Category: Author Interviews

Author Interview – Eshan Sharma

Hi everyone!

Well, I am back here with a different thing. It has been a long time since I had interviewed anyone. Actually it takes a lot of patience and also a great deal of collaborative effort to get an interview done (well that’s what I believe, many might disagree!).

Anyway, here it is. This is a really interesting book and author who has set out to make a mark for himself in the literary world. So before I bore you all down, here is the little exchange of thoughts we had. But before the Q&A session let me tell you a bit about the author and his book.

About the Author

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ESHAN SHARMA was born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh on 20th June, 2000 and grew up in Kanpur. Ever since his childhood, he has been an avid reader which motivated him to focus his expressions and pen it down. It is not only his hobby but also his passion to write. He passed class 10th in 2015 from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kanpur with flying colors and currently he is in class 12th with Humanities stream in Delhi Public School, Kalyanpur, Kanpur.

He is a blogger, writer, and a poet who can write in both English and Hindi. He enjoys learning foreign languages as well as Indian regional languages. He has also written many essays and articles for many competitions. He enjoys participating in competitions regardless of the result.

School magazines gave him the platform for writing. He started writing from the age of eleven – his first poem was on his grandmother. He generally writes poems in Hindi as he think that the beauty in words can be expressed in one’s own language. He has penned down more than 20 poems, essays, articles till now, in a period of five years. He is a jovial, carefree and fun loving person. His self-belief and selfless attitude are just few good points about him. He firmly believes that if our country wants to be developed, we have to make certain changes in our education system, and youth personality development. He is also a good painter, and has been awarded the 3rd prize in Kanpur region Postmaster General Stamp making competition.

About the book: The Teacher I Never Met

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The book is the story of a school going kid of 11years who regards Abdul Kalam as his mentor. The journey of the boy in the book is all about exploring about the missile man. Later at the age of 16, he tends to start an adventure travel in to the lifeline of Kalam since a kid till his last days.

The book is a fantasy fiction with lots of emotions shown towards a person whom the boy in the story considers as his mentor. The book gives lots of information about Kalam’s literary works.

This is not a mere book with a story but the journey of a successful human through whose teachings young children can have an idea of laying path to their golden future.

(courtesy: Amazon.in)

The interview:

  1. What made you think of writing a book like The Teacher I never Met?

The youth, the young blood of my nation motivated me to write ‘The Teacher I Never Met’. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam had a dream of India 2020, so as a contribution towards that mission, I published this book; to change lives and motivate the youth to make a change in this world. I was delighted on reading the reviews and compliments I got for this book, I realized that the book was able to represent their thoughts in the right manner and do justice to it. All this was possible, thanks to blessings of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. I think that today’s youth is ardent, talented and skillful. Sometimes, the impositions laid on our generation due to orthodox thinking and non-provision to pursue one’s skills does not allow us to think big and make a difference. But we can definitely overcome the difficulties and barriers with positive motivation and confidence of our parents, teachers, and elders. I have put these feelings through “The Teacher I Never Met”

  1. How much feedback do you get from family or friends while you are working on a manuscript?

My family has been a pillar of strength throughout the entire process. It has been the support of my parents, my sister, my paternal grandfather (dadaji) Shri. B. L. Sharma, who was a poet (shayar) of his time and my maternal grandfather (nanaji), who was a also poet. Also, I cannot forget my cousin Shivi Pandey who has already made some name in this field – courtesy the publication of ‘Love Story Seriously?’. My friends have also been supportive all this while. And Dr. Kalam’s family ‘House of Kalam’ deserves a special mention as they have spent their valuable in conversation with me throughout the phase of editing of the manuscript. Palak Tripathi, who is also an author now, checked the grammar and editing part along with bestselling author and motivational speaker Sourabh Bandopadyay.

  1. What is the genre you read? Which genre you prefer while writing?

Basically, I prefer reading self-help, motivational, biography, Hindi poetry, I.Q. and G.K. books. While writing, I try to write Self-help, motivational work, and sometimes poetry.

  1. What made you decide to go for publishing the book?

I never intended to be a student of literature, neither did I aspire to be a writer when I was growing up. But I never disliked writing. Regarding my inspiration – it was never what, but a who. It was Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s vision for our nation’s youth and their development that inspired me a lot and it does now as well. Besides that, the brothers and sisters, the youth of my country of which I am a part too, has always inspired me.

  1. A genre you prefer not to read?

Nothing as such, I can read any good book. But yes, I don’t read love stories much.

