Favorite color- Don’t have one
Place of your dreams-Manhattan, New York
Favorite author-There are too many
Favorite books- The Little Prince, Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Freakonomics, Think and Grow Rich, Wishcraft currently and lots more...
Zodiac sign- Cancer
Why did you chose to write a picture book? How was the process?
The idea came to me out of the blue. Usually, I write thriller or comedy novels so, a picture book was something different for me. I’ve never illustrated my books. I love to paint but I never thought I would combine my writing and drawing skills.
I sat down one night and finished writing and illustrating the book in one go. The idea was desperate to get out of my head. After writing the book, I shelved it. I ended up re-reading it a few days later when I was feeling blue. The book cheered me up. I decided that I needed to get this book out there. I hope my readers can draw inspiration from my work.
Self publishing is a new model. How was the process of self publishing?
It was an eye opening experience. I’ve never self-published so, it was a new experience. I didn’t understand formatting very well and kept messing up and contacting the amazon support team all the time. I thank them for their patience and support. I went back and forth with the book design a few times because I wanted it to match my vision. Marketing is a completely different ballgame. The thing about self publishing is that you’ve got to market yourself or strategize and get help.
But, I would like to encourage people to self publish as it gives the writer more freedom and creative control. It is also something everyone can do (yes, even those with limited IT skills like me!).
What was your motivation behind writing this book?
I wanted to write a book that drew upon my unique experiences as a child. My young cousin also inspired me to write this picture book. Novels take incredibly long to write and the editing process is longer. It also becomes an important part of your life when you’re in the process of writing it. I wanted to create something that had the essence of a novel but was more accessible. A picture book doesn’t take very long to read and is a good way to get the essence or message out.
On a more emotional level, I want young adults understand themselves through this book. Though it is a picture book, I created it with teenagers in mind. People of that age rarely read picture books. But the message of the book is particularly relevant to young adults and adults.
When will the book be out and what formats will it be available in?
The book is available on amazon.com as well as the Kindle stores across the world. It releases on May 4th, 2015. The Kindle version is currently available for pre-order. I also release a page of the book on my blog each day as part of a promotional event called ‘My Life in 30 Days’ which is a spinoff on the title. If you like the work, please support by purchasing.
A physical version of the book is available on lulu.com.
What message would you like to give your readers?
Thank you for doing this interview. We wish you all the best for this book and hope it does well.
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