Today, I am extremely delighted to welcome Author Reet Singh who is a surgeon but still finds time to write. Let’s welcome her and get to know her more.
- Welcome Reet! Tell us what inspired you to write?
Hi Aditi, lovely to meet you in your space!
My inspiration for writing is definitely because of my love for reading; and the belief that I had several stories whirling about in my head – stories that were dying to come out and be heard.
- How much research do you do for your books?
Quite a bit. I love Google – ask it anything and it tells you whatever you need to get ahead with the plot. Picking the brains of people in the know helps too – husband, friends, colleagues – and they happily share. I acknowledge their help by dedicating the book to them. Next time you pick up one of my books, check the dedication page!
- Besides writing, what is your favorite hobby that helps you relax?
I love word games. Scrabble is a hot favorite, followed by Book Worm. I bless the day Scrabble came online and one did not have to cajole a beloved family member to play. I also love solving cryptic crosswords, so yes, definitely word games!
- Who is your favorite author?
Hands down – PG Wodehouse. I can read him over and over again, and laugh myself silly each time!
- What advice do you have for an aspiring author?
Write and write, and then write some more. You get better with every word you write. There are fabulous resources available for authors to learn how to hone their skills. Read them. These days I swear by helpingwritersbecomeauthors.
Also edit a LOT! Try not to fall in love with everything you’ve written, at least not irrevocably! Because you are going to have to kill off some of it to improve the tension and generally tighten it up to ready it for the discerning reader.
- Do you have any book marketing tip you want to share with your fellow authors?
Every author struggles to find a balance between writing and marketing. It takes a while – a good long while – to build an audience. So start early. Start engaging with potential readers even before your book is half done. Blog. Comment. Share snippets from your book. Read other authors. Interact. Engage! Engage! Engage! Meaningfully, of course – don’t spam!
- Which book are you working on next? Do you want to share a glimpse of it?
I am writing a book for middle-grade readers. “The Mystical Amitree” is an adventure story featuring Arjun, an 11-year old boy, who sets out to solve the mystery of his missing uncle, and finds himself in another world altogether. I’d like to share the first few paragraphs. I am planning to self publish it, soon after I finish writing it during NaNoWriMo 2014.
Arjun pumped the pedals harder and harder. His bicycle shuddered with the effort, but bravely responded by speeding up. Heart hammering wildly and eyes watering in the breeze, he careened around blind corners praying he wouldn’t meet oncoming traffic head-on. A hundred thoughts tumbled through his brain as he struggled to make sense of what had happened.
Why? But more importantly, why today?
Arjun had been waiting impatiently for today to dawn – but not like this. He had never wanted his first day of vacation to start with a frightening phone call; followed by this mad dash to stop his father from boarding the bus to work.
Shaking the hair out of his eyes, he continued to cycle, thankful to see the tall form of his father in the distance. The bus was just drawing up; another minute and it would pull away, taking his father off with it. Arjun drew in a deep shuddering breath and yelled as loud as his exhausted body would allow.
The Mystical Amitree sounds interesting! Good luck with your writing.
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