  1. As a writer, which is the daunting task? Writing/editing/looking for an agent / self publishing / traditional publishing / marketing?

The biggest challenge while writing a book is ‘writing’. People often say they can’t go beyond two paragraphs while writing, so the biggest challenge is never giving up in writing.

  1. What are your future plans?

I aspire to become a law abiding, proud citizen of my nation, probably a civil servant while writing along as a hobby.

  1. Answers that come to mind:

a: Favourite book: Wings of Fire and Power of Subconscious Mind

b: Favourite writer: Dr. Kalam, Ruskin Bond and Sudha Murthy

c: Favourite band/singer: Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Café and A.R. Rehman

d: Favourite food/drink: Manchurian and Mojito drink

e: I can’t live without: talking or chatting (hahaha)

f: My inspiration: Youth of this world

g: A book I wish I had written:  Shiva Trilogy by Amish

h: A book I am glad I did not write: Wings of Fire, because I couldn’t write it like that, it’s a masterpiece and a life changing book. I am glad that Kalam sahab wrote that book, because I couldn’t motivate the youth in that way.

i: The dream I wish comes true: We all become happy and tension free.

j: If I could swap places with someone, it would be: Narendra Modi ji

  1. What would be your message to new and aspiring writers: Never give up, have faith in yourself. And in case, you want to get in touch with me:

 just ping me at http://www.facebook.com/officialeshansha

or shoot an email to this address – eshansha@gmail.com

 So, that’s it! I hope you had a good time reading about the young author. You can check out his book on amazon.in and amazon.com

Lots of love and best wishes for all,

Syeda

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Calling for submissions for Anthology! #poetry #shortstories

Hello all! 

I am back after an unintended break. Some issues that cropped up regarding work and spouse health had kept me extremely busy. Soon will be up with a book review, but today I’m here to announce about an anthology!

This is open to all writers out there. Even international poets and authors can send in their entries. There are no hidden charges, for it is a genuine way to make dreams come true. 

Do send in your entries. Kindly spread the word so that all of us who dream and aspire to get published might just see it happen for real. 

P.S. Yours truly in involved in this, so friends let the entries come in abundantly!! 😉😍 Waiting to read your work!!

Lots of love and best wishes!

Syeda

Join the #WovenWords_Dream_Team!

​After a shout out calling for authors and writers to join Book Bank on Facebook, for book reviews and other pre and post publishing activities, I am here to share a wonderful opportunity with all my friends who love to review books.

We all know how difficult it is to write a full fledge novel. Then reaching out to the agents or publishers is a totally different ball game. Keeping that in mind, I feel that as reviewers how we could probably play an important role in a writer’s journey in becoming an author. A published author! 

So, this is one new initiative which I wish to see my friends join as a team while we strive to fulfill more dreams! 

Here is the formal announcement about it!

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Calling all bloggers/social media markets/youtubers etc.

As everyone is gearing up for the holiday season and awaiting the silent transition from 2016 towards 2017, we are working towards making some dreams come true. 

In this journey, we are looking to create a team of individuals who want to play a role in fulfilling these dreams. 


* Anyone who blogs and reviews books can join us. You’d be hosting events on Facebook and help to spread the news.

For more details, please log on to Woven Words website!

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Feel free to reach out to me or the website mentioned to know more and register yourself in the #WovenWords_Dream_Team

Hope to see you all coming along :):)

Best wishes!

Syeda

A Kiss at Christmastide by Christina McKnight – Book Launch

Hello everyone!

Well, I am back with a new book launched in one of my favorite genres – Romance! Regency romance 😍😍

Have a look at the “Awwwww! So lovely cover!” 😘

Lovely! Isn’t it? 

Moving ahead is the cover page with the blurb. 

 Title: A Kiss At Christmastide

Author: Christina McKnight

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency, Novella

Release Date: September 27, 2016

Word Count: 37,000

Buy Links

Amazon –  http://amzn.to/2aF6Ffs 

iBooks –  http://apple.co/2biKTwK 

B&N –  http://bit.ly/2czx2Fm 

Kobo –  http://bit.ly/2bbmPgy 

Blurb:

Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter.
Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been summoned by his parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont, to attend a holiday party in the wilds of the country, far from his London townhouse. He suspects they command his attendance for far different reasons than a simple country party. When a storm strands his carriage, he’s forced to seek shelter at the only home for miles around, a local manor called Helton House.
When Lady Pippa is reluctant to admit him, he does what he’s been raised to do—demand she provide him and his servants with shelter until the storm passes. But the beautiful woman draws his interest far more than he’s willing to admit. Can Lucas find a way out of the predicament his parents are planning?
As Lady Pippa scrutinizes another arrogant, demanding lord, she is bombarded with memories of betrayals in her past. Can she forget those difficult life lessons to claim a Christmastide kiss from a perfect stranger?

