I don't have the patience to knock too many publishing house doors, nor do I have the heart to take rejections. My thought was, if my book is good enough, it will sell by word of mouth. I strongly believe readers are the best critics, because they don't have an agenda to go by. I trust reader discretion.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wrote the book ten years ago. It took about six months to write the story, following a sudden burst of creativity, at the end of which I suffered lingering writer’s bloc. I forgot about the book completely for the next five years. Three years back my son, who turned 19 that year nudged me to complete the publishing process. I completed at least seven rounds of revision, roped in a few friends to read the manuscript and point out areas that called for improvement. It was a painstaking process.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given more exposure to my work, made my work available in more formats, through more platforms.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting it off my chest, those thoughts, words, ideas and emotions.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my family.
Who are your favorite authors?
A range of them, Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, Franz Kafka, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cup of tea.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Living, enjoying the moment.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was titled: "What's wrong with him?'. I was 15 years old then!
What do you read for pleasure?
Novels, biographies, autobiographies.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Haven't tried many. I guess word of mouth works best.
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