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Meet Samita Sarkar, author of I Am The Ocean

This week, I’d like to introduce you all to Samita Sarkar, author I am the Ocean, a journey to discover what life has in store for those who just take the time to spot running on the spot and start looking around them.

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I’m a big animal lover. I like to watch wildlife documentaries and spend lots of time outdoors. It’s so fascinating how each animal has its own unique personality. Sometimes I prefer the company of animals over humans!

What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?

I wrote about it! When I was in my early twenties, I graduated from university with a professional writing degree and top grades, yet no job prospects, no boyfriend, and no one to tell me what to do. For the first time in my life, I was without structure. I decided to spend some time backpacking along the east coast of the United States to figure things out.

I saw many beautiful things and met some fascinating people, but it was also an important time of introspection and spiritual development. I had the time of my life.

A few years after I returned home to Canada, I felt a creative surge, so I wrote a book about it.

How did you choose a title for your book?

My travel memoir is called I Am the Ocean, which is a line from The Bhagavad Gita that refers to Lord Krishna. This book, which is a conversation between the Lord and his friend, has heavily influenced my own writing because it is such an important philosophical text full of ancient wisdom.

In The Gita, Krishna shows his friend Arjuna his universal form. Although Krishna is beautiful, his friend becomes overwhelmed by his presence. This is exactly how I felt about my journey. Although it was a beautiful, pivotal moment in my life, it was also scary because I was doing something so new to me.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

Yes, very much so. In my memoir, I had to change names to protect identities, but I chose names that suited the person, so to speak. I’m also going to be penning a young adult novel in the near future, and I’ve got some of the plotline figured out. All names will have a meaning. I honestly believe that what you name your child can influence the type of person they grow to become.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I try to spend as much time as possible outdoors, in nature. Being surrounded by natural beauty is rejuvenating and gets the creative juices flowing.

I also enjoy cooking. It’s an art, but it’s more tactical so it’s not as mentally tiring as writing can be. I’m a vegetarian, so I love coming up with creative, healthy ideas for meals.

I’m planning to release a book on vegetarian desserts for people new to baking. All will be eggless, low in fat, made with simple ingredients, and without any refined sugar—of course, taste will not be compromised. If you’re interested, you can stay updated on my website.

Have you had to learn new skills and tricks or attempted impossible feats in order to get a book finished?

Nothing is impossible, but I learned a lot from publishing a book. I learned how to design a cover. How to format a book for Amazon. How to register a publishing imprint. How to approach book bloggers and generate some buzz for the book online.

Most importantly—and I wish someone had warned me about this when I studied writing at university—I learned to avoid vanity presses like the plague.

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i-am-the-ocean-low-coverWHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Samita AND HIS BOOK?

You can find I Am The Ocean in Kindle and Paperback format here:

You can also catch up with Samita on her website: samitasarkar.com and on Twitter @samitasarkar

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WHY ‘THE THURSDAY THRONG’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

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