 About the Author: 

Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. 
Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

Follow her on Twitter:
@CMcKnightWriter

Keep up to date on her releases: www.christinamcknight.com

Like Christina’s FB Author page: ChristinaMcKnightWriter

Do check it out if romance is what you’re looking for! 💜💜

Here’s hoping Christina all the luck and success in this and all her future endeavors! 

Have a wonderful left-over-of-the-week. Mine has just been a pleasant, less stressed day and hope the week continues to be so! 

Lots of love and best wishes to all!

S.F.R.

A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception by J.D. Woodson – Cover Reveal

Hello everyone!

How has the weekend been to all? Mine was a terrible disaster!! Don’t ask me why!

Anyway, today I am going to do a spotlight/cover reveal, call it as you wish of a book published by Royal James Publishing.

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Well, that’s the amazing cover of the book, A Space Between Worlds Vol.1: Conception by J.D. Woodson.

About the book:

Songstress Shanti’s final performance is no different than any other. Gazing into the mirror, the Songstress laments her faceless curse. To hide her unsightliness, she dons a beautiful mask. She knows she doesn’t belong in the darkness. Her desire is to live in a world of eternal light, to be seen for who she truly is.

An enigmatic man who calls himself Avidia beckons Shanti, claiming to know how to conceive the world of light sleeping inside of her, and escape her current world of darkness, Cauraaha. Avidia poses the question that will be the key to her desire, as well as an unresolved pain:

“What is your first memory?”

Reno, a gentle florist, has his own stigma, a translucent coil of thorns wrapped around his arm, draining him of life at the utterance of the word “Promise”. Hidden away in his heart is the knowledge of a past he doesn’t wish to face, one that connects to Shanti, Avidia, and her curse.

A dual narrative of introspection and self-discovery, A Space Between Worlds eloquently questions the truths of life and death, timeless bonds, and regret through lyrical imagination, philosophy, surrealism, and a journey through the unconscious mind.

About the author:

J.D. Woodson was born Chicago, Illinois in 1992. He grew up in Palos Park, a quiet suburb southwest of Chicago. During his early years, J.D. gained a fondness towards poetry and continued to writing it through primary school and high school, winning small awards for his work. He would attend Columbia College Chicago with intent to major in poetry, however he shifted his focus and major to Fiction Writing due to his love for storytelling. After his sophomore year, he would take a leave of absence to study outside of the workshop method he was taught and gained experience as a ghostwriter which his projects spanned from fiction to non-fiction.

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Some important dates:

Pre-sale Date: September 19, 2016

Blog Tour: October 9-16, 2016

Release Date: October 17, 2016

You can reach out to the author at these places. Facebook , Twitter , Instagram, Website

Best wishes to the author and the publishing house.

S.F.R.

 

Q&A/Author Interview with Xane J. Fisher

Hello everyone!

So as the winner of the BoyzNite giveaway, I had the opportunity to have a Q&A session with the author Xane J. Fisher.

Finally the second interview for my blog! You can read my review here. You can purchase the short story from Amazon here.

So here is our Q and A:

1. BoyzNite had a tag line which really left a mark on me, Living is easy with eyes closed. Whose suggestion or line was it?

Xane: So originally I did not have a tag line, but I knew I needed one. So I went to my best friend/wife who helped me bounce ideas. Neither of us could come up with anything that really embodied this story, and then I saw a Beatles quote she had tattooed on her a few years back. That’s honestly where it came from. It’s a line from Strawberry Fields Forever, and it was just too perfect to pass up. I admit I am a music fiend.

2. Have you encountered such a situation/incident in real life?

Xane: Yes and No. I’ve experienced parties like that before, but usually as the Wallflower in the back. Truthfully, I’m not a patron of such practices. My kind of party is wild, but we keep our clothes on. That being said, I have had friends and loved ones that did experience those kinds of events first hand.

