Good morning and Happy Sunday! I’m thrilled to be here again doing another interview. So far I love how they are turning out, and the responses are in the author’s own words. I hope you are enjoying these as much as I am. Today’s interview is with a self-published author, Simi Sunny! Something interesting about Simi Sunny is that she loves writing no matter what internal things may be going on. She’s a fighter and wants nothing more than to keep writing books for people to love and to keep building an audience! If you’re interested in Simi Sunny’s books or learning more about her, then feel free to follow her on Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter, and her Amazon Author Page!
Are you an indie author or a traditionally published author?
I’m an indie author. I’m glad to be one because it gives me the freedom to create whatever I like. No one can hold me back. Plus, I want to get my work out as soon as I can, and I don’t need to stress out about deadlines. Though, the rules of writing still need to apply, which I do oblige.
Tell me a little about your writing journey, thus far.
My writing journey had gotten to a rocky start so far, but it’s getting better. I have gained a few audiences and, at the same time, I’ve been interacting fellow writers like myself through Facebook groups and on Twitter. Hopefully, I’ll grow while learning something new in my writing journey.
Do you write under a pseudonym? If so explain why.
To be honest, I couldn’t come up with a creative pseudonym, so I stick with my real name. Besides, it’s a clever name that my parents came up with, so I owe them thanks. *laugh*
What genre do you write and why?
Usually, I write fantasy, because I like to create a new world. It’s something that I love about. But I do write some mystery books and Young Adult. I only have one mystery novel, but I know I’ll be writing more of the genres soon. And if there’s a great idea for a story, but it’s out of the genres I usually write, I’ll experiment and decide whether to publish it or not.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a new novel that I’ve been working for a couple of months now. I don’t have the date, but I will say it’s a Fantasy/Paranormal novel. It’s about a woman who runs the funeral home and, at the same time, needs to guide souls to where they need to go. A few of my colleagues were excited when I told them what I was working on, so I hope every reader would be excited about that as well.
What inspired you to write your books?
My internal struggle inspired me. And what I mean is that anxiety and depression have helped me to write, letting my feelings out onto the page. To be honest, I was timid and didn’t manage to say anything that comes to my mind. But with writing, it felt like I found my voice. So I was thankful that I have or, otherwise, I would keep holding onto to whatever’s on my mind.
What are your top 5 favorite books? My top five books that I love so far are:
1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
2. Wolf by Wolf series by Ryan Graudin
3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
4. The Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran
5. Dead Set by Richard Kadrey
What does literary success look like to you?
To me, literary success is about putting your work out there and gaining an audience. Even if you have a small number of readers reading your work, it’s still an accomplishment. I’ve learned that through both my writing journey and the help I fellow writers that I interact with.
How many hours a day do you write? What is your writing routine?
I think it depends on the motivation and the ideas I would have. I would say that I would spend an hour or two on my writing. As for my writing routine, I would have a cup of green tea while listening to music to get me ready to write. But I know that I would have days where I can’t write, which is ok because I would consider it a break. I think taking a day off from writing won’t be bad. Otherwise, I can come up with more ideas for my current writing project or future ones.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it be and why?
If I could have been the original author of a book, it would be Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, because sometimes, I would be authentic with writing my books. More importantly, some of the scenes in the book is similar to what I have experienced in the past. It is just awesome!
What advice would you like to give to aspiring authors?
My advice to new and aspiring authors always have a plan on what you’re going to write. Even if you’re not a newbie, it’s good to look back and see. Use it as a guide, I should say. Don’t worry about what genre it’s going to be or that it’s not perfect when you write. Worry about it when you’re done and ready.