Veronika Ayriyan interview with David Alan Binder
Post date: Aug 2, 2016 1:47:21 PM
Veronika Ayriyan interview with David Alan Binder
Bio from her website: Veronika Gasparyan, author of “Mother at Seven,” was born in the beautiful city of Sochi, Russia in 1981. She is a proud descendant of many generations of Armenian ancestors from both sides of her family.
From a very young age, Veronika enjoyed playing piano which resulted in her attending a music school for ten years, and eventually, the prestigious Sochi College of Arts and Music. Other than the music, Veronika has always displayed a profound love of reading, and at a very young age, read dozens of books from her grandfather’s vast, personal library.
Veronika possesses an innate passion to help others in any way that she can, which has displayed itself in many situations throughout her early years and adult life. She considers herself to be a true survivor of what many would call a traumatic and brutal childhood, but has still found a way to not lose her kindness, patience or hope for better days.
Veronika is a strong believer in laws of attraction and positive thinking and is working on other books that she hopes will provide emotional support to those who are in need -- those who have given-up or have already lost their hope for better days and a joyful life.
Veronika believes her lifelong mission is to help one person at a time while making the world a better place for us all.
Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/motheratseven/
1. How do you pronounce your name?
Vye - ro - NEE - kah
2. Where are you currently living?
Smithfield, Rhode Island
3.What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?
That it is emotionally and mentally pleasing. Makes me feel useful for others.
4. What would you say is your most interesting writing, publishing, editing or illustrating quirk?
I like writing in silence in which I feel I am the most productive.
5. Tell us your insights on self-publish or use a publisher?
It depends on the book and the personality of the writer. If you are not afraid of doing most of the work than you might like to be self-published.
a. Who is the name of your publisher and in what city are they?
Stillwater River Publication, out of Chepachet, Rhode Island.
6. Any insights eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?
I am an old fashioned when it comes to eBook vs. print books. I prefer the actual book in my hand. The alternative vs. conventional publishing again depends on the person who is writing it. I would suggest doing the research first and then go with whatever makes you feel more comfortable.
7. Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published?
The most important thing I can suggest is to write the good book and write it very well. The interesting title as well as the book’s cover would also be super helpful. And don’t give up if you get turned down. Keep going even if you get help from the small publisher. Remember that J K Rowling got turned down by 12 Publishers until very small one signed the deal with her.
8. How did you or would you suggest acquire an agent? Any tips for new writers on getting one?
I didn’t get one but I would say do the research online. Google has lots of useful information for everyone.
9. Do you have any suggestions or helps for new writers (please be specific and informational as possible)?
My biggest advice would be to just start writing. Even if it’s just a sentence or the paragraph, just write something every single day. If you don’t have as much time, you can always use the app called Dragon Dictation which could be used as a recorder that transfers your words into a text. So, write, write, and write some more.
10. What was one of the most surprising things you learned your creative process with your books, editing, publishing or illustrating?
The way I was able to stay organized and detailed when I was writing and editing. It really surprised me in the pleasant way of cause.
11. How many books have you written?
So far I only fully completed 1, but am almost done with another book, and have few more ready to be worked on.
12. Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer (please be as specific and information as you possibly can)?
Everyone is different. In my opinion we have to find what makes us the most productive. For me it’s a complete silence and also the longer length of the available writing time. Re-reading paragraphs and chapters over and over again also could be very helpful. More you read your own writing more you perfect it.
13. Do you have any suggestions for providing twists in a good story?
If you have chain of events that seem to lead to something specific and the reader expecting logical outcome to happen, you can dramatically change it in the last moment, by adding an unexpected twist.
14. What makes your or any book stand out from the crowd?
The interesting story that many people can relate too would make the book more desirable and fascinating. Good and intriguing title and the cover is also a huge plus.
15. What are some ways in which you promote your work?
I communicate with my friends and other people on social media like Facebook, Tweeter, Instagram, Good Reads, and others. Creating blogs and the website for your book is also something I feel is very useful.
16. What is the one thing you would do differently now (concerning writing or editing or publishing or illustrating) and why?
I would not change anything. I did everything the way I planned. I created a timeline, the list of chapters with their titles, and had the book’s cover, title and the sub title ready before I wrote the first chapter.
17. What saying or mantra do you live by? [Question changed because of friend Sandra Brannan-Author]
I live my life as a believer in Karma and Laws of Attraction.
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