Know about the Journey of Indian Author Anjum Awasthi Malik – Author of the book The Twist of Fate.
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1: If you were to change your genre, which one would you choose?
I am new to this field, and I am still exploring my skills in writing. My first book was Contemporary romance, the next book that is expected to release in September is Romantic suspense, whereas the third book that I am still working on is a humorous romance. So I will say it’s the genre that is choosing me.
2: What does literary success look like to you?
Well! Whatever a little fame my first book has brought me is overwhelming, and I am loving it. I had never expected that the people would give a chance to my book, but the fact that they have chosen it and loved it, makes me feel on cloud nine. Being a writer was never my dream, but the love I have received from my readers, made me write my next book too.
3: What are your hobbies, passion other than writing?
I am one of those kinds of person who are the jack of all but master of none. I like almost everything that keeps me close to the creativity. Other than writing I enjoy dancing, cooking, painting and singing.
4: How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
‘The Twist of Fate’ is my first book. My next book will be out by the next month and I have started working on my third book. My first book is close to my heart, as it’s my first. But if you ask me story wise, then definitely the second one.
5: How did it feel when your first book got published?
Before I answer that I would like to tell you how it feels when your proposals aren’t answered or get rejected. It’s really heartbreaking, as you spend so much time in preparing proposals and wait for months to get the response. The same thing happened to me too, but the positive response that I got from my readers made it all worth. I was lucky to find Invincible Publishers and got my book self-published through them.
6: Although all books say that all the characters in the book aren’t real or related, but are they really all fictional and made up?
We learn from our surroundings and the people around us. The story may be concocted, but I feel that somewhere the characters and incidents are inspired from the people and incidents happening around us.
7: What other genres do you enjoy reading?
I like reading thrillers other than the romantic stories. I am not very fond of self-help and biographies.
8: Which of your novels best describes you as a person?
I think the third one, which I am writing now. The protagonist in that has many dreams. She wakes up every morning with a new dream in her eyes and keeps trying her hand in almost everything. And I find it pretty much like me.
9: Can you tell us about your current projects?
My second book ‘The Day He Was gone’ is ready to hit the market next month. It’s a romantic suspense, and truly a twisted story. If I have to describe my first book (The Twist of Fate) in one word, I will call it ‘Relatable’, but for the second one, the word is ‘Unpredictable’. I can assure that readers won’t be able to guess what will happen next.
10: One character from your books, that you like the most.
I love the female protagonist in my second book ‘The Day He Was Gone’. She is courageous, and I love her attitude towards life. I can’t reveal much about that character at this moment, but I am sure readers will love her.
11: Do you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then and there?
Yes, I do that all the time. I type all my random thoughts on the notepad on my mobile and it really helps. I would even suggest to all the aspiring writers to keep something handy to jot down the ideas because you never know when and where the worthy idea strikes your mind.
12: What is your motivation for writing more?
Without a shadow of a doubt, the love of my readers. I would have never written the next book otherwise.