Author Interview with Disha Sharmainterviewed on Jan 27, 2021 New Delhi
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Q. How would you describe yourself?
Confident, a constant doer, disciplined, learner and an accomplisher of tasks. A self-published author of 5 books, digital journalist who had worked in various digital news media like Newzstreet media Pvt Ltd, Newsx and Asian News International for the past three years. Apart from this, I am a Wordpress blogger, columnist and a social media writer.
Q. Tell us something about the books that you have written and the story behind them.
Well, my first book was a self-help book named ‘How To Feed Your Dull Soul’ related to motivational tips to inspire people and allow them to decide their intricacies of life which we somehow avoids while understanding a life. Other books are ‘The Half-Dead Paradise’, ‘June and Dadri Stories’, ‘Abhimanyu’ and ‘Five Days’. ‘The Half-Dead Paradise’ is based on a girl named Amaara who gets indulged in ill-habits like drugs, alcohol and smoking and start hallucinating. It’s a fictional self-improving book which allows you to think in a different way. June and Dadri Stories is a children story focusses on the character June and a small town Dadri. ‘Abhimanyu’ is a romantic love story where the husband’s love gets possessive to decide the fate of his wife. The latest book ‘Five Days’ is again a fictional self-help psycho thriller book.
Q. What place does writing hold in your life, how has been your writing journey so far?
Writing is really special to me. It infuses motivation and impulse to move forward in life. It puts my thoughts across my mind straight and clear. It gives you a clear sense of understanding when you’re confused or feeling depressed.
Q. What is your writing process, a typical writing day routine?
Daily process of writing involves researching, writing and editing the manuscript when I am writing a book. But whenever I am writing daily, it generally involves writing on the social media and workplace.
Q. What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Book marketing techniques include promotional strategies like book sessions, webinars, bookstores and setting up of social media pages. Setting up of social media pages is the most effective strategy to sell books
Q. What do you think makes a book sell, or makes a reader buy it?
Book gets sold by an apt title, idea and marketing techniques. A reader always gets enticed when you put forward a unique to get more likes and gather audience.
Q. What's the most moving or affecting thing a reader has said to you?
The most moving and affecting praise that I received from the audience is that my latest book ‘Five Days’ is a beautiful book and it has supernatural elements that can keep all of us hooked.
Q. What are your favourite three books, and why?
Three favourite books are the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Firm and The Testament by John Grisham and the reason is all three books are self-fulfilling, self-help, exciting and enthralling. Only two authors not a third one.
Q. Who are your favourite three authors and what do you like the most about them?
The book that I am working is a magical fantasy named Woodville Wizard. I am still in the middle of a manuscript.
Q. Tell us about the books that you are currently writing and their progress.
Challenges is to wake up early very day and think about the uniqueness of the manuscript. An idea always evolves and words get lost in the middle of the manuscript. So, overcoming those challenges is the biggest hurdle.
Q. What challenges do you think are faced by writers, what's the worst thing about the book industry according to you?
It is still really difficult to enter a traditional book industry so I think a little bit of changes can be made to allow young writers to explore more in writing field. A self-publishing industry is still a nice idea to give an opportunity to all the writers to give an edge to all the budding writers for their writing instinct.
Q. Apart from writing, what goals do you want to achieve in life?
Apart from writing, there are no fixed goals to achieve, presently I am just trying to focus on the immediate targets that is to live a contented moments of my life as a self-accomplished professional and person. But other than this, I belie learning is a part and parcel of life so, whatever comes in front of me as a task I try to learn to stay a skilled person.
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?
It’s a good idea to bring authors, readers under the same roof, to discuss and socialise over books. It allows you to brainstorm on various topics, ideas to bring out the best in the book. At the same time, it’s a convenient option to understand the readership wants and needs.
Q. What message do you want to share with budding writers?
For the budding writers, I’ve only one advice that don’t lose patience if your book gets a rejection initially because it only encourages you to understand the struggles of a writer. So, it’s better to approach small-time publishing house initially in order to keep yourself motivated and confident.