Wednesday, March 6, 2019

My March Madness and IWSG Post


Call it March Madness, or just madness, but the moment March stepped into view, I set myself very high goals. My March goals are completing 2 chapter books, polishing a couple of picture books, reading my adult novel to revise it again and ofcourse reading a few books.

Now that we are done with my writing and reading goals, it’s time to focus on my IWSG post. Yes, its IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) time again. IWSG is an online, global group of writers. We post on the first Wednesday of the month. In our posts we tackle any of our writing insecurities, worries, fears, discuss our writing and publishing problems, learn from other writers who have overcome these doubts and anxieties and generally use this group to let off our writing steam.

IWSG was started by Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. Adorable, Amazing Accomplished Alex is a guitarist, his blog is the place to visit for writers of all genres, and he is also a best-selling author: his books CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars are all Amazon Bestsellers. The IWSG with its super-efficient team of dedicated writers has to its credit, writing contests, twitter pitch parties, it has brought out several anthologies. The IWSG website has amazing and informative posts from publishing experts.

The March 6 question - Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I have always written from the hero or the heroine’s perspective. I think this POV works the best for me. I like being inside the protagonist’s head and ultimately it is also about the battle of good versus evil, so I would like to send the message to my readers (I write kidlit: picture books, chapter books and middle grade books) that good triumphs over evil. Though I do want to write a book from the antagonist’s perspective. I have written a book where the hero has shades of grey, but he is not the out and out villain that an antagonist would be.

Eager to read about all your writing perspectives.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

February IWSG Post


2019 is moving faster than 2018. I just blinked and we are already in the second month of the year. But for a change I can pat myself on my back. This year it looks like I will meet many of my writing targets. This shows what a little extra discipline and dedication can do, and ofcourse switching off from online distractions goes a long way and staying focused and being on a deadline.

I digress as usual. This post is about IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) not about my goals. IWSG is an online forum where writers from all over the world participate by posting on the first Wednesday of the month. In our posts we tackle any of our writing insecurities, discuss our fears, learn from other writers who have overcome these doubts and anxieties.

IWSG is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. Alex is an accomplished musician, an awesome blogger and a best-selling author. He is the author of the Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. The IWSG has to its credit, writing contests, twitter pitch parties, it has brought out several anthologies. The IWSG website has amazing and informative posts from publishing experts.

February 6 question - Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?

Besides writing I don’t do anything else creative. At one time (a million years back) I did a little bit of embroidery. A few years back I taught creative writing in college for several years. But that’s about it. I write, write and write. I have been thinking of doing something else creative, but haven’t found anything (not that I have been actively looking).

Will be visiting all your blogs later to see what other creative outlets you all have.


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.