What inspires you to write?
I mostly write when I feel sad, disappointed, hurt, angry or when I generally feel down. Negative emotions spark creativity in me.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer when I started publishing my writings in my blog. But even then, I did not call myself a “writer.” I would just name myself a “blogger.” After releasing my book, I now proudly call myself a writer.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I feel writing poetry is easier than writing in other forms mainly because of the freedom one gets while writing poetry. Every verse is ours, without the issue of repeated ideas or plagiarism. As a beginner, poetry quickly became my preferred genre to express myself.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer and how does that affect your writing?
I am a part time writer and it does not affect my writing in any way. When inspiration strikes, words flow out and I end up writing a poem. But inspiration does not strike me every day. This means I write intermittently anyway. So being a part-timer or a full-timer does not make a difference.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I can see myself develop and grow into a more creative person as I keep writing poems. Initially, my poetry was amateurish and I didn’t like it myself. But as I kept writing, I could express myself in a better manner with a more matured view on things and with a more developed way of putting them on paper.
What have you written so far?
I have written a full length poetry book, which I published on July 1st. Apart from this, I have another full length poetry collection waiting to be published and a third poetry book which I am writing in collaboration with a friend.
Do you work to an outline or plot sketch, or do you prefer to let a general idea guide your writing?
I prefer general ideas over sketching. I have experimented in both but I find that letting my words go their natural flow is more original and raw than something that I plan.
How do you market or promote your books and what strategies (e.g. social media, email, blog tours, etc.) have demonstrated the most success for you?
I market mostly using social media. I have active accounts on Facebook and Instagram, and I have a personal blog too. Currently I publish sneak peeks from my collection, aimed to pique the interest of the readers and encourage them to buy the book. This has proven effective because many readers have taken notice of my book and have planned to buy it.
Can you share with readers a little bit about your latest book?
My latest book is titled The Kaleidoscope Called Life. It is a documentation of various emotions that one feels in life and the fact that these sensations make our life colorful.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing this book?
I think it was sometime around my 18th birthday. I was hit with a realization that I was left with just one teen year and after that, I would never be a teen anymore. This awoke something in me and I decided to commemorate my teenage years in the form of a book. I worked for over half a year on the book and finished it before I turned 19.
What is your next project?
Another poetry collection. I can’t reveal anything more but I am looking forward to publish it as soon as possible.
What do you do to get book reviews?
Initially, I asked my cousins to leave a review after reading the book. Later, I searched for people who would review books for free. I found friends who are reviewers themselves and who were glad to review for me. Since I am still a largely unknown author, getting reviews becomes difficult but one only needs to look at the right places to find sources.