Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The Winter Song by Saurav Dutt - Book Tour + Giveaway

Join us for this tour from Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: The Winter Song (a novel) by Saurav Dutt
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +),  170 pages
Genre:  Romance
PublisherAmazon Publishing
Release date:   December, 2020
Tour dates: January 25 to February 12, 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13. In a few places there is some moderate bad language.

Book Description:

From the acclaimed Author of 'The Butterfly Room' comes a powerful afterlife drama conveying how great gifts can be hidden in death and how they can bear fruit in our lives if we have the faith to let them unfold.

Somewhere between the mountains and the mist in North India, a widower must reconcile himself to the loss and grief that haunts him after the recent death of his wife.

Unhinged by grief, anger, and guilt, John Perera has set off on a journey, a journey to honour the love of his life and to fulfill the promise he made to her to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death of their son. It is a journey of extraordinary self-discovery that will take him to the extremities of his soul and question all he believes about life, death, and faith.

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Author Interview

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both and that’s part of the thrill. I would say that there should always be energy and that exhaustion should only come about through physical exertion. It shouldn’t be the kind of exhaustion where doubt sets in and it becomes a slog. Because you should be excited to sit down and create, to find wonder in what your characters will do and say next; if it’s a chore you’re better off pressing delete or throwing the typewriter out of the window, because then what you’re doing means nothing. I would say writing should be thrilling, even slightly dangerous, possessing a sense of wonderment, otherwise it’s a waste of your time and your audience will sense that you’re only doing it by the numbers.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
To follow the crowd, to follow the marketplace and write only what they think is selling, or what is selling. In doing so they forsake their voice, their art, and unknowingly deprive themselves of creativity. In the first instance the most common trap is doubt, and it can fester if you don’t attack it. It often comes just before the project starts or about a quarter of the way through. Also aspiring writers often start thinking too much about the machinations of publishing, marketing, whether people will buy their book, all before the writing has been completed. That’s dangerous. Worry about your manuscript first, finish it to your satisfaction, and be proud of what you have accomplished.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be as original as I can but it’s important to think about what the reader wants once you have decided upon your themes and the genre at hand. Originality is key but of course drama does recycle certain strands, plotlines, and machinations within narrative over and over again. Readers will expect something different but also seek the familiar and the key ingredient is authenticity. A reader can smell an author that doesn’t believe in their craft a mile off, and that’s poison to your objective as a writer.

Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
You’d have to have strong emotions to even attempt to do what we do. Whether you’re curating history, writing about relationships, or telling a story, you’ve come to the dance because something compelled you to reach beyond the ordinary. That’s why if you’re a machine writing after your advance has come through on a job that’s purely that, a job, then you’re uninspired, the work is no longer vital, and you feel strangely unemotional. The excitement is what makes you want to become a writer, it bothers you when you’re not thinking about it, or the potential of a new idea.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
To read more, to write more, and to not take criticism so much to heart. I lost many valuable years as a writer because of self-hatred and putting myself down. Writing is work, it’s a craft, and it’s a mental gymnasium, and if you get sloppy, inattentive, and lose passion, then you only get what you’ve asked for.


Meet the Author:

Saurav Dutt is an Author, Political Columnist and Human Rights Campaigner. A journalist in three continents, his acclaimed debut novel 'The Butterfly Room' explored issues of domestic violence and homophobia within South Asian communities and has been showcased alongside leading political figures and human rights campaigners. His work for human rights and charity campaign work has taken Dutt to speaking engagements at the WEF, IKWRO, IWN, Houses of Parliament and TEDx. After exploring the issue of psychological abuse and domestic violence in 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' Dutt was commissioned by a major Hollywood production house to pen the official novelization of the major motion picture 'Tiger' (starring Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated actor Mickey Rourke) and he commemorated the centenary of the infamous Amritsar Massacre in India with 'Garden of Bullets: Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh' which was featured in TIME magazine. TIGER is the biographical account of Parminder Singh Nagra, a trailblazing Sikh boxer who fought successfully for the right to compete in the ring with his beard, an essential part of his faith. A syndicated political columnist, Dutt writes for the International Business Times, The Times of Israel, Human Events, and American Herald Tribune. He has featured on CNN, GQ, Huffington Post, BBC television and radio, RT (Russia Today), Press TV, Sky News and more. He resides in the United Kingdom, Los Angeles, and India.

connect with author: amazon ~ twitter ~ facebook
Tour Schedule:

Jan 25 - Cover Lover Book Review - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 25 - Rockin' Book Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 26 - Working Mommy Journal - book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 26 - Viviana MacKade - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 26 - Pass Me That Book - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 27 - Jazzy Book Reviews - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 - I'm All About Books - book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 28 - Deborah-Zenha Adams - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 28 - Sefina Hawke's Books - book spotlight
Jan 28 - Stephanie Jane - book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 29 - Books for Books - book spotlight
Feb 1 - Library of Clean Reads - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 1 - Splashes of Joy - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 2 - A Mama's Corner of the World - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 2 - 100 Pages A Day - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 3 - Literary Flits - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 3 - Tracee Gleichner - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 4 - Locks, Hooks and Books - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 5 - She Just Loves Books - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 8 - Hall Ways Blog - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 9 - Westveil Publishing - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 10 - Books Lattes & Tiaras - book spotlight / author interview
Feb 10 - High Society Book Reviews & Club - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 11 - Book World Reviews - book spotlight
Feb 11 - The bibliophilic world - book spotlight / author interview
Feb 12 - Laura's Interests - book spotlight / giveaway

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