Welcome to my official author website. Here, I will be posting everything you need to know about events and books signings occurring in your area. Saturday October 14th, 2017 marks the beginning of my public journey as an author. I've been studying creative writing since 2012 and I've dreamed of being an author since I was fifteen years old. But we won't get into that just yet.
For my first book launch, I had written up a small speech that I was going to do before I launched into reading my book to the audience, which mostly consisted of my family and friends. I was happy to see that there were some people willing to take a chance on me and give me their precious time on a Saturday. I was lucky enough to have the support of Harry Hartog booksellers. I'm proud to say that they are the first bookstore to become my stockists. The Heart Clock should be available at Harry Hartog, Warringah Mall by December 2017.
In the Q&A section, there were some interesting questions:
Why do you think its important to include Punjab and your cultural heritage in this book?
I think that knowledge of cultures outside your own is crucial to a multicultural community such as that of Australia. I've put a bit of my Punjabi culture in this book to educate Australian audiences about Punjab, Sikhism as well as empower my fellow Punjabis to do the same. I want to bring Punjabi culture to the forefront of the Australian literary scene.
I find that books are a gateway to other cultures. I think its important to know about other cultures outside of your own to build tolerance. There's a lot of bullying that goes in schools despite us being such a multicultural society. But if I learn a bit about your culture and you learn about mine, this could truly bridge the gap and create a culture of true tolerance. Tolerance and love starts from a young age. It starts at school, in our playgrounds.
Who is your book aimed at?
My book is Young Adult fiction. It is aimed at 16-19 year old teens.
Who is your favourite character in the book?
Gosh, you've put me on the spot here! I'd have to say that my favourite character in the whole book would have to be Mary. I relate to her the most. She's got that short pixie cut going on, and she deals with the loss of a parent. She's also a great friend to the protagonist, Pavan.
How do you deal with the ups and down of writing? Did you ever feel like giving up completely?
But in all seriousness, I had a lot of support. My friends and family were there at every turn of the way. They taught me to persevere in my writing. There were times when I felt like giving up completely. I wanted to move on, and write another book! But I had some emotional cheerleaders, people who would tell me to finish what I started and not give up on my vision.
The book launch experience has taught me to be confident. That was my first reading, so I will keep you updated through the site and let you know about upcoming readings and creative writing workshops online.
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