Wednesday, September 7, 2022

My September IWSG Posts and New Books

 

Last month saw two of my books making their way into the world. On 5th August, my nonfiction book ‘50 GREAT INDIANS: Extraordinary Lives, Inspiring Tales,’ reached bookshelves. On 11th August, my middle grade fantasy novel, ‘Buddy The Scavage,’ made its way into the reader’s hands.

The month was super busy for me, arranging excerpts of the books, reviews and highlights for the different newspapers I write for. I also received an avalanche of messages from book bloggers aka infuencers on Instagram. I am appalled at the blatant way they demand money for reviews. I had so much difficulty fending them off that I had to add ‘No DMs please’ to my Instagram bio. Even then they were relentless.  

I had planned to take it easy, but frankly speaking that didn’t happen, as I had a few deadlines to meet for my freelance writing.

With a new month upon us, it’s time for a IWSG post (Insecure Writers Support Group). IWSG is an online writers group, started by Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Do visit the IWSG website for some informative posts.

The awesome co-hosts for the September 7th posting of the IWSG are Kim Lajevardi, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguire, Olga Godim, Michelle Wallace and Louise -Fundy Blue.


September 7 question – What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why?

I think it would be crime fiction. That’s because I feel I wouldn’t be good at it, so I doubt I would do a great job.

What about you all? What genre would be the worst one for you?

P.S. How do you all handle book reviews?

 


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

My latest book and August IWSG post

 


My first lockdown book baby has been published and is now making its way to readers all over India and the world. 7 months of painstaking research, delayed by more than 1.5 years. Finally, ‘50 GREAT INDIANS: Extraordinary Lives, Inspiring Tales,’ published by Rupa Publications is available. Its also my first full-fledged non-fiction book.

It was a difficult book to write. Two personalities passed away, a few sports personalities broke records and also announced their retirement, a personality won an award (I had to make the changes before the book went for print). I had to be on constant alert mode while I was writing the book and also in the delay period.

Another middle grade novel of mine ‘Buddy The Scavage,’ too is ready. I proofread the dummy copy sent by the publisher. As I asked for some changes in the cover, its currently being redesigned. Will share that book cover the moment its ready. It was sweet of the publisher to send me a dummy copy, they requested that as it was my first dummy copy, I can keep it.

 


 Time is flying, we are already in the 8th month of 2022. With the first Wednesday of the month rolling into view, it’s time for IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. IWSG was started by Alex J Cavanaugh, the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Do visit the IWSG website for some amazing posts.

The awesome co-hosts for the August 3 posting of the IWSG are Tara Tyler, Lisa Buie Collard, Loni Townsend and Lee Lowery.

August 3 question - When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?

When I write a story, the only promise I make to myself is to be as true to the story as possible. Infact, I sometimes feel I write for myself before I write for my readers. I seldom write for the market, no wonder publishers find it difficult to slot my book into a particular category.

What about you all?

 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

My July IWSG Post and the book world I would live in

 

June was a super hectic for me, two of my books are hurtling for publication in the next few weeks. So, the entire month I was switching between reading edits notes, editing, going through proofs, finalizing covers, going through typeset copies of both the books. Luckily one is a nonfiction book and the other is a fantasy (my favourite genre). Sending the blurbs, author note, acknowledgement, dedication etc. In between, I was doing all my freelance writing and columns. But it was a nice tension, not the worrying kind but adrenaline rushing type.

I had a school session on the 20th for students of grade 2 and 3 of GIIS (Global Indian International School). The children had returned after two years of lockdown and were super enthusiastic and super keen. I had a wonderful time reading two stories and autographing the books for the students.



Enough of my news, it’s the first Wednesday of the month, it’s time for IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. IWSG is an online group of writers, it was started by Alex J Cavanaugh the author of Amazon Bestsellers, the successful Cassa series of books : CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. The IWSG website is full of informative writing related posts. To read the other IWSG posts, visit the group’s page.

July 6 question - If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?

The awesome co-hosts for the July 6 posting of the IWSG are J Lenni Dorner, Janet Alcorn, PJ Colando, Jenni Enzor and DianeBurton!

I would choose the Harry Potter world. I am a huge, huge, Potter fan. I can easily visualize myself in Hogwarts attending Potions classes and Defence Against The Dark Arts and walking through the corridors with my wand in hand.

What about you all? Which book world would you live in?