Author Interview with Mystqx
interviewed on Feb 28, 2019
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Q. How would you describe yourself?
I would like to think of myself as having a sagacious personality. My love for learning focuses on different languages and cultures. Interesting conversations and play of words - excite me. I love to write about whatever arouse the senses, inspires the soul, life’s beautiful contradictions, rebellious hearts and steamy affairs. Born in the spirit of the “Archer”, I always crave for adventure and freedom. My free spirited nature comes from having lived half of my life enjoying the tropical sun while the waves and sand caressed my feet. Now I am basking in the four-season climate of Central Europe, updating my bucket list every year and continuously learning to savour the miracles of life.
Q. Tell us something about the books that you have written and the story behind them.
My recently published book is Bared - Beneath a Myriad of Skies. Bared is composed of intense imageries and intriguing Visuals. Every page tells about a different emotion. Every leaf evokes a different kind of healing.
This unique 117 page poetry book inspires and encourages love for self and others, inner self-discovery, understanding relationships and appreciating the beauty of life. The visuals in the book (mandala art, essence of a woman, beauty of nature) awaken a sense of creativity leading to an inspired mind. The blank writing pages can be used as your diary/journal to help you express yourself.
My writing journey with this book started really years ago. I was writing it as a form of therapy. Whenever something pains me - I write it. Whenever life gets the best of me - I write it. A lost love, finding love anew, passion, longing, rage, grief, fear, darkness, trust, betrayal, death, hope, strength, happiness, death, experiencing miracles, beauty of nature, time and tide, peace… anything that touches me - I write it.
When I went through a difficult and complicated stage of my life, talking to someone did not alleviate the anguish so I caved in and started to write more and more about it. Writing created my breathing ground and it carved my way out of that darkness. Publishing the book and making it open to public, my wish is that it can help someone as it helped me. I hope that the readers find consolation – if not a friend of their mind; refuge - if not their escape; may they find a piece of themselves - if not their soul's companion. And above all, may the readers find a relief of heart.
Q. What place does writing hold in your life, how has been your writing journey so far?
Writing is my ever burning passion. It has always been a very essential part of my life. Writing is always involved in whatever I do and wherever my work career led me to.
My love for writing started when I was in second grade - when I had to write love letters for my friends. Then I started writing a few lines that rhyme, and read it aloud to myself. My heart just got so excited and I fell in love with the art of poetry writing. I even remember being so happy – tearing pages of poetry articles from books and making an album out of it.
My writing journey has always been fruitful.
Q. What is your writing process, a typical writing day routine?
There are days when you are motivated, days when you have to find motivation and days when your motivation finds you. A typical writing routine for me is first getting myself in the mood. Music plays a big role in setting the right atmosphere. Latte or tea - depending on what I crave accompanies me at my writing nook. Then the excitement builds up as soon as I open my laptop and read articles I wrote before starting off with my current writing project. My favourite writing time is during the break of dawn around 4 to 6 am. There is just something mysterious, magical and a settling feeling around that time.
Q. What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I find having online interviews, being featured on book reviews with bloggers and magazines help a lot. Also, engaging my readers to say something about excerpts from my book is very rewarding.
Q. What do you think makes a book sell, or makes a reader buy it?
Aside from having a catchy title and intriguing book cover, I think what really makes a book sell is when you help a potential reader find some connection with your book.
Q. What's the most moving or affecting thing a reader has said to you?
A reader of my poetry book once told me that my writings move people’s heart and that I should be proud publishing it so many would have the opportunity to experience its wonders.
Q. What are your favourite three books, and why?
My all time favourites are The Notebook, The English Patient and The Little Prince. All three touches on deep human emotions, the beauty in complexities and profound wisdom.
Q. Who are your favourite three authors and what do you like the most about them?
My favorites are Oscar Wilde, Anais Nin and Shakespeare. Their words are powerful, inviting, sensual, and unconventional. I like their spirit and style.
Q. Tell us about the books that you are currently writing and their progress.
After I finished my poetry book, I decided to write a different genre. Having been in the marketing and advertising industry all my career life - I thought to merge my love for both. Creative writing and marketing expertise combined in a book about self publishing and book marketing. I am currently at chapter 1.
Q. What challenges do you think are faced by writers, what's the worst thing about the book industry according to you?
The most challenging part is sales and marketing. Most writers are not into this field and don’t have an idea where to start or some would rather spend their time writing again. I don’t see anything worst but I wish there would be some ground breaking technology to help indie authors connect directly with specific type of readers without losing an arm and leg on costing.
Q. Apart from writing, what goals do you want to achieve in life?
I have tons in my bucket list waiting to be experienced and for that to happen - I need to be able to travel again. That is my next goal.
Q. What message do you want to share with budding writers?
Keep the fire within you alive. It takes a very special kind of person to be a writer - so you are very special. Be proud of your talent regardless of whatever people say to your work. Always believe in yourself and keep writing.