Wednesday, January 9, 2019

When Readers Love your Book

It’s been just two months since my book Festival Stories Through The Year has come out and the reviews have started pouring in. It feels really great when readers search for me on Facebook and tell me that not just their kids but even they loved my book.

One of the very first review was a poetic review by a ten-year-old girl Naysa Punhani. I was touched that a child has gone out of her way to write a poetry on my book. Naysa has captured the essence of the story in her review which her mother Sonia Bareja a story-teller, shared with me.

Here is the review by that child.

I felt elated when Toka Box did a small review and included my book in the 7 must read festival books. This review too has captured the colour of my stories. Here is Toka Box's review.

An American writer I have admired a lot (I have read her wonderful books) has reviewed my book on her blog. The fact that she went out of her way to buy my book in America and reviewed it so meticulously has completely overwhelmed me. That amazing lady is Elizabeth Varadan, author of The Carnival of Animals (13 tales based on Camille Saint- Saens’ Musical Classic), Dragonella, Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls and The Fourth Wish. Do visit her blog to read her super review and while you are visiting do yourself a big favour and follow her (if you aren’t already following her). Here is Elizabeth's review. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

My January IWSG Post

Happy New Year to all of you. May 2019 be filled with writing achievements for everyone. May the God Of Publishing smile down upon us and may the muse never leave our side.

The first IWSG of 2019 has arrived, bringing with it a whole new world of hope. IWSG (Insecure Writer’s Support Group) is an online group of writers who post on the first Wednesday of every month. Our IWSG posts are centered around our writing insecurities, worries and anxieties, which we happily post without a fear of being judged as many other writers are in the same boat.

IWSG was started by Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh, a super musician, a best-selling author, a wonderful blogger, and a good Samaritan all rolled into one amazing package, who has various names to his credit: Amazing Alex, Super A, Rockstar Alex, Angel Alex, Ninja Captain, Courteous Cavanaugh, Captain Cool…. Before I get carried by Alex’s names, I must tell you that he is the author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. If you haven’t read his books go buy them ASAP. You will thank me for introducing you to this wonderful author. Do visit the IWSG website for amazing and informative posts from publishing experts.

The awesome co-hosts for the January 2 posting of IWSG are Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi and Fundy Blue.

January 2 question – What are your favourite and least favourite questions people ask about your writing?

My favourite question is what are you writing next (I’m always excited to talk about my writing projects) and my least favourite question is when is your next book coming out (I wish the publishing schedule works according to my diktat and not to the publishers’ moods and fancies).

Looking forward to reading all your posts.

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.