An insightful interview with author Ramya Mishra.

Author Ramya, is equally passionate about LGBTQ rights and advocates the legalizing of gay marriage in India.

Author’s Introduction

Ramya Mishra carries over 14 years of experience in Brand and Product Development. She is today’s leading communication expert especially in the field of travel and hospitality. She has designed a communication strategy for corporate and human brands at the national and international levels. She is an expert in Content Development, Media Management, Crisis Management, Digital PR, Internal Communication, and External Communication. In her blog, she frequently writes on human interest stories, travel, and the LGBTQ community. She is equally passionate about LGBTQ rights and advocates the legalizing of gay marriage in India.  

Are you a full-time Writer/Author?
Very good question. In India being a full time writer means either you are immensely successful or your bills are being taken care of. Unfortunately I don’t fall in either of the categories, thus opted the part time writing option.

How did it occur to you to get into writing?
Wow, even I am thinking. Well, it was never one particular moment. I am one of those unplanned and accidental writers, who landed into the writing world. I wanted to write a story, and daily I sat for 2 hours just writing. The story started evolving and by the time I finished, it looked good. I decided to look for publishers, during those times early 2010 kinds, publishing industry was easy. Books were considered on the merit and not the amount that one could put into the book. One publisher gave me a break my book got published. And that’s how I became a published author.

Sneak peek at your book(s) published or Upcoming.
I am a romance writer and I prefer writing for young crowd or new adult. My books generally pick up an important issue and I weave a story around them.
a)We Will Be Around Honey- This book is about 4 friends who grew up together and faced multiple issues like parental expectations and the impact on a child. The story highlights the fact, it is important for the parents to accept the child with his/her ability. Else, the child feel neglected, disoriented and might do things which would be inappropriate, in order to gain attention.
b)Love Lasts Forever- This talks about arrange marriage and highlights fact that attimes, love and perseverance is needed to work out the things. One can enjoy the company of the opposite personality, provided the will to respect and love each other is there.
c)US-Forever- This is about same sex relationships and love in any culture or country speaks the same language. The concept of love is more defined by the individual situation and experiences rather than anything else. The story highlights this, how three women find the true meaning of love and in the process discover their true self.

Do you have a favorite character in your book , if yes who and why?
I tend to like strong female character, who are strong and have a mind of their own. In most of my stories you will find female characters bold, strong, adventurous who are in charge of their life. If I talk about my recent book US Forever, Riya is my favorite character she is hardworking, ambitious, ready to take chances in life, and somewhere she is not in denial about her alternate sexuality. All this makes her super hot and desirable.

Tell us a little bit about your process of writing. How do you go about it? How do you formulate your characters? How much time do you invest in writing? What inspires you while creating your characters?
Each writer has his/her own way where writing is concerned. I generally imagine the whole story first, and then decide the key characters and each one’s remarkable feature. If I get lost during the way, I listen to a lot of music and read any other author’s book. This helps me in getting into the groove again. The important thing that I have realized is, it is necessary to write, even when you feel like giving up or hit writers block. I don’t follow a fixed path, I might keep on writing for hours at a stretch and at times even half an hour writing exhausts me. But I neither stop nor give up on writing.

Fast facts on Author-
Favorite Book-
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

One famous fictional character that you like, also one you don’t like-
Hmm, my favorite character is definitely Scarlet O’Hara, strong willed, rebellious, taking control of life.
I don’t like Miss Havisham of Great Expectations, I understand she is the victim of the circumstances. But she has no right to destroy someone’s life.

What do you prefer reading/listening too- Paperback/hardcover or e-book or audiobooks?
I prefer Hardcover anyday.

Sound of a word that you like also one word that you don’t like.
Like- Fight, Don’t Like-Quit

Favorite Phrase.-
The woods are lovely dark and deep, I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.

Any message for the readers?
Read and read like crazy, you will not realize when your perception towards world and life will start changing.

Any Message for Motivational Marvels website/page.-
You are doing an immensely nice job by highlighting on the young talent and writers. We need more websites like yours, writing is a tough and exhausting process, and when one does not get proper recognition, it is highly demotivating. Websites like motivational marvels makes us believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Lastly, please share the book facts.
I have two books- Love Lasts Forever and We Will Be Around Honey already in the market.
I am looking forward to self publish my third book “Love Across Oceans” soon on kindle.


Watch, our interview with author Nipun Varma as he reveals his journey as a writer, who is otherwise a techie by the day.

Author Nipun Varma
Watch our interview with author Nipun Varma.

Thankyou so much Nipun for finding the time to do this interview with Motivational Marvels. I throughly enjoyed the interview, hope our audience does too. All the best for all your future works. Thanks once again.


An Interview with our multi-talented author Rachael Alfonoso. She has seamlessly merged two of her passion- cars, and writing, into one beautiful piece of work.

