Interactive Session with Zuko

Hello Lovelies,

Today we have Zuko whose Figmented Reality got released recently and I am going to interview him on my blog. He is a dyslexic and would enlighten us about it along with some sneak peak of his book.

Lets get started then:

Tell us about yourself?

I was born in Dombivli,Mumbai. I was there till was 9. Then I moved to Chennai after that. I was officially diagnosed as Dyslexic when I was  9-19. I finished my schooling in Chennai and after that did my under-graduation in Mechanical with Spl.in Energy from Vellore Institute of Technology-University. After that, I worked for a company in Kochi where I started writing and finished my book. Now I am in business with my father.

So you are dyslexic? Tell us more about it?

If you had seen Taare Zameen Par, I could call it my childhood biography. He is into art and I was into Maths back then, and ended up being a writer. I was diagnosed at very early age with Dyslexia as I used to write 7 asL or b as d and vice versa. In my mind what I was writing was d but in the book it was b. My mind was faster than my hands could write and so if I wanted to write “I AM NOT INTERESTED”, I end up writing “I AM INTERESTED” because in my mind, I had already written the word NOT but my hands couldn’t keep up. I am in Business now and I read twice every mail, before I send out and also ask my father to read once before I send it because in Business a word can mean a whole lot.

What all problems you faced while going through dyslexia?

The problems I faced were very little to the things my parents had go through. As Seinfield says “Kids are candy moronic brains” and that is true. The feeling was more of helpness rather anything. It wasn’t that I am choosing to write like Mirror. There were times in exam where I would solve the problem in the ROUGH COLOUMN and get the answer say 375 and then I would write ANSWER : 357 . It wasn’t something I was choosing to do but it was involuntary. There were teachers who would give me marks based on the rough coloumn work but there were some who wanted the right answer, and not the right concept.

You write under a pen name Zuko.Please tell us the story behind taking up this name?

I have become tired of explaining Zuko, because it was name I had since I was in first year of college in my Facebook profile. Zuko is a character in the series AVATAR:THE LAST AIRBENDER. In a way I could relate to him. He tries his best to convince his kingdom(mainly his father) that he could be the next king that he starts going into the wrong path and finally decides that the path he is going isn’t the same. I could relate myself to him because I wanted to prove to the world that I am not a useless person and I am still trying to prove and I don’t think I will never stop.

What was the thought process of writing this book?

The book was emotionally draining for me because I had to be in the shoes of the characters to start thinking like them. To think like an addict, to think like a killer etc. it wasn’t easy, it took some emotional burden but I felt I was more matured at Chapter 24 than I was in Chapter 1. I think it reflected on my writing too.

 

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Why you took up a psychological topic as your career background says you are a marketing person?

I don’t know where the fascination of psychology started. I am really fascinated by the human brain and its workings especially on the topic of addictions. I started watching documentaries on human mind, narcissism, serial killers and taken youtube classes on Psychology. It is still my fascination and I would like to a full fledged course in Psychology someday.

Who inspired you for writing this book?

Dr.Nikhil Chandwani and my jealousy towards him. He is junior to me, writer of 4 books, a PhD, has company & a private coal mine by the age of 23 and for him to say that I was a better writer than him, motivated me to start writing Figmented Reality. After the first chapter, I sent it to him and he said to me to complete the book. He used to message me daily evening asking me to write. Once I was in the flow, I took time out of my schedule to write for 1 hour or 1000 words. It was unnecessary for him to do that but he still did.

Siddharth’s character is the most complex one. Can you tell is it inspired from a real character or is it fictional?

I think, no character, be it in book(I have read very few) or a movie(I have seen a lot) is fully fictional. There is always a bit of someone in the characters portrayed. Characters are inspired by someone or the other.

What is your future plans regarding writing?

My passion has always been BUSINESS. I do take time out to write. I have written poems published in my blog www.zukosid.blogspot.com . I am already half way through my second book and quarter in my third, and two in my mind a concept.

Will you take up the same genre or something different? The readers want to know.

Second book is a crime novel, partly sequel of first. Third is on dreams and a pure fiction which I am writing with one of my friend, he is an author too. Third is on religion, which I need to be sensitive on, so I am thinking on how to make it as sensitive as possible which is in the concept stage. Fourth is law drama which I have just started thinking couple of days back. I hope it all becomes a book. It ain’t easy to convert concept to a 30,000 word book.

