Now Presenting India’s Own Indie Author Yasir Sulaiman
Yasir Sulaiman is the prolific author od five books written on the dark side of love; Who is There: Two Tales of the Unknown, In My Words: A Collection of Poems, 3 Stories of Love, Collection of Short Stories: hearing unspoken voices, and his masterpiece Fire, And in this interview, Yasir tells his own story in his own words.
1. Tell us about your life, and what was the catalyst that prompted you to become an author in the first place.
I started writing at a very young age. Wrote my first poem as a birthday wish for my mom at the age of eight. I had grown up in Abu Dhabhi (United Arab Emirates) where my dad worked as a banker. At that time, the country was just born. (Late 1980’s to early 90’s) There was not much entertainment and we were (and still are ) people of middle class income. I found a release in writing. Just wrote whatever came to my mind. Started with poems, then moved to short stories and then write my firs novel for a girl (my first love) at the age of 17. That book hasn’t been published so far. Plan to re-release sometime in the future.
I left novel writing for a while after that as I got involved in studies. But a grievous accident changed everything. I lost my memory and my ability to study more. Still have only faint memories of how it all happened. People say I was rushing to dance for a program in my college while a lorry hit my bike and I was overthrown – landing on my head. My skull broke leaving a deep scar in my head. The last though I still remember till date was that “I had to get up. It was now or never” Cutting the story short (the whole story can be told at some other time) – I lost everything in life. Couldn’t continue education and lost all my friends. My dad lost his job and we got back to India. I tried and tried to support my family. but couldn’t because I was just a living-dead body!
A ray of hope came in the form of a friend; who introduced me to a small contest that Oxford University was conducted to encourage writers from our part of the world. I worked and starved until death to complete a novel. Submitted it and in 3 months, I got a notification that I was awarded! There was no looking back after that. The novel or rather story is part of the book I republished http://www.lulu.com/shop/yasir-sulaiman/3-stories-of-love/paperback/product-24071495.html
The story’s name is “Just Between You and Me”
Anyway life wasn’t simple even after that. I went through many hallways of hell! Yet my writing and books kept encouraging me.
2 . Is there a message in your writings that you wish to communicate to the world?
Yes three things; My name is Yasir Sulaiman and I am still alive.
I never was mentally ill.
There were several other shades to my past than anyone ever knew.
3. Can you explain a little to your fellow authors a little about your marketing plan. I myself would like to learn and know.
It is pretty direct actually. I never have spent a penny on book marketing and promotion. Yet with God’s grace, my books are reaching thousands if not more.
What I do?
Networking and be seen on any platform. That is; get noticed. An entire book may have to be written on my marketing techniques. Maybe that is an idea I will have to follow later. As a tip; don’t ask people to buy your book. “Sell your book or rather your idea to those who are willing to read.”
4. Tell us about that hidden rebel within you that you so often write about and how that applies to your new book entitled “Fire”.
There is so much to tell; but I can’t. I just can’t. That’s Y i write fiction. I am there in every book of mine. Certain scenes were real life incidents; just dramatized. People may find it hard to believe; but I have lived many lives in the past 25 years. I have had many professions and have seen both heaven and hell right here in life. The only reason I wish to stay alive anymore is my young son, my wife and my ageing parents plus grandmother.
5. What is your vision for yourself as a writer in the future? Any more books in the offing?
Related to my previous response; I realized this is my identity. If God wills; my life may become better in the future and I may get more glamorous jobs. Yet, I will continue to be a writer and a poet (Have written thousands) at heart. I have a few other books in mind including a sequel to “Fire” and the rewriting the novel I had written as a teenager. But those will have to wait. Owing to poor health, I wish to take a break from writing and perhaps all work, once I got some finances ready. Have some immediate necessities. Once they are fulfilled, it is high time I take a vacation. Haven’t taken a vacation in 16+ years (the time since my accident).
- Tell us about all your books and where they can be obtained.
I have written 5 books so far. All of them are available on Amazon. Here is my Amazon’s author profile https://www.amazon.com/Yasir-Sulaiman/e/B07PN8YF5B?ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vu00_taft_p1_i1. Two of t hem are available on Lulu.com as well http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/loveuntold
An e-book version of my latest will soon come on another platform.