Hey guys! Today I'll be featuring an author on my blog, Payal Roy. What's more, her book, 12 Precious Anecdotes From Life will be offered free over the weekend, starting tomorrow, 23rd June.
12 Precious Anecdotes From Life by Payal Roy
This summer, have a look at this novella-12 short stories that set the ball of fate rolling on the court of life. Take a journey into the fascinating and intriguing world of Samantha, John, Amy, uncle Ben and Shaun amongst a dozen other faces who share their anecdotes through this book. What do they have in common? Successful and interesting people from a diverse background, their paths cross with Anita Maher. This sets off a cascade of events that compels everyone to look back at their own lives. How is Anita affected? Other people too seem to bump into Anita all of a sudden when she least expects them. Why? Does life want to convey a message to all?
12 heartfelt anecdotes from their lives kept a secret all this while, only to be revealed to Anita, when time seems limited and many ventures still left unexplored. Does life give a second chance? Find out in this book which shares their exploits and adventures through their intriguing and engaging stories.
Payal Roy is an avid reader,a poet and a travel enthusiast,who loves to travel to new places, meet and interact with new found friends,and explore their history, culture and traditions.
She loves reading both fiction and non-fiction books and writes poems, articles and short stories in her pastimes.
For Payal, authoring and creativity have always been some of her major areas of interest from her childhood. Her penchant for writing poems and novels developed in her junior school years and has continued through her growing up years.
Payal values friendship, nature and memorable moments spent amongst a diverse culture of people and places. She holds them close to her heart through her poems and short articles on life and its changing moments.
She sincerely attempts to share her views and ideas lucidly with her readers, and looks forward to continue creating a host of vibrant fictional and non-fictional works in future.
Hailing from India, Payal is married and presently lives in Europe with her family.
And now, let's welcome Payal to the blog to have a little chat with us! :)
Hey! It’s lovely to have you on the blog today! So, shall we begin? J
Ans: A big hello to everyone! Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to share my voice with millions of reader and blogger friends in this virtual world. Let's begin!
For starters, why not tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
Ans: My name is Payal Roy and I am based in Europe. I am first and foremost an avid reader, a bookworm you can say. I specialize in finance and have been working in this sector for quite a while. However, my love for books and writing finally brought out my inner calling towards the writing career and now I am a full time writer, a published author and poet, and I love my work!
What made you want to become a writer?
Ans: I can recall, when I was in the sixth grade we had an assignment in our literature class wherein we were asked to create an original poem. I was an avid reader since childhood, and as I attempted to write an original poem, I could feel the words of poetry come to me naturally. From that moment, there was no looking back. As I grew up, writing stories, novella and poetry became a part of my life- a parallel world for me you can say. As I wrote stories and poems one after the other, they inspired me all the more to pursue this fantastic world of writing.
Do you have any hidden talents? *wink*
Ans: Letme think...I can say creating poetry out of thin air anytime of the day and coming up with short stories to perk up my mood and rejuvenate myself to do some serious writing later on--maybe that can be a talent? That's because I was somewhat shy in childhood and so, very few people knew about my writing skills since childhood. When my books began to get published in the online leading bookstores after I grew up, they came to know about the hidden writer in me. :-)
What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?
Ans: I often read blogs of other fellow author friends-both indie authors and traditional authors and I love their continuous and renewed enthusiasm about writing. I also find that nature in all her beauty has this miraculous ability to inspire and rejuvenate my mind. So, I am inspired for my books from nature, from optimistic and positive views on life by my fellow author friends, from the multitude of events that occur in my life and leave some notes of bittersweet wisdom and of course from the books I come across that take me into their own world of fantasy, fiction and intrigue.
Are your characters based off real people, or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Ans: My present book 12 Precious Anecdotes From Life is a work of fiction, and the characters in the book came from the figments of my imagination.
Could you tell us a bit about your book and why it is a must-read?
Ans: My current book 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life is a novella. It is a work of fiction with a touch of adventure, drama and inspiration from life, with a little dash of supernatural element thrown in a few of the chapters. It is a collection of 12 short stories that would take you into the fictitious, yet an intriguing world of the characters each of whom have a special story to share with you. 12 people have their paths crossed with a common friend-the protagonist. Somehow they reveal a few secrets to her and their lives change forever. Do their lives change in a good way or a bad way? How is their common friend affected?
