Interview with Fisal Ally

What is your e-reading device of choice?
ipad
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth
Describe your desk
presently messy, papers all over for shuffling too many ideas...have to get down to Planet Earth
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Canada. I'm originally from La Penitence in Guyana, located northeast of South America. I lived in Edmonton and in Toronto as a boy. My life in Guyana was surreal, almost dreamlike. It was great, riding in speed boats and on carnival parade floats. While living in Canada I wanted to make a family tree and I had asked one of great uncle for information, and he built a huge family tree. I always wanted to know more about Guyana. My writing days began in writing about my childhood days in Guyana. I wrote a series of 5 books called the Adventured of the Cottonfield Kids, and another series called The Cottonfield Kids Mysteries. I will be re-editing these books soon.
When did you first start writing?
I first start writing songs at age 15, and I've never stopped writing songs since then. One of my cousin told that when I as a boy, maybe around age 11 or 12, I used to send letters to Guyana, telling all kinds of stories about things going on. I attempted writing my first sic-fi around age 20, and then let it sit as I write songs and entered university.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a historical fiction based on the Indian labourers that left India back in January 1838 and arrived in British Guiana (Guyana) in South America on May 5, 1838. My goal was to recreate history using real people, places and events, blended with fictional people, and events to create more of a love story, while teaching the history of that era.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love the art, and that means writing for growth, enjoyment, and most of all for my satisfaction. I like the independence of being free to create without the politics or someone telling me what i should write.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, this is a medium for me to upload my work, track my work, and let others know where my work is. It also allows me to market my books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The journey. The roads. Learning and growing and succeeding at it and getting to the end, and making it happen, and then seeing an amazing book cover and holding the book in my hand. I will be redoing a lot of my book covers soon.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm new to promoting my work. It's great when someone acknowledges my work and treats me with respect for the time and effort I put into creating my work and credit me for my work, especially when I come up with unique ideas.
What are you working on next?
I have many books and songs on the go. I will be re-editing books such as Signature with Love, which is a true story based on cats. I will also complete some other books and songs.
Who are your favorite authors?
Carl Sagan; Deepak Chopra; Zakaria Sitchin; Bruce Lipton; Karen Armstrong...there are many more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I have to fulfil my duties in life, such as caring for others and completing important projects.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy bike riding, ice skaking, exercise, tai kwan do, and assisting others.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I haven't read any ebooks as yet, except for the synopsis on Smashwords when I log on. I'm so busy with my own work, that I hardly find time to read books by other authors
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first complete one is called "Laura Flew The Coop" which was the first children's book from the 5 book series called "The Adventure of the Cottonfield Kids."
What is your writing process?
I like to come up with ideas. Get the ideas down roughly without thinking too much about it. I let it flow, in whatever order they come in and then let them evolve. Later I begging to organize the ideas. I do not edit right away. I try to get a layout, and after that then I may fix up a few things. I continue to expand without wasting time editing. Once I see a rough book evolving, then I go back and do a quick edit. I let it unfold more and then edit again, removing the fluff. Once I feel I have a book with the story, then I start cleaning up more and adding a bit of flavour to the writing. I repeat this process a few more times.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a child in Guyana, we always told stories. There were so many, that the first one that comes to mind is Bera Nancy, but don't remember any of it. I used to trade comic books, but at that time I didn't enjoy reading; I like looking at the pictures instead.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to sketch out something quickly to get an idea, and then start looking for pictures that may work. I try a few layouts and graphics and writing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Cosmo by Carl Sagan
Ageless Body Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra
The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton
The Field by (I believe by Karen Armstrong)
Self Confident (I think it's by Anthony Roberts)
What do you read for pleasure?
I like self-help books such as books by the Buddha and how he cultivate his practices. By reading such books, I come to understand more about what religion and prayers is all about.
Write your own question here!
How do I market this series of book and get it out there, knowing that there are many out there who do not know about this history, and may want to learn about it?
