Interview with Ashish Antia

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a Holistic and Yoga Therapist and I spend my day helping people overcome their physical, emotional and psychological ailments and I write primarily to help people I am unable to work with personally. Like every other mum, when I am not at work I am with my children. But just as I teach others not to neglect themselves at the expense of any and everything else by creating "me time", I too ensure I create "me" time. My "me time" consists of a short spell of yoga, some time in the gym, a game of tennis or a swim and a walk or run. Whatever happens I make sure I take out 45 mins in a day to meditate and recharge and I am always reading and studying to ensure I am aware of any and everything I can possibly be aware off to be the best Holistic and Yoga Therapist. I also attempt to to spend some quality time with my friends and extended family a few times every week as they are the ones who give meaning to my life.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the books I read relate to spirituality, yoga, energy and healing, and are almost always recommended by my patients, friends or family who know I am constantly looking to improve my skills and knowledge as a therapist.
I love to read and I download all the blockbusters and other books that I read reviews about or friends recommend.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I honestly cant, because I went to a school that made us write stories twice a week from the second grade. I am sure though it must have been something like "What I want to be when I grow up" and I probably wrote about being a vet as I always desperately wanted a dog but never was allowed one as a small child.
What is your writing process?
I write after I am done with my day or work and my children are asleep. I usually take a long nocturnal walk and walk and run to loud music, return home bathe meditate and sit to write. Most days thing just flow out of me on days I feel blocked I edit my work or work on another book. I always write one book and edit another simultaneously so I never persecute myself for wasting time if I have writers block, at the same timeI manage to feel useful when editing as I keep telling myself I am not wasting time.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have read many books in my life that mean something to me. Books have provided me with escapes at times when I have not had much to look forward to in my own life, they have made me laugh when things were dismal, took me on adventures when I needed a holiday but could not afford one, altered my life by showing me different ways to live and provided me with the gems of knowledge that have helped me in life ever so often.
The first books I remember wanting to read were the William series by Richmal Cromption. As a small child they helped me escape into the world of William who was terribly naughty but quite a well meaning boy who seemed to live a charmed life escaping floggings and punishments by a whisker. I was very small when my grandmother used to read these stories to me and I remember my first attempts to read were when she took breaks to do things she needed to and I could not wait to hear what happened next.
When I got older like most kids my age I remember devovering Archie Comics and Nancy Drew books.
When I was 12 or 13 years old I remember being on holiday and having nothing to read. The only thing I could get my hands on was a book called Mila 18 by Leon Uris. I remember reading that book because the story was sad and action packed and that kept me wanting to turn the next page and the next and not stop reading. It was this book that made me love reading and keep wanting to read.
Decades passed and many things happened in my life and the next two books that made an impact on me were Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda and You can Heal Your Life by Lousie Hay. Both those books changed my life forever in every way.
How do you approach cover design?
I think every once in a while one needs to acknowledge that they do what they do best, and if they hire someone to do something obviously the other person is an expert and the expert always knows what is best. I have very simple, monochromatic tastes and the company I retained to do my book covers took this into consideration but they gave me viable reasons to add a bit more substance and colour to my choices. Based on their experience and knowledge I accepted their suggestions and we reached a very acceptable understanding and jointly created the cover designs.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like reading books on my i-Pad but if i am out without it I am just as happy with my second choice my i-Phone.
Describe your desk
At present I do not own a single desk or even have an inherited or donated one at home. Desks remind me of my decade of practicing as a lawyer. If I ever I need to do some legal work I go sit on my dining table with my laptop. But if I want to write I write on my laptop in bed, on my chaise long, lying on the grass in my garden, sitting at times in a restaurant, or by the tennis courts on my i-Pad or i-Phone but NEVER on a desk!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The reason why I write is to help others I cant in person. Or help people I do work with when I am unavailable to them. The greatest joy for me is to have someone come and tell me how my book changed their life.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a semi-autobiographical book, a legacy to my daughters, a book in which I can leave my children something of my self, unsolicited advice and a few laughs.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The knowledge that it may be the best day I may ever have, a day that may surpass my wildest dreams, a day that i can make a difference in someones life and make it better and life in general enjoyable and happy for them.
Published 2013-10-25.
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Books by This Author

Help Yourself Get Unstuck
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 37,840. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Help Yourself Get Unstuck was written as a tool to get you through the worst times of your life, to accompany you on your journey from survival to living and enjoying life.
Heaven Me & You | What Happens When Someone You Love Dies
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 5,030. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Death & Dying
The death of a loved one is challenging enough without having to endure the additional trauma of explaining it to a child, but unfortunately a lot of people have no other option. This book is a tool for parents to explain and to help you and your child cope with your in order to strengthen your bonds and to fortify you as a family for whatever comes next.