Good morning, Samna, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the place for art and authors. What have you written?
Romance novels/ novelettes and Children’s stories
What is your favorite genre to write?
Romance; Humour is what I aspire to do in the long-run.
Tea or coffee?
Pizza or ice cream?
Wine or beer?
Where would you like to visit?
Favorite musical artist. Do you listen to music when you write? What?
I like the oldies: Frank Sinatra, Engelbert Humperdinck, Elvis Presley, Paul Anka, Beatles. I also like U2 and Michael Jackson. Yes, I listen to music when I write. These days it’s the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. Don’t ask me why J
What makes you laugh?
More like who makes me laugh. P.G. Wodehouse
How old were you when you started writing?
Describe your perfect evening:
Nobody around. Music. A good book. A bag of potato chips J
Where do you get your inspiration?
From the books I read and dreams.
What do you do when you get a writer's block?
My mentor Nicholas Boving says there is no such thing as a writer’s block. So now I don’t believe in the concept J
I believe that, Samna. I think we've grown accustom to called a fear/exhaustion syndrome 'writer's block. Who is your favorite author?
Best book you ever read:
There are too many but if I really have to choose it would be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Last book you read:
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. It is a terrific book.
What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
Something in Marketing and New Product Development.
Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My parents. I am what I am today because of their love, encouragement and upbringing. They always motivated me to read, write and have an independent soul. I am eternally grateful to them.
If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Henry Tudor VIII. He fascinates me. I want to ask him how he changed from an intelligent, athletic, energetic and handsome man to someone so cruel, mean, nasty and ugly.
I also find him fascination, and scary at the same time.What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Don’t let anyone discourage you. Be open to criticism and use it to improve your skill but never give up on writing just because people don’t like your work. You can never please everyone and you shouldn’t even bother trying.
Soon to be released:
Protest of Love (Book 5 of the Monday Mystery Society)
Mary Gardner is a workaholic with a passion for books. She is working on the biggest deal of her career. She is excited and happy but in walks Stefan Larsson. He is all fired up to stop it from going through and has put everything at risk. Will Mary be able to stop him from destroying everything that matters to her? And if she does, what will she lose in the process?
“Found what you’re looking for?” Mary looked up with a start. Stefan stood there; cross legged, casually leaning against the wall.
“So the real-estate industry and the pharmaceutical industry. Is there anyone you like?” she asked bitterly.
He slowly walked toward her, his eyes locked on hers.
“I like you,” he said as he came around and took the paper from her hand.
“If this is what you do to people you like, I feel sorry for those you don’t.” The office space suddenly seemed smaller to her. Nobody knew she was here. She didn’t think Stefan would hurt her, but she had been snooping around. He had every right to be angry. She wondered what he planned to do.
“I’m impressed. You don’t seem like the breaking and entering type.” Mary was not short, but Stefan towered over her. Her pulse started to race. She took a step back but stumbled on the chair. Stefan grabbed her by the waist to prevent her from losing her balance.
“You seem kind of distracted Mary,” Stefan said as his eyes roamed over her face and rested on her lips.
Mary flushed. She realized his arms were still around her.
“Keep your hands off me, Mr. Larsson,” she said.
“You know, all this Sir and Mr. Larsson …it’s really not doing it for me.” Stefan flashed his gorgeous smile with that tilt of his head.
“Maybe because I have no desire to do it for you Mr. Larsson.” Mary glared at him and walked out of his office.
Samna Ghani is a romance novelist. She works as the Regional Editor at Healthmanagement.org and is a published author with Books To Go Now and Laurus Publishing. Samna is the Co-Founder and an active member of the Mississauga Writers Group, Canada. Her books include All Aboard, ‘Tis But a Dream, One of Those Days, Valentine in Love and Just like Christmas. Her children’s stories include The Shoe, the Necklace and the Giant and The Tooth Fairy Goes to School. She is currently working on two romance stories “Protest of Love” and “The Mirror of Love”. They will be released during the summer of 2015.
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