Interview with Salona Surjoo

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love learning. So whether it is learning about people, gaining a new skill, creating a new vegetarian recipe, or doing something new is stuff I really enjoy. I also love meditation, which is how I am able to gain new ideas to write. Acting and drama is my other passion. And fortunately learning new things and writing also forms a major part of drama so I spend a lot of time deepening that passion.

Family and friends are very important to me, so spending time with loved ones is something I give much significance to when I am not writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am interested in many fields, so the books I read are very diverse, from religion and spirituality, to meditation and healing, to business, health, exercise and cooking.

I do a search for books on various internet search engines.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. The first story I wrote was actually a fictional story (although now I write mostly non-fiction books). I was in school at the time and I knew that if I didn't write as a passion, then I would continue it as a hobby.
What is your writing process?
I get ideas for new books all the time. Sometimes just a song, something I read on the net or something in the news inspires my next idea.

I have a notebook which I document all my ideas and then filter it down to all relevant information I would like to add which is derived from who my target readership is. I then practise meditation to be able to clear my mind and channel positive energy to be able to write. This is very important to me because I believe that all my work should reach out and touch my readers in a positive way.
What do you read for pleasure?
My choices of books depend on my mood. Sometimes cook books and reading about healthy ways to live really excite me. Sometimes books on business and entrepreneurship are my choice of read and other times just simple inspirational books uplift my spirits. I do occasional read fictional books, my genre of choice for fiction include romance and suspense books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my idea pad which is great because I can flip over the keyboard and use it as a reader or flip back the keyboard to note down my ideas for my next book.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I use email, word of mouth and social media to market my books.
Describe your desk
Ha ha, I don't have a desk because I write in different places to enhance my creativity. Sometimes it is it front of the tv, sometimes it is in the car while I am parked, sometimes I write on my bed and other times I use a table at my home to write. So basically my writing space is always neat and tidy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town so fresh air and a good setting was always my ambiance which is always great for any writer. However my writing influence is mainly due to my own life experiences and approach to it.
When did you first start writing?
I could say that I first begun writing at University where I contributed to various news blogs. That actually inspired me to form my own magazine styled blog called Just Magazine which I ran for a few years. There after I worked as a journalist for a community newspaper and then as a current news columnist for a national newspaper. I loved my work but it could not satisfy my hunger for writing books.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Being A Teen was definitely inspired by young teens who are thirsty for guidance. I feel that a person’s teen years are the most important years in one’s life because that determines their actions and choices when they are older.

Most teens are influenced by their parents, friends, older siblings and society. Sometimes that is a good thing while other times that could be disastrous if the person has bad influences in their life.

Being A Teen does not dictate to teens whether something is right or wrong. It rather explains the different situations that teens could be in and what could be the outcome of those situations. For example, I explain the possibility of being influenced to drink alcohol, the peer pressure or family habits surrounding that, and then what could happen if the teen chooses to indulge in alcoholism as opposed to what they could achieve if they create their own personality, set goals and the happiness of actually experiencing their goals come true.

So the teen is left to decide whether or not those actions will be beneficial to their life or not and whether they want to create a plan for their life and experience the things they find important.
I hope that this book is a source of inspiration to teenagers across the world.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been great! It provides authors a platform to express their work and provide it either at a cost or for free to readers. I would like to thank Smashwords for creating a publishing stream for writers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to touch my readers hearts through my words!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that each day is unique and a gift to us. I try to make the most of each day, to either write something great, learn something new or spend time with loved ones.
Published 2015-03-27.
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Books by This Author

Being a Teen - Crafting your teenage years to bring out the best in you!
Price: Free! Words: 5,960. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
Being a Teen discusses what it means to be a teenager, how to cope with peer pressure and identifying what choices are right and wrong. Studying under pressure, dating, dealing with immature parents, substance abuse and the importance of creating your own finance at an early age. Happy reading!
What women want - A gentleman's guide to dating a lady!
Price: Free! Words: 6,220. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
These eleven rules on dating a lady should assist you in developing a warm bond with the right woman that will lead to a serious, committed relationship.
What guys want you to know...
Price: Free! Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage
These eleven rules serve as a quick fix tool guide to identify what he actually wants you to know when creating a productive and meaningful relationship with the right man.
Living A Purposeful Life
Price: Free! Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Live a life with purpose and let the divine soul in you shine. Living A Purposeful Life is an inspirational book that will assist you in discovering your life purpose and living in accordance to your destiny. Understand why things happen and how to move forward following your purpose. Kindly consider supporting The SOS Children's Village in South Africa at www.doit4charity.co.za/Salona.Surjoo