A wayward writer here to laugh at the world from behind a keyboard. That's the short version. The long version would bore you with details about my origin story that doesn't involve a tragic accident giving me superpowers, so the main thing you need to take away is that I love to write. With great writing comes great insanity...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After hours upon hours of research into the market in my country of South Africa, and hours of emails, phone calls and contacting publishers, I came to realise how restricted, slow-moving and limited the market and audience here is. I plan to write books in a great many genres. It's one of my aspirations to write a horror book, for instance. But I know that the chances of getting that published in my country are slim to none. I guess I want to take charge of my own career. I want to build something over the next decade. I want the freedom to write, and more so to learn absolutely everything that comes with being an author. Self-publishing was just the right fit for me, and an ideal way to be independent and in charge of my own future.
What are you working on next?
I have story ideas and concepts going into double digits, and enough novels for the foreseeable future. I am very excited to share it all with the world, but of course all in due time. Currently, I am working on a psychological thriller 'The Black Glass Killer', which you can read about on my blog: http://azharlorgat.com/
After that, I'll be moving away from the thriller genre to explore what comes next.