Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

 

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Sara: I’m Sara Khan; well… age is just a matter of words, people call me young lady!

Fiona: Where are you from?

Sara: I’m from Lucknow, India.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

Sara: I did my Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication from Lucknow. I have been writing professionally since 2008. I started my writing career with freelancing and then I took up a job at the editorial desk with a renowned media organisation, and since then I’ve been into writing and editing. I have a great supportive family who stands by me no matter what; they are my biggest strength.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Sara: My next book is the first in the motivational series. Its title is How To Create Positive Change in 21 Days, Be Brave Put You First, is soon to be released (by 22nd December, 2017).

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Sara: I think writing is in my genes. I’m introvert and I find it the best way to express myself and share my thoughts and observations.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Sara: Well, that takes me back to 2008 when I joined a website as a citizen journalist. I had submitted an article and to my surprise I received a book titled Imagining India by Nandan Nilekani in reward.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Sara: Incidents that make married women suffer in silence, I had observed them closely and that’s what inspired me to write my first book Separated! especially for the couples.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Sara: It surprises me too. I came up with the title the moment I thought that I’m going to write a book on this topic. The topic and the title are exactly the same.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Sara: As my editors say, my writings are very simple and easy to read. I write to motivate and help a person develop himself or herself into their own real personality rather than being someone else. Sometimes I find myself being repetitive in my thought process.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Sara: I had mentioned a background story in my first book Separated! The story is very much true, but I would not comment on whose life it is to protect their identity. My next How to Create Positive Change in 21 Days is completely motivational where I had mentioned a few events or incidents from my own life. The other one right now on which I’m working is a fiction yet based on true life events. Again I won’t comment on it as it is in the initial phase; I just had started it.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Sara: Till now, I didn’t do so.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Sara: My mind and Rebecca. She is awesome!

Fiona: Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

Sara: Of course! If you read Separated! each chapter very well explains the whats, the whys and the hows. While when you will read How To Create Positive Change in 21 Days, each chapter tells you what and how you can improve your life.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

Sara: Angela! Her book Blue York City left me in awe. When I inquired her about her passion in writing, I came to know it was natural. I think that’s the best thing that defines a writer.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Sara: That’s a tough one to answer. I have many people apart from my family who have supported me; for entity I would say Amazon’s KDP helps the new authors to start and establish themselves as self-published authors.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Sara: I’m already having a career in writing as a content manager. If you mean as an author, I haven’t thought of it yet. I just write to reach to as many people as I can. If my writings could help anyone I will be the happiest to help someone.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Sara: Not really. If still I would have to change anything, I would start a series on the same.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Sara: Yes. How to Create Positive Change in 21 Days, Be Brave Put You First, as the title and sub-title suggests, it’s the part of my learning experiences. The most important thing that I learned is no one is going to help you unless you yourself will.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Sara: Not this one! But the next might be considered! For that you need to conduct a separate interview of course when I finish it 😀

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Sara: There are many writers who aspire to become author but that remains in their thoughts only. For them I just want to say take your pen and paper and start writing. Don’t wait for a right time; there is no right time as such. It starts from within, it starts from right now!

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Sara: If you have read Separated! please review it so that I too know how it has helped you; indirectly you will be helping me too.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Sara: Humanity at Death’s Door by Muhammad Iqbal Siddiqi

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Sara: Comics Book, Archie

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Sara: Watching movies like The Notebook, makes me cry; my dreams sometime are as scary, that makes me cry. Season 3, Episode 9 of Friends makes me laugh no matter what and where I am.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Sara: Bollywood actor Amir Khan, maybe to discuss about my fiction 😀

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Sara: Apart from writing, I read, I bake and cook, I sing and dance and sometimes try my hands at photography.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Sara: I don’t watch television much. I like romantic and motivational movies.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

Sara: That’s always Biryani! Colour is green and music – loud and all pepped up.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Sara: I would speak my mind then 😀

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

Sara: The Braveheart!

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Sara: It is https://authorsarakhan.wordpress.com ; I’m also available on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) with the handle/name – @sarakhanwrites

Amazon Author’s Page Link: https://www.amazon.com/Sara-Khan/e/B076J1DR55

Separated Book Link: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B076FPF3RG

How To Create Positive Change in 21 Days is available for pre-orders now – https://www.amazon.com/How-Create-Positive-Change-Days-ebook/dp/B0779TQY7T