The Messiah of Green Street, discusses his book, his journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.
DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about The Messiah of Green Street?
SHUAB PARVEZ: It is a work of fiction that is demonstrative of the "immigrant experience" whether that is in the UK or the USA.
DAVID WISEHART: How do you develop and differentiate your characters?
SHUAB PARVEZ: Each character is an amalgam of real-life people. I believe every fictional character must have a breath of real life in order it to make them more plausible.
DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?
SHUAB PARVEZ: Someone who has read Zadie Smith, Hanif Kureishi, and Salman Rushdie, but thirsts for something more.
DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?
SHUAB PARVEZ: I have written from the age of fifteen. I am self-published, so the journey, for me, is still continuing.
DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?
SHUAB PARVEZ: I have no plan and prefer to experiment with characters and plot-lines. Writing is a difficult process.
DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?
SHUAB PARVEZ: Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a great influence. I like authors who offer something new—often, these happen to be Latin American authors such as Junot Diaz or Roberto Bolano. Latin American writers tend to offer new perspectives with narrative fiction.
DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?
SHUAB PARVEZ: The Tin Drum by Gunther Grass.
DAVID WISEHART: How did you create your cover?
SHUAB PARVEZ: It's designed by Bradley Wind, a talented American graphic designer.
DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?
SHUAB PARVEZ: Not until now.
DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?
SHUAB PARVEZ: It's a great way of reaching a new audience. It breaks a lot of boundaries.
DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?
SHUAB PARVEZ: Go for it. But consider mainstream publishing first.
DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shuab Parvez is a writer from East London, England. He read law at Queen's College, Oxford University and has travelled extensively throughout Eastern Europe, the Far East and USA.
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