Interview With Author Aanchal Parker
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
By qualification I am an electronics engineer who went onto get a business degree.I currently work in business full time. I practice secular Buddhism.When not in the boardroom ,the renissance woman in me takes over and I paint, cook soba noodles, meditate by the sea, visit art galleries, travel to quaint villages and groove to the beat of trance.
Since childhood, i had a keen interest in reading, assimilating information and exploring the world and its intricacies through the lens of books. I also enjoy learning about the human nature, philosophy and spirituality.Hence, i have written 10+ books on subjects of human psyche, philosophy , spirituality and self development.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is named “Checkmate: Smashed insecurity and control”. It is a two part book. The first part is about spotting red flags of insecure bosses in the workplace while the second is about the same in relationship partners. I have heard numerous complaints from those in my friend circle about being burned by such individuals.This made me delve deeper into the subject.The book followed so that people can identify and then steer clear of such individuals.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I often write in the wee hours of the night. Should an idea strike me , i scribble on whatever paper is available,including currency notes …ha ha!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have been deeply influenced by the works of Tich Nhat Han on mindfulness and Dr Terrence Real and Pia Melody’s works on Psychology and self betterment.
What are you working on now?
I am researching for my next unnamed book on self development.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use a mix of methods to promote books-In person gatherings to speak of my book as well as social sites like Facebook and instagram.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I have four pointers for new authors:
1. Don’t suppress your voice
2. Don’t expect instant fame or recognition
4.Stay true to your craft.Don’t forget why you started.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Know your worth and stop giving people discounts! The right ones will stay without you asking them to !
What are you reading now?
I am re-reading “Tao Te Chin” -my favorite work on Taoism .It is so full of deep insight and good teachings that i can’t get enough of it!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am looking to expand my reader base and visibility in next days!
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?
I’d certainly carry along Camuses “The Stranger”, “Siddhartha” by Hermen Hesse and “Peace in Every Step” by Tich Nhat Han.