Interview with Noor A Jahangir

What do your readers mean to you?
I respect my readers. They are always honest with their opinions of my work and they give me a better sense of what works and what doesn't. Furthermore, they are also my ambassadors, for it is they who tell others how good my books are.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the sequel to the Changeling King. Working title is The Vagrant Prince, and continues to follow the trials and tribulations of the characters introduced in The Changeling King. Returning characters include Nathan, Adam, Salina, Lady Merenwen and a few others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family is my source of inspiration. I know that by achieving my goals, I will be able to give my family a better life, but also inspire my kids to be the best they can be.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most of my day is spent working at the charity that employs me as an Executive Director. I believe in the vision and objectives of the charities I work for, which makes the effort worthwhile. When I'm not writing or working, or spending time with my family, I like to watch TV series like Walking Dead, Continuum, Nikita, gaming (I have a PS3), reading fantasy fiction and archery (recurve bow).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Currently, a lot of the ebooks I read are sent to me by writers and publicists looking for reviews. I publish book reviews on my blog and cross-post them on Goodreads and a number of online bookstores.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first piece of writing that I remember with clarity was a review of a short film, which I wrote when I was 8. I also remember writing a werewolf story (most likely inspired by Michael Jackson's Thriller video) when I was 10. But the first time I wrote for publication was my first draft of The Changeling King. I was 14 at the time.
What is your writing process?
I work on whatever is exciting me at the time. I find that I enjoy what I'm doing a lot more that way. Once I've written a complete draft, I leave it for a few months before running off a hard-copy and read through to edit, cut, rewrite and even reinvent much of the book. I will then use my edits as to help pull together a second draft. I'll keep repeating the process until I'm happy with what I have, before sending it out to beta readers. I'll go through their feedback and make some more changes before sending it to a copy-editor.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I took notice of was C S Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I was 7 at the time and it was that book that inspired me to become a writer.
How do you approach cover design?
I put out a call on Deviant Art with a brief on what I'm looking for. I check out the work of those who respond and then email the artist I like with some ideas. They come back with their own thoughts and rough drafts of possible covers. I pick the one I like and provide guidance on the changes I want.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Android phone has a kindle app and a Nook app on it. Its backlit and more portable than a tablet or an ereader. Its always within reach.
Describe your desk
Cluttered with letters (open and unopen), overflowing from a set of trays. 21 inch screen dominates the desk, connected to my Sony Vaio laptop for an extended desktop. I have an ergonomic keyboard resting on a slide out tray, and the PS3 nestled in its own nook.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to list them all but here are some: David Gemmell, Raymond Fiest, David Farland, James Barclay, Neil Gaiman, George R R Martin, Tolkien, Dickens, Shelley, and many more.
Published 2013-10-02.
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Books by This Author

The Adventures of Some Kid
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,390. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
ZACH CAAN isn’t a boy wizard, a super spy or a vampire’s assistant. He doesn’t have any super powers, martial arts training or cool gadgets. In fact there is nothing remarkable about him at all. He's just some kid. You see, nothing ever really happens to Zach Caan. That is, until now.
The Dvargar of Amundborg
Price: Free! Words: 6,760. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
From the author of The Changeling King. The Dvargar of Amundborg are key to the war campaign against the Trollking. Lord Gillieron and Lady Merenwen of the alvorn people journey to the dvargarn stronghold on a mission to gain their support.
Trial by Fire
Price: Free! Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
From the Author of The Changeling King. Ever imagined what its like to be a dragon? Wondered what it would be like to feel the wind rush beneath your wings or the fire to swell in your chest before bursting forth from your mouth? This is the official biography of Al'ahzaab, the Golden One. Fighter, mate, father, dragon.
The Changeling King
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,270. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
One summer, four teenagers disappear whilst swimming in a remote lake. Everyone believes it’s a tragic accident. But this is only the beginning of an adventure spanning time and space. The Changeling King is a fantasy adventure that combines high fantasy with horror and mysticism.