An Interview with Len Trappe

Where are you from?
I am from Philadelphia, Pa. USA

Why do you write? 
I enjoy telling stories and the art of imagining characters and scenes.

What do you write about? 
I write fiction about immigration and anything that invloves children.  I like detective novels.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I usually write in 3rd person.  I tend to follow the hero’s journey but I’m trying to learn new techniques everyday.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 
Name it.  Everyday life.  A job, family, errands.  And then writers block on top of it all.  It’s not easy.

Whats the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
That the book was fantastic.  You know when someone generally loved it or not.  When they do, it’s thrilling.

How long have you been writing?
Since high school.  I wrote songs, poems, etc.  I wrote short stories all throughout college but I was too hyper to sit and write for hours at a time.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
After money stopped becoming the focus.  It is really an enjoyable process.  It’s hard and stressful at times but the journey always ends with excitement.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I can go for 14 hours straight in a good day or lose it after 20 minutes.  I try to write consecutively everyday for at least 4 hours.  If I do that, the book will get done.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Not sure.

How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)
The first one is the long one.  It’s like anything else, the first time you do something, you critique it so many times that you stretch the process.  I’d say on average it should take 6 months.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
Research, listen to other writers, take a course, keep writing-practice makes perfect.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
Changing the outline mid story is a big one.  Getting the characters down so they’re consistent throughout the book.  Thinking of a story that is different.  Very challenging.

What do you think makes a good story?
Characters having passion about something makes the story.  And also making it exciting.

Check out Len Trappe’s book at https://www.amazon.com/Vanguards-American-Coyotes-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07BQ24QS3

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Author Interview with Paige P Carranza

Paige P. Carranza

Paige P. Carranza

Describe yourself in five words

Witty, Optimistic, Loving, Thoughtful, Dedicated

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?

I am a musician! I sing and play six instruments: Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Flute, Viola and Cello.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

One of my favorite quotes right now is, “Give someone a book they’ll read for a day. Teach someone to write a book, they’ll experience a lifetime of paralyzing self-doubt.” When I first finished my book Lethal Quantities, I hid it in a box for years until I decided it was good enough to publish. I work through my doubts in two ways. My brother is my writing-confidante. I send him my thoughts and works-in- progress, and if it is up to his standards, I know I am doing well. The other way I get through it is by writing. Free writing not only helps me get ideas, but it is like a therapy session for me.

When did you start writing?

My mother has a box filled with little books that I wrote when I was three. I don’t know specifically what sparked my love for writing at such a young age, but I would hide away for hours writing and illustrating little books.

What makes you happiest?

My family. I have two little girls, ages 2.5 and 6 months, and a wonderful husband who supports every endeavor I set on.

Why do you write?

I am a very talkative person who has a lot of creative ideas. Writing excites me and it gives me an excuse to talk for 200+ pages without anyone judging me for being too chatty.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Absolutely! English was one of my favorite subjects in school and I could whip up a quality five paragraph essay in minutes! Writing is one of the best ways to express yourself.

What inspired your book Lethal Quantities?

There is a song, “What Love Really Means” by JJ Heller. The last stanza of the song is “He’s waiting to die as he sits all alone. He’s a man in a cell who regrets what he’s done. He utters a cry from the depths of his soul saying ‘Lord, forgive me. I want to go home.” I remember thinking “that would be a good book,” and I began to write. Those three lines in a song inspired a ten-chapter, 230-page novella.

What writing are you most proud of?

Of course, I’m very proud of Lethal Quantities, but my current project Carly Ann (to be released July 2018) is really exciting me! I’m trying my hand at horror, and I’ve got to say, I am enjoying it. I want it to be gritty and make people wince when they read it, and with the no-holds-barred attitude I am taking on while writing, I really think I am going to achieve that goal.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

My children and my role as their mother. My older daughter has Autism and she is making leaps and bounds with progression. My whole day, every day, revolves around her various therapies. My younger daughter is such a happy baby and it makes me proud to know my children are feeling every bit of love I am pouring out for them.

What books did you love growing up?

