We have an interview today with Kanika Saxena, author of Gift Yourself a Smile.
Please see it below and enjoy! (The link to the book on Amazon is found above!)
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
My name is Kanika Saxena. I live in India.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
“Gift Yourself a Smile” is a non-fiction, self-help book.
3) What is the book about?
This book is an attempt to make people realize the importance of being happy and smiling. I think that this book is relevant in today’s scenario when most of us are stressed out due to different reasons. This book emphasizes the power of the smile to help one de-stress, build relationships, boost immunity, and enhance the quality of life. This book stresses the fact that we don’t exactly need our wishes to be fulfilled to smile and feel happy. We need to gift ourselves that smile to make our lives more beautiful.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
The idea came to my mind when I happened to read a What’s App message from a friend. It was a motivational message about smiling and staying happy. The message was interspersed with emoticons of smiles. It was shared by a friend who does not exactly strike me as a happy person or one who smiles too often. It got me thinking about how we have become a generation that is too eager to share smileys and inspirational messages with others without actually “practicing what we preach.” I thought of how communication through devices has become popular in a world that seems to be losing “feelings” and emotions. I thought of writing this book to remind my audience about the importance of connecting on a “human” level instead of through devices. According to my a smile is one of the best ways to connect with others. It not only makes the one smiling happy but also spreads joy to others around. Smiling also brings a host of health benefits. So, this book is my humble attempt to make people smile!
5) How long did it take you to write it?
It took me about 10 days to write this book.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Being a professional content writer, I tend to dig a little deep into the topic I am writing on. So, it was while writing this book that I realized the health benefits a simple smile brings.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
Yes, I have an author website kanikasaxena.com. I am proud to say that I have created this website myself. I created this site in the first week of December and it still needs some finishing to be done. I love to share self-help blogs on my website. I am also in the process of setting up Email marketing for my website so that I can interact on a personal level with my readers.
This is the second book that I have self-published. The first was “A Lockdown Story” which I had self-published in June. My third book is with the publisher. It is called “Are Teeny Tiny Stress Triggers Troubling You?”
I do have a video of my interview which was conducted after the release of my first book.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Consistency is one of the most important things when it comes to writing a book. Make sure that you allocate fixed timings for writing the book. And, even on the days when you don’t feel like writing, try to pen down a few words, maybe 100-200, just to keep up the momentum.
Try to avoid editing in between. Complete the entire manuscript and then edit. This is something that I find difficult to follow myself.
People do judge a book by its cover! So, a well-designed cover is a must.
The title of the book is also an important factor for its success. Make sure that you spend enough time to think of a unique and catchy title.
Just writing a good book is not enough. If you want your book to reach a larger audience, you need to dedicate time to market it also.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I like to read non-fiction books. I prefer books on self-management and success. As far as fiction books go I like to read crime thrillers.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Bhagwad Gita. On the face of it, this book seems to be a religious text. But it is way more than that. This book teaches some vital lessons that can transform one’s life. It can change our complete perspective on life. This book brought me to a state of “living” from that of “surviving.”
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I do not have pets. But other than my family, I do have living things in my life that I take care of my plants. I love greenery and flowers. I even create organic compost using kitchen waste for my garden. So I guess my plants could qualify as my pets!
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I do not have an electronic reading device because I guess I am a little old-school when it comes to reading. I enjoy having a book in my hands and reading it.
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