Thursday, 15 October 2020

Meet A Writer Presents...

... Aashish Sehgal


1. Tell me about your book,
Think about me- save me from climate change, and where you got your inspiration for it?

I got inspiration from Greta Thunberg to complete this fictional story. I had story in my mind since school days, but I was not able to complete it. I always thought, one day human beings will think of shifting to new planet like Mars. I realised that world war won’t be the reason, instead climate change will result in the migration. The book talks about challenges we would face, most importantly what mistakes are we doing. What are we doing to our planet, questions like these are answered in my book.

I also got inspiration from famous Karma theory, which must persuade all of us to get into action for reversal of climate change phenomenon.

2. Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so what was it?

Yes, I joined lot of climate change forums after I wrote this book. I learnt that people are not taking this threat seriously. I have been criticised a lot on Facebook. Comments like “People like you and Greta are doing fear mongering among children, scaring people, there are no facts to support your cause”. I have replied to them “the latest fact is report from United States which states that global temperatures are expected to rise by 3.2 degrees Celsius even though commitments were made to keep it below 2 degrees under Paris deal.

The disheartening part was people not taking this subject seriously, which is going to affect entire world. I tried to engage people throughout my book, nowhere I have tried to scare them. This generation can’t escape from the menace they have created for upcoming generations. They can’t run away from their duties.

3. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?

I would want my book to be made into a film though I would not like to play the lead. My job is to write and be a part of important stories from behind the screen. This is very intriguing story, it must be made into a film one day.

4. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?


Longest must be two-three months when I used to work for my previous firm where due to work commitments I was not able to write.

5. Which do you use more often, dictionary or thesaurus?

I use dictionary more often.

6. Mountains or the beach?

I love both. It is very difficult question for me to answer. I love nature, content of my book further validates this.

7. How important to you view maintaining your twitter account?

Very important, I regularly use my twitter account. Most of my promotions are done through Twitter only as it reaches to audience who can connect easily with your ideas. It does not violate or occupy space of uninterested users, it aims at hitting right audience.

8. What is your best childhood memory?

When I represented my school for inter-school aptitude test.

9. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?


I would love to travel across Europe. I believe it is the best place in the world beauty wise and for the fact, Europeans ruled the world. They have been consistently advanced in comparison to other parts of the world. I would also mention that I have seen most of the important places in India , my beautiful country.

10. What was your most defining moment in life?

The most defining moment in my life would be writing my first book – “Royal Descent Vs the Invasive Line” based on real story of partition. I would proudly present this book to my kids when they grow up as story covers my grandfather’s and my Father’s struggle after the announcement of partition by Radcliffe.

I have captured entire story in my book, which will serve as record for coming generations. The story will be kept as record in Partition museum too as my Father was interviewed by “The 1947 partition archive”.

11. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?

I would go to Future if I could time travel. I see myself as scriptwriter on Youtube, Indian Television where I would provide comedy punches and bring laughter in people’s life.

12. What motivates you to succeed as a writer?

Fame is certainly one factor, I won’t lie. The other factor is that, it brings out creativity inside me.

13. If you could fight anyone in history, who would it be?

I would fight or argue with Mahatma Gandhi. We lost our land in Pakistan, why did he give the most fertile part of India?

14. Would you rather explore a new planet, or the deepest parts of the ocean? Why?

I would not explore a new planet, all of our time, money should be spent on saving this lovely planet “Earth”.

15. Have you written any other books that are not published? Do you intend to publish them?

I have written book which has compilation of poems, most of them are humorous. I intend to get it published by mid-2020.

16. What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?


I was asked to withdraw my book, but why would I do so.

I received one nasty comment on Facebook, “People like you and Greta are doing fear mongering among children, scaring people, there are no facts to support your cause. Please withdraw your book immediately”. I believe one thing, when people start criticising you, means you are doing something very significant.

17. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Please read my books and give me your reviews, either good or bad. I feel you must read this book, as content of this book addresses very important issue i.e. human survival/ existence on earth

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The Story revolves around five characters, Omkar, Alayla, Wangchuk, Mohammed and Avtar belonging from different parts of the world. These characters meet time and again, hold discussions for problems faced by the world due to drastic changes in our environment. It will make you realise importance of Planet Earth and how badly we are treating it.
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About Aashish

Aashish is from Delhi, India and a renowned blogger across the globe. He has written couple of books - Royal Descent Vs the Invasive Line and Think about me -save me from climate change. Both of them are bestsellers in different categories, listed on Amazon.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Meet A Writer Presents...

...Brandon Templeton


1. Tell me about your book, The Royal Rescue, and where you got your inspiration for it?

My book is called The Royal Rescue: Royal Adventures Book One and it is a fantasy novel combined with a coming of age tale about a young boy who faces enormous pressure from those around him as he enters a world that he never knew existed. It’s a novel filled with suspense and anticipation that’ll leave you hooked until the very end.

2. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?

Believe it or not, I’ve actually put a lot of thought into this one. I’ve bounced around a lot of actors in my head. The one I think would be absolutely amazing to see play the lead is Tom Holland. I think he would be great as my main character because he has experience in the fantasy and people with powers area. His personality would embody my main character extremely well and make my book into an awesome film.

3. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?

The longest I’ve gone without writing is years. I started writing this novel during my junior year of high school. It unfortunately got put on hold for a while due to lack of support from others. I had almost given up on ever finishing writing it until I finally said to myself that I was going to finish the novel, no matter what anyone else thought.

4. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

One place I’ve always wanted to travel to is Paris, France. I’ve always been fascinated with other cultures and in particular, the French culture. Everything about them intrigues me, their language, their food, and everything in between. It would be an amazing experience to travel to Paris and get a firsthand experience of their culture. Also, a street cafĂ© in Paris would be a great place to write.

5. What motivates you to succeed as a writer?

The thing that motivates me to succeed as a writer is the reader’s reactions. It’s a lot like a chef watching a full restaurant of people enjoying his food, It’s a serious moment of pride. When I hear stories of people enjoying my book and other stores I write, it simply warms my heart and lets me know that I’ve done something right. It makes me want to continue to write so people can continue to enjoy my work.

6. If you could bring one musician back to life, who would it be and why?


I would bring back Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan back. He was the drummer for the rock band Avenged Sevenfold. It’s their music that brought me through my formative years and I often write while jamming to their tunes. Bringing back The Rev to speak with him even for a short amount of time would be an amazing experience.

7. If you could live in a book, TV show, or movie, what would it be and why.

I would want to live in the books in the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini. These books build a vast and expansive world and living in them would bring to life my expansive imagination.

8. What genre do you write and what draws you to this genre?

I typically write in the Fiction/Fantasy genre. The thing that drew me to this genre is because of it’s wide range. I’ve always had a crazy imagination growing up, and the Fiction/Fantasy genre really allows me to explore my imagination and lets my creativity flow. Plus, the majority of books that I enjoy reading from other authors are in this genre, it lets you dive into a whole new world, where everything is the way you create it to be.

9. Have you ever considered collaborating with another writer? If Yes who, if no why not?


I’m definitely open to the idea of collaborating with other writers though I’ve never considered anyone in particular. If the opportunity came along, I’d explore, but I am mainly focused on writing my works and getting them out there. Collaborating with another writer would be cool, it’s just not something I’m actively seeking at the moment.

10. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

Honestly, it depends on the day. I typically try to go for 2 to 3 thousand words per day but that can vary depending on where in the story I am. If I’m at one of the climatic parts, I can writ much more than my typical goal.

11. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?


Absolutely, the cover of the book is the first thing a reader is going to encounter on a book. If they’re browsing the isles of a bookstore, they’re going to be picking up the books with covers that catch their eye. The book’s cover is what turns a browser into a buyer.

12. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Reviews are an important process in a book buying process. A potential buyer is going to look at those reviews to see what other people thought of the book. When I ask people to give reviews on my book, I always ask that they leave an honest review. Asking for an honest review maintains the integrity of the review system and helps you grow as an author. Some who asks for positive reviews strikes me as some who can’t handle constructive criticism. An honest review accepts all feedback. Now obviously I hope that all my reviews are good, but I never ask for them. I’m accepting of all reviews, whether they be good, or bad.

13. Have you written any other books that are not published? Do you intend to publish them?

I am in the process of writing other books, though they are not finished yet One of them is the sequel to the book that I’ve written already. When I do finish them, I do fully intend to publish them to that people can read and enjoy them as well.

14. Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?

I do have a day job. Currently I am a Customer Service Representative for a financial institution. In the future I do hope to be a full time author, as well as a stand-up comedian and actor.

15. Anything you would like to say to your readers or fans.

To all my reader and fans, never give up on your dreams. If you have something that your passionate about, don’t let anything stand in the way of you pursuing that. Always be true to yourself, do what’s best for you. Always cherish your friends and family and lastly, I sincerely hope you enjoyed reading my book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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For ages, the land of Galafinasia has enjoyed a time of peace. Its people lived during the time of what was known as the Golden Age of Prosperity. Trade routes remained safe, and trade flowed freely between the races.

However, no amount of peace can last forever. During this era of peace, everything remained in balance. Now, many dark forces are arising and threatening to tip the scales of that balance. The Shamans grow restless, angered at being forced to stay in their own territory. Their hunger for battle has reached the point of insatiable. The humans themselves have always resented the other races, and in these troubled times, that resentment is only building. What’s more is that the Necromancers and the Dark Elves have feuded for centuries. Now, in the prolonged era of peace, tensions between the races grow ever more strained. War is upon the people of Galafinasia and the other races are doing nothing about it. They refuse to believe that the prolonged era of peace is coming to an end. However, war is coming, whether they like it or not.

Alliances will be formed, and loyalties will be tested. Families will be ripped apart, and blood will be spilled. Time is of the essence. The balance of the world must be restored so that peace can reign once more. Dark times are upon the citizens of Galafinasia and many won’t like it, but it’s coming, regardless of whether or not people choose to recognize its arrival. War must be fought, and evil must be vanquished if Galafinasia is to ever see an era of peace again.
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About Brandon

Brandon Templeton is a man who has a knack for storytelling. He currently resides in Joplin, Missouri where he is hard at work, spinning more tales to capture the world's attention. Royal Rescue is his Debut Novel

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