My favorite series as a child was Junie B. Jones. The “B” stands for Beatrice, except she doesn’t like Beatrice, she just likes B and that’s all.

What do you hope people say about you at your funeral?

“Look! She’s breathing!”

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

Linden, New Jersey. I’ve never lived outside of New Jersey and I feel like if I leave I will always come back.

What are you writing now?

My current project is titled “Carly Ann.” It is a revenge-horror about a young girl who is regularly used as a pawn by her father to make money. During an assault at a party, she snaps and taps into a part of her she didn’t know she had and gets her revenge on the people who have harmed her throughout the years. I don’t want to give too much away.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

I am an Indie-author, so the publishing is easy, and writing is fun for me. Marketing is the worst. I’m starting from scratch and I have no experience in marketing. It’s been a real challenge.

What marketing works for you?

Giveaways seem to be working, especially to help me get reviews. I like giving people the opportunity to read and reply to my books.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

Sort of. The adult content of my books makes me nervous to let people who know me as the happy, innocent, bubbly girl see the crazy things my imagination can come up with. For example, the five pages of detailed sex in the middle if Lethal Quantities. My grandfather casually mentioned to my boss the wide array of profanity in Lethal Quantities and my boss, jokingly, called me a “shameless hussy.”

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

My family is incredibly supportive, more than I expected them to be. All my siblings have purchased a copy of my first book, and my husband is great at taking the girls away, so I can write for a few hours. I have the best support system in the world.

What are some of your hobbies other than writing?

I have an insane amount of hobbies. I love music, painting, crafts, reading, blogging, dancing. If it has to do with expressing oneself, I do it.

What other jobs have you had in your life?

Somehow, I always end up working with feet. I worked at a shoe store for a while, then I sold shoes at a department store, and now I am a podiatric medical assistant. I actually really love my job and I am not planning on leaving for at least four more years.

Were there any challenges with editing your book Lethal Quantities?

That’s a long story. In chapter three, the main character and his new “friend” decide they are going to cook Methamphetamine to lower the cost of their high. Initially, they go to a desert…in a van…get naked…and cook the Meth. My husband pointed out that this was the exact same thing that happened in a popular TV show that I SWEAR I NEVER WATCHED. When he showed me the scene, I knew I had to change it. So now they go to a storage unit.

How much research did you have to do for this book?

I did so much research, before, during, and even after my writing. Although it is a fictional story, I wanted it to be accurate. I make jokes all the time that I thought the DEA was going to tear my door down an arrest me for all of the research I was doing on Meth. “How to cook Meth” was one of my top google searches for a while. I also watched multiple documentaries about Death Row, reaction videos of people being sentenced to death, the specific process of Capital Punishment in Texas, and PTSD.

Tell us about your family?

I have five sisters and one brother, a mom and a step-dad (who I consider to be my real dad) and two handsome little nephews. I married my incredible husband when I was nineteen and pregnant with our first daughter. We started dating when I was fifteen and he is my best friend. My first daughter is going to be three in June and she has Autism. I wrote a blog about her on Goodreads.com in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day. We also have a six-month-old baby girl who is my happy little sunshine. She looks just like her daddy and it warms my heart.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

I write in bed on my laptop. A lot of times, though, inspiration strikes me and I will whip out my cell phone to jot down ideas.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

Well, I’m a mom of two little girls so anything over four hours is perfect.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?

Three people: My mother Denise, my husband Bryan, and my grandfather John. My mom read the very first draft of Lethal Quantities and she was the first to purchase it went it went on sale. She is so proud of me and I couldn’t possibly thank her enough for supporting me. My husband is an ideal father and partner. He inspires me and encourages me and kicks my butt to make sure I am accomplishing my

goals. Pop has always been my number one fan, mostly with my music, but his pride is so great, he tells everyone he meets about his granddaughter who published a book. I couldn’t survive without these three wonderful people.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?

Going to my ten-year high school reunion and having people ask me for my autograph. It’s not necessarily the money or the fame that I am after. It is proving to everyone who ever doubted me that I am capable of greatness.

