial body and I kept getting newer opportunities every week. I wrote my first book when I was doing MBA and it took me three years to complete and publish the same. It won several accolades and became a huge inspiration for me and my career.

3.       Are you an imaginative person? It is what I felt reading your books.

Yes, I am an imaginative person. I don’t write about my life or the people around me. I imagine things and then I write about them. Everything from a character to subplots is part of my sheer imagination. This is how I bring novelty to my books.

4.       What do you find most challenging about your writing?

I feel the most challenging part is getting started with a new story. Once I am done with 2-3 chapters, there is nothing that can stop me from completing a book.

5.       What do you do when you are not writing?

I am either sleeping peacefully or thinking about what character should be killed next in my new book. I always have murdered someone in each book. I am not kind when it comes to my books and my editor also has told me that I don’t have to be.

6.       How do you keep coming up with material/content for your story?

I read a lot and when I come across something unique or different, I imagine a story around that. It doesn’t always work, but when it does, I have a new novel to publish.

7.       Any specific tips you have for new writers who want to make it big in the world of published books?

I don’t think anyone needs a tip nowadays. People are intelligent enough to make the right choices. However, if you want to make it big, you must focus on small-small things.

8.       What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?

A book worth embracing. What else a writer can give? Yes, an interview worth reading.

9.       A lot of people are interested in writing for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from writing?

I am not against writing for money, but I feel it is what people must not do. Writing is a work of soul and it must not be seen as how much you can earn out of it.  

But if they seriously want to earn, copywriting, scriptwriting, editing, and ghost-writing are some of the things they can do.

10.   What motivates you most in life?

New books, movies, web series, and people. There are many sources. I feel the whole world is a source of motivation.

11.   The majority of the readers tend to take sides due to religion and other considerations.

This is unfortunate. Art is divine and people should not mix it with religions or whatsoever.

12.   Tell us about your new release, “It doesn’t end here”?

This book is the first in the trilogy of End Series. It is the story of Samuel and Sara. Samuel wants to break up with Sara because he has outgrown. However, Sara has something else to share with him. It is a romantic read. However, its sequel will be a crime thriller.

13.   What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

I believe there should be strict laws to protect copyright. Also, authors should get their books copyrighted before sharing or sending them to publishers so they can sue the culprit or at least shame them publicly.