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. 






 

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questionnaire with Vandana Saxena

 So this month's featured Author is ' Vandana Saxena'




Can you tell us a little about yourself? Your profession and your hobbies!!

 

I am a woman in my early forties. However, instead of going through a mid-life crisis, I rediscovered myself after turning forty and growing into a better version of self with every passing day. By discipline, I am an HR professional, Soft Skills Trainer, and a Content Writer.  I have worked in niches of HR and Training for over two decades in varied industries.  During my professional career, I have worked in Retail, Telecom, Education, and Credit Management Industry. 

By passion, I am a creative writer. I wear my thinking hat often and let the creative juices flow in the form stories, poetry, and a blog.  I started the writing journey with a blog, one fine day when I had a lot to say but didn’t find an honest ear. I penned everything that was making me feel anxious. The article was accepted by a leading guest blogging site and within a year, the blog reached ten million views.  Since then, there’s no looking back.

I have been writing something every day, and various digital portals are publishing my work.  Writing is now an addiction and there’s no cure.

I have also won a few accolades for my writing skills.  I am presently working as a freelance trainer for content writing and marketing.  I am also working on a few writing and editing projects with some corporates.

Apart from this I conduct content workshops for women only communities.  These workshops are specially curated for women who choose to follow their passion and take it the next level by turning it into a business.   It gives me immense pleasure in empowering women who reinvent themselves after breaking the barriers.

 To know more click https://vandanaspen.com/about-vandana-saxena/

 

Questionnaire with Vandana Saxena 

1.  How did you first get involved in with writing, are you an imaginative person? 

As a child, I was inclined towards writing.  However, in the early nineties, it was not about choices but about grades.  Though my report cards were never flashy, yet I was equipped with excellent language skills.  I wrote a few stories and poems as a child, but it was buried under the pressure of becoming a professional.

 I have always believed in stories. I have imagined and found a story in almost everything, including my own life.  Since I am an aspiring writer, I love to live in my fictional world and look forward to the intense conversation with the characters that I have created.  Indeed, I am an imaginative person.

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

 Well, I have never thought about challenges, but I guess the most challenging part is editing.  Writing is like mediation to me and it flows the moment I bend over my laptop or pick up my pen.  I find editing my own content, or anyone’s creative content challenging for me.  

 They say, “Be a ruthless editor”, but for me, deleting words and descriptions from my write-ups feels like taking away the parts of my body.  It’s indeed challenging but I am learning to cope up with it.

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

Reading, if not busy with the household and child.

4.  Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?

I love to live in present.  I have no long-term plans so I can’t say where I will be after five years.  All I want to be, is alive and healthy, even after five years down the road.  In the next six months, I will be a better author with a better author, writing the best stories.

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

Like I said, there’s a story in everything and I am able to find one everywhere.

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

Like I said, there’s a story in everything and I can find one everywhere; even during this interview.

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

Take them to a new world, that they have never seen before.

8.  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? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?

Earning money from writing is easy but the difficult part is to write.  One must understand the difference between content and creative.  You may earn from content writing, but creative writing is for the writer alone.  

 While content writing is the readers’ perspective creative writing is the writers’ perspective. Before writing content think about your target audience and the purpose of the content.  You will never go wrong this way.  Write quality content and never miss a deadline.  Initially, it may not skyrocket your writing career, but it will pick up with time.  Be consistent with quality and time.  You will earn. If you are writing a story write it for your happiness.  Don’t think about the reader.  Simple rule for creative writing.

9.  What motivates you most in life?

My failures.  Whenever I lose a writing challenge, I am motivated to write better, write more.

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

 Readers’ perspective is beyond my control.  Trust me, there’s nothing that a writer can do about it.  My job here is to write, so I write.  If an opinion affects a writer, he/she will never be able to express his/her own beliefs, and that’s the only job a writer should do

11.  What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

A famous writer said, “If you have read one thousand books, you can write one.”  It’s all about inspiration.  It’s ok to get inspired but it’s not OK to copy.   A writer can’t go a long way with this.  Writing something that has never been created before, helps you evolve as a writer.   Copying helps you evolve as a thief.   Choice is yours! 





Saturday, 9 January 2021

Quesionairrie with Manali Desai

 So this month featuring Author is  ' Manali Desai'

Can you tell us a little about yourself? Your profession and your hobbies! 


Somehow, that question still makes me feel like I'm appearing for a job interview. But I'll relent anyway. So, I'm Manali Desai, a freelance writer and editor cum blogger. 

 My hobbies include hunting for ideas for my writing, and some normal ones like reading and binge-watching a series or catching up on my movie watch list. 

Quesionairrie with Manali Desai

 1.      How did you first get involved in with writing, are you an imaginative person?

As a hobby, I got involved with writing since my teenage. Professionally I began content writing in 2012. And since then I have been exploring other areas of writing such as copywriting, book publishing, ghostwriting, and much more.

Yes, my imagination is my solace from the mundane and routine life. Also, my source for fiction which ultimately becomes my bread and butter. 

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

Turning the many ideas that turn up in my imaginative mind into something concrete and worthy of reading. 

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

Either read or travel; sometimes both together. 

 4. Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?

I believe in taking life as it comes, living one day at a time, but also following a schedule every day. So, this 6 months and 5 years future question, isn't really something I focus on. But yes, one thing is clear, I want to grow as a writer and explore new areas of writing. 

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

Through everyday incidents and my observation

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

1. Don't write to get published. 

      2. Know and understand the kind of publishing options available out there and the difference                      between each. 

       3. WRITE EVERY DAY 

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

 An honest piece of writing. Seriously, a piece written from the heart, will most definitely resonate and not to mention, give you satisfaction like nothing else when it comes to your work. 

 8.  A lot of people are interested in writing for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interested in making money from writing? What are some realistic expectations in regard to what can be made?

 Book sales alone won’t be enough (unless you are Chetan Bhagat) so you’ll need to keep exploring more options and be open about writing n varied topics and on varied platforms. There are many platforms like Medium, Vocal, PopSugar, et, al that pay writers well for any kind of piece that contributed to their platform. You can also take-up freelance writing work like content writing, copywriting, etc.

 But with everything said and done, one thing to keep in mind is to be consistent with your writing and have the patience to start earning potentially well.

9.     What motivates you most in life?

The goal to keep getting better. 

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

My motto is, 'Focus on the creation rather than the creator'. This helps me choose without bias and I guess that should help any reader make a choice. 

 11.  What is the story behind the name of your book?

The Art of Being Grateful and Other Stories was titled after the book cover was finalised. The simple reason being, the cover resonated best with that story which is one of the 8 short stories in the book. 

12.  What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

There needs to be a line between inspiration and blatant copying. Of course, I follow others in my field are doing too, but how do I make myself different from them or how I add the 'my factor' to what I do, is what differentiates inspiration from plagiarism. 

It's a shame that despite being so talented on our own, some of us don't put in that effort and resort to copying other's work.