Interview with Goldie Nanwani

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I believe I am able to translate into words the many insecurities or ideas which one has sitting in their head. I like to think that through my articles I can answer many of the questions a reader often has about a certain subject. In the case of my poetry I am deeply satisfied when I know I have managed to hug my reader through my words, when often arms cannot physically perform that action.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my drive and energy. They fuel me with encouragement, which in turn I am able to use as positive inspiration to develop new ideas for articles and poetry.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am a big fan of the Indie author Lang Leav and her poetry is currently in my favourite reads. I am also passionate about Gregory David Roberts (Shantaram), and his ability to describe so vividly every detail he writes about. As a reader one falls into his novel and cannot escape from the setting.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a keen runner and I enjoy my daily fitness routine at the gym, as well as taking my bicycle up in the mountains. I am also a big fan of trying new restaurants and learning about different cuisines. Spending quality time with a good friend or family member is what I enjoy the most.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that my children are going to welcome me with the biggest smile and offer me unconditional love, knowing I am fit and healthy and lucky to be alive, knowing my family supports me and above all living a new experience everyday, which can often be the subject of my next piece.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually upon recommendation and also through Good Reads.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was 15 years old and at boarding school. It was the description of my walk up a hill, heading towards my boarding house and suffering through the bitter cold temperatures in East Sussex.
What is your writing process?
I usually get an idea which I tend to write down and if this idea later occupies my thoughts for longer than three days, I know it's here to stay. I like to do online research on the subject, read other pieces which have also been written on this subject and thus my own brainstorming begins. In poetry I generally sit through one sitting and finish it in free flow, editing it the next day to approve the final piece. An article can take up to two weeks to completely get finished.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am an avid user of the social media networks and find being regular on them ultimately pays off. I use Instagram and Tumblr to display my poems through photo poetry, I post my quotes on Pinterest, I interact with my fans via my Facebook page and Twitter account. Every time I write a new piece, it is posted on my blog and notified to all these networks. I have recently also started doing book reads at schools and intend to have a few presentations abroad in the near future.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Madrid but later on went to boarding school in England and spent my teenage years in this country. I have been strongly influenced by my father who spent a lot of time writing letters to me. Our exchange of letters enabled me to write regularly and describe with a lot of detail about my surroundings, explain my emotions and perhaps this hobby encouraged me to later write a diary. I have always found comfort in expressing myself through words on paper.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Thoughts Translated is a collection of poems and articles, based on the genre of Body Mind Spirit. Every piece is based on a real life experience either lived by me or someone close to me. I have covered subjects like relationships, marriage, love, soul mates, death, children and even my love for fitness. It is a book with a strong sense of spirituality and each piece must be savoured like a chunky chocolate bar and later reflected upon. A book which you can keep coming back to over time.
Published 2014-03-05.
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Thoughts Translated
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 20,330. Language: British English. Published: March 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Thoughts Translated is that inner voice that helps you to understand the journey you are on. It offers solutions and reassurance from a real everyday woman who shares her most intimate life experiences in the form of poetry and articles. Every piece should be bitten into like a chunky chocolate bar; savoured and felt intensely on the pallet. Spirituality made simple, applying real situations.