Do you like to read? What is your favorite genre?

I love reading. It had lost me for a bit, but I have picked up the habit again. I always have a book in my hands now. I love reading memoirs. There’s nothing like a good story about someone who has come from a difficult background and triumphed in the end.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?

Gina Rodriguez and Shane Dawson! She is such a beautiful person inside and out and we have a lot of the same values. Shane Dawson because he is hilarious and would add the much-needed zing to any party.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?

I sing a lot of karaoke to my babies. The little one smiles and coos and the toddler will sing and dance along. It’s quality time.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

I want my writing to be so effective that it shocks the readers. I want them to feel the grittiness that I feel when I write. I want them to want to read more, hang on my every word. At the same time, I want them to be inspired by the young working mother who achieved her dreams of becoming an author. If I could do it, anyone can.

Do you have links that you’d like to share for others to read?

Purchase Lethal Quantities E-book here:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/paige-p-carranza/lethal-quantities/ebook/product-23577218.html

Purchase Lethal Quantities Paperback here:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/paige-p-carranza/lethal-quantities/paperback/product-23583277.html

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Author Interview with Bernie DiPasquale

My Special Gifts

 

Describe yourself in five words.    Love my Family and Friends

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?  I write Childrens Books

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?  Just face them one step at a time.

What scares you the most? Something harmful may happen to those I love

What makes you happiest? When my family is happy

Why do you write? To get my thoughts and feelings on paper to preserve

Have you always enjoyed writing?  Not really, this is pretty new.

What motivates you to write? My Grandkids

What writing are you most proud of? .Both books.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?  My family…wife, kids and Grandkids 

What books did you love growing up? I loved to read plays…all types

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? He loved his family and was there for them

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? Grew up in East Baltimore and currently live in Joppa, MD

How did you develop your writing?  Never developed, just did it.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Getting Published.

What marketing works for you? Still working on that.

Do you find it hard to share your work? Not at all…I share with anyone that asks.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? Very, very supportive.

What else do you do, other than write?  Hang out with my wife, kid, and Grandchildren.  I work in Financial Services.

What other jobs have you had in your life? Spent a lot of time in Education & Financial Services.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? World History

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Right where I am.

Tell us about your family? They are awesome!  Wife, 4 kids, 6 Grandchildren…full of life.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? Pen and paper…wherever I am.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? .7 hours would be nice

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? Absolutely…my wife Patti and my Daughter Lindsay.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? If I’m happy with the finished product, I’m successful

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? Still working on that one too.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  It’s a simple book about simple everyday ideas written from the perspective of my Grandson Bryn.  Lessons that all of our children need to navigate life.  I wrote the book so my thoughts would be remembered long after I am gone.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? My HS Drama teacher, Robert Gunther

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? Hang with the family, dinner with my wife, watch movies.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? Peaceful

Check out the author’s books below:

What Does God Sound Like? 
We tell our kids that God is everywhere. Pray and maybe He will answer. But if God is everywhere and has created all things, then He must be talking to us all the time. This is my short story to help my Grandchildren understand they can talk with God all day, everyday, everywhere.

http://amzn.to/2tPsW5Q

My Special Gifts 
Life gives us all many gifts, we only need to pause, look around, and appreciate. Bryn, my 3 year old Grandson, tells his story about his gifts. Gifts given by family, friends, and everyday life. We need to teach our children at a young age the tools for happiness and contentment.

http://amzn.to/2GqWTw3
http://sunbernbooks.com/

Author Interview with Kristin Anderson Cetone

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Buckaroo Buckeye by Kristen Anderson Cetone

Winner of the 2016 OneBookAZ and 2013 Mom’s Choice Silver Award! Buckaroo Buckeye grew out of author Kristin Anderson Cetone’s imagination and joy of reading.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, she traveled many miles before putting down roots in the Arizona desert. Influenced by family, education, life experiences, and a desire to teach others, Mrs. Cetone discovered her purpose—just like Buckaroo Buckeye did.

