Hello author, on behalf of all the readers, we would like to discuss something about you and of course, your book as well. This conversation will help reader to know more about you and your debut book.
Criticspace: Most welcome to Criticspcae, Author. We heartily congratulate you for being a published author. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers.
Author: Thank you for the warm welcome and wishes. I’m Tina Sequeira, and I currently reside in Hyderabad.
I am marketer by day and moonlighting writer by night. I am the founder of ‘The Write Away Program,’ a creative writing workshop where I mentor my students on the subtle nuances of creative writing and English Grammar.
I am born to moderately liberal Malayali parents, married to a wonderful Goan gentleman, and we have a beautiful daughter who is now in her tweens.
Reading and writing were my childhood hobbies. I was a closet dancer in my childhood, thanks to my love for Indian Cinema. In college, I would groove to the latest numbers on stage and was nicknamed the ‘Dancing Doll.’ I am a nomad at heart and love traveling and living in different countries and making new friends. I have a particular affinity for places that have sub-zero temperature for months, are hugged by gigantic, rocky mountains and has sandy shores and beaches.
Criticspace: That’s really great; please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author. When you actually started writing and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to write your debut book or was it your childhood hobby of writing?
Author: As a child, books were my best friend. It was always a childhood dream to become an author someday. Back then, the plan was to write one legendary book in my old age after retiring from life’s responsibilities.
Things have changed so much since I was a child. With the advent of technology and social media, the writing landscape has changed drastically. It’s easier and faster to write, edit, and publish a book today than in the past.
I have been writing since I was a teenager. Journaling was something that helped me get through the adolescence years. I started blogging a decade ago thanks to my brother, who felt that it was something that I would enjoy. He was bang-on right.
I started writing on leading online platforms like YouthKiAwaaz, Women’s Web, Momspresso, and that’s when things became more apparent that I was on the right path as a writer.
My debut fiction book ‘Bhumi’ has originated from the #AtoZChallenges hosted by BlogChatter. I had a specific theme in mind and went with the flow. It took a year since the challenge for me to edit the first draft and finally publish my book on Amazon, this May 2019.
Criticspace: Please tell the reader something about your book. What is your message to those readers who have still not read the book? Why they should pick it up for reading?
Author: The idea for Bhumi stemmed in mid-2017 when I was thinking of foraying into fiction. While the writer in me wanted to explore different writing genres and styles, I wanted to begin my literary fiction journey with the theme of women in one book.
As a woman, I am disappointed at the lack of both female perspective and protagonists in the mainstream. Even if it exists, it’s often tokenism.
Bhumi is a non-judgemental space where diverse women can breathe, come alive, and thrive. It’s finding beauty in the flaws, the imperfections. I didn’t want my female protagonists to fall into the victim mode. I didn’t want to whitewash and project an unrealistic portrayal of women. So, there are good, bad, and ugly women protagonists in my book. I don’t have any particular message. I leave it to my readers to interpret Bhumi in their way.
People should pick up Bhumi for a beautiful and diverse reading experience. I would like to believe that there is something for everyone in the book.
Criticspace: And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those new writers who have not yet started their journey of becoming an author? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.
Author: My message to new writers would be to read as much or even more than they write. They should spend considerable time understanding their voice, and the genre that best suits them. Then, research and understand the market for their books even before they venture writing them. Have a time-frame by when they want to complete the book, and to share them with their loved ones and writing experts for honest feedback before the edit. Take their readers’ suggestions and comments seriously. And lastly, not to compare their journey with anybody else.
There is only one ‘You,’ and nobody can write like you or tell a story as you do. So, go ahead and tell your stories only like you can.
All the best!
Criticspace: That’s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.