7 Questions With Author Simi Sunny
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Simi Sunny is the author of two books, The White Sirens and The Serpent Girl. She mostly writes Fantasy and Mystery stories. Whenever she’s not writing, Simi likes to do some sketching, reading books, and writing scripts for her sister’s Youtube channel called KasumiVA.
What’s your own definition of an author / indie author?
As an indie author I get to create anything that comes to mind with no deadline, but I tend to stick to the rules of writing. So far, being an indie author is great. From what I noticed, the industry expects you to make it the next great thing, but how? It was through research and experience that I have realized their expectations. So I decided to self publish my work while trying to promote it as much as I can.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I tend to be a bit of both but most of the time, I’m more of a pantser. When it comes to ideas, I immediately jump into them and start writing. But other times, when I have writer’s block, I have to plot out the ideas and save everything before I forget.
What’s your favorite genre as a reader?
As a reader, I enjoy reading Fantasy along with Historical Fiction (mostly Fantasy). Though I like to try some books that are out of the genres I love, so long as they piqued my interest.
I know I started enjoying books when I was 13 or 14, but I think the reason why I was intrigued by Fantasy was that there was something magical. Ok, scratch that, Fantasy piqued at me through adventures with a hint of magical elements to it, while Historical Fiction intrigues me with factual events. If you don’t believe me, you can check out Twitter and Instagram, where I post pictures of books that I’ve been reading.
How do you manage to juggle life and writing?
I’m flexible when it comes to that. I try to find the time to write, unless I have no inspiration. And if an idea strikes me on one of my busy days, I write it down on my notebook (whenever I can) so that I won’t forget it.
How do you imagine your target reader?
The way I think about my target audience, I try to make sure that the readers would understand while making sure it’s enjoyable to read for not only myself but also the readers out there. And how I do it is through editing my work.
How do you deal with negative feedback or negative reviews?
If it’s not constructive enough, then I wouldn’t dwell on it. But most of the time, I take it as a fuel to write and work hard with my stories. Though, if the feedback is constructive, then I will take it as a way to improve.
There was one time when I came across a negative review of one of my books, and I get it; this was when I was still learning on how to become a better writer but you cannot be so harsh with one’s work. If you want to help a writer out, the best you can do is be light in your review.
Whenever I review books, I will explain what I liked and didn’t like about the book and try to give some encouragement at the end. That way, it’ll give the writer some boost. But I know it’s less likely these days, so the next best thing I can do is not let it get me down and keep working. After all, writing is my escape.
What should readers expect from your next novel?
I should expect my readers to understand some stuff that I address in my Fantasy/Mystery/Paranormal novel. There is religious commentary in the story, because I try to break down the stigma that has been going on to make a positive difference. But overall, I hope that readers will enjoy what I’ve created, because there will be a lot of fun and interesting characters to meet, while catching on the mythical beliefs which I wove into the story. The date of my new book, The Weight of Our souls, is to be determined, but I will make sure to keep everyone updated on my social media.
My book is about a woman running a funeral home. She’s also a spirit medium who guides souls to where they need to go. The tactic the main character uses to help souls is by weighing them with a feather. It might be tedious for her, but the main character will see how things are not always as they seem.
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