Rachael, is gifted to say the least. What she has already accomplished at the age of 24, some of us do not accomplish in a lifetime. Going through her interview, I was waiting for the part, were she’d reveal, she has supernatural powers as well. Read on to know about her journey as an incredible author.

Author’s Introduction.

My name is Rachael Alfonso, I am 24 years old and I have been a bit of a writer ever since I was in middle school, writing stories for fun. As I grew up, I couple my passion of writing with my passion for cars and thus: What Cars Say was born!

Are you a full-time Writer/Author?

I am not, this is my first published work, but I have always enjoyed writing since I was a child.

How did it occur to you to get into writing?

I work with cars full time in my career, and while I am super passionate about cars, if there is one thing I love more than cars, it is children. So in my community we do a lot of car shows and events and parents love to bring their kids along with them for nostalgic reasons or to teach them about cars, and I knew that by writing this book I would make learning about cars not only fun for kids, but it would also be an incredible experience for the parent to reminisce about their past cars as well, while working with their child on this fun activity.

Sneak peek at your book(s) published or Upcoming.

This is an audio-visual book written to teach kids and remind parents about one of the most exciting eras in automotive history.

Do you have a favorite character in your book , if yes who and why?

No favorite character, but I do have a favorite car that is featured!

Tell us a little bit about your process of writing. How do you go about it? How much time do you invest in writing? What inspires you while creating your work?

It took me nearly a year to get all of the writing completed and another six months or so for the physical creation of the product. I wanted to make all my writing rhyme so that way the reading experience could be a fun one for readers both young and old. I chose the specific makes of cars that I did because they are perhaps some of the most notable cars in the industry and ones you will see everyday, mixed with some that maybe only have 300 models in existence across the globe.

What is the most ‘gonzo’ idea you have adapted to market your book?

I am lucky enough to have a niche community of car people in my life, and they have helped me online market a lot due to COVID-19 preventing us from doing in person events like we originally wanted to do. But we must adapt!

Fast facts on Author-

I used to be a Junior Olympic Swimmer.
I can quote every line from the Nightmare Before Christmas.
I have swam with sharks.
I have also driven almost every make/model of exotic sports car that exists.

Favorite Book- “The Odyssey, I know It Is more an epic than a “book” but It Is what Inspired me to keep chasing the written word all my life.”

One famous fictional character that you like, also one you don’t like-

The Alchemist, from Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” is my favorite character, and I don’t have any characters that I don’t like as I feel that every character in every story is essential.

What do you prefer reading/listening too- Paperback/hardcover or e-book or audiobooks?

I am old fashion, sure I come from the tech generation, but I firmly believe that there is no greater feeling than holding a book in your hand and having the satisfaction of flicking a page over and getting lost inside the printed ink.

Sound of a word that you like, also one word that you don’t like.

“Cynosure” is one of my favorite words of all time. Least favorite word would be “Impossible.”

Favorite Phrase.

“Everything will be ok in the end. If it isn’t ok, then it is not the end.”

Which quirky pseudonym would describe you the best?

“Maria Testarossa” My middle name, followed by the Ferrari I first fell in love with that also means “Red Head”, and I am a natural ginger so all the better!

Any message for the readers?

Read everything you can. Knowledge is power. Reading is not nerdy, it is one of the most incredible things you can do in your free time. Learn all you can from every flick of the page or click of the mouse, because no one can take away your knowledge. The more you know, the better.

Any Message for Motivational Marvels website/page.

We get one life. One. There is no reset button, there is no cheat code, and there is no “checkpoint” where if we fail we can go back from and begin again. Everything we do here on this Earth may seem small but it ripples into eternity forever. Being an author, creating life to words and putting them out there for the world to read is a HUGE deal. Whether it is an e-book on how to fix computer monitors, or the next Harry Potter series, your words matter. So get them out of your head, put them down on paper, and leave your mark in time because that is the only certainty that we have, that time will not cease.

For the love of Cars and Writing.

Lastly, please share the book facts.

You can purchase your copy at:
Editions are available for you to purchase now!

An Interview with the fabulous and fun, Author Avinash Meshram.

Our author Avinash Meshram, has released his debut book ‘I don’t need reasons, I need you’.

Author’s Introduction-

I am 34 by age and 21 by heart. I live in a dream world of love and romance which inspires me to write romantic fiction. I am a blessed father of a 3-year-old beautiful angel. I am an entrepreneur with passion for reading and writing. I also write a blog. My blog is about different shades of life. I express my perspective about what is happening around, through my blog,

Are you a full-time Writer/Author?

I wish. But no, I am not. I run a small business. I had an educational institute named, BrainStorm – The Institute for Excellence, in which I guided my students for entrance exams like IIT-JEE and NEET. This year, due to corona pandemic, it got shut down. So now I have started a new company named Technologies Quantum (which is an outsourcing company of academic content writing) and trying hard to stand back up on my feet.

How did it occur to you to get into writing?

