Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Hello Fiona. Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hello, I am Kay S, 49 years of age.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from India.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I come from a middle class family with strong values. I was an extremely rebellious young girl in my days always going against societal norms, which gave my mother and family nightmares sometimes. As an adult, I have been a serial entrepreneur, motivational speaker, business consultant, and mentor. I am an extremely independent, empowered woman who believes in pro-choice and living life on my terms. I have had a very strong background in literature with a very educated mother who was extremely empowered for someone in her era, a grandfather who loved to write poetry and another who was a principal, aunts who were educators, and extended family, one of whom is also a scriptwriter. I grew up in the United States in my formative years i.e. teenage to young adult, where I studied to become a lab technologist. I am supported by two wonderful children who have stood by me and are my inspiration to succeed. I started writing poetry in English and Urdu at a young age. I have been told that I have inspired many lives around me and have motivated people to succeed and this gives me immense satisfaction.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Latest news would be that I launched my book in Bangalore, India on December 16th and had an amazing turnout of 175 people with brilliant reviews given by the chief guests and people who read the book.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing at a very young age, although I do not remember exactly when. I remember writing my first poetry when I was around 10 and my mum had appreciated it. It was my way of getting my feelings out without causing a furore I guess, but it definitely made me feel good.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I started writing poetry more maturely as a 20 year old; I started feeling the need to establish myself and some day write a book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My mother, my mentor, my children, and my friends inspired me to become a writer. The instances, incidences, and circumstances surrounding my life triggered me to write to attempt in an endeavor to create a change in how people view single women. I wanted to do this for people who are survivors of abuse, address the importance of proper upbringing of children, and shed light on the ill-effects of the ignorance around many issues in our country and around the world that needs acknowledgement and strict action. Every tragedy or happening you will read in the book you will notice has an impact on the life of a child. We are a product of our circumstances they say, but I wanted to show that you do not necessarily have to be. Once can turn any tragedy into something positive and succeed in life thereby never giving satisfaction to the sadism of the ones who would love to destroy another’s life mercilessly. I have done that and I hope I can inspire others to do the same.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I was speaking to my daughter about the title I had chosen and she suggested I come up with a single-word title and since she knows me so well, she decided it should be “Unfinished” as I am technically not done yet in life, and then I chose the running title “A woman’s tryst with destiny” because that is what the book is about.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Yes, I would like to think so. People who have read the book also noticed that I have written it in very simple language not using many difficult terminologies to be able to relate to the most minimally educated person too, who could be the one who needs to read about the issues I have addressed. Also, I have written the book in a prose and poetry form where there is poetry or a couplet inspired by an event or happening, which I do not think I have seen in any of the books I have read.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The entire book is very realistic and based on experiences of mine and someone very dear to me.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I have not really done that, but I do believe it would be a great thing to do. Maybe for my next book!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The cover was designed with my input by the graphic designer with my publisher, Power Publishers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Definitely, there are multiple messages, but the most important one is that Life is not over until it really is and hence to never give up in life irrespective of what happens. One of the other messages is that we should never be afraid to accept change as that is the only constant in the world. The book also conveys a strong message that life is about choices and it is the choices we make that define who we are.
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?
There are many of new authors that I am reading, so cannot be partial and name one. I have multiple favorite writers. Very tough to categorize, however, books that are motivational, inspirational, biographies, and fictions or non-fiction with a strong message inspire me. I also like to read romances sometimes lazing around with a Mills & Boon, Barbara Cartland, Harlequin, or Silhouette Romances 🙂 My favorite authors are Paulo Coelho, Rhonda Byrnes, Robin Sharma, Jojo Moyes, Abdul Kalam, and poets like Mirza Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Khalil Gibran, etc just to name a few as the list is way too long to quote all here. I love the way they all write and their clarity and depth of thoughts.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
There was no entity involved to support my commitment to be published, but it was a few people who are almost like family who helped me to get my book out. Once it was published, the book launch was handled by an NGO called Hitha Foundation.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, most definitely. I enjoy writing immensely although my current profession is also a passion and I think I would like to juggle both effectively.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
If I had to do it all over again, I would probably add more incidences and matter into the book and have a pre-launch planned too, which I could not with this one. Also probably more reviews before the launch than after.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, that I have the capability to candidly put thoughts into perspective without having to sugarcoat matters. Also, I loved the feeling of putting my thoughts into words on paper.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
In Hindi in India, I would like Kangana Ranaut or Sushmita Sen. In English, I think I will allow my kids to make the choice as they are more connected.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write with your heart and soul and the product will be a brilliant one.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Yes! Please read the book with an open mind and hope you have a positive takeaway from this book. I want them to endeavor to always strive to achieve their dreams and keep dreaming and never to give up on themselves.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am reading multiple books, one of them is You can heal yourself by Louise Hay, A Yogi’s Autobiography by Sri M, and Degree By the Coffee Yard by Nirmala Lakshman.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not really because I started very young.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Comedy makes me laugh and people’s ignorance and cruelty makes me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would like to meet Ratan Tata, the Industrialist and Amitabh Bachchan, the Bollywood actor.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Singing, writing poetry, reading, and dancing are some of them.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Friends, House, Bones, Suits, Arrow, and Hawaii 5-0 are some of the TV shows; films… any film with a great story, also inspirational and historic movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I prefer Indian food although I like Mexican and Italian too, but vegetarian as I am one.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Since I am not someone who gives up easily, I would record audio books and have them transcribed.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Living every moment to the fullest spending it with my kids, friends I love telling them how I feel, dancing, singing….basically enjoying every moment of the 24 hours.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“Still I rise” which is an inscription my daughter put on the watch she presented for my birthday and also probably something that describes the human being and mother that I have been.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes, I do have a simple blog on blogspot, https://kaystryst.blogspot.com/ is the link to it. Website is in progress. I will be posting on the social media channels for any offers or events until then.
he link to purchase my book on Amazon is https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MFFT7D1.
My facebook page for my book is https://www.facebook.com/Unfinished-A-Womans-Tryst-with-Destiny-353256448768177/?modal=admin_todo_tour. My author page on Amazon is https://www.amazon.com/Kay-S/e/B07MPSG1YG/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0. Kindly find a picture of myself and the cover page of my book attached. The link for my book review on one of the digital media is http://twfindia.in/literary-details/251/book-review-unfinished-a-woman-s-tryst-with-destiny.html.