Her true calling and passion is writing and helping others become successful readers. She created Buckaroo to encourage children to believe in themselves and follow their dreams while dodging the bumps and bullies along the way. Reading will help guide the way. Being a Reading Specialist, she has also created Nuts About Reading™ an informal, supplemental, online reading service. She shares her insights and suggestions to help parents strengthen their children’s reading process and become successful readers.

Her joy now is to inspire and help kids to find the Buckaroo Buckeye in themselves.

We hope that you will enjoy this interview we had with her.

Describe yourself in five words: determined, creative, nostalgic, reading educator,

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? I keep pressing forward and believe in myself

What makes you happiest? Seeing a child’s face light up when they can read

Why do you write? To inspire kids and empower parents to guide their child’s reading success

Have you always enjoyed writing?  I have always found I can express my thoughts better through writing instead of the spoken word

What motivates you to write? To share my stories through my unique characters I create and relate their messages to all

What writing are you most proud of?  My first book, Buckaroo Buckeye-A Little Nut with Big Dreams as like all moms, I have a special place in my heart for my first born .

What are you most proud of in your personal life? My education, my life experiences with family and my two children 

What books did you love growing up? Stories of dogs and horses like “Call of the Wild,” and “Misty of Chincoteague”, humorous stories like Amelia Bedelia, and stories that related to my life experiences.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? She dared to Dream, Believe, and Achieve

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?  My roots are in the buckeye State of Ohio as I grew up in Dayton, Ohio and now reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?  marketing

Do you find it hard to share your work?  No, because I think it relates to all our life journeys of self-discovery.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?  Yes all have been very supportive and encouraging.

What else do you do, other than write?  I am a Reading Specialist and educator, and I offer reading tutoring for grades 1-3 in an online format.  My tutoring service is entitled “Nuts About Reading™”

What other jobs have you had in your life? Medical library assistant, administrative assistant, teaching

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?  Right where I am.  Though I have travelled a lot, without my experience living in Arizona my character, Buckaroo Buckeye might not have come to life. 

Tell us about your family?  I have a husband of 45 years, one son, and one daughter.  My husband is a cytotechnologist and screens for cancer, my son works for local courts, and my daughter was a professional ballerina, and transitioned into human resources upon her exit from the stage.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?  I put pen to paper first, before then going to the computer.  I am old school.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?  7-9 hours to stay alert.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? I have had several key members on my team through the years, most recently in marketing.  Thank you Suzanne Jameson and Monica Kelly, for your support and encouragement and spreading my messages of inspiration, encouragement, and arranging personal appearances. 

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?  Providing inspiration and encouragement to young children, especially for children who struggle to read, and empowering their parents as they guide their child’s reading journey. 

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? I believe every writer must have a local presence in their area while also developing a wider following through social media.  You must key in on the audience for your specific offerings, and not just a large general audience, and provide them with what they see as important to them first, and then also broaden their scope to what they might not have thought was possible for them, such as my message of their importance in guiding and nurturing their child’s journey to reading success.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  I have three sequels in the publishing pipeline.  They all relate to my original character’s dream and life journey of self-discovery, to find his special place in the world, and so do my three new characters.  These three characters were chosen to honor three very inspirational women from my family, but again their journeys relate to everyone’s life journey of self-discovery. It is not your ‘size’ in life that determines success.  Like Buckaroo, these three, tiny little nut-seeds follow their dreams of finding their own special place in the world.  Success comes from a tiny ‘seed’ within each of us.  This seed contains our roots, our hopes and dreams, and interests and passions. When we receive encouragement and nourishment from family, culture, education, and life experiences, this seed will sprout and grow mighty, to rise above the bumps and bullies and setbacks along the way.

 

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? Walking, reading, daydreaming, travel

 

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?  I hope children and their parents take away inspiration and encouragement and a feeling of self-esteem in themselves.  My focus is to write only hopeful words, and words that encourage us and not words that might hurt us.

“Discouraging Words…Discourage Dreams,

Encouraging Words…Sprout Dreams,

Parents Plant the Seeds!”-Kristin Anderson Cetone

We hope you have enjoyed this interview. Do check out her social media links and website address below.

