Interview with Author Manisha Sharma

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Manisha Sharma always loved narrating stories and making up her own. She provides content writing services websites and blogs, but story writing is what she is most earnest about. Being born in a small town never stopped her from enhancing her English and Grammar skills, she was always passionate about the language and learnt through many newspapers, movies and TV series. You can visit her website to know everything about her.”

  • Tell us something about yourself.

I was born in a small town called KGF. I know everyone knows the place. I didn’t have many English speaking classmates back then, but I had a passion for writing and participated in each and every essay and story writing competition that there was. Teachers really liked and appreciated my work. That’s how I got to know I have a talent for writing and that’s how I started.

  • What compelled you to write this book?

I used to make up bedtime stories for my cousins. One day I told them a story about a dog who defuses bombs in the Indian Army and they were really excited and thrilled about that. I thought this could actually work. I could actually write this through. And that’s how I started to write Zing Indian.

  • From how long have you been writing this book? What challenges did you face while writing?

Well, I’ve been writing this book from almost four to five years now. I was a novice back then. I didn’t really know how to write. I was very nervous. I really wanted to comprehend the art of writing and know if my facts were right because I was writing a sensitive topic like the Indian Army. And that’s what took me so long.

  • What is the most memorable moment for you throughout the journey of the book?

I used to travel frequently from Bangalore to KGF by train, and that’s when I started writing because I had the peace of mind there. I know it’s funny because nobody can have peace of mind in the noisy train, but I really enjoyed writing. And that’s my most memorable moment of this book.

  • Is writing your hobby or passion?

Writing, a hobby? No! Of course it is my passion or else I wouldn’t have written this book for four to five years. I really want this book to be read by each and every one out there, especially those in the army and dog lovers.

  • Are you planning to write again?

Yes, of course! Writing is my passion. In fact, I have my second manuscript ready and hopefully, we’ll see that out soon too.

  • Do you believe that when an author dies a reader is born?

No. Actually, what I believe in is when an author is born, that is when a book is born and through books, readers are born and readers are the ones who keep the author alive.

  • For you, what is literary success?

Literary success for me would be to reach the position where readers are actually reading and enjoying my book. They appreciate the quality of the work and recommend it to their friends and family.

  • Do you have any piece of advice for the budding authors out there?

Well, the biggest piece of advice would be to never stop writing. It took me five years to complete the book. It could take you eight or three. Only thing is to stay on track and never stop writing and always take reviews from not too many people or too less people.

  • What it’s like to be with 24by7 Publishing?

It has been a really nice experience with 24by7 Publishing. They really helped me get to know the writing and publishing world when I was new and I wasn’t aware of it. I am pretty confident about them now. And I know they’re going to do a wonderful job marketing Zing Indian.

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