Updated: Apr 8, 2021
Author or Book - Comfort of Hardship
Interview by Sharon Swathi Gaddala
Author Neelam Lashari
Neelam Lashari is an International Published Writer & a Bilingual Poet. She is a co-author of many international anthologies. She had writing experience in many magazines and on digital platforms. She likes to play with words that can portray a common man and their issues. Moreover, she throws the ink on canvas to portray the feelings and emotions of the masses through touchy words.
In her other life, she is a writer and a social media manager in an advertising agency named BechDay Advertising (www.bechday.com).
Founder & President of The Writing Club Pakistan (www.thewritingclubpakistan.com), also working as a freelancer. She has been writing for the last eight years. Currently she is working with various publishers and magazines. She has experience working in media and software houses.
She is a family-oriented person and an introvert although, she had a huge social circle.
Sharon - Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Author Neelam - No one inspired me to write a book. Writing is my passion and profession. I always love to do wonders. I just randomly thought to write a book as a general perception is that poetry is my genre only. Many people are unaware that I am writing articles, blogs, content, etc. for many years. Therefore, I thought to wash away that label and write something different.
Sharon - What can you tell us about your book?
Author Neelam - "The Comfort of Hardship" is a book that will highlight the foremost matter that one faces while chasing his/her dreams. Nevertheless, each & every person is different from another person in numerous terms. Everyone has uniqueness, and sometimes it turns out to be so hard to convince people to respect their personality. On the other hand, even in this modern era, people ask their children to emphasise on schoolings only, they never allow them to learn skills. This book will highlight the significance of learning the skills.
Sharon - What Genre is your book and why did you make that choice?
Author Neelam - The genre of my book is fiction. I always like to write things related to this genre. I believe and think that stories based on fiction always grab the attention of the masses. They are very near to reality, and sometimes they are based on real stories. Many people can relate their stories to fiction based stories, and, sometimes they find the solutions to their issues. So, it's always my favourite genre to read, write and think.
Sharon - How long did it take for you to complete this book?
Author Neelam - Honestly speaking, it took me just five months to write the book. Writing is not an issue for me. If I start writing, I can write thousands and thousands of words without any pause.
Sharon - What was the hardest part while writing this book?
Author Neelam - The hardest part was its editing and formatting. Although it's not an issue, but I really face countless hurdles while editing, formatting, and even uploading it on Amazon. Those were the small issues, but grab my all attention and time. Sometimes those issues left me irritated like anything. It was fun and problematic side by side.
Sharon - How did you come up with the Title of this book?
Author Neelam - Well, I had many ideas for the title of the book. Although, I was confused and want it to be something catchy and superb. I had different titles for my book, but my sister suggested this one. So, I went for her suggestion and named it “The Comfort of Hardship” People are loving the title and, that’s good.
Sharon - Did you design your book cover or hire a professional?
Author Neelam - I designed the cover of the book by myself. I do not favour taking the help of anyone. I guess one must at least try to handle things by themselves. Rest is Luck!
Sharon - Did you self-Publish or use a publisher? Who was the publisher and how much time did they take to publish your book.
Author Neelam - It’s a Self-Publication through Amazon.
Sharon - How did you celebrate after you completed your book?
Author Neelam - I treated myself by making a dessert. Haha. Well, I just celebrated at home with my parents and sister. It was just a good dinner, nothing else.
Sharon - How do you deal with negative reviews on your book review?
Author Neelam - Well, I believe that negative reviews always give you a chance to improve yourself. Negative reviews, always come up with some lessons and tips. One must listen to them carefully to improve him or herself. I am standing here only because of those reviews because I love to play with challenges and turn the table. So, it’s just fun.
Sharon - When did you start writing?
Author Neelam - It’s been 7 to 8 years since I started writing.
Sharon - How many books have you written?
Author Neelam - “The Comfort of Hardship” is my first book. But I have written many books as a Co-author on both National & International platforms. On the other hand, many books are in the pipeline. Alhumdulilah
Sharon - Who is your favourite Author and why?
Author Neelam - Najwa Zebian is my favourite author. Her words always touch my heart and sometimes gives a soothing feeling to my soul. I, always love to read her thoughts.
Sharon - What advice would you give to a writer, for their first book?
Author Neelam - I will advise them to start writing. Don’t hesitate as nothing is impossible. Just start writing and let your feelings and emotions disembogue in a flow. A beautiful destination is waiting for you. Just do it because you can do it.
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FACEBOOK - https://web.facebook.com/neelam.lashari/ INSTAGRAM - https://www.instagram.com/voiceofsoul_by_neelamlashari/?r=nametag TWITTER - https://twitter.com/LashariNeelam LINKEDIN - https://www.linkedin.com/in/neelam-lashari-b3088b156/