Partridge India Author- Anju Nair, Pihu
Partridge India introduces Anju Nair, author of Pihu: Story of a Little Girl.
Please briefly describe your book.
Pihu is the story of a little girl who moves to a new place, makes new friends and in the process goes through a variety of experiences. This book does not aim at giving a moral at the end of every story nor does not intend to convey any specific idea. This book only shows, the reader, the world from the eyes of a 5-year-old kid. Little things that adults often ignore as trivial might be a struggle for kids. Pihu goes through such a journey where she fights most of her battles on her own. Welcome her as a part of your family and soon you will come to adore this little naughty girl.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
Most of the incidents mentioned in this book are from memories of my childhood. I had been blessed with a wonderful childhood with lots of friends and a very loving family. School days were fun days for me and I almost remember everything that happened during that period. The true author behind this book is the 5-year-old me.
Which influences have inspired you, with regard to your writing style and your book itself?
I cannot pin point any one author as my influence. I am a voracious reader and do not chose my books based on any particular genre or author. I usually read books as per my mood. I often pick up children’s books if I am not in a mood to take in anything heavy. So I would say the influences would have come from the beautiful imaginations of Enid Blyton, Simple language of Ruskin bond, the beautiful story telling capability of R K Narayan and all the authors that have been successful in taking me to a different world through their books.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers about your book?
I would like to tell all my readers that childhood is the best phase of your life. Once gone you can never come back to it in reality. At least in fantasy try getting back to those days through Pihu.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
Yes, I am working on the next book on Pihu. This book had been planned as the first book in a series. Hence this book contained a variety of events to introduce the kind of person Pihu, her parents, sister and friends were. Upcoming books in the series will focus on single events in her life.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
Partridge has been helpful in getting my book access to the International Book Fair held at KL. I have also contacted local book stores for direct sales. I am also working on arranging book release functions and book reading and signing events locally. The best marketing by far has been through word of mouth.
What was your favourite part of your publishing experience?
My favourite part has of course been seeing the book live through Amazon. It was a wonderful experience.
What did you think of your Partridge experience?
Partridge has been helpful in providing guidance on how to get the book published and in offering suggestions on marketing. Partridge provided me with an entry into the literary world.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
My advice to all aspiring authors would be to never doubt your creativity. What might be best for you might not be good for another person. However, there would be someone who thinks like you. Also, not every person has the gift to imagine and spin stories. Story telling is a dying art…revive it for the future generations.
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