Published 2016-07-02.
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Books by This Author

Signature with Love (Second Edition)
You set the price! Words: 72,270. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Biographical anthologies
This book is an account of the stories revealed to the author by Mohammed Mustapha on his life with Salima and the pets that had entered their lives. Relatives of Mustapha had also provide some of the accounts. Although this is a story about cats, the pages also paints a love story of Mustapha and Salima and the hardships they had faced later in life while living in New York.
Precious Holidays, Holiday & Celebration
Price: Free! Words: 5,080. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Lyrics
Precious Holiday songs brings the celebration feelings, whether you're with loved one, family and friends. The Christmas song which was written in the 1990s. Precious Holiday(s) and, Reflect and Celebrate are off-shoots from the Christmas song. Many of these songs were written in the 1990s by Fisal Ally
Shake It Up Shake It Up Dance songs
Price: Free! Words: 6,450. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Lyrics
Dance songs will keep you on your toes. Dance to country rock, Caribbean flavours and upbeat. Many of these songs were written in the 1990s by Fisal Ally.
She's Off Limit, Rock, Country Rock & Upbeat
Price: Free! Words: 8,750. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Lyrics
Many of these songs were writing in the 1990s by Fisal Ally. From the 1990s to 2010
True Love, It's Like Magic In the Air Love Songs
Price: Free! Words: 4,070. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Lyrics
Many of these True Love songs were written back in the 1990s by Fisal Ally
My Home, Folk Songs
Price: Free! Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Lyrics
Folk Songs mainly from the 1990s written by Fisal Ally. The song My Home was written about home and reminiscing on home.
New Clear Society, Protest Songs
Price: Free! Words: 3,170. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » World music
Protest songs written by Fisal Ally in the 1990s. The songs are: New Clear Society, The Birds Won't Come My Way, Keep the peace, Love has no religion, Reaching Out
 Planet Earth.
Debunked The Use Of The Label Coolie In Guyana
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,990. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Research
The label “coolie” in Guyana (British Guiana) stemmed from this first group of Indian laborers that left India through the Port of Kolkata, journeying across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and into the Americas. The label had taken root in Guyana and seeded throughout the colony. Today this derogatory label is deep rooted in the Guyanese culture. This degradation must be uprooted.
The Trilogy of Savitri's Garden: Rebellion and Reunion (Book3)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,320. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Book 3: Their five year labor contract was up and Kalil Ansari returned to India to see his family. He had promised the girl whom he was in love with that he would return to the colony to be with her. But then another ban had taken place in India, and now Kalil and the girl were severed from each other by the great oceans.
The Trilogy of Savitri's Garden: The Escape for True Love (Book2)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,010. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Book2: Just before the storm hit, Savitri had learned about the boy she had liked. The devastated storm had brought them together and True Love had begun to unfold, as many were forced to work through the storm to save the sugarcanes; sickness had prevailed. Then the unexpected happen, when Savitri was taken away to another estate to work, but her friends wanted to find her.
The Trilogy of Savitri's Garden: India to the Americas 1838, (Book1, Part II) - India Rising on the Horizon of the Americas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 117,370. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Book 1, Part II: Upon arriving in the colony of British Guiana, located northeast of the South American continent, on May 5, 1838, immediately the hardships began, while back in India, an official ban on emigration from India had taken place, when the Government of India had learned that many of the Indians on the the two ships, the Whitby and Hesperus, were deceived and kidnapped.
The Trilogy of Savitri's Garden: India to the Americas 1838, (Book1, Part I) - Dreams of El Dorado
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 153,130. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Book 1, Part I: The famine had begun in the summer of 1837, devastating the North Western Provinces of India. The monsoon was deceptive, betraying hundreds of thousands. Many were dying and starving. In December 1837, two young men, Vishnu and Kalil, had set out on a journey to find the riches of El Dorado. They were on the way from the Maya baazar in Awadh to board the Whitby in Kolkata.