Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Article by PG Van about the journey of an aspiring writer

The journey of an aspiring writer. From the day you picked up your pen till the day you chose Amazon. Why?

I never in a million years thought I would be a writer. I still remember the moment I decided to write a story. It was a beautiful July morning and I was on my way to work driving on a scenic California highway. I have a good hour drive to work and I spent the time that day thinking about what it would take for someone to find a long lost friend especially in this day and age of social media. I thought about all the friends I was able to get in touch with on Facebook and the ones I could not, no matter how much I searched. That’s when I thought of the story of Nick and Sameera who were friends in high school and lost touch.

I started by literally writing down on a sheet of paper the main aspect of the story, finding lost love. My characters were born and the story started to form. I wanted the characters to be Indian, but living in the beautiful San Francisco bay area. I still have notes from my initial days with the names and characteristics of each character and why I wanted them to have those traits. I wanted my story to be strong and deep so I needed something more than love and friendship and the only thing that gave my story the depth was destiny.

I spent two weeks from the day I thought of the story to figure out if I could really do it and I discussed with a few of my loved ones. In spite of the nagging question around the use of time I told myself I was going to put the story on paper so I can read the story even if no one wants to read it.
Once I started writing, I could not stop. I was writing part time but it took me two months to publish the book. The energy and the enthusiasm I had was just unbelievable. In the two months I spent working on my book the series was born, I carved out what I wanted to write in part two and three and put the outlines aside and focused on getting my thoughts out for the first part.

My family and friends were extremely surprised when I told them I wrote a book and a lot of them asked the standard ‘Who are you?’ question after reading my book. The feedback and comments I received from everyone was extremely encouraging and that’s what keeps me going.

P.G. Van lives in San Francisco and she published her first novel, Destiny Decides… in October 2015 and cannot stop writing. She loves to spend time with family and is a strong believer of retail therapy (mostly shops for boots and purses!!). She enjoys giving her readers an escape to the world of love and romance.
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