Recently I had the opportunity to chat with Rohini Singh, author of The Time Manipulator’s Son, published by Something or Other Publishing. Rohini also has the distinction of being the first female Sci-Fi author from Trinidad.
IDI – Thank you so much for appearing with me today. It seems that you are a pioneer of sorts. Hopefully you have led the way for others to follow in your footsteps.
RS – That would be wonderful.
IDI – Rohini, who is your target audience? What aspect of your writing do you feel targets that specific group?
RS – Teens to young adults are my target audience. The challenges of growing up, bullying and embracing one’s differences are some of the aspects that teens face today. My target audience can relate to similar characters in the book and understand their trials and accomplishments.
IDI – You’re right about that. They are very serious aspects of growing up today.
Everyone has their own style/voice (if we’re doing our jobs right), but what author would you say your work most resembles?
RS – My style is quite similar to that of J. K. Rowling in terms of the vivid descriptions and vast imagination.
IDI – When did know that you were born to be a writer?
RS – At age fifteen, my English teacher unleashed my writing ability in her creative writing classes. The teacher repeatedly remarked that my descriptions were very vivid, my characters were outstanding and I had an incredible imagination.
IDI – It’s wonderful when someone sees the talent in a young writer and encourages it.
Can you tell us what you’re working on now? Maybe give us a peek.
RS – Here is a brief excerpt from second book of the series entitled, “The Time Manipulator’s Son and the Vipharan’s Visit”:
Daniel fell to his knees in anguish. He felt as though he was falling down a bottomless pit. The pressure from falling intensified with each second. He previously rolled back time to save his brother from getting injured in an accident. From altering the events during that time slot, he cause the death of a young boy’s father. His mother could not pay the mortgage and their house was repossessed and they had to move into a dilapidated apartment. His bother would have recovered from his injury, but now, he could not bring the boy’s father back. He was responsible for ruining the lives of the boy and his mother. He bent over, placed his palms on the floor and began weeping profusely. Then, the most horrible thought entered his mind…I am responsible for killing this boy’s father!
IDI – What’s the best advice ever given to you, and by whom?
RS – The best advice that was ever given to me was from a former Information Technology Manager. He said, “People will not always appreciate what you do. But let the quality of your work always earn you respect.”
IDI – Define a great book.
RS – A great book is when the reader becomes consumed with the book and certain aspects of the book remains lingering in the reader’s mind long after.
IDI – What is your all-time favorite book?
RS – Enid Blyton’s “The Magic Faraway Tree.” This was my introduction to a fantasy world, a world of limitless and magical events filled with mysterious species.
IDI – What advice would you give to new/unpublished authors?
RS – Writing the book is the easy part. Getting published can be a long journey with many rejections, be prepared of this. Do not give up and continue to believe in yourself because you have a story to tell to the world.
IDI – It can be long and daunting, but I think believing in yourself and your work make it bearable.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
RS – I am a full-time Database and Web Specialist and I try to spend as much time as I can with my nine-year-old niece. I would also love to get started in-game programming. There is a competition in my book which introduces a transportation device called a floater board used mostly by teens. Replicating this competition will craft an exciting and original video or online game.
IDI – That sounds exciting. You’ll have to let us know if you make it happen.
One last question. As a writer, what is the one thing you would most like people to know about you?
RS – There are so many young people out there who need attention, some are rejected by society while others feel as misfits. I encourage young people to be themselves, find their true potential and use it because it was what they were meant to do.
Often times at work, young people come to me for advice in furthering their education when they are unsure what to choose. I always tell them to get into a field that they like and do not do what everyone else or your friends are doing. Enjoying your job and doing what you like takes away half the stress, regardless of how tough the job is.
This message comes across quite clearly in my book The Time Manipulator’s Son.
IDI – Rohini, thank you again for sharing a bit of yourself and your work with us. You have many irons in the fire and I wish you the very best in all of your endeavors.
You can follow the links below if you’d like to purchase Rohini’s book or learn more about her and her work: