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Interview With Asif J Shah

Interview With Asif J Shah

Shiwani: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Answer: I love to read books, but I never thought of being one until one day when one of my friend said to me that I could not do anything great in my life. That night, I thought about myself and what I could do to prove her wrong, to be honest I wanted to satisfy my ego of being hurt. I had the story of Mrignayani in my mind and replying her that she would be proud of me, I started writing and that’s how I became a writer.

Shiwani: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Answer: I really don’t follow a proper work schedule. It depends on my mood and the free time I get apart form my studies. But because it is lockdown and I am at home, I’m taking out four hours for writing from my day-to-day life.

Shiwani: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Answer: I think observation is the source of information for me. I get a lot of ideas through different things going on around me!

Shiwani: When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Answer: Mrignayani, a girl with a reason is my first book and I just finished writing it in this year in January. And when it got published in March this year, I was 21 year old.

Shiwani: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Answer: See, I was not really confident about writing a book. But when I finished writing it and it got published too, I felt confident about myself and that was the most surprising thing I’ve learned from writing Mrignayani, because before that, I never felt confident about doing something out of my comfort zone.

Shiwani: What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Answer: I have two author friends and I met them a few months ago through Instagram. And the way they write really inspires me to do experiment with my own writing style.

Shiwani: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Answer: Well, I’ve finished writing my second book and it is going to be the sequel of Mrignayani. And the third book I’m planning to write will totally be a stand alone book.

Shiwani: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Answer: After I became a published author, it filled me with confidence that yes, I can write! Which automatically increased my pace of writing. Also I’m reading more books than before.

Shiwani: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Answer: For buying books. Because reading helps making anyone a better version of himself.

Shiwani: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Ans: It was something like, if you are good with language, be it Hindi, Marathi, English or any other language, people will respect you.

Shiwani: What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
Answer: A respect thank you.

Shiwani: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Answer: I have two books, out of which one is finished and unpublished and the another is half-finished.

Shiwani: What’s the best way to market your books?
Answer: I think getting your book recommended from the readers community of Instagram and YouTube is the most effective way of marketing now a days.

Shiwani: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Answer: I spends a day or two researching about the premises of my story.

Shiwani: Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
Answer: Yes I do! Because it pleases me.

Shiwani: What is your favorite childhood book?
Answer: Wings of fire. And I still love that book.

Shiwani: Does your family support your career as a writer?
Answer: They are really supportive and inspiring me to follow my passion.

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