I have studied in a boarding school since 6th standard. I was shy and didn’t talk much with anyone. The first book that came in my hands was Ramayana. I loved reading it. Then in 7th standard, I read Mahabharata and loved that one too. In 8th standard, I got my hands on my Aunt’s novel, Sushma. It is when I realized that I love reading. Soon after, in 8th only, I started writing poems. In 9th standard, I wrote my first novel. I have read a lot of novels since then in varied genres but romance has always been my favorite genre. I kept on writing poems and thought about different stories but never dared to publish them because I never thought that my writing was good enough. I used to write poems in my mother tongue, Marathi. I was not good in English. Even today, I don’t think that I am as good as an author should be. My novel, I Don’t Need Reasons. I Need You! Is written in a very simple language using simple words to express my thoughts. If you care about language over story, then my novel is not for you. And if you care about story over language then you would be blown away. Smiley!
I guess I am going off the topic. Smiley. What was I saying? … I never thought about publishing my work because the novels I had read were written in a very articulate way using classy vocabulary which I didn’t have. Then, in the second year of graduation, I read my first English novel, Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat. After reading that novel, I realized that a good novel needs a good storyteller than a classy write-up. That boosted some confidence in me and I started reading more books in English language and also started to improve my language. In all that, life happened too and I got busy fulfilling my pseudo dreams. Last year, I finally decided, it is now or never! And it is better to fail than regret for not trying. And thus came, I Don’t Need Reasons. I Need You!

Sneak peek at your book(s) published or Upcoming.

A part of my brain kept cooking up a new story every now and then when I was busy in the complexities of life. Never took them seriously as writing never seemed realistic. So never wrote them either. Sometimes, I would tell some story to someone just to know how it is and smile after getting appreciated. That was all. Now, since I have decided to write, it is getting very difficult to keep up with my thoughts as I have stories worth at least 15 novels in my mind.
I Don’t Need Reasons. I Need You!
This is my first novel, publish at the end of May 2020. The storyline is,
Ekansh is a smart and intelligent guy with a dream to touch the sky. He is from a lower middle class family and knows that the only way to get out of it is education. He studies very hard to get into IIT Bombay. He is extremely career conscious and doesn’t want to distract himself by getting into serious relationship. He is interested in casual dating though and is a flirt.
Shalini on the other hand is a girl with dreams just like Ekansh but she is from a very rich family. She believes in true love and has her THE ONE studying in IIT Delhi. She is committed to him with all her heart.
These to people with two different class and two different ideologies meet in IIT Bombay. What happens next? Will Ekansh convince her for a casual dating or fall in love with her? Will Shalini allow Ekansh in her life of shut him down? Will their life change after meeting each other? If yes, then how?
This novel is a story of fling, friendship, love, heartbreak and betrayal. You can’t predict what will happen in the next chapter.

It is my second novel. I have finished writing it. It would be published by the end of November. It is story of Kavya, a beautiful, strong, independent, smart, talented and ambitious girl who wants to have her own identity in the world.
Ritesh is a notorious guy interested in sports and mediocre in studies.
Ashish is shy and intelligent guy from a very poor family.
Kavya, Ritesh and Ashish are friends and are together since 5th standard. Then after few years, enters Vikrant, a handsome, intelligent guy studying engineering in National Institute of Technology, Nagpur.
LOVE QUADRANGLE is about how Kava’s life changes due to the presence of these guys in her life. It is not just a love story. It is a story of friendship and care as well. It is also a story of how a woman changes due to the pressure of the patriarchal society and it is a story of what a woman wants.
Then there are more novels that I am working on, “Relationship Status: It’s Complicated”, which is a college romance. “My journey to IIT Bombay”, which is non-fiction and story of my life. “From a zero to zeros”, which is again a non-fiction and my journey as an entrepreneur. “Not always happy ending” is a novel on long distance relationship. I am also working on three more stories which would be released in a series. Have not decided the titles yet but first is a love story in a crime syndicate, second is a love story in business world and third is a love story merged with Indian politics. All three of them would be released in a series of 4 novels each. There is a lot going on in my mind. And there is a lot to write. I am trying to make up for the time I have lost because of lack of confidence by writing them faster.

Do you have a favorite character in your book, if yes who and why?

In my novel, “I Don’t Need Reasons. I Need You!”, my favorite character is Ekansh. I see myself in him. I was also born in a lower middle class family and had to struggle really hard to achieve whatever I have achieved today.

Tell us a little bit about your process of writing. How do you go about it? How do you formulate your characters? How much time do you invest in writing? What inspires you while creating your characters?

