interviewed on Jun 18, 2020
Q. How would you describe yourself?
Like my aging father, I'm a bit of an oddball with a kind heart (at least that describes my father and, according to my friends, me).
Q. Tell us something about the books that you have written and the story behind them.
After three years of hard work, my debut is finally out on pre-order. I am currently writing the sequel as well as marketing the first to an insane degree. Stories have been a part of my life since I was tiny. As an introvert, they lived in my mind until...One day....
Q. What place does writing hold in your life, how has been your writing journey so far?
Writing is not a job or a chore for me. It's a lifestyle, a hobby and a passion.
Q. What is your writing process, a typical writing day routine?
After gym and riding (yes, even during lockdown), I spend the day divided between writing and keep the marketing for the evenings when I'm too tired to write.
Q. What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, it's too early to tell.
Q. What do you think makes a book sell, or makes a reader buy it?
Partly marketing, but a fantastic story has to take the cake, in my opionion.
Q. What's the most moving or affecting thing a reader has said to you?
I have only my beta-readers, one of whom said that the male love-interest is hers.
Q. What are your favourite three books, and why?
The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games.
In the first two, it has to come down to phenomenal characters as well as plot and The Hunger Games to me, has a fantastic plot!
Q. Who are your favourite three authors and what do you like the most about them?
Stephanie Garber writes in a way that drags me through the story with an awful dread to put them down to sleep.
Brigid Kemmerrer really had me gripped throughout the first two of her trilogy and I'm dying to read the last.
Holly Black. I read her FOLK OF THE AIR trilogy twice and loved the second read as much as the first.
Q. Tell us about the books that you are currently writing and their progress.
I am currently two-thirds way through the first draft of the sequel to The Renascent World, titled, The Renascent Children. This series is a duology, but I have outlined my third book, which will be a trilogy.
Q. What challenges do you think are faced by writers, what's the worst thing about the book industry according to you?
Being so new to the industry, it's terribly difficult to assess the worst thing. The most heartbreaking thing for me was taking rejections. With each, I went back to the drawing board to improve the plot and opening chapters. I worked with two developmental editors before the final work was complete.
Q. Apart from writing, what goals do you want to achieve in life?
I want to achieve NYT #1 best selling status. I have many hobbies I love doing, like riding my horse, going to the gym and running, but my sole goals are around writing and publishing.
Q. At QwertyThoughts.com, we are trying to bring authors and readers under the same roof, to connect, discuss and socialize over books. What's your take on this?
I love your objectives and will most certainly direct social media followers in your direction to help you achieve that goal.
Q. What message do you want to share with budding writers?
Keep going no matter what and make your opening chapters shine!