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Q & A With Non-fiction Writer Jasveena Prabhagaran

9 Sep
Q & A With Nonfiction Writer Jasveena Prabhagaran

Jasveena Prabhagaran

A very very warm and affectionate welcome to all visiting my blog. Thank you for stopping by. I am so delighted to introduce the caring and passionate writer Jasveena Prabhagaran. She has a blog called Thoughts And Views That Matter where she discusses relevant issues about women, politics and other important affairs. Her posts are quite interesting, and she writes with fervor. I recommend you visit her site and see for yourself.  I do a little victory dance (in my head) whenever I meet someone truly worth knowing.  Jasveena is certainly one of those people, and I feel honored she has accepted to be interviewed by me today.

Jasveena, looking lovely in red.

Jasveena, looking lovely in red.

In her words…

Hey guys!!! It is a wonderful opportunity to be featured on Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Blog, our very own author friend, and the creator of Robbie the adorable main character from her novel The Basement. Thank you very much Vashti for considering me to be your interviewee, for coming up with a personalised interview questionnaire, and thank you viewers for reading about me.
Let me introduce myself to all of you since some of you may not know me. I’m Jasveena from Malaysia. I have recently graduated from an engineering school and currently looking for a job. I love to blog and write about human rights, women’s issues and just about anything that crosses my mind. My request to be an official contributor for Global Voices has been accepted and now I’m an author for Global Voices for Malaysia. My passion for writing was greatly encouraged by an author friend. She asked me if I could do her a favour, I said yes, and she instantly told me to write a book. I was overwhelmed by her request. I hesitated about the entire idea, but eventually I started to write my book, which features women and their lives all around the world. It is a non-fiction book. I hope to complete it someday soon.

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1- What are you working on at the moment?
I’m freelancing at the moment, and I am actively looking for a job too. In between that, I write for my blogs on current issues and started to draft out my posts for Global Voices too. On top of that, I also research on issues related to women, and write my thoughts out for the non-fiction book I’m working on right now. My book requires valid sources to refer to especially when I’m talking about real life issues. I’m a big fan of Jean Sasson. I learnt that non-fiction books will have issues like people attempting to sue you for your writing. That’s a challenge I need to face and be prepared for legally.

Phew! You’re a very busy lady. 

2- What is the most important lack in your life?

My blessings are uncountable! I won’t say lack, but it is something I wish I had done when I was younger. I wish I had taken sports seriously while I was at school, but I think it is never late to start. I love sports now. It makes you feel so good about your body and health.

I agree, exercise is very important for your health and self image.

3- If you were a man in power what laws would you enforce or establish in your country?
I would make efforts to have cleaner politics (if not transparent political system)! I feel it is going really ugly now with our dirty politics, and back in May we had the dirtiest election ever!

I guess when it comes to politics things are pretty much the same everywhere. Dirt, dirt and more dirt!

4- What did you want to be when you grow up?
I am aiming at being a good employee at work and a good homemaker! I might do my own business later when I have some working experience. Apart from that, I want to do something for people and create awareness on issues I feel matter the most.

You are already creating awareness on issues that matter on your blog.

5- Name three people throughout history that you greatly admire.
I admire Newton for his persistence, Nelson Mandela for his fight for international justice and peace, Lady Diana for being so compassionate towards the poor and less-fortunate.

Wonderful choices!

6- Do you research your blog posts?
Most of my blog posts have some level of research before I write it out. What I mean by research is by referring to external websites or what people are saying about the issues I write about. Posts that reflect my own thoughts and views basically have fewer researches.

7- What do you believe books are for?
Books are the most powerful tools to convey ideas. It can be fictional stories or facts, but if you have something to offer the world, you should definitely write it, as writing preserves your thoughts best!

I couldn’t agree more. When you write a book, you leave a piece of you behind for others to enjoy, and remember you by when you’re gone.

8- Do you believe in complete honesty or is it okay to tell a little white lie to spare someone’s feelings?
I feel it is best to convey your thoughts honestly without hurting others. Honesty doesn’t have anything to do with being rude. It all depends on how we choose to say it.

If only some people knew the difference. : /

9- Are you a brave woman or does fear sometimes stop you from doing what you want?
I take calculated risks when I attempt to do something new. If I find it worth going for, I will just do it. ☺


10- Why do you think what you do matters?
I feel my thoughts and views matter because it concerns a large part of the society I live in and the world in general. I think it is important to be a part in a struggle for justice to make the world we live in a better place. I think I’m just doing my part.

I believe you are doing your part.

11- Is there someone special in your life right now?
I’m so glad that the answer is no. LOL. Not at the moment.

Jassie, I’m sure many hearts leaped with joy just now at the thought of you being single. ;D

12- Do you see yourself as a writer?
I am certainly a writer. I used to doubt myself very much when it comes to writing, but at this point in my life, I can safely say I am a writer.

Good for you. If you don’t believe no one else will.

13- Where do your best ideas come from?
My best ideas come when something crosses my mind and I realise that my subconscious mind is discussing it with me so much that the issue pre-occupies my mind. That’s when I know I need to write it down and share it with my readers.

14- What are you addicted to?
The internet.

15- What’s your weakest character trait?

