Alright y'all, I met this Indie Author when she reached out to me on Booksta. She was in the middle of celebrating her first book being published, so I was so shocked when she DM'ed me. While I haven't read her book yet, I do have it on my list. (Yes I have accepted that my TBR is completely out of control.) So let's dive in shall we?
Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: Hello there, My name is Jemimah and I currently reside in Chennai, India
A: I work with a publishing company.
A: Oh, I am published with Invincible Publishers. It was a one book deal, so it’s safe to say that I’ve been working with them for almost a year now.
A: I predominantly write Thrillers, the sub genre’s varying between crime and horror. Occasionally I write romance and dabble in poetry.
A: Honestly, writing made me happy. I figured I wanted to dive into writing for a living when I first walked into a book store and saw my favourite author’s books stacked up. If one can move an audience with words and make them go through a series of emotions, I figured that was what I wanted to do for a living.
A: I am cursed with a nine to five job. Haha! But the hidden blessing in my curse is that I get to work with my best friends. I work as a Business Analyst for a private healthcare IT company based in the US.
A: Just one - Dark Retributions.
A: I have five books in the work right now but I am working hard on getting at least two published this year.
A: Towards the end of the book, writing David’s scene was the hardest for me because he is personally my favourite.
A: Oh good question! LOL! I have ten books that are not being worked on currently. Out of ten, three are complete.
A: Yes! Dark Retributions is meant to be duology but currently, I’m thinking of extending it to a trilogy.
Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
A: I wish that each book would stand on its own at the moment.
A: I really haven’t decided, honestly. But I am hoping it’s the sequel of Dark Retributions and I am aiming for another December Release.
A: Book one took me six long years to write it. Book two took me a month thanks to Nanowrimo.
Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process?
A: I take a break. Usually, I put on some music and try to listen to them from the pov of my characters. Eventually, the block goes away on its own.
A: Good question. I always make sure my room is clean before I sit down to write. I turn off the lights to get me in the writing mood and turn on some instrumental as I get very easy with any other type of songs. I mostly write at night.
A: Honestly, it depends on my mood and the amount of distraction I have. (Count on my fam to pop in right when I’m writing an important scene hehe..)
Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: If it’s an emotionally taxing scene, I get super exhausted. But if I am writing a fun/cosy scene then I get energised.
A: Songs, my dreams and thinking of pre-written stories from the POV of another sub character.
A: I dared to dream. I hope that one day I could be as successful as James Patterson, Dan Brown or Stephen King (A girl can dream :P )
A: I absolutely love reading. I have a mini library at home.
A: As of now, I am not but I am looking forward to the opportunity.
A: Sign of the Cross by Chris Kuzeski and Key of Arkandus by Lauren
A: Eragon had me crying, laughing and screaming with frustration.
A: I have a writer’s account on instagram. I am very shy when it comes to youtube channels LOL. I post book/life updates on Instagram and I love interacting with my writing friends/Readers. @thatdreamywriters
A: Absolutely. They make my life a LOT more meaningful and brighter after my nine to five job.
Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: Charlie, Lauren and Tara are very important people who have stood by my side for the longest in this book journey.
A: Investing in my laptop and a laptop stand. (Gone are the cramps)
A: They are highly supportive now that they see how happy it makes me.
A: Honestly, nothing so far.