Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I started writing when I was in 9th grade. It has been 7 years to that and I haven’t taken a break from writing except when writer’s block knocks my door. Words have always been a source of escapism to me. To be honest, I am diagnosed with mental illnesses and I am so thankful to the poet in me.
In 2018, I started writing my debut book. It has quotes and poetry. It didn’t succeed. while I am sad about it, I am also happy to have tasted failure. Recently, I self-published my second poetry book on Kindle.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest and second book is named ‘The Uncanny Whispers.’ it is a poetry book based on the idea of exploring life through the lifeless objects in our surroundings.
I was sitting in one of my university classes and playing with an eraser. I was so bored and out of the blue, I wrote poetry on an eraser. It came out better than I expected. later that year, I was sitting in a plane, alone, and being an introvert I didn’t want to talk to anyone. I saw the window shade and thought about what it would say to me if it was alive. That was the birth of my second book. I kept looking for such things and wrote on it until it turned into a publish worthy book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I won’t say it is unusual because writing is such a thing, I believe, that doesn’t happen if you plan and force your head to produce something creative. It happens out of the blue, all of a sudden, like a shooting star. You can’t keep staring at the stars and expect it to shoot from your gaze. It happens when it is meant to.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I would say Milk and Honey have influenced me. but most of my inspiration comes from my own experiences, imagination, and observation (EIO). I believe that every book is a result of the author’s own EIO and I would want to keep it exclusive to them. In short, I learn a lot from other books but my poetry rarely gets influenced.
What are you working on now?
To be honest, I have a half-written manuscript. But currently, my whole attention is diverted towards selling my latest book
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I mostly promote on social media platforms like Instagram. Though, this time I have tried promoting it here on awesomegang.com itself. I am hoping for the best results.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I, myself, am a new author. One thing I tell myself, which I would tell all the new authors is, to keep writing what you feel. Your book should be a result of what you want to share and not just what others want to read. Let the words come from within.
If you fail to succeed, do not quit. Success is at the top of the mountain. To reach there, we may stumble, fall, get hurt, lose companions, feel like quitting many times. What matters is to keep climbing until we reach the peak.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
It is very short and sweet- everything happens for a reason.
What are you reading now?
I haven’t started reading anything as of now.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I wish I could answer this but we never know what’s in for us in the future. I would keep writing more and more and see what happens next.
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 would take-
1. Looking for Alaska
2. Turtles all the way down
3. Milk and Honey