I take a lot of time to get things done the perfect way. I can’t write when I’m sleepy. I can’t do anything else when I need sleep. I require an ideal situation to get something done. That’s why when I’m into it I will make sure I get it done before I lose my mood. That’s how I carry forward work to the next day. (Not a good thing at all)

     Thank you Jasveena for your honest and insightful answers. I enjoyed interviewing you. 😀

Writer and Blogger Jasveena Prabhagaran

Writer and Blogger
Jasveena Prabhagaran

*Please visit Jasveena’s blogs by clicking on the links below. Learn more about this sweet and passionate writer and read her interesting and informative blog posts.

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15 Questions for Katie Cross

6 Sep

15 Questions for Katie Cross

It is my pleasure to present to you today the dulcet, funny, and talented writer Katie Cross. This pretty young woman is witty and charming and well worth your attention because she’s headed for big things with her writing.

In her words…

In a perfect world, my husband and I would live in a cabin in the mountains, my dogs would never have to be on a leash, and I could go trail running every morning. I’m obsessed with eating peanut butter on a spoon. I’m ridiculously attracted to my husband, and I’m madly in love with my vizslas. I weight lift because it makes me more of a girl and wear yoga pants almost everyday because they are comfortable.

My current work in progress is a YA fantasy book named Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. It will be my first book (squee!). I’m on the 8,000th round of edits and hoping to self-publish by the end of the year. Hope springs eternal, right?

I’ve written a lot of synopsis’s for it, but this is my favorite so far: mostly because it’s really short!

Fifteen-year-old Bianca starts school as a first-year student at Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, entering into a Competition to be the personal assistant to the powerful witch Miss Mabel. Years before, Miss Mabel set a curse on her family that Bianca is determined to break.

From the inside.

      Fascinating story Katie!

Katie Cross - Author Interview - Vashti Quiroz-Vega's Blog

Q & A with Katie Cross

1- What makes you laugh?

My puppy when he runs face-first into a wall, and Chuck Wendig. His blog kills me. I think I almost fractured a rib laughing at it the other day.



            Wow! I’ll have to look him up.


2- What makes you cry?

Oh, I am the main reason I cry. I’m my own worst enemy, and I’m in my own head far too much.

3- What is the loveliest thing you have ever seen? (Something that touched you). 

One night when my husband and I were laying in bed he thanked me for being his best friend in an offhand way, right before he fell asleep. I’ve never been the same, and I haven’t seen traditional love stories the same ever since.

Katie and hubby 

         Awww. That’s so moving.


4- Have you ever found true love?

Heck yes. And it’s riddled with sarcasm, dirty dishes, and slaps on the butt.



         Ha, ha! I love that Katie!


5- How do you feel about being interviewed?

I like it better than the paparazzi that surround my house everyday. Just kidding. I always feel bad for the poor saps who read my interviews.



         What? Why? I’m sure everyone’s enjoying your wittiness right about now.


6- What do you do for a living? What’s your day job?

I’m a nurse and writer, but I refer to myself more as fixer-of-the-always-broken-ice-maker and best-damn-cookie-eater-in-the-world. I’d also really loved to get paid to work out, because then I think I’d do it more consistently.


         Ha, ha! See what I mean? Funny girl! I’ve noticed there are a lot of writers in the medical field. Hmmm.


7- Do you laugh at your own jokes?

Seriously, I’m funny. I crack myself up. 


8- What was the greatest thing you learned in school?

Never allow your sixth grade teacher to call you ‘fro girl.’ It sets a bad tone for your relationship with your hair over the rest of your life.

           Bad Teacher!


9- How much impact does your childhood have on your writing?

Can that be measured? It’s like asking if the first twelve years of life had any bearing on the next twelve. It all starts there, right?


            You’re right.


10- Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or a movie?

Yes, and that character scared the crap out of me.


            Wait a minute. You’re going to leave us hanging? Alright, lets move on.


11- Do you ever blog/write naked?

No, but great idea! I sit on a wooden chair. That doesn’t sound all that comfortable. 


            No. I’ll send you a chair cushion for Christmas. ;D


12- Do you consider yourself an author? Why/Why not?

Yes, but only because I force myself to acknowledge a reality that I don’t always appreciate. (Read: yes, but I’m totally in denial about it)

13- Tell us about your work in progress.

It’s a YA fantasy novel called Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. The book is about a fifteen-year-old girl named Bianca who enters a competition to win the chance to become the personal pupil to the powerful Head Witch Miss Mabel. Years earlier, Miss Mabel set a curse on Bianca’s family that has deadly consequences. Bianca hopes to win the Competition and bargain with Miss Mabel for the chance to take away the curse.


But nothing is ever what it seems.


For the record, I really hate writing summaries about my book.


         That must be a writer thing.


14- How do you see your future as a writer?

Hopefully it looks a lot like it does now: me typing away on my computer with a lot of random ideas in my head.

15- Tell us one of your guilty pleasures.

Oh man, can I narrow that down? I’m going to go with almond flour chocolate chip cookies. I can eat that stuff until it comes out my ears. Or ice. I love to chew ice. 


            Hmmm. I’ll have to try almond flour chocolate chip cookies.

Almond flour cookies! Yum! Chomp,chomp!

Sorry Katie, I couldn’t help myself. :/

Thanks again for this chance, Vashti!

It was my pleasure Katie! xx

Katie and Beau

If you’d like to connect with Katie Cross follow the links below. Visit her blog, and be entertained with her interesting posts.

Katie’s Blog:  KCross Writing