Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am Salman Aziz a.k.a. AKA$H. I am an indie writer, multi artist, indie filmmaker, model and entertainer. My birth place was Pabna, Bangladesh. And I mostly grew up in Kushtia and Dhaka city both. I’ve completed my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering. I’ve begun to write on my early age. When I was only 8 years old, I started to write small rhymes and stories on my local newspaper and also to my school magazine. In that time I used to write in Bengali. Cause Bengali is my native language. When I was about 11 years old, I began to write in English. One thing I must say that my home tutor helped me a lot to develop myself and that was the beginning of all. He inspired me a lot. Then in 2014, I officially created my own blog site on google blog spot. There I got huge response around the world. And now in this year I debut as an indie author. My first book is “6th September: A Very Unknown Mysterious Story”. With this book I began my book writing journey.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest and first book is “6th September: A Very Unknown Mysterious Story”. The book is the first book of its sequel. And it is basically written on a teenage boy suicide story. The story is based on real event. This is my first English book and I chose this story to raise the public awareness on teen suicide.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Actually not! I’ve started my writing journey on early age. So from that time I’ve never written any unusual things. From my blogs you can see that basically I’ve written on reality. But I don’t follow the rules and regulations of writing. Cause it will make me stereotype writer. So I try to make variation on my writing stuffs.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
One thing I really want to say that I admire all the authors. Cause writing is not so easy. You have to be patient and focus on the topic to create something new! This thing very few people can do. So all the writers with good writing things influence me much. And yes, I always try to read good books that give me inspiration to write. Because reading can gives you the knowledge to realize anything.
What are you working on now?
Honestly! I am currently promoting my first book “6th September: A Very Unknown Mysterious Story” to the people. And beside this I am making a short film and also writing on the sequel of my first book. And yes, I am also writing something new that I’ve never written before. Cause I want to try everything with different perspective.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
First I choose Social Medias to promote my books. Then getting interviewed by others on their websites. Also making secret free reading session for my fans and friends to get personal reviews to improve my skills. In this way I promote my book.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes! First of all, have patience and always try to write good things. You may do mistakes but don’t stop. Keep trying. Get help from the people who are expert and helpful. And yes, never lose your confidence, because confidence helps you to create something different than others.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never let yourself down, cause you know you are the best and different than others! Be confident and be yourself.
What are you reading now?
Currently I am reading a poetry book named “The Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats” and also my blogs. Cause I am trying to improve myself from previous version.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to write something that encourages the people to do good works and motivate them.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Seriously this question made me feel so weird! First of all I want to take my own unpublished book where I’ve written all my experiences. Then I will take “Shesher Kobita by Rabindranath Tagore” and “Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare” with me. Cause rest of those two books I’ve never read. So in my sad time I will read it on a desert island.