Interview with Gibran Tariq

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Desperation. I awake each morning in desperate search of anything that will make me a better human being.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I either work out to enhance my physical being, or I simply bask n the wonders of being alive, enhancing my spiritual being.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course, I do. My first poem was about my dog, Rudy, written when I was in elementary school. I won my first award for writing when I was 9, but wrote my first serious work when I was twelve which was when I completed my first novel.
What is your writing process?
I write!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My family read together. It was traditional for us to pass around books, and the first set of books that we went through were The Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys series. My family lived in a three-roomed, shotgun shack and we read in the evenings even though we had a new-fangled device called TV at the time in the early days. Anyway, the impact these books had on me was that they whetted my appetite for more. However, the first book that had an impact on me was Black Like Me, a true account of a white man who darkened his skin to pass as black in the deep south. I thought the guy was crazy!
How do you approach cover design?
I don't. Usually, I reserve that task for whomever I let read the manuscript.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None, basically! Gotta make my own rules
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a family of teachers which influenced me to pursue academic excellence. Being an introvert, I chose writing as a primary way to communicate with the world outside the world where I lived inside my head.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I realized how good it felt.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I was in prison, I got enough rejection letters from publishing houses that I could wallpaper my cell. Had enough of that s^^t!
Published 2018-03-12.
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