I write the first draft of a story in my mobile whenever I get time in my office. Then at night, I give two hours for writing. I write on multiple stories at the same time. One story in mobile, another in laptop and again give some time in designing a plot of some other story. As far as my process of writing is concerned, I first write a plot to know the storyline from beginning till the end. Then I add dialogues into it. Then I add incidences into the story to make it realistic and increase the length of the story. I decide the characters while writing a plot and I keep on detailing them as I start adding incidences in the story. While adding incidences, I also add supporting characters according to need and give required background to them. Once the incidences are added, I work on adding expressions and adjusting the timeline of the story. After that, I do one final editing before declaring that my novel is complete. I keep three things in mind while formulating a story and necessary characters. One, there should be a good start. Two, there should be a story to tell. Three, there should be a twist!
My inspiration while creating characters is, one, I am a proud feminist and hence I always create a strong female character, that one can look up to. Two, I want my readers to relate to my characters, so I don’t try to create a perfect character. My characters have flaws and real life issues that one can relate to.

What is the most ‘gonzo’ idea you have adapted to market your book?

Ha ha ha. I registered on a dating app named OKC. Put the cover of my novel in profile picture and sent the following message to every girl in introduction,
‘If you like reading love stories, then do read this novel. It is an amazing love story. You won’t be able to predict what will happen next. You can check reviews on Amazon. Search the title, ‘I Don’t Need Reasons. I Need You!’

Fast facts on Author-
Favorite Book
After reading so many books, it is hard to come down to one. The list is long but I am writing the two- Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat. Amacha Baap aan aamhi by Narendra Jadhav (This novel is in Marathi).

One famous fictional character that you like, also one you don’t like.

I like, Sherlock Holmes, because he is smart, intelligent, courageous and self-made.
I don’t like, Harry Potter, because I think people around him did the heavy lifting and he got the credit.

What do you prefer reading/listening too- Paperback/hardcover or e-book or audiobooks?

I prefer reading over listening. I am a night walker. So even though my first choice has always been paperback, I have shifted to e-books since my daughter is born, because she doesn’t sleep if I don’t turn of the light. (Anything for her)

Sound of a word that you like, also one word that you don’t like.

I don’t like, QUIT

Favorite Phrase.

‘You can’t go back in time and change the bad ending. But you can start now and create a new beginning.’
‘Successful people don’t do different things. They do things differently.’

Which quirky pseudonym would describe you the best?


Any message for the readers?

The time is difficult for everyone right now. But it is upto us to decide if we want to kneel down to the fate of fight to stand up and say to the fate that even though it had a power to draw lines on our palms, we have the determination to change them. Life can be a chaos or it can be a piece of cake. It is upto us how we see it. Life should be interesting than good. Otherwise even those who are born with golden spoon get into depression. Life is complicated, but what’s the fun in easy?
About my writing… It doesn’t matter how hard I work to write a good story. How much planning and effort I put to make is worth a read. The final verdict is always in your hands. If you like what I write, then it’s good. And if you don’t like what I write then my best is not good enough. So if you ever like to tell me something, feel free to write me at Your appreciation would inspire me to keep on writing and your criticism would inspire me to learn from you and improve my writing for the better.

Any Message for Motivational Marvels website/page.

Only a good content is never enough. A writer needs someone to read what she has written and a reader needs something good to read. It is difficult for an author to expand her reach to interested readers and it is difficult for a reader to choose a good content to read from the infinite sea of available books. Becoming the bridge to connect the two is the best thing you are doing. Keep up the good work. I wish you great success in your endeavor. I hope I would write something for you again. Smiley. Stay blessed!

Book Cover

Lastly, please share the book facts.

Book Name: I Don’t Need Reasons. I Need You!
Publisher: Notionpress publishing
Published on: 22nd May 2020
Available on:
Hard copy: Amazon and Barnes&Noble (worldwide), Flipkart and (India Only)
E-book: Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Google play, iBook (worldwide)

Here is a motivational interview with author Geeta Modi. She is an epitome of inspiration. Read on to know more about her fulfilling journey as an entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast, an actor and an author.

Our author Geeta Modi, is also an entrepreneur, a fitness enthusiast, and, an actor.

Introducing our Author-

I am an Entrepreneur, Fitness Enthusiast, Globe Trotter, Actor, Writer, in that order.
So, obviously, I began my journey as an entrepreneur and the rest followed. I got on the roller coaster of my life with the intention to provide for my daughter and me, as a single mother, which lead me thru’ this adventurous, exciting, challenging, fruitful and fulfilling journey ( I did not think so at that time, but do so now in retrospect), which has led me to my present situation, status and niche in life. I have been a business woman for half my life, ie.30 years and still continue this role. The rest of the roles are for self- preservation, catching up on childhood dreams and doing things just for the pure joy of it.

Are you a full-time Author?

I am not a full-time author, but I am a full-time thinker about getting into that role of a full-time author.

How did it occur to you to get into writing?

If you read my book, you will see that I have mentioned about me giving a lot of unsolicited advice, which my daughter jokingly calls Geetagyan. So we got into doing these little posts called Geetagyan on my social media. During the pandemic, I had a lot of time on hand and decided to give the benefit of my life learnings in full instead of the bits and pieces thru’ my social media, hence the book.

A sneek peek at your book.

