Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Samna Ghani, please enjoy!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samna Ghani is a published author. She writes romance novels and children’s adventure stories. She works as a Regional Editor at Healthmanagement.org and is also the Co-Founder and an active member of the Mississauga Writers Group, Canada. Her work has been featured on several online platforms including Yahoo, Capital Liberty News and Career Addict.
Samna has a passion for books and reads everything and anything under the sun. She has been writing since she was a young girl and her dream to become a published author finally came true in 2010. Now, Samna wants to write the kind of romance novels she would like to read.
CONNECT WITH SAMNA
What name(s) do you write under? If you write under a pseudonym, what helped you choose that name?
I write under my original name Samna Ghani. Love my name and don't feel the need to use a pseudonym :-)
Where are you from?
I am from Karachi, Pakistan but have been living in Canada for more than a decade now.
What is the name of your most recent or upcoming release? Can you give us an idea of what the story is about? What genre is it? Where can we find it?
The name of most recent release is All Aboard. It is a romance novel based on a woman who goes on a European cruise and meets a man she tries to resist but can't. She has trust issues and the story unfolds as the two get to know each other and bond. The book is available on Amazon as both an eBook and a Paperback.
Title: All Aboard
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
When did you start writing, and when did it turn professional?
I have been writing since I was ten years old. I got my first pay check for a published children's story when I was 13. You can say it turned professional then :-)
What or who inspired you to being writing? Who are your greatest literary influences?
Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and P.G. Wodehouse are my three sources of inspiration. I am a writer because of them and these three are also my greatest literary influences, although I doubt I can ever match their calibre.
Did you hire or use an editor prior to publishing?
My publishers (Books to Go Now for my romance novel and Laurus Publishing for my children’s' books) provided me with an editor prior to publishing.
Did you use a graphic artist to create your cover art? If so, what helped you decide on the cover(s) of your books?
The publisher designed the cover and I must say I love it :-)
What have you learned on your journey from writing to publishing that you think should be passed along to those interested?
The most important thing that I have learnt is to never underestimate your work. While it is important for a writer to be self-critical in order to produce the best material, there is no reason to constantly question yourself as to "whether you can write well-enough" or "whether this is good enough to be published" etc. My romance novel was sitting idle on my hard drive for two years before Angela Ford motivated me to send it out. It is now published and I am thankful to her for helping me find the courage to send it out and to Books to Go Now for considering it good enough to be published. The same thing happened with my two published children’s books. It took me quite a bit of courage to approach publishers. I have now learnt that it is best to go-ahead and try to get your work published rather than write and let your work rot on your computer.
I know some authors set writing goals, such as so many words per day. Do you set any goals for your stories?
No. As far as I am concerned, I don't work well with quantitative goals. I write when I want to (which is like all the time) but most of my ideas come to me at night. This is as far as my books are concerned. I actually work as a Regional Editor for a healthcare publication and those deadlines I cannot afford to miss and I work on that during the day.
Do you have a favorite character of your own and what makes him/her your favorite?
My favorite character is Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. I like her because she is feisty; she is intelligent; she has a mind of her own; and she does not spend her entire life living up to other people's expectations.
Do you have any projects you’re working on now?
Yes, I am working on a short historical romance. I have another short story which is likely to be published by the end of this year and another book launch for an anthology from my writing group, the Mississauga Writers Group.
How do you juggle time between all your responsibilities?
Juggling time between official work, kids, home and then the work I actually love i.e. writing love stories is very difficult. But I manage. Eventually :-)
Do you have any blog tours or upcoming events we should know about?
I have a book launch on the 27th of September. I am the co-founder and active member of the Mississauga Writers Group and we have just published an anthology where sixteen of our members have contributed their material. We will be launching the anthology at our city's Central Library on the 27th. I will also be promoting All Aboard at this event.
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