Hi, my name is Sweetly with pen name – Sarah. I live in a beautiful country called India. I was born on 25th July 1978 in Mumbai. I am an avid reader and a passionate writer. I love gardening and have a music-soaked soul. I have to myself an M.Phil in Biotechnology, Dual MBA in HR
and IBM and MSc Life Sciences with B.Ed in Science and Math. Apart from being a successful, capable multitasker and a successful entrepreneur in the field of NHS Medical Transcription for 15 years, I am also venturing in Webseries, Short Film and in Electric Car Ventures in 2019.
1. What is your debut novel and what inspired its story?
My debut short story is named Real Ingress. I was always inspired with the concept of Homecoming. Homecoming, as in a return from our bitter past, a return from our fears, a return from our griefs, a return to bliss, a return to relive our life from all hurtful memories with the hope that life is still beautiful.
2. Do you write one specific genre or are you a multi genre author?
I like to specialize in the genres of Children’s Literature, Romance and Fantasy. So, yes I think I am a multi genre author.
3. Do you have any memorable quotations or ‘one-liners’ that you have written and love?
“the pencil is more forgiving and somehow most suited to changing and developing ideas.” ( The Recherché Pencil)
“the dry leaves scattered in Inayat Park would hide the silence of Kunal’s abysmal emptiness and the screaming silences that would surface up, often ending up with his deep blue eyes tainted to a reddish hue.” – ( Real Ingress)
4. Do you have a favourite character that you have penned to life and why is this your favourite character?
In Real Ingress, my favourite character is Kunal, as it is a very much relatable character in real life.
In the Recherche Pencil- the character of Dr. Udvita is very close to me.
5. Are there any close friends/ family who have proven to be a pillar of support to you in your writing?
My bestie Aparna Lad has always been my pillar of support apart from my family.
Sonika Sachdeva, Shibu Sathyan, Vikram Arora and all my school friends have been very much encouraging.
Mr David Whitehorn ( Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Certified Executive Coach) is like my father who always gives me prayer support.
My new friends like Sameer Suryavanshi, Prashil N are always there to support me in my ventures.
I have a good moral support from my author friends notable being Mr Senthil K, Mr Clabe P, Mrs Kimelene Carr. I have awesome support from Dave Chesson, Kindlepreneur as always.
Adam has always been a vital support as a companion in motivating me towards the never-die-always-move-on attitude to keep on writing even amidst life’s obstacles be it betrayal within family or my angina-related health issues.
6. What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on a short story based on the Romance genre and another short story based on betrayal. For upcoming Short film and Webseries, our team is working on the script and screenplay.
7. What has been your greatest challenge as an author thus far and how are you dealing/have dealt with it?
My greatest challenge as an author is to write consistently. The next challenge is sometimes I get awesome write-up ideas and phrases but I am unable to pen it down, so now I keep a small diary with me all the time to scribble down.
8. How do you deal with criticism and how has it helped you as a writer?
To be frank, dealing with criticism has been my greatest issue. I have been molded by my friends to accept it. Now I see the worthiness and calibre of the person who is criticizing and deal accordingly – whether to accept the criticism or ignore it.
9. How has social media helped in promoting and marketing your books?
Social media has not helped me much. Word of mouth and in person, visiting various places and organisations for promoting has helped me in promotion, marketing and sale of my paperback books.
10. When writing your novel which aspect of the writing process do you find to be the most challenging?
I get stuck when it comes to mid storyline thinking where to bifurcate next.
11. How do you measure success as a writer/ author?
For me, I measure success as to where I was yesterday and how much further I have come today. I don’t believe in competing with anyone nor do I compare myself with others. I feel everyone has a different story to tell. I feel writing is a passionate thing that cannot be measured with an abstract standard like having a tagline of 1 million copies sold or a Bestseller tag. Writing should make the writer travel in all the worlds/realms and should compel the reader to travel in that journey where they can revisit their life through glimpses.
12. What short term and/or long term goals have you set?
My Short term goal now is to finish the scripts & screenplay for short film and webseries, complete my pending short stories as paperback and
My long term goal is to end up signing a film with Warner Bros based on our team’s script and screenplay.
My long term goal also involves working with my dear friend in Electric Car venture.
13. Do you have any upcoming book releases or events?
Yes, I have upcoming short stories and write ups titled as follows- Ebook and Paperbacks
- It’s all in your hands – Love Story- Feb 7th
- To be or not to be- Romance –March 7th
- The Tachyonic Paradox – Time travel – May 7th
- Maitreyi – Chick literature – July 7th
- It was never about you – Family Drama – July 25th
- The difference in the same me – Chick lit – Sept 7th
- Write up on Culture and Traditions of Tamilnadu – July 7th
- The Real Reel- A compilation of 15 real life interviews from influential people in my circle.
14. What are your favourite book(s) and/or author(s)?
Books are my life, so to name a particular favourite book or an author is really the most difficult question. RK Narayan and Ruskin Bond authored books are my most treasured books.
15. What advice will you give to other Indie Authors or those who are thinking of writing and publishing?
I am not worthy enough or a well-known identity to give advice. If you feel you have the passion to write and if it is fueled by an innate desire to live in real as well as in the book world, please write and write consistently. Sculpting of the written work in the form of editing is a must and please don’t spend on social marketing or paid reviews much, rather spend on word of mouth marketing. This will make your book reach to the actual people who have a thirst to read and who are limited in number but avid book readers who will treasure and share your book with others of similar mind set and ensure the authors have continued followers and subscribers to their upcoming updates.
Being an author can never make you rich ( please don’t believe an author if they say, they have a six-figure income), so it is better developed as a steady hobby but sure it gives a satisfaction that is pure and blissful.
Always write for the reader. This advice was given to me by a dear friend of mine and that’s the perfect one liner I would say to motivate the Indie Authors in the right direction.
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