I am Zoya Sehgal, another romance author around the block...
Since childhood, I have nursed a dream to become an author. I do write regularly and have several manuscripts sitting on my hard drive for years.
I plan my life in 5-year-blocks.
Graduation and job@20
Have a baby@30
Quit job and move out of India@35
Start a new career as an author@40
I was sticking to this plan until pandemic struck…
I now realize that life is too short and uncertain to wonder and ponder infinitely. I want to unleash the crazy child in me who wants to play with the world of words.
The right time to do things is now. Why wait till forty? Let me live my author dream Let me take the next step and share my stories with strangers. Let me take a leap of faith and publish them.
I have been reading a lot, especially since the lockdown began in March. I have read 300+ romance novels. Some were great and helped me feel happy and put me to sleep, others were okay, and the rest inspired me to write because of how bad they were.
Alrighty, let us write a romance. How hard could it be, I ask myself. There is only one problem: I have never had a romantic relationship; a necessary ingredient for writing romance. I mean… I did have a boy who wrote me letters. Does he count?
Anyway… Here is my story: Once Upon A Mentor
I present my first story, my attempt to write and be famous; for all the right reasons, I hope. It costs 100 rupees, only. Just buy the damn thing and be sure to download it on your Kindle. You can also use Amazon Kindle app.
If you have bought the book send me the receipt, I will send you a thank you note. Or not, whatever…
I have decided to revive my author dream because… Why not?
I’ve been busy doing a million other things except writing. But I’m back to my storytelling mode, this time with a series, because why not?
Hey, people say that series works on KDP. I’m going to try that now and be more consistent, perseverant, persistent and other synonyms if you will. Let’s see if that brings about any change. The series will feature a range of loosely coupled (ahem, software engineer talking) romance short stories and novellas with people from one story popping up in another as a guest appearance of sorts. I do not dig cliff hangers nor can I write one.
Oh, the series title you ask. Once Upon a Time. People have done many variations already: Half Upon a Time, Twice Upon a Time etc. Now let me be creative and see how many titles I can churn.
For clean wholesome romance lovers who love to read diverse stories, please contact me on my blog theothermeunfolded.com and be a part of my crew. You will get to read the book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Once Upon a Mentor (A Contemporary Romance) is available on amazon. It costs 99 INR and free for kindle unlimited subscribers.
I know, authors are expected to begin the marketing ahead of the release but I never know when I will finish a story. Secondly, I can never wait to release a book once it is done. So, watch this space, I will share the sample chapters soon.