My book is a work of non-fiction which talks about the direction, pivots and simple therapies and theories one can use to be more productive, more active, more effective and more joyous after 50 years of age. I feel, this age works as benchmark to many of us in making various life altering decisions. I also believe that when I was younger, I did not know better about a lot of things otherwise I could have had a longer span of this joyousness. I want youngsters to know better as early as possible and I hope this book will do just that.
The book is already published and is available on Amazon. The name is Your Best Is Yet to Come

Do you have a writing ritual? If yes, please share it with us.

As for a writing ritual, all I want is a big cup of coffee and my seat by my bedroom window, where I can keep gazing out and drawing inspiration. Sometimes, I get an idea late in the night, or while trying to sleep or while working out…. at such times, I just jot down the points on my phone and work on them fully at a more convenient time. I am a doer, so I have to have my fingers in at least 5 pies at one time. I run the business started by my dad who is no more( we are buying agents and Exporters since 1968) and I write, shoot for my Youtube channel and I write, along with making time for Rotary, Tie Global, Chamber of Commerce, I write, get involved with family and friends and I write, act a role in a movie or a commercial and I write. So I guess, I write a lot.

Did you ever have a writer’s block? Where do you draw your inspirations from to keep you going?

Till now, I have not experienced the Writer’s Block, but I think, I will just go and do something else and it will come back for the fear that I may block the block permanently. My daughter is definitely my inspiration. I also draw a lot of inspiration from beauty. I like everything around me to be beautiful, be it a napkin or a coffee mug. I go completely off when I see a bad looking item or even badly made bed or…..something like that!

What is the most ‘gonzo’ idea you have adapted to market your book?

I had a weird idea of selling my book in a temple—you know—Geetagyan!? But of course I did not follow it for practical reasons.

Fast Facts-

Favorite book: Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

Favorite  fictional character: Scarlet O’Hara—I have identified myself with her since my school days. I hated Snow White’s stepmother, the one who spoke to her mirrors (though I wish I could).

Paperback/hardcover or e-book or audiobooks- I like paperback, but, of late, have started reading e- books, as the light from my phone is good to see and the fonts can be adjusted to my comfort (problems that come with ageing you know!)

Sound of a word that you like, also one word that you don’t like- I like supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
I do not have any non-favorite words. They are my tools I love them all.

Favorite Phrase. To each his own.

Which quirky pseudonym would describe you the best? DRAMA QUEEN describes me best – according to many.

Any message for the readers?

I want my readers to use my book to understand and apply what is written. Many have done so and it has worked for them. I believe that the faster we get to a joyous stage in life, the longer we will get to enjoy it. Would love to see people making their lives more and more meaningful after 50, not by retiring, but by new learnings, by updating skills and knowledge and by living fully each experience that comes their way.

Any Message for Motivational Marvels website/page.

I think Motivational Marvels is a great idea and a wonderful platform which connects people from all the corners of the world and shares their work. It’s a great way to meet likeminded people.

Your Best Is Yet To Come.

Lastly, please share the book facts. (where can our readers buy their copy, the release date, links etc.)

My book was released on the 14th of September 2020 on Amazon, which can be downloaded on kindle. The hard copy will be available very soon as well.

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An inspirational interview with Kendra Herber. Read on to know more about her incredible journey as an Author.

Our Author Kendra Herber. Her book ‘WHOLE: A Leg Up On Life’, is a memoir.

Author’s Introduction
I enjoy traveling around the world. Every other summer my husband and I explore a new destination and create amazing memories together. Reading and writing are an obvious passion of mine that started when I was a young girl. I value time spent with my two young daughters (ages 7 and 3). We love being active; riding bikes, going on walks, swimming, etc… are our favorite things to do. I am very involved in my church community.

Are you a full-time Writer/Author?
I am a full-time teacher. I teach 9th grade English. I write in the summers and in my free time.

How did it occur to you to get into writing?
It’s been a dream of mine to become a published author since I was a little girl. But, seeing as I write mostly poetry, I had a hard time landing an agent because poetry doesn’t really sell (unless it’s an anthology). So, I decided that I would venture into writing a memoir since I believe I have a story that needs to be told.

Sneak peek at your book(s) published or Upcoming.
WHOLE: A Leg Up on Life is a memoir. I start off the non-fiction piece by explaining my birth deformity, sharing details about the amputation, and then providing stories that detail my physical and mental struggles. The book ends with highlights from some of my proudest achievements and shows how my mentality has changed over the years to be the capable, confident person I am today.

Do you have a favorite character in your book , if yes who and why?
My book is nonfiction, but I would have to say my mom. She was always a voice of reason and a good moderator for me. She and my dad were my support system and helped me live a normal(ish) life.

Tell us a little bit about your process of writing. How do you go about it? How do you formulate your characters? How much time do you invest in writing? What inspires you while creating your characters?
I have a habit of feverishly writing, like a gun is pointed at my head. I can’t help it. I have so much to say that I don’t want to stop for fear of losing my rhythm. I wrote my book in 7 months.

