S.R. Shanbhag, A Teenager’s Death
Partridge India is honored to introduce S.R. Shanbhag, author of A Teenager’s Death.
Please briefly describe your book.
A Teenager’s Death is an argument about the anxiety-driven lifestyle of today’s teenagers, written in the form of very personal poems, descriptions and prose in chronological order. They reflect the thoughts of a teenager between the ages of fifteen to eighteen and consist of themes such as rejection, love, friendship, pain, mystery and naïve temptations to explore the world of self-indulgence. These themes are part of the hyperbolic meaning of “A Teenager’s Death”, which is the universal fear of losing your social life.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
My name is Shrey. I have recently turned nineteen and will soon be heading to Florida for university. I have lived in Japan for fourteen years and India for five. I can speak Japanese, English, French and Hindi. In high-school, I was a quiet student but I fared well academically, was the pianist of my school band, was good at athletics and was the Student Body President. It was in high school that I discovered my love for writing. In this past gap year, I had the opportunity to take my writing further by becoming a professional copywriter for a digital marketing agency, writing articles for several websites and of course, publishing my very first book!
Which influences have inspired you, with regard to your writing style and your book itself?
I was inspired by several concepts while writing the book. They included; the anxious lifestyle that stems from an inundation of information in today’s digital world, a human’s deep-rooted desire for freedom and happiness, finding out that death is nothing more than an ending of life, the universal truths of life and last but not least, fears that deeply affect teenagers but are common to everyone regardless of a person’s age.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers about your book?
A Teenager’s Death serves few a purposes that I aspire to achieve. The book asserts the vital message that freedom can be attained by a “death”, which is ending detrimental influences in your life and moving on from them. The book also implies that you create your own freedom because fear is simply a product of your mind.
However, the paramount purpose of A Teenager’s Death is to diminish the gap in communication between teenagers and adults. Through the personal notes, I intend to crystallize the thinking patterns of modern teenagers and this can help parents understand their teenagers more.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
It depends on the response I get from my current book. Perhaps after a couple of months I might start thinking about a sequel!
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
There are some ideas up my sleeve but revealing them all now will spoil the surprises! However, I can say that I will be posting content related to love, fear, mystery and success along with excerpts of A Teenager’s Death in the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages that I have recently created. You can like/follow these pages if you are interested!
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience?
I got goosebumps when I saw my first official book, A Teenager’s Death, on Amazon!
What did you think of your Partridge experience?
I had a great experience working with Partridge! I didn’t have so many problems during the publication process and everyone was very kind. Thank you Partridge for this opportunity!
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I believe 80% of the marketing is done when your book makes people go “wow…” Before publishing your book, show your draft to at least 3 people whom you trust and ask them for honest feedback. If they don’t think that your book is excellent, ask them: “How can I improve it?” If you feel that their replies are valuable, improve the book accordingly. Only proceed with publishing the book after all of them have given honest indications that your book is great!