The ability to express our thoughts, views, concerns, happiness and untapped emotions in a beautiful and pleasing manner and create positive impact to my audience motivates me. I usually write my poems instantly when I get the right mood, inspiration and environment suiting that...Also I love to write articles on topics like women, health, travel, beauty, science and motivational psychology.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot as they share their joy of reading my book I feel the purpose of my life beyond daily jobs and challenges. I look forward for their responses and it is a biggest motivation for any artist or writer. Their fans mean everything to them and for me too!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided the details of editors and formatting assistance available and without that the book would never have been in shape as it is today! Also the way smashwords promotes books is amazing!
What are you working on next?
I am working on a book on Love. It has all the poems on love and various stages of Love...It is a lot more emotional and a topic which each and everyone can connect with. Finer expressions of Love its success, failure, teenage stage, finding a soul mate, unconditional, spiritual and all aspects are dealt with...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for the topics that interest me and usually buy them online. If I find a great book in the library too, I usually read that and try to buy an Ebook of that if available.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a story of problems with Internet usage among teenagers and how it leads to lot of issues. It was a simple and small story that I remember,,,,!
What is your writing process?
There is no particular process as such. There are lots of inspirations behind and anything that touches my soul I try to portray that through my simple language...I usually write in the nights, sometimes when I take my ipad near a lake, park or while strolling through the city. I also write when I get inspired after reading good books...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Those are probably Shakespeare plays in short during our high school literature classes...and the very first book was "Count of Monte Cristo" during school days...I think that book talks a lot on Hope "Wait n hope" and it had a very deep impact on me... I also get inspired by reading the books of Swami Vivekananda and the need to contribute selflessly to the society wherever you are!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Count of Monte Cristo - For the hope it gives The Alchemist - Showing and revealing life Who moved my Cheese - On change and how to deal with it The Bhagavad Gita - To face anything in life The courage to start - Can make you jog and run even if you are 50!
What do you read for pleasure?
Magazines, Light reading material, Jokes and I love humor..! I think humor can make you stand and face any situation in life..!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
ipad, iphone and kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Posting on social networking sites and newspapers
When did you first start writing?
As early as say 13 year old, I started to write. Many essay questions would also include my poems written in the exam hall if the topic was that interesting! I love the english language and enjoyed literature..in any form!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in India. The land and its diverse languages, festivals, people and regions inspired me. I could study in exemplary schools like Chinmaya Vidyalaya that gave the essential background with core values and morals. I was fortunate to study there and the learning that I got there is of help during even worst times of my life. My father Gopalan wrote a lot in my native language Tamil and he encouraged me completely, The entire small neighborhood of Chinmayanagar, the school Chinmaya Vidyalaya and temples and parks around are enough to give you a flash of wonderful memories...I cherished every day of my school life and the place I grew up. It gave a disciplined approach to life with meditation classes, Bhagavad Gita lectures and stories that are instrumental for writing motivational leadership books in future!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had been writing for a long time since my days at school.. When I faced partial situations in school, when I was overjoyed with a particular achievement, when I started to admire nature's beauty and intricacies, when I was facing difficult sad events anything that would give a deep impact in me, made to write! I slowly started publishing in college and corporate magazines and had lot many chances to share my work with people of varied cultural backgrounds as I travel a lot being a software engineer. When I had received letters from former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Former Prime Minister of India Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee for my patriotic poems that I sent them, after listening to their address to the nation, I got huge confidence and inspiration to share my work. Also my poems got very positive feedback when published in newspapers like The Glenview Lantern...These and many other events, gave me the wish and inspiration to become an author
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a software engineer and I also love photography, travel, yoga and social service. I love to interact with people and serve my neighborhood and community..
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