Another great Saturday with another great indie author. Today we have Sagarika Sabarwal joining us. She writes romantic suspense. Let’s find out more…
Welcome, Sagarika! We’re glad to have you here on Love Indie Romance. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Sagarika is a pen name. Does that have any particular meaning behind it?
First I planned on keeping my identity anonymous. Some of the characters in my story had a strong resemblance to people I knew ( I can go ahead to say, some characters were inspired by my friends) and I didn’t want people to assume it is my story. But then I realized for widespread promotion, I need to start from my social circle for which disclosing my identity was essential, and so I gave up on my animosity but retained it on book covers. I chose the name Sagarika because mom in particular was fond of that name and came up with it when I asked her for a name.
You just started writing a story on Wattpad. What has your experience been like?
My experience in Wattpad hasn’t been too great since I don’t have followers there and I haven’t spent much time in promoting my work there either. I am not sure how to go about it either. Since the story I am writing there has some sexually explicit scenes, it has been made private and until the readers follow me, they won’t be able to read it. So the number of readers following the story have been less. I haven’t completely given up on that platform, but I need to think of ways to get followers.
Besides writing, you also accept review requests. What’s your favorite part about that? Least favorite?
Favorite part about accepting reviewing requests is getting a chance to meet new authors and reading their stories. I will also be supporting and promoting indie authors, which is something I will always be proud of. The journey the indie authors have to undertake to promote their book is very tedious and I want to support them in every way possible. The sad part about it is, I won’t be able to accept all the requests. Firstly, it’s lack of time and secondly I am a very picky reader. I enjoy books that are either dark, unconventional and Taboo. And until I get into the book completely ( which is dependent on my book) I won’t be able to do justice to them. I rather not read a book than reading it half-heatedly.
You have two books in your Love Connection series. How many books do you plan to have? Any timetable for them?
Currently there are two books in the Love Connection series – Love Connection and Love Reconnection, which spans the story of Jennifer, Linden and Brandon. I actually wanted to make it a eight book series. The first would be a prequel to Love Connection ( which is the story that I started in wattpad). The others will follow the story of other prominent characters in the book and the final book ( Blood connections ) will be the story of their kids in their twenties mainly focusing on family bonds, giving the final closure for all the characters. Currently I am working on the third book in the series – Everlasting Connections.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve ever written? Why?
Favorite character I have ever written? That’s a very tough question. I usually love all my characters even if they happen to be the antagonist in the story. I usually give my characters a lot of depth and complexity, so despite their apparent flaws I still love them. If I have to say top fav then I would go with Jennifer Collins who is protagonist in Love Connection. I can relate most to her and totally admire. And when it comes to guys I crush on, then it will always be Linden and Brandon. I can’t choose one, they are tied at the top place. They are both total opposites and yet I love them both.
Between romance and psychological thrillers, what would you say is your favorite?
Between Romance and psychological thrillers, it’s hard to choose actually. I would love the blend of both, which I usually get in books written by K Webster. Psychological thrillers make me think hard and I find them realistic and very intriguing. But I will always be a die hard romance fan, but then again the romance like I had mentioned earlier should be out of the box and something different, preferably with some angst and steamy hot sex scenes;)
I noticed on your website that you also script write. How different is it? Difficult or easy?
I totally love script writing and I have done a course on it. I even attend film-making workshops. My dream is to get into script-writing be it for a movie or a show. There are some stories which can be better shown as a show or a movie rather than being written as a book. But then again, if done right, shows/ movies can also do full justice to books and I love taking up that challenge. As a writer we get a lot of freedom in writing books whichever way we prefer and we also get to emphasize a lot about our character’s feelings, but if the same is translated directly into a script, we end up with lot of monologues that has to be avoided. While scripting we have to take into consideration the length of each scenes and how to make the best of it through sharp dialogues without cutting too many parts of the book. That’s a very hard process, but the end result is totally worth it.
You are a very busy bee writing, reviewing, and working. How do manage your time? Do you ever take breaks from writing?
I spend most of my time in reading, reviewing and writing ( even in office breaks, I do the same). I usually stick to the time table I make and make sure that I allocate the right amount of time for all three activities. I make best use of every free minute to indulge in either of the three activities. As a writer, it is very important for me to read and give my imagination free reins and reading without reviewing seems unfair to me. An author does deserve feedback for their work. So all three activities are equally important. The max number of days I can go without writing is one or two days. In case I get bored with a particular book I am writing, I switch to another. Usually I will be working on three books at a time. One book will be reserved for weekends and I will alternate between the other two during weekdays.
Crazy question time! You love anime. If you were an anime character, which one would you be?
I totally love anime and I would love to be many characters. This again is a very hard pick. But I will probably go with Bulma from Dragonball Z. Not that she is my favorite character and I love her, but because she is Vegeta’s wife and I love him. So if I get a chance to be his beloved wife, I would jump on that chance without any second thoughts.
Any last thoughts?
I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity. Your website is a big boon for all the indie authors. Keep up the good work:)