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Interview with Golam Maula

A fiction novel writer, Golam Maula's work is based on actual life experience, which is then converted into a novel. He is 40 right now and loves sharing his experience and wisdom with everyone.

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know?
I'm an award-winning author. I'm also battling blindness, dyslexia, and mental illness. I have a particularly difficult time with spelling, grammar, and pronunciation. 

I'm from a British Bangladeshi background. I write inspirational stories and quotations. Discussing relationships in my novels is my specialty; I love sharing them with people and society.

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you shortly? Any new project you’re working on?
I'm working on my third book. Which is a truly inspiring story. It will help many men and women understand the insightful struggle of a man's life. What do women leave behind when they get divorced or are financially ruined. Aspects of mental health in their day-to-day lives.

Q.3 When did you decide to write A Dangerous Mind: Consciousness Belongs to God?
I wanted to write a book to show women the purpose of their life with a man. I understand that many of us are fighting marriage and don't understand why marriage has failed. I could see women had lost their way. They lost their purpose; they forgot that they are a woman and their aim is to be with a man. 

My novel speaks of the devotion of a wife and the support she gives him. Of course, the story will not end there. My book has many layers: amnesia, genius, the test of time, thriller, revolutionizing medical aid, and how they change us altogether.

Q.4 It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing. Tell us about your marketing campaign?
My advice to anyone thinking about becoming a writer is to do your research correctly and thoroughly. That's because once you write your book or novel and publish your book. You'd soon realize there are people waiting for your pound share of the winnings. Pretend they can help you make a living. 

 When the reality is that they want the money you worked hard for. Obviously, people can make money by publishing a book. A lot of money is needed for investments. Even if you have the money, it is vital to have the right person to invest in since there are many forgeries. My commercialization specialist is Amazon, Kindle, Facebook, and Google Ad.

Q.5 How long does it typically take for you to write a book?
If it's 80,000 words, it takes one year. In 140,000 words, that takes a year and a half. If you have 200,000, you need two years. Big books are hard to sell, and readers are not really motivated anymore. For this reason, authors like to be brief. It takes hard-core readers for big books, which is hard to come by. My actual book was 140,000. One critic said it might be 25 percent shorter. So Research, editing, experience, and knowledge are the key to good writing.

Q.6 Were there any challenges you faced while writing this book?
Yes, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Constant reading, pronunciation of words, writing block, character development, and revision to make the book interesting. You have to keep your readers in mind and not forget that you write so that they read and appreciate it. 

I'm dyslexic, so reading my book or somebody else's is challenging. But I struggle every day, and I work with it. One chapter has an average of 2,000 words. For the average person, it's less than five minutes of reading. As for me, I need 45 minutes to read and understand.

Q.7 Do you have a routine for editing your books?
I use a professional editor to do the final work, but I do some editing to minimize the editing work. They are expensive, but you must pay extra if you have a weakness.

Q.8 What kind of advice would you give aspiring authors?
Try to write, practice, and improve your writing skills. You should not worry about spelling or grammar. Some applications can help you with this. As a result, my handwriting became more trusting. Ghost authors can make your life easier, but they will never give you a good build of the character. No matter how much money you give them.

Ghostwriters always believe they made words or words count; that's their target. But they never think of the character's details, such as background details, his struggle, if he has a dog, what he likes or doesn't like, his hobbies, etc. This is what I went through. Details are essential in terms of writing.

Q.9 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
I always have it. It doesn't end well when you want a specific character to grow. Readers are visual people who enjoy seeing where their character drives them. I'm also a visual person, so I can relate to that. I write the landscape in a way that my readers are able to understand.

Q.10 What were your feelings when you first saw the cover of the finished product?
Not all publishers get it right. Where book covers are concerned. You're supposed to lead them. They only give you three choices, two of which are deliberately wrong. So you really only have to choose the last one. You pay the publisher and the ghostwriter a fair amount of flat-rate money, but they don't see you as their customer, or they see you as a cash cow. Therefore people turn away from publishing and ghostwriting.

It's one thing that you own a business and another when customers pay you, they become your boss temporarily. They should follow your demands. But that doesn't happen. All the publisher wants from you is your money, no questions asked. And if you ask many questions, they say, you're wasting my time. And the ghostwriters are worse; they just care about doing the development of the base character. Someone like myself can see that. We have no idea who's hiring who. We live in a world like this.

Q.11 Does your family support your career as a writer?
Not everybody at my house is a great reader. But they understand that I am talented. I have visions about seeing things differently, and I want people and society to see it.

Q.12 How did you select the name of your characters?
It's really tough to do. At times I know and have developed a character based on a story. If I know the characters' names beforehand, then it's easy to write. Each experience is different with regard to scripture. Like the actual novel, I'm working on. I resent Justin's name. It doesn't fit the character, and I'm still thinking about the right name.

Q.13 What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I write only two hours per day. Sometimes I walk down the rabbit hole. When my spirit is in the zone. Other than that, I keep it simple. Why is that important? Because when you take another look. You will see your mistakes because your mind is far clearer or meditated.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
I wouldn't call it quirky, but an Indian critic said I wrote cool. That's because I always describe a woman as a romantic and philosopher's language. That turned my novel into an international 2022 award-winning story.

Q.15 How do you come up with the name of your books?
I usually get the name from my publisher. I have given some suggestions, which have always been rejected. The two books I wrote give it the right name. While I'm still not happy, it was a success.

Q.16 What is the most challenging thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I have no problem writing about the opposite gender because I understand the psychology of both genders. What is difficult for me to understand is the specific scene's role or character.

Q.17 How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
I have written two novels; the second is my favorite: A Dangerous Mind: Consciousness Belongs to God. Because I was capable of sensing where it was necessary. Writing a book or a novel means putting yourself into the novel. Though many readers may not realize this. You will still have a connection with this book. It also heals you psychologically where you find yourself broken.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
A. JK Rowling
is the inspiration behind my writing. I love her success story and her struggle. I believe that success is the fruit of a struggle. Nothing is handed out to us. We must be determined and willing because we become something or someone. 

Why do you think there is a right or wrong experience in our life? It is purposefully conceived. This allows us to experience and learn from them. And making mistakes is a vital part of learning.

Q.19 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
Research is key to writing. I try to put as many facts as possible so not only do my readers read but learn as well. My ideology involves telling the story and sharing this knowledge with others. I like to break down barriers that people or society can hardly discuss. That's the point of my book and my knowledge.

Q.20 Share the experience of your writing journey so far?
I thank all my readers. That reads and supports my handwriting. I don't think I'll be able to do that because many people are subject to lousy scrutiny. My comments today are all positive. I will therefore keep writing until the readers read my book. 

Readers often forget that writers who write books often suffer from mental health issues. My advice to people or readers is to be nice to them. Some write for leisure and some for living. And not all authors succeed.

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