Reading success begins at birth with parents reading to their children! Buckaroo Buckeye™ – A Little Nut with Big Dreams is a read aloud book for parents and their children. Life is a journey of self-discovery on the path to building self-esteem.

This journey is nourished by the encouragement and guidance from family and culture, life experiences, and education…of which reading success is the foundation.

A Mom’s Choice Award Winning Children’s Book.

2016 ONEBOOKAZ Award Winning Children’s Book.

https://buckaroobuckeye.com/
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https://buckaroobuckeye.com/shop/buckaroo-buckeye-book/

https://www.facebook.com/BuckarooBuckeye

An Interview with Steve Wilson

The Everyday Student

The Everyday Student

Author Steve Wilson had formulated the basic building blocks, the “key ingredients” to dynamically obtain the success you desire. Inside his latest book: LIQUID ETHER PHYSICS, he analyses our responses and reactions to patience, vision and purpose.

Regardless of the situation you are in or the dilemma you desire to improve – patience, vision and purpose are the initial focal points for advancement to solution and success.

 

Steve Wilson: Champion Trainer, Mental Enthusiast and Expert Coach. Coming from Bristol,VA, He has over ten years of experience coaching people to new levels of wholeness in their life. Downtime for Steve consists of playing chess and reading. This Miami Hurricanes Football Fan prides himself on telling the untold story. The love of the unknown story led him to create this website.

  • Where are you from?

Bristol, VA

  • Why do you write?

To Help Others With Their Problems

  • What do you write about?

Mental Health, Business & Relationships

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

No

  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Writer’s block, sitting down to translate what’s in your mind to bring it to light

  • What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

Phenomenal

  • How long have you been writing?

4 Years Seriously

  • When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

When I Wanted my relationship advice to be accessed in books

  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

Depends on the topic. Now writing a book could take up to a year

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Advice( Relationships)

  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)

Up to 1 year

  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Constantly Researching & Learn to be creative

  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

Patience & The fear of someone not liking your content

  • What do you think makes a good story?

The person who is reading your message

  • What does your family think of your writing?

They are excited

  • Do you see writing as a career?

I see it as a investment

  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

I love my fans and constantly search for knowledge

  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I first learned the English language

Do you have links that you’d like to share for others to read? 

https://www.loyaldetermined.com/shop/e-books/33-the-everyday-student.html

This is our latest ebook ` The Everyday Student ´

My Email: admin@loyaldetermined.com

Twitter: @ Loyal Determined

An Interview with Dr. Yatin J. Patel

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Dr. Yatin J. Patel Source: https://www.yatinjpatel.com/about/

Dr. Yatin J Patel, a board-certified pulmonologist, and sleep physician is a passionate advocate for his patients’ overall health. He has made it his mission to alleviate their suffering, and views each day as a new opportunity to promote a lifestyle founded on healthy and happy living. At his private practice, Sneeze & Snooze Clinic, Indiana, he oversees the care of the patients suffering from a variety of sleep disorders.

As a published author and public speaker, Dr. Patel strives to be a source of inspiration, sharing his message of good health globally. Whether it’s through his video series, or at a live speaking event, he is out to motivate not just his patients, but anybody in need of a physical, mental or spiritual awakening.

As the Medical Director of the Center for Sleep Studies at Goshen Hospital, Dr. Patel is held in high esteem as a selfless leader and a visionary in the field. His writing explores the intricacies of his chosen field and demonstrates his compassion for those he serves. In addition to an ongoing informational blog, Dr. Patel is a published author, and touts himself as “The World’s Only Sleep Doc with a Notre Dame MBA.”

Outside the office, Dr. Patel is either relaxing through the healing powers of meditation or taking in the world from the vantage point of his bicycle. As a humanitarian and philanthropist, he is also part of many social health initiatives, including campaigns on Safe Driving and empowerment through rural education.

CPAP is Sexy by Yatin J. Patel

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it? 

