Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read was ‘The Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island’. I was 12-years-old and new to all this. The first time I took that book in my hands and read the first chapter, I knew I wasn’t going to keep it down till I finished reading the whole book. What fascinated me was the way the adventures and the mysteries were written. I was lost in a world of imagination which had a great impact on me because two years ago I started writing my novel, Her Charming Secret, which is a contemporary romantic suspense. That was a memorable day, for it made great changes in me. I fell in love with mysteries that day.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was a horror short story called ‘The Nightmare’. It’s currently published on wattpad.com. I was in high school when I wrote it and looking back, I just realized that I’ve come a long way.
What are your three favorite books?
This is a really interesting question! I usually read mystery and paranormal novels. And here are my three favourite books:
- The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot (Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery)
- The Enchantress Series by Julie Chapman (Vampire, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance)
- The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch (Mystery, Adventure, Young Adult, Fantasy)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPhone is the e-reading device of my choice because I read eBooks on the Wattpad app and iBooks app. And the best part about both the apps is the night-reading mode, it causes less strain to the eyes in the dark.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first short story when I was 16. But I only started writing full-length novels two years ago, on Wattpad.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
I’m writing a story called ‘The Return’, which is a young adult mystery. It’s a strong mix of mystery and paranormal with a light romantic touch. I wrote a short story, almost 2 months ago and that story was so enthralling that I decided to make it a full-length novel. So I started writing it for NaNoWriMo 2014. And I managed to reach the target – 50K words, but my final word count was 51,408 words – and completed the story (at least the first draft) in 24 days – a new record! I plan to publish this book next year.
Here’s the synopsis –
Blake Carson was a happy man, he had a good life and was about to ask the woman he loved to marry him, but when the meeting the parents leads him to their house, his world tips over into something dark and mysterious. Voices, whispers, dark secrets start lurking in corners drawing him in. Will he solve the mystery of his obscured past or will it swallow him in?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get great pleasure from writing. The worlds I create in my imagination come to life when I pen them down. At the end of the day, when I see what I’ve written, I feel that I’m discovering a lot about myself through my stories. I’m addicted to words, and the only way to get my fix is to write. I’m finally finding myself.
What do your fans mean to you?
The awesomest people on this planet!I’ve always loved the way they supported me since day one and they are always so kind and thoughtful. I’m glad to know that there is always someone who is going to support me as I continue to discover myself through my writing.
What are you working on next?
Right now my aim is to finish ‘The Return’, the novel I started writing for NaNoWriMo. I also plan to write more short stories and one day I would like to publish my short story collection. Once I’m done with ‘The Return’, I’m going to start working on the sequel of ‘Her Charming Secret’, it’s called ‘He’s All That’. And after that, the third book in the series.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are Meg Cabot, Julie Chapman, Pseudonymous Bosch, John Green, Ninya Tippett, Enid Blyton, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and J. K. Rowling.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I think every day is a gift because I’m alive and there’s always something new to be learned and explored. All I can say is seize the day!And coffee!
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Graphic designing, studying, watching the new ‘The Flash’ TV series and blogging.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read on Wattpad and I don’t know how I manage to get so many good stories to read. I choose the books by their covers. Yes, I know they say ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’, but I can’t help it. Being a graphic designer, I design my own covers. So if something cool catches my eye, the next minute its in my library.