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?
Hi, Fiona.Thanks for having me here. My name is Nitin Sharma. I’m 37.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from Haryana, India.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
In addition to an MBA in International Business, I hold a Master of Arts degree. Probably I’m going to earn a PhD in future.I’m single and work from home. I spend most of my time reading, writing and editing (which basically means re-writing). I’m a constant learner (Do we ever stop learning, BTW?)
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Apart from the two novels I’ve been working on, I’m trying my hand at short stories, too. My first one, ‘The Tribe’, is expected to release soon!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Well, stories have always been a part of my near-reclusive existence.That same passion led to writing. My first book was published in 2012.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After writing five books on competitive exams and language learning, I started writing fiction, only to realize that I had so much to learn! (Even though my first book ‘Group Discussion: More than 100 topics covered’ has helped thousands of students around the world.) Slowly and gradually my writing improved and it’s going to get better in future. So, I’d say that I’ve become a writer quite recently.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
There were already multiple books on the subject of group discussion, but their language wasn’t really student friendly. So, I decided to write a unique book that would not only motivate students but would also give them points on a large number of common topics. I’m glad that readers loved my book.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My titles should be able to give the reader some idea of what the book is about. For instance, the title of my first book tells the students that there are more than one hundred topics in it, while my first fiction ‘Dear Office, You Suck!’ gives the reader a general idea that it’s a light comedy. However, the same strategy might not be applicable to thrillers and fantasy.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
It is my intention to make all my books unique in some manner. My writing style is flexible and it keeps changing according to the demands of the genre. I write horror, YA fantasy and comedy. Every time I read a nicely written book, I learn from it, and that learning adds to my writing style. I’m a constant learner.
I’d say that writing for children is fairly challenging because sometimes we authors fail to see the world through their eyes.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes, I do use my own life experiences in my books, but then I have lived so many lives, thanks to all the books I’ve read and all the people I’ve met!(A secret: When I meet an interesting person, he/she might end up becoming a character in my book!Although some of their qualities might differ.)
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Most of the covers were designed by professional artists that my publishers hired, while two of them were designed by my own brother.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Usually, but not always. For instance, the sole purpose of a horror story could be to entertain the reader. One of my stories carries an implicit message against racial hatred.
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?
Although I have many favourites (Philippa Gregory, Stephen king, JK Rowling, Yann Martel, Dale Carnegie), the way JK Rowling created an entire fantastic world for the reader has thoroughly impressed me. Any writer that enables me to see the world differently impresses me. Recently I read ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ by Sophie Kinsella and liked it.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My MBA faculty supported me, and so did many of my friends.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Every writer learns more and more with the passage of time. Probably there would be more details in my earlier books. Language might be a bit different, with longer sentences.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
One book, no matter how well written, cannot impress everyone. A bitter truth!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’d be grateful if Russell Crowe and Laura Dern agree to act in the movie based on my upcoming novel.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never stop writing. Never give up.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Dear Reader, I love you.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Hunger Games (For the second time!)
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but I guess it must have been a comic book.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Apart from good acting or writing: 1) When a bad politician makes a blunder, I laugh. 2) When a good person is taken away from us, I cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d like to meet Stephen King and ask him where he gets his vast imagination from! I’d also like to meet some great leaders from the past to know where they got their strength from.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy playing badminton.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
All good horror or epic movies (Howling, Gladiator,The Lost Boys…)
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love Indian and Italian food (Chaat, Gulab-jamun, Dosa, Pasta… mmm!) Blue is my favoritecolor, and I love heart-touching music (including Japanese and Chinese classical music.) Songs by Survivor band, Celine Dion, Kishore Kumar are some of my favorites.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’ll be a singer, perhaps. (But my voice would require a great deal of modification for that.)
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Lying at a quiet place near a lot of water.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
A Student Forever.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?