Monday, October 21, 2013

#AuthorInterview--> Author in the Spotlight- Xunaira J.

Good Evening Book Lovers!

I am so happy to have the young and very promising author, Xunaira J. as our Author in the Spotlight here on Njkinny's World of Books. :)


Born on October 17, 1990 in Islamabad, Pakistan, to a government officer and a homemaker, Xunaira J, as a child dreamed of being a writer.She always loved writing short stories and has been active on Helium (www.helium.com) as a creative writer. She has been a blogger and been writing articles on relationship and family.When she was young she used to write for US Magazine. Currently, Xunaira is doing her Bachelors in Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing from SZABIST (Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, Islamabad). The name of her book on Amazon Kindle is The Cursed City . Her second book is a joint venture with Ms. Ana Lee and is available in Kindle store with the name of Mia's Confession. Meanwhile, She is working on another volume which is almost reaching completion. She is anticipating to publish it sometime next year.

Welcome to Njkinny's World of Books, Xunaira! :)

Let's start the interview. 

Q1. Tell us something about yourself. 

I was born in Islamabad, Pakistan and have been in love with my city since then. I've had my schooling here, my college and even my university, which I am still attending. My bachelors in computer sciences finishes in about one and a half year and I’m looking forward to stepping in my practical life then. I am a hopeless dreamer and am quite proud of it as it helps me to visualize the situations and scenes that I write about.

Q2. In one sentence, what is your book Love, Life and Everything Else about?


Love, Life and Everything Elseis a collection of short stories, each having a moral behind them. 

Q3. What inspired you to write this book?

There is widespread literature available on the web, especially novels, but I believe the young generation should be entertained with stories that are interesting and have a little bit of lesson or moral behind it. Each story in the book is important and I have got inspiration from various occasions which I have depicted in my stories.

Q4. What has been the biggest surprise or learning experience you've seen through the process of seeing your book get published?

I came across many well-written novels by authors I would never have read but I am thankful to have done so and shared my experiences and theirs with myself.

Q5. Tell me about a fun moment you've had while writing your book Love, Life and Everything Else

I enjoyed writing “The Novelist” for it is almost a true story about an acquaintance. Writing about a real life person is quite enjoyable for you have a clear visuals in your mind’s eye.

Q6. What is the one thing that you hope readers take away after reading your book?

The message behind my stories, the morals and I hope they get what I am trying to explain in them.

Q7. If someone were to tell you one thing before you started writing, what do you wish it had been?

*smiles* I hope they had told me how difficult it is to be a writer :D

Q8. Are you a morning or night person?

I am a night person. I can never wake up early in the mornings.

Q9. You have multiple personalities, describe some of them.

I can easily get inside the head of my male protagonists and think like they must be thinking in the situations. That helps me when I have to write their dialogues. I easily become them and that is almost great.
I am aggressive, almost like an antagonist and I can read their thoughts, one second I am the sweet and soft spoken protagonist and then something just pricks me and I become the aggressor.
For a writer’s point of view, they come in handy when we are working on a novel but in real life, they are bummer!

Q10. What is the best thing you have done in your life?

All the help I have ever provided the needy is what I count as the best thing I have done. Other things that we do, I count them as material things.

Q11. What are your favorite hobbies?

~Writing
~Reading a lot
~Music

Q12. Do you believe in love at first sight? Does Prince Charming exist?

Oh, yes! Now, this is my kind of question. I strongly believe in love at first sight and indeed, prince charming does exist but we all look for the wrong prince, not understanding that he is right there in front of your eyes. All prince charming are not like the cartoons or the movies.

Q13.  If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be…

~Persistent
~Emotional
~Delusional

Q14. What are your pet peeves or interesting things about you that you dislike? What are the interesting things about you that you like?

I multitask a lot and I hate that. I always wanted to be able to do one thing at a time but I am simply at a loss when it comes to that.
I am flexible and I can talk to anyone anywhere and make them feel comfortable easily. You can try me on that. *smiles*

Q15. What's the one thing, you can't live without?

My writing.

Q16. Tea or Coffee?

Coffee.

Q17. What is your favorite quote?

Everyone has beauty, but not everyone can see it. -Confucius

Q18. What are you afraid of?

Liars.

Q19. Where can people find you on the Internet?

My website, http://xunairaj.com/ and can follow me up on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Goodreads. I’m always welcome to messages from my readers.

Q20. What’s next up for you, writing-wise?

I am currently working on a murder mystery/romantic suspense novel, based in my city and looking forward to launch it sometime next year.


An excerpt from Love, Life and Everything Else :

Martha was baking cookies for Sarah and Cindy when the doorbell rang. Cleaning her hands on the apron she wore, she turned toward the front door. Unlatching it, she looked at the man standing on their doorstep, clad in a Brook’s Brother Suit, a matching Armani tie, and clean, shiny boots. Every inch of him depicted wealth and Martha couldn't understand what a man as rich as he was doing on their doorstep.
“Mrs. Sheffield?” he asked, offering his hand for a handshake.
“Yes? Who are you?” she asked, taken aback.
“I am William Brooke, senior attorney representing Mr. Michelson and currently handling the case of his lost daughter.”
“I see. How may I be of assistance to you?” she asked, completely at loss of why he was here in the first place.
“Let’s discuss that inside, Mrs. Sheffield. Shall we?”
“Sure. Come in.” She opened the door wide for him to enter and then locked it
“Sure. Come in.” She opened the door wide for him to enter and then locked it
Guiding him toward their drawing room, her mind set itself to work as to how they could be connected to the disappearance of the town’s most illustrious and wealthy man. They were a simple family, with limited resources, who had complete confidence in each other.Why would they be connected to an atrocity such as this? Sitting down on the chair opposite him, she looked at him expectantly.
“Do you know this girl?” He took out a picture from the folder he was holding and from one glance at the picture, her heart sank. It was the picture of her very own Sarah.
“Yes.” That was all she could say.
“Who is she?” he asked, scrutinizing her closely.

“She’s our daughter.” 

Thanks Xunaira for making time for this interview... :)
All the best for your future endeavors! :)

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Read my review of  Love, Life and Everything Else :

http://njkinny.blogspot.in/2013/10/bookreview-love-life-and-everything.html

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