3. What is the genre you read? Which genre you prefer while writing?

Xane: Oh I’m a horror junkie. I love a good nightmare. When it comes to writing I really enjoy Gothic romance and horror. I don’t mean Gothic romance in a typical cliche dime store way, I mean like Frankenstein. Where the emotion runs high and people drive the story. 

4. Do have plans to write the whole story of Ian Peters and Kristen?

Xane: Eventually sure. Right now? I have other projects going on. To be honest, I love telling stories, and part of that passion is knowing when and how to tell them. Ian and Kristen have a story but rushing it would spoil the end product and I owe it to myself and my fans to deliver the best I can. ( I am one of them waiting!)

5. What made you decide to go for publishing BoyzNite?

Xane: So this story came to me on a drive home from work and it took me by storm. I had to tell it, but publishing was a different animal. I’ve always wanted to write, entertain, and create something for people to enjoy. Despite the nobility, it’s an incredibly hard industry to break into and so I knew I needed a story that would put me on the map. Luckily this one grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. I chose to publish it for a few reasons:

1. It’s a narrative that needs to be told. Too many young men in America deal with this kind of thing but can’t communicate or understand it in a healthy way.

2. People need to understand that like the Buddha and Nietzsche said, existence is to suffer. We need to choose our sufferings wisely…and

3. I needed a foot in the door to be honest. If I want my stories to be read, I have to start somewhere. (Loved this answer!)

6. A genre you prefer not to read?

Xane: Oh, Umm…as of right now? No. I love to read many different things for many different needs.

7. As a writer, which is the daunting task? Writing/editing/looking for an agent/self publishing/traditional publishing/marketing?

Xane: Oh the traditional publishing was the most daunting. See, a writer can jabber on all day about a story and even think they’ve written the next Ulysses. Heck, with the right editors they could convince others it’s that good as well, but in the end the publisher is the GateKeeper. They read the markets, they anticipate reader’s desires and it’s easy for an amateur to make mistakes. So when I click ‘submit’ there is a huge amount of breath holding until I get a response. See, rejection is inevitable. Not everything you do will be loved universally and that’s cool. It’s those moments when your GateKeeper gets real quiet and you can feel them tumbling your story like a Rubik’s cube in a dryer around in their heads, as they answer the ultimate question “Do I want to take a chance on this person’s story?” Whew. That is the most anxious point for me. (This kinda worries me, all over again!!)

8. The story of Ian seems like any other guy who is unaware of the happenings of those around him. Any particular incident or person you had in mind when you wrote him?

Xane: Yup. I’ve seen it happen to myself and people I work with every day for the last decade. Most people don’t intend to do bad things, they’re just too caught up in what they want and fail to see the damage they do. I thought of every middle of the road guy I ever knew growing up. 

9. What are your future plans?

Xane: Well I have a novel I’m actively working on, it’s a little different, but a whole lot of fun. This next year I’ll be going through some career changes which might take my pen from the paper for a bit but ultimately, I plan to produce stories for people to enjoy. (Realllllly hope it won’t be a long time away from the pen for you Xane!)

10. Answers that come to mind/Rapid Fire round:
a: Favourite book? This is a hard one!!! I’ll go with Pet Sematary for now
b: Favourite writer? Either Stephen King, Claudia Grey, or H.P. Lovecraft
c: Favourite band/singer? Ugh this one isn’t fair!!! I’m a junkie for good music. Right now? FIDLAR 
d: Favourite food/drink? Pizza and Absinthe
e: I can’t live without…. Paper. It’s probably one of the greatest tools humans have ever created.
f: My inspiration… Love. I am moved by passions and human pursuit of them.
g: A book I wish I had written… Oh easily Pet Sematary
h: A book I am glad I did not write… 50 Shades of Grey…Sorry folks, I know I could write a better erotica novel. 
i: The dream I wish comes true… Standing in line at a Barnes and Nobles and seeing someone with one of my books under their arm as they approach the check out counter
j: If I could swap places with someone, it would be….The Joker
Lastly, a message for new and aspiring writers (like me!): Pen. Paper. Write. Keep writing. Even if it sucks and you know it. Keep writing. Read something ridiculously outside your wheelhouse. Never stop consuming and producing your craft.

Wooooohhh!! Loved all those answers Xane. Thank you so much for taking out time and joining me in the Q&A. Best wishes for all your future endeavors. Stay happy and blessed!

So folks, that’s it!! Hope you all liked to know more about Xane. Do check him out.

Thanks for coming by! Lots of love and best wishes for all!

S.F.R.