This book, CPAP is Sexy, takes the fear of sleeping with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure machine) machine, and in fact makes it fun. CPAP is the most successful treatment for a potentially fatal disease, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, in which a person’s throat repeatedly shuts off during sleep robbing the person of deep sleep.

I wrote this book because I kept on hearing from my patients that they were scared of CPAP treatment. They had this preconceived notion that sleeping with CPAP is ugly, cumbersome, and uncomfortable. In this book, I have tried to convince them that it is sexy!

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

I hate writing the same way a mom hates labor pains! I do love the final product! I do love public speaking without any reservation. I love talking as if I am talking to my patient, but a book certainly can reach a wider audience. It can explain complex ideas in a graphic manner. I pray my ideas, written or spoken, help people live a long life full of energy, enthusiasm, and elation.

What motivates you to write?

Being a physician, I have this constant urge to help others and a book is the best way to help the widest possible audience for the longest period. This desire to help motivates me to write and keep writing.

Location and life experiences can influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?

I grew up in a family of avid readers in a dusty little village in Gujarat. Our village library, well-stocked with over ten thousand books, and my grandpa’s voracious appetite for reading introduced me to the world of words. I owe everything I know to that humble but literate beginning. My success, first in the high school and then medical college, was the result of that relationship with words. My quest for advanced study brought me to the USA, where I became a pulmonary and sleep physician. Practising in a small town in the USA, I realized that people were living a sleep-deprived and hence a truncated, sleepy, and grumpy life. To help them live a life full of energy, enthusiasm, vigor, and vitality, I started writing.

How did you develop your writing?

I write as if I am talking to a patient in the examination room at my clinic. I write what is important to them. I write it in a way they can understand and implement it hoping that it will change their behavior and their life.

How much sleep do you need to be your best? 

Most people need seven hours to be alert all-day long. I need eight. My wife needs six and a half. It is also vital to realize that we need seven hours of sound sleep and that can occur only when we follow sleep hygiene religiously. Keep a regular sleep-wake schedule even on weekends. Avoid caffeine after 1 PM. Avoid alcohol within three hours of bedtime. Exercise daily for twenty to thirty minutes. Keep a cool, calm, comfortable, and a quiet bedroom. Disengage from social media thirty minutes before bedtime. Say a brief prayer before bedtime. These steps will ensure sound sleep.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? 

I read when I am not writing. To relax, I do daily yoga, meditation, and walking. I enjoy listening to bhajans in the morning and ghazals in the evening.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

This life is a rare blessing. My sincere hope is that the readers will take my words to the heart and change their behavior and as a result live a long and healthy life.

Author Interview: Rajeev Saxena

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Rajeev Saxena Image Source: https://www.bloomsbury.com/author/rajeev-saxena

  • Where are you from?

It’s global world now. How do you decide where a person is from? I was born in a place about which I have no memories as moved out when I was six months old. My parents come from a place called Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh that I have visited only once in my life. I’ve spent my childhood in small towns of Uttar Pradesh such as Atrauli near Aligarh, Mainpuri and Orai. US has been my home too. I’ve been staying in US almost for one third of my age so far. I hope this gives you the idea.

  • Why do you write?

To express myself. I feel that you have the full control of the world when you have pen in your hand. It gives wings to my imagination.

  • What do you write about?

This is my first novel so it’s difficult to answer this question. I’ve got great feedback so far including from several celebrities that my book cannot be bound to a genre. This is a book about a scientist who wants to change the world through his inventions. The main theme is that I want to bring scientists to the mainstream, I want them to be the part of our daily lives the way we have politicians or film actors. So instead of working on pure science research which is difficult to understand by general public, my character solves day to day problems through innovation.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t want to be bound with any style. I’d choose a different style for different scenarios. For this novel, I’ve tried to write in simple English with a lot of humor inside so that the book reaches the general public.

  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

The biggest issue was to find a publisher. As a new author, I had to wait almost for a year to get a publisher. Finally I was really lucky that Bloomsbury is publishing my book, the same guys who have published Harry Potter.

