Interview with H. Rana

What is your writing process?
I'm a dreamer at heart. I dream, I muse, I write. I love rhyming and tend to be poetic in my prose either literally or figuratively. Toss in some quality music and the right mood and voila I get words morphed into sentences and sentences into stories and yes an active imagination.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I've been writing since i can remember writing. My first story was about the sacrifice of a son for his mother.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well i grew up reading Enid Blyton as a small kid but i think the story that i remember to have a significant impact was Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. I had an amazing English teacher and i still remember her strong resonant voice reading the book to six year olds. I couldn't help but be engrossed in Mowgli's world and imagine joining him in his adventures. I loved bagheera even then. Now in retrospect i realize that is the mark of a great writer that he draws you into his story so much so that you become a part of it or rather it becomes a part of you just as i think every body has imagined him or her in the magical world of harry potter.
How do you approach cover design?
Being a reader myself i think 60 to 70% credit of a book's sale goes to the cover. i have been sold by fantastic covers many times. i think it has be relevant but not so much that it diminishes the story rather whets the appetite of the reader. and i love black.. a book with black in majority of cover design is bound to get my attention. on the other hand is a cover that alludes to mystery and seduces the reader into opening the book or turning it backwards to read the blurb.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a hard one but let's see...
i'm into reading almost all kinds of books so my five books are of various genres.
!. A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens. I am sold on the line 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' it's heartbreaking, eye opening and affected me alot.
2. Harry Potter series. I like every one else in this age and time think J. K. Rowling's eloquent, magical masterpiece is a magnificient tale of sacrifice, friendship, survival and hope. i think it is a literary masterpiece that has affected readers like no other and created a special niche in my heart.
3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I remember reading this in ebook form and vigorously re-readng and highlighting various scenes and line. the whole idea is so unique it blew me away and to to forget the amazing amazing dialogue. a truly brilliant creation and who doesn't love a happy ending with a promise of more adventure.
4. Charlie and the chocolate factory. I can relate to this book on so many levels and it taught me a very important lesson of being content with what you have and once again hope.
5. Wuthering Heights. i have tried and tried and tried to convince myself that i do not like this book but have failed. It is eerily breathtaking and Heathcliff is the ultimate antihero followed by Professor Snape..
What do you read for pleasure?
Depends on my mood which is highly variable. From crime to fantasy to romace to mystery.
Describe your desk
I've always wanted one but never got around to get one of my own. I happen to share. I am not particular as to having a special writing corner.
When did you first start writing?
Ever since i learned to write. I won creative writing contests as a student.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I think a story never finishes completely a book however does so for me a book continously evolves until a writer cant think of anything better. to tell the story would kill the fun besides i think of one thing, then write it, dislike it and write again so can't elaborate on that
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm hoping it will..
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing itself. The joy of creating characters and stories and spinning dreams and that inevitable sense of responsibility. plus dreaming as well.
Published 2016-01-14.
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Books by This Author

A Rose for Sophie
Price: $3.90 USD. Words: 4,690. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
He was a hardcore businessman with no time for the finer things in life. All it took was an encounter and his life changed. Love is a funny thing as he was to find out later.