What is the most ‘gonzo’ idea you have adapted to market your book?
I wrote to the Ellen show in hopes of getting exposure and a chance to share my story. Haha Obviously, that never happened…. But, why not shoot for the stars? 😊

Fast facts on Author-

I love: llamas, Italian food, the beach, interior decorating, and intimate connections with people.
I am: extremely competitive and driven, an introvert until I get comfortable with people, and organized.
I have: a terrible memory and a phobia of bugs.

Favorite Book
The Glass Castle, Born a Crime.

One famous fictional character that you like, also one you don’t like.
I love Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series. She is smart, witty, brave… I love seeing girls and women portrayed this way. I really dislike President Snow in the Hunger Games series because of his abuse of power and manipulative tendencies (can you tell I like reading series 😉).

What do you prefer reading/listening too- Paperback/hardcover or e-book or audiobooks?
I love reading the tangible book. I zone out when listening to audiobooks, and reading on the screen just doesn’t give me that nostalgic feeling I’m looking for. Plus, the smell and crispness of the books is to die for!

Sound of a word that you like, also one word that you don’t like.
Like: Poignant- I like the sound of it and what it means. I think emotion makes everything more real.
Dislike: Invalid… it makes people feel that they are actually invalid, when in actuality, they have so much to offer this world despite their limitations.

Favorite Phrase.
“Fake it til ya make it.” This phrase has helped me overcome confidence issues in the past when I was feeling inferior due to my limb difference.

Which quirky pseudonym would describe you the best?
I have no idea… I’m sorry ☹

Any message for the readers?
My hope is that readers will be more knowledgeable about people who are different from them. We often fear the unknown, but if we work to learn about each other, we will find there is no room for fear. Acceptance and open-mindedness is key! Also, people can do a lot more than what their minds think possible. Your body is capable of amazing things. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, and you will see what you’re made of! You were uniquely and purposefully designed; I hope you can find the beauty in that!

WHOLE: A Leg Up On Life.

Lastly, please share the book facts.
Book Trailer:

Virtual Interactive session with students of BWIS, Bengaluru, India.

Topic: Storytelling and Creative writing.

Me with students of Basil Wood International School, Bengaluru, India 🇮🇳.

Today I had an awesome time over a virtual interactive session with the students of Basil Wood International School, Bengaluru, India.
The session focused on storytelling and creative writing. These kids are so creative and imaginative, and have so much to share…the energy is unmatched.. I throughly enjoyed every moment of the session. Hopefully so did they.
There is also going to be a story writing competition on the occasion of International Author’s Day, which will be judged by yours truly 🙃.

Here is an interview with the awesome Joanne Hale. Her passion for writing is admirable. Read on to know more about her.

“The same way that people breathe, I write.” – Joanne Hale.

Author’s Introduction-
Hiya! My name is Joanne Hale. I was born in San Diego, and raised in La Mesa, CA (inside San Diego County). Went to Helix High School. Moved to Michigan CIty, Indiana which is the top left corner of this ‘corny’ state. I have 2 children, a dog named Charlie and a useless cat named Botticelli. Been married to my extremely talented husband Michael Hale for 12 years now, and he puts up with my book hoarding and my hidden troves of notebooks all over the house.

Are you a full-time Writer/Author?
Presently I can not support myself only by my writing. My full-time job which i spend over 40 hours a week at, is banking operations at a local bank. But I do write as much as possible. I write every morning, at lunch break, after work and on the weekends. So technically I have 2 full time jobs. My goal is in the next 5 years to be completely sufficient in my writing.

How did it occur to you to get into writing?
It never occurred to me. My mother says I was born with a book in one hand and a pencil in the other. I have always written. The same way that people breathe, I write.

Sneak peek at your book(s) published or Upcoming.
Presently I have 2 books published. The first one is called “Card Catalogue”, which is a 9 short story anthology. In the collection there are 3 LGBTQ stories, and the rest are different types of horror. The second is called “Self Titled” and I wrote this one when i was 16, i edited it to bring it to the modern era and published it because i had to, it’s an angsty teen book something akin to Catcher in the Rye. I have a couple projects I am working on at the moment. One is a youth horror collection, and another is another anthology based on music.

Do you have a favorite character in your book , if yes who and why?
Yes. Right now my favorite character is Miranda “Jujubea”, from my short story “Devils in the Woman”. Which will be published in the anthology no later than January 2021. It’s become one of my favorite stories as well, mixing magick and music. It’s a story about a teenager who’s family is a little dysfunctional, and by learning about the past, she can help bridge the gap between them. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s really an introspection of my relationships, my own family, and my grandmother.

