Today on Newbie Corner, we have J Alchem, the very successful, prize-winning and talented story teller.
Welcome to Newbie Corner, J Alchem!
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Tell us a little about yourself. How did you begin writing?
I am a storyteller; it is the only most important thing that defines me.
In terms of qualifications, I have done MBA in Finance and International Business. Since the beginning, I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I do not know how, but the writing bug bit me 5 years ago and left me bleeding on paper.
I have written in several magazines and newspapers and received the appreciation for the same. I am a winner of Story Mirror Season-1 and Superhero storyteller Award. I have co-authored more than 4 books including Love bytes, the second life, Catalogue – A menu of memories, and mighty thoughts. My next solo book, “A road not traveled’ is gonna hit the market before the end of this year.
What is your favorite genre in writing?
I mostly prefer to write motivational stories. Although, I am not restricted to any specific genre. I have written on love, humor, suspense, thrill, and on social issues as well. I do believe in writing something out of the box.
Who inspires you most and to whom would you dedicate your creative growth?
Anything that makes me emotional inspires me to write. Be it a movie, or a struggle story of someone. The best thing is that I get inspired easily. When I see an old man carrying something heavy on his head over the busy street, I get inspired. When I see a beggar asking alms and then offering the same to another beggar who is not capable to even ask, I get inspired. I would dedicate my creative growth to these same people.
What kind of a writer are you? Do you plot the entire novel/story or make it up as you write?
I do not plot my novel in a single go. I just start with an idea. When I proceed to pen down that idea, ink flows on its own and an entirely different picture comes in existence, a picture that I did not imagine at first when I set down to write. All of my stories are end-products of such flows.
Do you have a favorite place to write or a scheduled time to write every day?
I do not have any favorite place or schedule time to write. However, I mostly prefer writing when all people are asleep. I need complete silence so I can imagine and meet my characters and become a part of their fictional life before portraying them in my books. Though, it is not necessary that I need a secluded place to find silence, I can feel lonely even in a crowd. That’s the most amazing gift I got from God after creativity.
Who are your favorite authors and what is the genre that you like reading most?
It is really hard to name few favorite authors because there are so many. Still, I love to read Paulo Coelho, Nicholas sparks, Khaleed Hosseini, Oscar Wilde, and Emily Bronte. I read their work. I re-read their work. I re-re-read their work.
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
That’s the most amazing, but a typical question. It is amazing because it gives me goose bumps when I think about future and typical because I do not know how to answer it.
I do leave it on my readers, wherever they want me to be, I will be. I can only promise to give the best of mine to them.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
There is no such subject. As an author, I would love to explore each and every subject and genre. But yeah, I am little weak in history, so in case, I do sit to write a book based on historical facts, then I will be needing lots of research for sure.
How much important do you think marketing is for the success of a book?
Hell, important. Marketing is what makes a book reach to maximum readers. If good marketing is there, a book is sure to succeed no matter what content that book holds. I see many average books being bestsellers just because of marketing and many beautiful books not doing so well just because of lack of marketing.
What is the message that you want to convey to the readers through your writing?
Stop chasing people. If they are not with you, they do not deserve you. So, work on creating yourself.
Thank you, J Alchem. It was very interesting. Wishing you the very best for your future endeavors.
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