  • What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

Readers comments are coming in as the book was released just two weeks ago. ‘The book is simle and 90% of people will be able to relate to it,in a way.’

‘Pinto has an idea , can not be bound to a genre, that’s rare to come up with a book that is more like a life.’

I’m also honored to get great feedback from a few celebrities:

‘The moment I got the book, I could not resist finishing it in one go.
I hope the author writes a series based on Pinto.’
– SRIDEVI, Actress

A strong plot full of emotions, love, pragmatism and very importantly,
humour. The author has touched a genre which doesn’t exist in traditional
publishing in India. A must read, you shouldn’t miss it.’
– BONEY KAPOOR, Film Producer

‘Superb story. It brings you back to college days and soon takes you to your
professional journey. The humour is amazing.’
– MANU AGARWAL, CEO and Founder of Naaptol

‘Looks like the author is going to be a trendsetter.
It’s the first time I see romantic fiction raising social issues in a
highly entertaining and interesting fashion.’
– SANDEEP PANDEY, Social Activist and Magsaysay Award Winner

 

  • How long have you been writing?

It took almost two and a half years to complete the book. It’s not a simple story. It’s about innovative ideas which need a lot of thinking. Please also keep in mind that I was writing only during the week-ends as I am not a full time author.

  • When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

When I was eight-year-old, I wrote my first story. As there was no social media back then, the circulation of my work was very limited. Since then, it has been in the back of my mind that I have to write a book. God has been kind to me. Finally I got this opportunity, though after a couple of decades.

  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

For me writing should not follow any schedule. Mostly I used my week-end to write. At the same time, whenever a thought comes to my mind, I immediately note it down and expand it later on. It all depends on the mood and the topic. Sometimes in one hour I can write several pages but other times I hardly produce any output for the whole day if I get stuck on one para.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I keep on thinking passively whenever I’m doing some other regular activity such as driving, taking shower or just watching TV. Whenever a thought comes to my mind, I’d immediately note down on my mobile phone and will eventually use in my writing at appropriate time.

  • How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)

It depends on three things:

  1. What is the book about?
  2. Who is writing?
  3. What is the environment around the author?

Now, when I’m well-versed with the book writing process, I can probably write another one in one month. Ideally one can write a romantic novel where a lot of research is not needed, in six months. A book which I’ve written which is a novel as well as a little different novel i.e. talking about ideas and innovations, would take around one to one and half years.

  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

I think I’m too new to give this kind of suggestion. If my opinion really matters, I’d say the plot is extremely important in a story. It’s like the heart. Without the heart, the body does not have any meaning. Give enough time to conceptualize the plot.

  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

As a first time novelist, the biggest challenge is to avoid contaminating your characters from reality. A lot of things which happen around you make a space in your first book knowingly or unknowingly. When you write your second book, it doesn’t happen as you have already talked about it.

I’ve tried my best to make sure that my characters are 100% fictionalized. At the same time I’ve taken some liberty in using some of the locations and places which have been the part of my life. It’s my way of giving them respect.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

As I mentioned earlier, the plot is the most important. If you are a good author, you’d be able to craft characters and write dialogues. I have seen sometimes even very well-known authors have struggled with plots in some of their writings.

  • What does your family think of your writing?

They knew that I’ve been writing a little bit here and there. But I never produced anything significant which would put me in an official category of a writer. When my book was accepted by Bloomsbury, it came to them as a surprise. They are really proud of me.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

I’d be very frank. It’s not easy to decide writing as a career. Do I have willingness? Yes, of course. Readers will see more and more books from me. And If I get their blessings, yes, I’d love to switch to writing as a career.

  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

Good books are like your true friends. Keep reading. Keep motivating new authors. I’d love to get your feedback about my book. Happy reading.

 

Do you have links that you’d like to share for others to read? (if so please include in your mail.)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5a0f0465e4b0e6450602ea33

http://www.thecrazymind.com/2017/11/pinto-has-idea-interview-with-author.html

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=cQr6YmlloT4

https://rollingstonepictureproduction.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/interview-with-rajeev-saxena-author-of-pinto-has-an-idea/

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