Tell us a little bit about your process of writing. How do you go about it? How do you formulate your characters? How much time do you invest in writing? What inspires you while creating your characters?
I am mostly a pantser. I come up with a basic idea, usually a character, and I let them take over my hands and write their story. I try not to box my characters in with too much outline. But each story I write I let myself become the tools for them to write. For instance, when i wrote the story from “Card Catalogue” called ‘Shank End’ I went completely running by the seeds of my pants through the story with the only thing I used as an outline was the sentence “What scares me? – going crazy” and this story just flew off the pencil. It usually takes me about 3 weeks to write a short story if this is what I’m writing, and the 4th week I spend editing, or finding my next inspiration.

Fast facts on Author-
I’m a scorpio.
My inspirations are Stephen King, Armistead Maupin, RL Stine and Mark Z Danielewski.
I’ve met Joe Hill (stephen king’s son), RL Stine and Mark Z Danielewski
Funyons and Dr Pepper are my brain food

Favorite Book
Tales of the CIty, by Armistead Maupin (read it in the 3rd grade, and read it too many times to count)
House of Leaves, by Mark Z Danielewski

One famous fictional character that you like, also one you don’t like.
I like Michael “Mouse” Tolliver, and Mona Ramsey (Tales of the City)
I dislike the deputy from the Stephen King book “desperation”, Collie Entragian. If you haven’t read this book i don’t want to spoil anything, but he is the most awful character that will live on in your nightmares.

What do you prefer reading/listening to- Paperback/hardcover or e-book or audiobooks?
I prefer books paperback/hardback, doesn’t matter. I just want to hold the book and smell the ink.

Sound of a word that you like also one word that you don’t like.
Like: cellardoor, it’s just a perfect word. (donnie darko)
Dislike: unprecedented, it’s like the new word of the year, everyone is using it, and when i hear it it sounds like nails on a chalkboard.

Favorite Phrase.
Write like you’re running out of time. Hamilton

Any message for the readers?
Never stop writing. Seriously. Never stop learning, never stop reading.

Any Message for Motivational Marvels website/page.
You are all an amazing group of people, never stop giving the world inspiration.

Lastly, please share the book facts. where and when, can our readers buy their copy?
Card Catalogue and Self Titled are available now on
My next anthology I plan for January 2021, also
My youth horror collection I plan to start publishing end of October 2020,

The Pseudo Philanthropist.

Image from public domain.

As I write this post, I am livid to say the least…😡

Background: Of late I have been doing a lot of freelance work on manuscript editing and writing assignments, etc. The arrangement gives me the flexibility to balance work and life. A chance to know and learn about like-minded folks, works great for me…so far so good, no complaints on that front.

The Incident:
Today, I came across someone who owns a company that basically outsources content from writers at low rates and gives them away to his clients for better rates. Usually, this arrangement more or less works for all three parties, unless the middle company throws a really low-ball at the content writer.

So this NOT-SO-GENTLE man was offering a FT Content writing job to ‘Indians only’. By FT I mean work of 40 hours or more/week. The ‘Indian only’ factor bought him under my radar. I pinged him about the JD and also asked him what’s about the ‘only Indians’ criteria…

The first response from his side was, are you good to work on a salary as per Indian industry standards?

I responded that depends on a lot of factors, given you are going to make your money in dollars…..what is the offer that you are making by the way? ( I wasn’t interested in his nonsensical offer, but played along anyway, mostly out of curiosity.)

15k INR, he responded. That number took me by surprise, I pointed out to him, that is less than $204. Over 40hours/week of work, for a monthly payment of less than $204…you might just offer an one-time free meal and get them going. This is the EXPLOITATION of labor at every level! So that is why you are looking for ‘Indians only’, to get cheap labor.

Fully convinced, by his so-called ‘philanthropy’ he gave me the most bizarre explanation ever…
You have no idea how the situation is back in India, So many people are losing their jobs and are unable to get a new one, I am helping by providing them jobs and money….people are ready to work even for 5k-10k. In Bangladesh, people are ready to work for an even lesser wage. There is only 1 job and 1000 applicants. The job market is in very bad shape…

I tried to reason it out with him,… but don’t you think you are taking advantage of this situation and blaming it on the pandemic?

That 1 candidate who outdoes all the other 999 candidates, deserves a competitive salary package as per the industry standards, he got the job on his merit after all.
In the name of providing employment you are exploiting helpless job-seekers. What happened to humanity, for heaven’s sake!

When you are in a position to do something good, try to set an example. With 40hr of work/ week, this employee will not even get a chance to take up a second job.

He refused to see the point and said I am giving them jobs, I am doing a good thing.

By now, I was totally losing it…I told him, you know what I charge between $500-$850 to edit one single manuscript depending on the word count, and the nature of editing… and for that job you are offering, which requires extensive research, writing, and editing for every piece of write-up, I would ask at least $3500-$4000/m. This is a very average pay range…people make a lot more than that. Even in India, a decent company would pay somewhere between 35-65k depending on the experience and quality of work.