Each story brings in front of you a gradual unraveling of their characters and why they are so special to the protagonist. When you read the stories, I think you will realize the underlying message from each story, which have an amusing, and an interesting tale to tell. The book is a short read, and if you want to relax on a summer's day, or on a weekend with a short, riveting read, try out 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life. So, I believe this book is a must-read.
The book is currently available in all the Kindle stores of Amazon. The book is enrolled in Amazon's KDP Select for monthly borrows by Prime members and is scheduled to run a 2 day summer weekend free promo beginning from 23rd June (Saturday midnight Pacific Standard Time) until 24th June (Sunday midnight Pacific Standard Time) 2012. So, during 23rd June and 24th June, get a free copy of the book 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life, which can also be read by anyone without a kindle, by downloading the free, kindle reading applications for PC, laptop or tablets-iPad etc.
Ans: Idon't have any particular preference about the writing process. I like the entire writing process with equal zeal and enthusiasm. When I begin to write, I can see my characters in my mind's eye, interacting with one another and unraveling their stories, which my pen writes down, or my fingers type into the WordPad. It is fun; a wonderful experience and I can say that writing is one of the best jobs in the world!
And of course, do you have a particular favorite character? I know an author will love most if not all of the characters he/she creates, but I’m sure there must be a favorite of yours! So who is it, and why?
Ans: I love all my characters in my book 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life, but amongst them my favorite is the lead protagonist in my book. Her name is Anita Maher.
Anita is the common friend of the 12 characters who bump into her so suddenly, and their secrets begin to unravel gradually. Anita is always enthusiastic about a new find, she holds special moments close to her heart and is always in search for uniqueness and has a never give up attitude. A free spirited person, she hates being tied down, and is ready to learn from the events taking place about her and exudes a mix of various emotions. I found her to be the perfect protagonist for my book.
Will you tell us a little about your plans for the future, and maybe other books that are in the works? (Ideas thought out, perhaps even a rough draft?)
Ans: Iplan to write a host of short stories and novels in future like my present book 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life. I want totryout the genres of fantasy, romance and young adult.Iam also writing another book on poetry, it is of the genre- speculative fantasy poetry. The poetry book would contain a collection of poems from mainly speculative genre with a touch of fiction and inspirational genres.
I have also published an ebook of the name- Memoirs: The Soulful Recollection Friendship and Life. It is available as a Nook book in Barnes and Noble, as Kindle, EPub, Online view, and pdf at Smashwords. It is also available for download at Apple iTunes stores for iPad, iTouch and iPhone. This book is available at Amazon stores as well. It has received 4+ stars in Goodreads and Readers Favorite.
Some of the direct links for Memoirs: The Soulful Recollection
To my readers, I would also like to convey this message about my latest book 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life: The book is a short read, and if you want to relax on a summer's day, or on a weekend with a short, riveting read, try out this book.
The book is currently available in all the Kindle stores of Amazon. It is enrolled in Amazon's KDP Select for monthly borrows by Prime members and is scheduled to run a 2 day summer weekend free promo beginning from 23rd June (Saturday midnight Pacific Standard Time) until 24th June (Sunday midnight Pacific Standard Time) 2012. So, both Amazon prime and non prime member, you can still look out during 23rd June and 24th June, to grab a free copy of the book 12 Precious Anecdotes from Life, which can also be read by anyone without a kindle, by downloading the free, kindle reading applications for PC, laptop or tablets-iPad etc.
My name's Victoria and I love to read! And I guess no matter how busy I am, I'll always find time to read because you can't stop a passion, can you? I love netball, especially shooting, there's just something so peaceful about it, isn't there?
I started blogging in 2011, around November. I've fallen in love with it. Blogging about books just is so fun. Of course, I haven't been the most active of bloggers due to school:( Hopefully that will change now that I'm finally free!
But above all, I love my Lord Jesus Christ, my Savior. I've put my trust in Him. Because I know that no matter what, He will never forsake me nor leave me.
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