So this Evening we have Gurpreet joining us for an interview about her book!
Hello! Tell us a bit about your book
Storm is about Evan Storm who has the ability to remember his past life. The memories of his past life come in his nightmares and he believes there’s a reason why this is happening. Everyone around him thinks he’s crazy and he should let it go. But he’s convinced they mean something and when he meets Shadow Hex, everything begins to fall into place. However, he has no idea that getting involved with Shadow will put everyone he cares about and loves in danger.
What would say is the genre for your book
This book falls into the psychological and spiritual thriller categories.
Where did the inspiration come from?
I know people who have a recollection of their past life and that always intrigued me. I always wondered what kind of person I was in a past life, what I did for a living, things of that nature. But I don’t have that gift, so I decided to write a story about the main character who did.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
It was really tricking picking a title for this book. Initially, the book was called Eight: The New Beginning and then it was just The New Beginning. After that, it was changed to You Only Live Twice but that title didn’t stand out to me either. I had a little bit of help from readers who had the chance to read the book before it was ready for publication. After reviewing roughly 40 different titles, I narrowed down the selection to titles that had the word ‘Storm’ because the word itself was powerful and catchy. The subtitle came after and that was much easier. That’s how Storm: It’s a curse to remember came to be!
How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total?
Good question! It took about 5-6 years to finish writing the book before the first edit because I was pursuing my Bachelor’s degree; it was 8 years in total to bring the book to its final stages. There were eight drafts in total.
Are there any characters in the book based on people you know?
Yes! Every character has a little part of someone that I know. I don’t know anyone who has done the things some of the characters have done, but their personalities are very familiar to me.
How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?
The plan was to go celebrate but unfortunately I was unable to. I really regret not taking out time to celebrate this huge accomplishment. Now when I look back at that day, it’s going to blend in with the rest of the days. It’s not going to stand out. I try not to live with regrets, but this is something I will always regret.
Would you care to give us an extract?
The old woman leaned over and pulled open the bottom drawer of the rectangular table next to the chair where she placed her diary.
Even though she knew who he was, it took her back a bit when Bruce walked into her room. She could see Bruce was aging well. His hair had started to gray. He was a lot thinner than the last time she saw him. Candice closed the door behind him.
“I wasn’t expecting to see you so soon.”
“Not all your predictions are on point, from what I recall,” Bruce said. He made himself comfortable on the sofa across from Venice, with the coffee table separating them. He unbuttoned his blazer, crossing one leg over the other. “So how’ve you been? What’s new around here?”
“Bruce, it’s really nice seeing you, but you’re here for one of two things. Which one is it?”
“I can’t come and see how you’re doing once in a while? Do I need a reason to be here?” He chuckled.
Venice sighed, knowing with Bruce there was always a reason. “What do you want?”
Bruce kept steady eye contact with her before breaking the tension. “I think it’s time to tell them the truth. They deserve to know what happened, what really happened that day, and I think you would want the same for them.”
How do you beat writers block? Any tips?
Luckily I had it only once in my writing career. What I did was write something that had nothing to do with the story. The key is to just write. For me, I wanted that page or sentence to be perfect and that is not going to happen. So I was stuck for a few days. I would just stare at the screen, write something and then hit the backspace. So, I opened a new draft and began to write about my day. When I realized how easy it was to write just that paragraph, I went back to my story and began to write. I think it’s getting out of the mindset that what you write has to be perfect the first time around. The only way to get rid of that mindset is to actually write!
Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?
Yes, I do! I love to cook and bake! I started from a young age and always dreamed of having my own cooking show. I love to explore, even though I don’t get the chance to do that a lot. However, my sister, Pavi, has become my inspiration to go out and find new places to explore just in my own hometown. I’m learning that there is a lot to see and discover where you live. You don’t necessarily have to book a flight and fly across the country to explore.
When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?
I’m definitely a plotter! When I was younger, I could just write and see where the story took me. But now, I need to know what’s going to happen. I think it’s reassuring to know what’s going to happen because my life never turned out the way I hoped it would, which led to disappointments. But writing gives me a sense of control that helps me cope with what’s going on in real life. Since I don’t have control over what’s going to happen in the future, I like to know there is something I can control and monitor, which is the story that I’m writing. It’s certainly therapeutic. However, every so often, I do end up going back to my storyboard and changing things around because of a new idea that popped up. So, there are times when the story feels like a mess because it’s changing with adding new scenarios.
Do you have any advice for fellow writers?
I would say that if you’re passionate about writing, don’t let anyone stop you. If you can’t get rid of a story that you have in your head, start writing it. Edit after you’re done writing the story. Most of the time, we get into the mindset that we want to write the perfect sentence or paragraph and we get stuck. We never end up moving forward. How much time are you going to spend trying to write the perfect sentence? Ask yourself that question the next time you find yourself trying to write something perfect. Being in that mode will waste your time. So, just write with your heart and edit with your mind later. I know it’s hard to do and easy to say, but that’s what I learned from my experience.
If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?
I love this question! For Evan Storm, I would say Ian Somerhalder or Chris Hemsworth. I would want Jennifer Lawrence or Olivia Wilde to play Shadow Hex and originally wanted Jared Leto to play Marvin Stone. But I’ve been watching Peaky Blinders and I’m in love with how Cillian Murphy plays Tommy Shelby. So I would want him to play Marvin Stone. He would be my first choice, but they’re both good!
I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it?
Yes, of course! I’m currently working on a movie script which is a totally different genre from the books I’m writing. I’m currently editing it before I send it in for review. I would love to see it play on the big screen! I will also pick up writing the second book in the Storm series. I’m halfway complete with the story, so I’m pretty excited to begin writing that story once I’m done editing my script.
Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?
They can find it on Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, Google Play, Nook, and Barnes and Noble. Signed copies are sold exclusively through my website, gurpreetkaursidhu.com where bookmarks are available for purchase as well. I will also make pins available for readers to purchase—they’re pretty cool! https://www.gurpreetkaursidhu.com/
Thankyou Gurpreet for a great interview! Looking forward to the next instalment and the launch party this time 😛
Gurpreet was born and raised in California, she always felt different from the other kids. With an insatiable appetite for reading and writing, Gurpreet would often find herself at the receiving end of a cold stare from one of her teachers – reprimanding her for working on literary ventures when she should have been paying attention. All those secretive moments spent scribbling paid off, however, and now Gurpreet is launching her debut novel “STORM”. In addition to being a highly accomplished writer, Gurpreet is a passionate businesswoman, holding a bachelor’s degree in Business Management while running a women’s clothing company with her younger sister.
Aside from fervently writing and managing a burgeoning business empire, Gurpreet can be found savoring the scents of her most recent kitchen-made delicacy or pumping away stress at the gym.