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An Interview with Aija Mayrock

Q1) What are your other interests/hobbies besides Writing?

AIJA– I love watching TV shows, films, reading, listening to podcasts, music. I love being outside in nature – biking, hiking, and going on little adventures whenever I can.

Q2) When did you write your first poem for dear girl and when did you think that you wanted to share your words with the world globally?

AIJA-The first poem I wrote for Dear Girl is called “The Truth About Being A Girl” and it’s since become one of my most viewed poetry videos. When I wrote that poem about 3 years ago, I knew I wanted to share it with the world. I didn’t know how or when, but it was something I needed to say.

Q3) How would you describe your Writing process like, based on personal experience or things happening around you?

AIJA-I am a creature of routine. I have a specific morning routine and writing routine that helps me get in the zone. Other than a routine, I try to keep my eyes and ears open to all that is happening around me and in the world. I write morning pages almost every day which allows me to be more in touch with my thoughts and feelings. And whenever I have a call for inspiration – I just got to it. I think the most important thing for me as a writer is to just write every day. Even if I don’t like what I write, the routine of it helps me not struggle with procrastination.

Q4) From your Instagram profile, I could find that you are reader too!❤️ Which is your favorite book of all time and your favorite poet ?

AIJA-My favorite poet is Rumi. My grandmother passed down her “Essentials of Rumi” book to me and I bring it with me wherever I go. My favorite book is probably Night by Eli Wiesel.

Q5) How do you deal with the universal human emotions like stress or doubts ?

AIJA -It’s a part of every day life for almost all of us. I try to remind myself that we all have these struggles and with each day there is an opportunity for a new beginning. I also practice meditation, I go on walks, exercise, and do whatever I can to keep balance in my life.

Q6) when writing do you believe in finishing a poem in one go or do you take time to complete it slowly?

AIJA-I don’t have a belief with this sort of thing. I wrote “The Truth About Being A Girl” in one go. I made minor adjustments afterwards but it was a piece that poured out of me. On the other hand, I wrote “Dear Girl” (the poem) over the course of weeks. And I still made changes to it up until I published the book. I think you must go with how your gut is guiding you for each particular piece.

Q7) Would you like to share your audiobook recording experience? Or any incident from the recording.

AIJA-I loved recording the audiobook. I am a performer and I love performing. Recording the audiobook for Dear Girl was a beautiful experience and I loved getting to add some music to it, as well.

Q8) What would you advice or suggest to the aspiring writers and poets of the world?

AIJA-Write the thing you are afraid to write. Play with styles, voices, themes. Don’t throw out any writing. Write as if you are the only one going to see it. And write as often as you can. Self doubt is your greatest enemy.

Q9) We see your power filled performance clips on social media which shows confidence in every single atom of it, how would you advice people to get over stage – fright ?

AIJA-Take it step by step and ease out of your comfort zone. Perhaps speak in front of your family, then a few friends, then a few more friends, and allow yourself the space and time to face your fear. It won’t happen overnight and that is totally okay. It’s all about the constant practice of stepping outside of those fears, of facing them, and one day you will stand on stage and feel more at ease.

P.S. I still always get nervous each time I perform. You don’t need to conquer your fear, you just need to face it.

Q1O) Do we see more poetry books by you in the future? Could you please tell us something about it.

AIJA-I would love to! My dream is to write for film and television, to continue writing books and poetry, and perhaps even plays!

Secrets revealed, an insider on The Sisters Grimm : Author interview of Menna Van Praag

For the new readers of the world, above is a photo of our dearest author Menna Van Praag. She has written and published several books. Her latest book is titled “The Sisters Grimm” which is my favourite and therefore this interview gives the readers an insider to The Sisters Grimm. The interview was done through e-mail correspondence. Thank you internet!

Q1) What are your other interests and favourite Activities to do when you are not Writing?

Answer- I love going to the cinema – I love films! And reading, of course. Anything to do with stories, and I’m happy. I also love visiting art galleries, I’m inspired by beauty.

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Dear girl by Aija Mayrock a book review

BOLD, DYNAMIC, POWERFUL

Book – Dear girl

Author @aijamayrock

READING AGE-12 AND ABOVE

MY RATING – 5/5

I have specifically done a short review for this one as I want you all to focus on why I absolutely loved dear girl and why everyone should read it.

One of my best reads for 2020

The audiobook speaker is the same as the author if I am correct and oh my god! Such powerful voice! It makes you feel as if you are living the book.

Dear girl is narrated so exquisitely, the music in the background fits so well with the narration. Yes, it is a poetry book, but I would also like to call it an adress to the society, a challenge to thinking, a warm environment and protection for people , a beautiful warning, a future to come collection of poetry. The voice was so clear and beautiful that it makes you actually wonder and think.

The poems act as healing process to i am sure wounds of millions of people. Everyone on this planet should hear this. The poetry talks about various social issues as well and ends on
a note as beautiful as rain. The best part is that it has something for everyone on the planet and it makes every aspect of human emotion come alive!

#qotd which was the last poetry book you read?


