Would you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
My name is Baldip Kaur. I was born in Egypt, traveled with my parents to various countries before settling in London, where I have lived for over 20 years. For the most part of my life, my creativity was unknown, although I was always interested in reading and literature, however, this creative energy was released after a personal Trauma. This first took the form of painting, oils, murals, painting on glass, of which I have had a few exhibitions in local Libraries. I joined a writing workshop for a time where I realized that I had a passion and flair for writing – and I have been writing ever since!
Which book are you currently promoting?
I have just published my third novel ‘Fanish’ and am trying to promote it.
Can you tell us what the book is about? The novel is about Child and drug trafficking. It illustrates how children are and can be exploited, especially those who are neglected at home.
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
A child had been abducted and the news items covered the trauma of the events, the suffering of the parents inspired me to come up with the idea for Fanish.
Where did you come up with the title of the book from?
The title is only the name of the central character; it means a snake, which I felt, was relevant to his character.
What can you tell us about your main characters?
Well, one of them, the main, is Fanish, who I covered in the previous question. The others, Vanita and Gazal, are girls who fall prey to his charm, and become trapped in his web of deceit, prostitution and drugs. The other is Akshita, who is Fanish’s wife and the novel illustrates the different tactics he uses to manipulate each character to his advantage/profit.
Did you have to do any research in order to help you with the writing of this book?
Yes I had to child exploitation and as one of the characters is a pedophile, I had to research that area as well.
What made you decide to become a writer?
It was not a conscious decision, but when I started writing, I found I loved it and could not stop!
What genre do you generally write?
I think it would be literary fiction and all my novels have an underlying social issue/theme.
Are you interested in writing other genres?
o far, no, but in the future I cannot say what would inspire me!
Do you follow a routine when you begin to write a scene or chapter?
Yes! A cup of coffee, armchair and silence!
How long does it usually take for you to write a book?
About a year, but longer to edit!
Do you have a general idea of what direction you want the plot to take ahead of time?
Not at all, after I have reached 100 pages, the characters seem to take control?!
Have you ever had second doubts about a story you’ve written?
Always, hence the editing/re-editing ….but not clear as to the question. I am always clear as to the story only doubt about style, which point in book etc.
Are there any authors you admire? In classics Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Bronte. Current authors John Grisham, James Patterson etc.
What other projects are you currently working on?
I am writing my fourth novel, which was inspired by the Tsunami
Did you self-publish? If not, is that something you will be willing to consider in the future?
Yes I have self-published all three of my novels Kismet, Maelstrom and Fanish
What is your least favorite part about getting published? Promoting my book! And of course, the finance….
What are you doing to promote your work?
I have contacted libraries, where I have held talks. I have created a webpage, bookmarks and business cards. I have also had done some interview blogs, am with booksellers, Goodread, etc.
Where can the readers find more information about you?
My website: www.art2prose.co.uk
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Fanish-Baldip-Kaur/dp/1909593257/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360449720&sr=8-1&keywords=fanish