Interview with Janaath Vijayaseelan

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Being a new author, marketing is a completely new field to me. Though, I've noticed that word of mouth has really been working for me, so I've been constantly promoting on social networks.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the city of Markham, Ontario. Though a lot of people believe that the neighbourhood is high-end. It actually is not, there are still gangs, drugs, and the constant surveillance by the police. Growing up watching that, I've always grown attached to the idea of the Crime genre.
When did you first start writing?
In all honesty I didn't believe I could write. Growing up, I got horrible marks in my English classes and I always believed I was a horrible writer. Well right until I decided to randomly head over to Facebook and rant. Surprisingly people loved my style of writing, and it eventually encouraged me to write a full fledged novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I never thought I'd actually write a novel, but there was this one night I woke up to dream. I knew this was something that people had to read or visually see. It's hard to make a movie, but I thought a novel would be more reasonable approach. So I put all efforts into making it happen
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working on the sequel to my first novel; Cross Roads: Step To The Throne, is the title
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Wanting to make a name for myself in a world where opportunities don't come easy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Usually some form of entertainment. Movies, tv shows, gaming, and at time sports.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
iBooks, and Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Must have been sometime in elementary, it was horrible.
What is your writing process?
First I brainstorm, and then I just write to my heart's content. Eventually I go back to the beginning and decide what I want to remove and add.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Outsiders, it was in grade 8, and do this day I wonder if I could write something so amazing.
Published 2015-09-28.
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