Interview with Rian Nejar

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was for an engineering department "Wall Magazine." A large poster written and illustrated by hand, and posted on a wall where students gather...thirty years ago. I went on to edit that magazine for a couple of years.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes...apart from mythical stories of childhood, my very first novel was a book about love, separation, and consciously imprinted memories. A young cruise ship officer embarked upon a long voyage, and his love stayed with him aboard the ship for a memorable night before his journey. Their emotional and physical intimacy left as much of an impression on me as it did upon the officer, who remembered her presence always, and longed throughout his journey to return to his love.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Papillon," "Siddhartha," "Sophie's World," "Fried Green Tomatoes," and "Humbling and Humility." They are, one and all, about love, friendship, loyalty, compassion, empathy, courage, and perseverance. Each of these books portrays life in all its colours and beauty...and portrays human resilience and wisdom.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
India. All over India, but predominantly in the south. Literacy, and learning multiple languages, was a firm requirement during one's early years there...I find myself switching between languages in my writing as a result. Phrases in different languages often express concepts more vividly that is possible with just one...
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my very first published article when I was 14 years of age. A national science magazine in India included my solution to trisecting an angle using only a geometry compass instrument.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My experiences with trade publishers on engineering books. An entrepreneurial bent of mind. The challenge of planning and executing the entire project myself. Information generously made available by other indie authors and publishers, and their ready support for this growing new trend in publishing - for which I cannot be more grateful.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Not sure that I can call myself a successful indie author yet...but the step-by-step, intuitive process at Smashwords, and Mark Coker's well-written guides, are a great help. Their wide distribution of books to global retailers is also quite impressive.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to convey my experiences and thoughts to all readers. Taking them through interesting, challenging journeys I've lived through. Showing them some of the joy and enlightenment I've gained...and knowing of how they identify with my own journeys.
What do your fans mean to you?
They share an intimacy with my thoughts and mind, a connection, that is unparalleled. They come to know me, and in their affection and feedback, I come to know them too.
What are you working on next?
On the search for, and a personal discovery of true love.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, cooking, feeding my children, cat, and birds, playing the guitar, gardening, riding my bicycle, watching movies, hiking and travelling when I can.
Published 2014-10-17.
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