So should I assume, by not hiring 1 person for this job, you are going to hire 11 other people and distribute the hours, work-load, and money among them? Because, if you are not doing so, then you are simply extracting cheap labor out of helpless people in the name of giving them employment. Whereas you are the one who is going to make money in dollars. That is Tyranny, don’t act as if you are a philanthropist. Pandemic or not the PROFIT is all yours!

You cannot hire every jobless person out there, but whomever you hire, at least pay them what they deserve, so they can survive with dignity.

Obviously, he did not agree with anything I was saying…

I ended the mindless conversation…

But I was very disturbed by the whole event, this is not right…where is the world heading to…☹

PS: I am not a big fan of swearing, but right now I have the nastiest of them all in mind🤬.

Here is an interview with the incredibly adorable and talented Nisha Mohan.

Our author Nisha Mohan. This is her debut book and it has everything to hold the attention of her readers- from romance to Suspense, she has it covered.

Author’s Introduction- a little bit about the author.

I am 35 years old on earth and 21 at heart. That’s me in a nutshell. I work as a Senior Business HR Manager for an ITES Firm at Bangalore. A few years ago, right after my child was born, I had a lot of time to myself while at home, and that’s when I began to think about what it is that I like and enjoy doing and what is, ‘my true calling. This led me to my passion, which is and has always been creativity and writing! Storytelling and I go way back in time.
It has always been my dream, MY PASSION, for writing a story-line that will blow readers/ viewers off their seats, and that’s how I embarked on the journey of writing my first novel, ‘An Unforgettable Holiday,’ and here I am today.

Sneak peek at your book.

What is the genre, and story line?
This is a Contemporary Romance and Suspense Fiction novel.
The story starts off with a female protagonist Tania who is looking for love. She is in love with a handsome young man by name Aarav, however as he is already committed to another, a heartbroken Tania moves on and ends up meeting a stranger, Dhruv. Just when things are getting better and Tania and Dhruv hit it off, Aarav comes back into Tania’s life and confesses his love for her. Tania is now in a dilemma. Around this time, Dhruv plans to go on a holiday to Goa with Tania and friends and Aarav too who happens to be around when the plans are discussed, is invited to the holiday too.
What happens during this holiday? Does Dhruv stand a chance with Tania? Or do Aarav and Tania come together?
Are Aarav and Dhruv the men Tania thinks they are? Or is there more to them than what meets the eye?
Only time will tell.

Do you have a favorite character in your book, if yes who and why?
I really can’t pick one. I mean, I like Dhruv for his larger than life attitude. I like Aarav, for he is a good human being. Tania for her stance on being transparent, Mia for being the bestie everywoman would love to have. I guess every character in my book is adorable. I wanted characters who are human. Characters who make mistakes, learn from them, forgive, forget and move on.

Tell me a little bit about your process of writing. How do you go about it?
You wouldn’t believe it if I told you. I actually started writing this book after my son was born back in 2015. Those late night mommy duties would keep me awake and after making my baby sleep my mind would wander. Rather than scroll through social media like a mindless zombie, I decided to focus on writing, something that I have always loved. Initially began with short stories and then made up my mind to write a romantic fiction.
I must tell you this. The first time that my husband saw me sitting in the dark and furiously typing away on the keyboard like I was possessed or so, he almost freaked out. I guess it was 3:00am or so in the morning. I still remember that day. Chuckle! He is used to me doing this weird author thing of suddenly waking up at night when you have an idea and you want to put it down so that you don’t forget. It’s fun.

How do you formulate your characters? How much time do you invest in writing? What inspires you while creating your characters?
My characters are based on a mix of my imagination plus traits I have observed or real life people around me. If you know me and are reading this, yes, you probably are in my book too. LOL. Now go get a copy and find out for yourself as to where you feature.

Any message for the readers?
Yes. People read my book! Just kidding.
Folks, this is a novel that I have been working on over the last four years! I have given it my all. I do hope and wish you folks give me a chance to tell you a story, a story about love, romance, friendship, trust with a tinge of suspense that is sure to keep you hooked. Would love to hear from you on what you liked about the book and things I can do better as an author in this genre. The best is yet to come.
Another thing that I would like to share with my readers is that, NEVER give up on your dreams. NEVER ever. If you want to do something, focus on it 100%. Results will come. They will take time. But they will come. Good Luck!

Fun Facts about our author-

One famous fictional character I like.
I like Noah Taylor Calhoun from the Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

What do you prefer reading/listening too –Paperback /hardcover or ebook or audiobooks.
While nothing can replace holding a paperback in your hand and the smell of a novel, weird as it may sound, I get a high off that! I guess more and more folks are switching over to e-reading now. So, yes, my first preference would be paperback and then e Books . I am a kindle addict as of today.

Favorite phrase – Live And Let Live!

An Unforgettable Holiday.
An Unforgettable Holiday is on Kindle too.

Lastly, please share the book facts, where can the readers buy their copy.
Book Facts – Released on 17th July on Amazon Kindle Store
EBook and hardcopy available at following links