About the Author

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Siddharth Sabari is a blogger and writer from Chennai. Born in Mumbai and he spent half of his schooling days in Mumbai and half in Chennai. As a child, he was diagnosed with dyslexia and found it difficult to cope with language in his early years. Inspite of his difficulites, and with support of his mother, he passed out from Vellore Institute of Technology in 2013 as a Mechanical Engineer with specalization with Energy, and worked for a public limited company for two years before joining business with his father in Chennai. He was awarded the First Indian Dyslexic Writer by K L University Vijayawada. He can be contacted at zukosid@gmail.com or at https: //www.facebook.com/siddusab

Also Read the book Review: https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/book-review-of-figmented-reality/

 

Candid Talk with Sharmishtha Shenoy

Hello Readers,

Today I would like to invite Sharmishtha SHenoy, the author of Vikram Rana Investigates to my blog for an interview. She is an amazing lady. I had a word with her personally and late on I sent her the questions. She is a hard working woman and is really inspiring. Lets start with the session:

What was the thought process while writing this book?

I first made the outline chapter wise. Then started writing. I already had planned where to add the twists and turns. Of course after beta readings, editors reviews I further added/modified.

Why a particular region was focussed in your novel?

I am inspired here by Saatyaji Ray who had based his stories in different settings like Kolkata, Bangalore, Darjeeling etc.

I set my novel in Hyderabad, as I have lived in Hyderabad for past 20 years. aknow the city quite well.
When did you feel you should write about crime?

I love a good murder mystery. Right from my teenage years I was drawn to murder mystery stories. You might think that a loving mom like me would steer clear of murder. But you would be totally wrong. I have raised my child while reading about victims being stabbed, hung, bludgeoned, gassed and generally disposed of  in unpleasant ways. I just love mystery novels. But why does this genre appeal to me so much? Whether I am trying to solve a crime or attempting to take down the villain myself I love mysteries because of the high stakes tension and suspense.
 Have you tried any other genre than crime?

No – this is my debut novel. But I have written short stories which have been published in e-fiction magazine, Kolaj. I also won the first prize (cash prize of 50 euro) for a story competition by Typotic.com

About The Author and her Book

 

 

 
VIKRAM RANA INVESTIGATES
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SHARMISHTHA SHENOY
 
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Vikram Rana Murder Mysteries set in Hyderabad…… 
 
The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion 
 
When the glamourous socialite Richa Lohia is poisoned in her mansion in Jubilee Hills, her brother-in-law hires his mate, ex-cop Vikram Rana, to solve this murder. This is Vikram’s first case and he, along with Inspector Gopi Reddy, must solve the case even if they face opposition from the richest and powerful family in Hyderabad, who would stop at nothing to defend themselves. 
 
The Sonia Sinha Case 
 
When property developer Krishna Dhavala is stabbed to death in Necklace Road, everyone suspects Mrs. Dhavala to be the murderer of her alcoholic and abusive husband. But is that really the case? Vikram Rana and Inspector Reddy have a tough time uncovering the murderer and Vikram himself almost dies trying to solve this case. Experience the mystery along with the duo as they fight their way through the maze of lies, deceit and greed. 
 
Read an excerpt…

 

From “The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion”

“Kinshuk sprang out of bed and followed his uncle, Rohan along the passage to his mother Richa’s bedroom.

Rohan’s wife, Kiara joined them along with Richa’s personal maid Lakshmi and two more servants. Everyone seemed to be in a state of awestricken fear.

Kinshuk turned to his uncle, ‘What should we do? Father is not here.’

Never had Kinshuk’s weak nature been more apparent, Rohan thought in distaste. Rohan rattled the handle of his sister-in-law Richa’s door violently, but with no effect. The whole household was aroused by now. The most alarming sounds were audible from the interior of the locked bedroom. Clearly something must be done.”

What could have been going on the room? What triggered it?

Mrs Lohia was lying in her bed having seizures. In her agony she must have overturned the bedside table. As they entered, her limbs relaxed and she fell back on her pillow.

