Interview with Harnam Shunkumar

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a real estate practitioner, so I work long hours. I also enjoy cooking, and when we can make the time we travel along the KwaZulu/Natal south coast.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Durban area. My experiences during my growing up years have played a significant role in influencing my writing for my first creative work, my short novel "The Journey - A Short Story". There were many factors, which I won't divulge on this forum, that impacted on my life. But this short novel is not based on my life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Just knowing that I have an opportunity to be a part of something new. That's what a new day is all about and this inspires me to give my best shot to anything that needs doing for that day.
Describe your desk
My desk is always organized to allow maximum working space. I prefer a methodical approach to my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to put my creative thoughts into words, for me is the greatest joy any author can experience. The power to manipulate words and shape them to create a story gives you not only a sense of joy, but a sense of achievement. Irrespective how my novel does on the charts, or whether it makes it onto bestseller lists or not, this is my creation - something I was able to create.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Dan Brown, Ken Follet and John Grisham. The moment I pick one of their books, I just can't stop reading....
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was during a formal writing session at school. My teacher commented that it was too creative to be called formal!
What are you working on next?
I am presently working on a novel entitled "White Collar Charm" which I started a while back. It's a heart-stopping full length novel packed with intrigue and suspense. It introduces Larry White, a struggling real estate agent who is unwittingly ensnared in a web of money laundering and corporate deceit orchestrated by the underworld. With finances flowing abundantly from all sorts of off-shore accounts into his newly established real estate agency, he needs to find out exactly what he’s up against. He’s a worried man as fingers are pointed at him. Everything rides on him knowing who his true allies are and how he can identify the hidden traitors. As he embarks on his exploration for the truth, dark secrets emerge - blurry images of betrayal, drugs, prostitution, money laundering and links to the mob. I am also working on another project called "Creator". You can read the synopsis of this novel at the back of my short novel "The Journey - A Short Story".
I am putting all my energy into this novel. I can't wait to release this one!
How do you approach cover design?
I believe that a cover should hint at the story that is about to be told. Therefore I kept my cover simple and not cumbersome in any way. Many of the established and famous authors follow this rule - so that in itself should tell us something. For example, my short novel is entitled "The Journey - A Short Story". I designed a cover that people can associate with. This short novel is based around a journey for freedom, hence I used a picture of a chain being broken. Breaking the chains signifies hope and victory, particularly during and after a symbolic journey. Therefore, I believe that the cover has to be symbolic of the story.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read suspense novels by my favorite authors, and other similar novels. But I do admit that I enjoy reading comic books, with characters like Archie and Jughead too!
Published 2015-05-04.
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Books by This Author

The Journey - A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 16,220. Language: American English. Published: December 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Mourning the death of his father and tormented by the politics of the land, Shami realizes that he will do what needs to be done: for the sake of his future and that of his family's. Driven into poverty and an uncertain future in his childhood, he daringly enters a world of political activism. He could face the wrath of the state security police. The enemy is powerful and serve their own justice.