Advice from IR Approved Author Tara Reva: “You’re in it for yourself, not to prove anything to others.”

The Legend of Triquetra received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Tara Reva.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

The Legend of Triquetra, published on July 2, 2023

What’s the book’s first line?

My grandmother, Naani, found it rather unfortunate that I could transform into a twig snake.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.

Sticking up for your family in times of trouble and giving them the benefit of the doubt especially if you don’t like them.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

My children’s love for fantasy, action and adventure novels.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

To experience magic and mythology in the mystical and unique backdrop of India.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

The most distinctive feature about the main character Adi Nagaraj Yoshi is his silhouette of a twig snake. Like all Maruts, he must tame the silhouette to use it to his own advantage. Adi Nagaraj Yoshi reminds me of Percy Jackson who also comes to terms with his mythological connections as he struggles to save the world and the people he loves from reawakened mythological monsters.

When did you first decide to become an author?

Ten years ago, when I wrote a semi-fictional memoir in the form of short stories.

Is this the first book you’ve written?

This is my second book but the first in the genre of fantasy fiction.

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I create wheel-thrown pottery, play the guitar and manage my house and kids.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

2-3 hours every day.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?

The best part is writing and watching your story come together. The hardest part is selling your book.

What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

At the end of the day, you are enough. You’re in it for yourself, not to prove anything to others.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?

I would go with a traditional publisher as they bring an established infrastructure and processes for the ease of marketing a book.

Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune?)

What gives me pleasure is creating memorable characters. As an author I would like for my readers to feel the same joy of discovering the characters I create. To that end, a wide circle of readers, a dedicated group of readers who follow my characters and their lives are invaluable motivators for me like any other author.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

Roald Dahl.

Which book do you wish you could have written?

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

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