“I cannot see properly” she complained. Rohan and Kinshuk looked at each other helplessly. A strangled cry from the bed startled them. A fresh bout of pain had seized Richa. The seizures were terrible to behold. At that moment dr Agnihotri pushed his way into the room authoritatively. At the same instant, Richa cried “Rohan…. Rohan” then she fell back on the pillows motionless. 

Why was Richa killed? Why did she take Rohan’s name?

From the Sonia Sinha case:

“He reached the meeting place at 8 pm sharp. The headlights of his car revealed a woman in a burqa waiting by the roadside. She waved her hand. Krishna stopped the car and she got in. As she removed her veil, Krishna started in surprise. At the same time another man got into the back of his car. Confused, Krishna looked at the man. Then his eyes widened in fear.”

Whom did Krishna see? Who was the woman in burqa?

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About the author
 
 
Sharmishtha Shenoy
 
Sharmishtha Shenoy loves writing murder mysteries, the kind of books that she herself likes to read. Her favorite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. She also likes the work of Satyajit Ray – especially the Feluda Series. She was born in Calcutta and has done her post-graduation from University of Reading, Great Britain. She lives in Hyderabad.
 
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Candid Session with Sudeep Nagarkar

Hello readers,

Today I am going to interview the heart throb of many girls, Sudeep Nagarkar( our Romance King). It took me months to get a proper interview session with him since he was extremely busy with his latest release She Swiped Right Into my Heart. He couldn’t send me a written interview though yet we had a telephonic interview and I must say he was very patient while answering all the questions. It was an amazing experience. The other person I want to thank is Manvi Singh akka Maisha who was with me in this experience. She was the one who linked me with SUdeep Sir and she only converted the recordings into written form as I was stuck with other engagements. A huge hug to you girl..:) So, lets start then ..:)

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  1. When did you realise you wanted be a writer?

    When life threw challenges back at me, and engineering was a ruckus I started penning down my thoughts. In the initial years, it was just me and my diary who knew about my words, soon it spread to my dear ones and that’s when one of them suggested me to go ahead and get it published, that’s how it happened. Somethings never come planned, this is one of them for me. When I started liking my pen more than my computer screen with some IT statistics, I knew this is what I was to be, this is what I’ll be happy in.
    At that time, I had no clue what a bestseller is, I had no clue what one needs to do to be a bestseller.

  2. How you felt when your first published book was in your hand?

    Frankly speaking, I was scared. Since I was in my last year of engineering and my eighth semester exams were on my head, I had no idea what to do and what to prioritise. In addition to that, I had fuming parents who had no clue with what I was doing, plus, the most difficult task was to convince them that the book is a fiction and not a true story, but yes, all’s well that ends well and that has been one of the most memorable moment of my life.
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  3. Since your novels are mostly based on romance, and you’re the present day Romance King, why do you think this genre so special to you?

    You cannot specifically call me the “Romance King” since my stories do have some other important elements and messages to send across to my readers. Every time I’ve tried that there should be something new in the book, for example the new book, She Swiped Right Into My Heart, I’ve tried to punch across the trending LGBT issue which is another stigma to our society because I feel they should be granted with their own rights and justice should be provided to this section of our society since humans are humans and nothing can change that fact. Even in the last book, You’re Trending In My Dreams, I perfectly told people that no women is weak and that’s how they should be treated, i.e. equal.

  4. Would you like to try some other genre?

    For I’d probably need more experience to that because for example a mythological writer might need a lot research work before penning down a book which probably isn’t my thing. I don’t say that I’m a good writer, but yes, I’d say I’m a good storyteller who portrays the reality to the world quite fictionally.

  5. So, tell me something about your recent release, She Swiped Right Into My Heart?

    Technically, the book covers up two major aspects, one is as I told you is LGBT and second is about the major thing which we all do face at some point or the other is our fight to be accepted in our peer group. So, it’s about these three distinct lives who are to emerge from their own personal dilemmas. The title tells a different story, but basically it’s not a love story. Rest, you should definitely read if you haven’t. 😉

  6. What all research work did you do for this novel?

    Okay, since this book has a girl who had acceptance issues, I really had to look into one such being who’d make me get the feel of how it is to be bullied so I did meet one of my friends who had faced this, to know the gist of how it feels to be bullied and also, I had to know a lot about the LGBT groups by them itself so that’s what I did.

