Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December IWSG Post – Five objects on my writing space

When I started my blog in March 2010, I came across Alex Cavanaugh, a blogger who was like a Rockstar online. He had a large number of followers and lots of comments on his blog. I envied him a lot. One day I left a comment on his blog. Within a few hours Courteous Cavanaugh arrived at my blog and left a return comment. And therein started our friendship.

Later I joined IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) an online community of writers posting on the first Wednesday of the month. In our IWSG posts we discuss all our writing related doubts, fears and worries. This global group of writers also helps each other out in various way.

November was the first IWSG post I missed. November 7th was Diwali and also my book release and with me chasing the courier company who was sitting on my author copies for 10 days, I completely forgot about IWSG. And when I read Amazing Alex’s comment saying he missed me, I immediately felt better. Sweet of him to visit my blog and leave that warm comment.

Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars) started this awesome group that is like a therapy for writers. Under Rockstar Alex’s leadership (Alex is also a fantastic guitarist), IWSG has become a force to reckon with: there are monthly newsletters, contests, anthologies, articles from Industry experts and IWSG has also hosted several successful Twitter pitch contests. Do visit the IWSG website. 

The awesome co-hosts for the December 5th posting of IWSG are J.H Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker, Patsy Collins and Chrys Fey.

December 5 question – What are the five objects we’d find in your writing space?

The five objects you would find in my writing space are, my pen, fullscap sheets where I have written the plot points and character details, a glass of water, my mobile phone and whichever book I’m currently reading.

Eager to read about the five things I would find in your writing space. Will hop over to your blogs later to say hi.

Friday, October 26, 2018

My First Guest Blog Post about my New Book

Though I’m a little sad that the release date of my book Festival Stories Through The Year (HarperCollin’s Children’s Books) has been postponed from 25th October to 10th November, but I’m also excited to talk about how the whole thing just fell into my lap, the struggles I faced while writing about festivals and the difficulty I had in researching it, on Shyamala Shanmugasundram’s wonderful blog.

Shyamala is the creator of the group Kahanitakbak, a prolific writer herself and a selfless human who believes that writers should support and encourage each other.

Kataba (Kahanitakbak) is a free monthly newsletter, it contains articles and interviews of people in the world of publishing. It also includes news about new book releases, upcoming workshops and events conducted by children’s authors.

To subscribe to the newsletter visit Kahani Takbak's website

My first blogpost about my latest book and I couldn’t have chosen a better blog to talk about my experience.

Do visit Shyamala’s blog to read my guest post.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

IWSG Post and my Writing Good News

It’s time for the October IWSG post. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online community of writers, who post on the first Wednesday of every month. IWSG posts usually centre around writing related topics. So check out the IWSG website for informative articles on writing and publishing.

Alex J Cavanaugh also called Ninja Captain, Super A, Saint Alex, Superhero Alex (my secret names for Alex), started IWSG. Alex is the author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars.

 The October 3rd question is – How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

Major life events throw my writing out of the window. I just can’t write or focus. In the third week of December 2015, my dad fell sick, and on January 4th  2016 he passed away. For nearly three months I just could not focus on writing. But then I decided that I had to do something about it. So on 1st April 2016 I started my first adult novel and by 31st May 2016 I had written the first draft. I channeled all my grief into my story and writing.

Blog buddies, I need to share my writing good news with you all. My book Festival Stories Through The Year (HarperCollins Children’s Books) is releasing on 25th October. I had to keep a low profile while writing this book and not mention it to anyone and that’s what I did. Now I’m allowed to talk about it. Sharing the cover and the pre-order link on Amazon.

Here is the pre-order link to buy the book

Festival Stories Through The Year on Amazon