I would like to thank netgalley
And the publisher for providing me with the E-arc and the author for sharing her words with the world.

ROARING – BLOG TOUR

Synopsis:
Colt Clemmons is an agent in a specialized division within the Bureau of Investigation—one that hunts down not just mobsters, but also monsters.
For reasons that are kept top secret, Colt is the only person who can resist a siren’s voice. But he’s never had a chance to test this ability. The last siren left in the world mysteriously disappeared years ago.
Then one night, with a single word, she reveals herself. It seems too good to be true.
And it is. Because nothing about this siren—her past, her powers, or her purpose—is what it seems…

About the author

Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.
Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.

TOUR SCHEDULE

https://favouritepagesbookclub.blogspot.com/2020/07/roaring-by-lindsey-duga.html

REVIEW

This is an extremely special book, this is why I have given no spoilers in my review. This is one of the book that gets you started and energetic from the beginning.

Starts on a note where we feel dreams are left unfulfilled, music is there but lost. Then there comes the mysterious vibe that keeps us going further and further, children vanishing? Lost and found? Mysterious creatures?

This book has it all.

There were times when it felt like just to move fast in the story and avoid the details. But, don’t do that. The descriptions are very important and since I personally loved the mystery vibe, read every word of this book. It will only increase the enjoyment, don’t skip.

The introduction of new characters was interesting to read but it broke the reading pace for me.

This is a perfect combination of mystery+paranormal. I have a feeling that every reader would enjoy this irrespective of genre preferrence.

My rating – 4/5

I would like to thank favourite pages book club tour for selecting me as a part of this tour.

Cover reveal

It is known that Ahalya was cursed by her husband, Gautam, for indulging in a physical relationship with Indra. But is there another story to Ahalya’s truth? Who was Indra anyway? A king? A lover? A philanderer? The first book of the Sati series, Ahalya hinges on these core questions, narrating the course of her life, from innocence to infidelity.

In the Sati series, Koral Dasgupta explores the lives of the Pancha Kanyas from Indian mythology, all of whom had partners other than their husbands and yet are revered as the most enlightened women, whose purity of mind precedes over the purity of body. The five books of the Sati series reinvent these women and their men, in the modern context with a feminist consciousness.

Jinnah a life : Book review

It is very important to develop your own perspective and respecting others opinions as well.
Today I’ll be talking about the book JINNAH  A LIFE
Written by – Yasser Latif Hamdani
Suggested reading age according to me- 12+
My rating – 3.5/5
Review-  This book is a biographical account of Mr. Jinnah and talks about multiple aspects of his life and not only the historical parts.

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“Flying colours” a insider and dazzling interview, with the author of Feathertide : Beth Cartwright

Q) What is your work (writing) schedule like when you are writing ?

Answer – It’s not very regular, but it’s very immersive when it happens. For me, writing in snatched moments is not enough and once I begin, I can get lost for hours. It’s like I’m no longer in the room. It’s a very strange feeling, but one I welcome.

Q) How would you describe your journey while writing feathertide, did you go on any literary pilgrimages?

Answer – I have no other writing friends and haven’t done any creative writing courses. Perhaps because I’m not brave enough to share my work in progess. I still don’t really understand the whole publishing world. A pilgrimage or retreat sounds interesting – I really wish I had time.

Q) As a writer what would you choose as your mascot/avatar ?

Answer – A cat: curious, contemplative and solitary. I also need to sleep a lot.

Q) What was an early experience where you realised Language held power?

I fell in love with language early. It has the power to heal or destroy; to convince and enlighten. A single word can change so many things in so many ways and we should be careful how we use it. I have always loved the precision of poetry and how it makes you feel. I am very metaphorical. Language is a gift.

Q) Do you look for inspiration in a specific place and bit by bit plan your writing or are you a believer in finishing a task in one go?

Answer – I don’t think inspiration can be found in any one place but for me it definitely began in my childhood. I was so lucky to spend time outdoors, where everything was an adventure – wading through streams, climbing trees and treasure hunts in the woods. I would often return with rain-damp skin and mud in my hair, but I was so happy. It was idyllic. I found magic and enchantment in everything and I draw upon these experiences in my writing. Maybe it’s a way of never letting go.

Q) Would you like to share anything with us that you edited or removed from the book?

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Blog tour : 10 things I hate about Pinky by Sandhya Menon

10 things I hate about Pinky is the third and final novel in the Dimpleverse. Although all the books are standalone but for maximum reading pleasure follow the following order –

▪️When dimple met rishi

▪️There’s something about sweetie

▪️10 things I hate about Pinky

2 e-novellas

As kismet would have it

Love at first sight

These can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes and nobles, bookstores near you (wear a mask) and the e-novellas can be read on the Simon and Schuster website for free.

Review

Starts with a big bright laugh, trust me on this guys , you all will be smiling big and bright throughout the book starting from the very first chapter. The book is the story of our protagonists Pinky and Samir.

With blur memories of there past meetings they meet again and have one wild adventure here.

Aren’t we all troubled with doing things we don’t want to? we all worry about the uncertain future and we all question the fluidity of time.

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