  7. Did you refer to any other novels regarding this topic?

    I never really believed in the theoretical part of the LGBT issue. I wanted to put in life into my words so I preferred interacting with actual people who were a part of this group so I may understand their psyche about what’s happening with them and around them.

  8. So far, what has been your struggles to be where you are today?

    Technically everybody has their own set of struggles, there are some who are struggling to get a publisher and sometimes even living up with the quality of writing is also a big task in hand and since I’ve taken writing as a full time job, I guess now I have more time to focus on this aspect of my writing, i.e. the expression of my words and the most important thing is to follow deadlines which is the major task in the whole process.

  9. Do you think publishers these days are exploiting the authors?If yes, then what could be possibly done to stop them?

    I don’t think so that they are exploiting the authors since in my case, they were one of the pillars of success. They helped me reach where I am today and probably that’s the accurate job of a publisher. They’re the ones who suggest me that I should at least publish a book in a year because I have seen authors publishing a new book in a gap of 5- 6 months and probably, it do effect the sales of the previous book, so the publishers who are really exploiting authors, ain’t called to be publishers itself, according to me.
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  10. What is important for a book, good writing or good marketing?

    I guess, the mixture of both is equally important in today’s world as we cannot eliminate any of the two factors and it’s not only about books but movies also, as they also require equal amount of marketing and the same amount of effort in acting and direction of the movie because once the movies or the books is in hand of the reader then probably the reader or the spectator might get disappointed which would effect his sales for the next thing which he endorse.

P.S. Also read my book review of the Book ‘She Swiped Right into mY Heart

https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/she-swiped-right-into-my-heart-a-special-review/

Interview Salsa:Falguni Kothari

Hey fellas, today I am introducing interview session to make my blog more lively. So, my first author whom I interacted is Falguni KOthari who wrote My Last Love Story. I must say she has beautifully answered all my questions. Lets start then:

What was the thought process behind this book?

My Last Love Story was inspired by different events that made an impression on me. One, I’ve known many cancer patients and survivors. I’ve seen the strength it takes for them and their families to deal with such a leeching disease and I wanted to pay tribute to these people, who in my mind are no less heroic than battle-scarred warriors.

The other event is related to a book: Tempted by Megan Hart. The plot is about an affair between three people, beautifully written and explained, but I hate the way it ends, even now. Back then, I’d only begun to write my first novel, and I guess the need to rewrite the climax of Tempted stayed with me and culminated in MLLS.

What all struggles you went through while writing this book?

The only plot point I struggled with was Simeen’s rape. I’d originally planned to write in only a threat to rape and not have her actually suffer that trauma, but the scene just wouldn’t flow well. And the aftermath of the scene also did not feel as urgent or logical. So, I brainstormed with a friend or two and came up with a muted version of the rape scene.

Do you usually write Romance genres or any other also?

I like writing about love and relationships in my books, so all my stories, even if they’re not categorized as romance, will have romantic elements in them.

Does this novel relate to you in any way?

Not directly, no. But, it relates to most households as most households witness death and disease in their lifetime.
Would you like to write more of Romance novels in future?

Absolutely. As I said, I love writing about love. J I especially love writing flirty scenes.

 

 

 

MY LAST LOVE STORY 


BY 


FALGUNI KOTHARI



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Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes’s, Me Before You, My Last Love Story is a heartbreaking and poignant tale about the complexities of trauma and whether love can right a wrong. 
 

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I, Simeen Desai, am tired of making lemonade with the lemons life has handed me. 
 
Love is meant to heal wounds. 
Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin. 
Love has ripped my life apart and shattered my soul. 
 
I love my husband, and he loves me. 
But Nirvaan is dying. 
I love my husband. I want to make him happy. 
But he is asking for the impossible. 
 
I don’t want a baby. 
I don’t want to make nice with Zayaan. 

 

I don’t want another chance at another love story. 
 
***WARNING*** 
Weepers, keep tissues handy.
 
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About the author

 

 

 

 

 

Falguni Kothari is a New York-based hybrid author, and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful and cultural threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. When not writing or dancing, she fools around on all manner of social media and loves to connect with readers.

 

 

 

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