My Author Story. My Life As an Indie Author

It’s not very fascinating but indeed motivating for anyone who wants to be a writer one day. My writing journey started back in the year 2002 when I started writing for the local newspaper.

It started as a hobby, and soon I started enjoying it. It was something that gave me a sense of pride, a feeling of happiness, a sense of satisfaction.

Whenever I finished writing a piece, be it a short story, an article, or a poem, and looked at it, it always filled me with immense joy.

But, I never took it seriously. Writing was never a career choice for me. I never thought or tried exploring myself more and putting more effort in polishing my skills.

Instead, I took up a medical transcription job and worked as an MT for five years. Then came the responsibilities. I was blessed with a baby boy. I had to quit my job. Motherhood was the most fascinating thing that happened to me. For almost four years, I devoted myself completely to raising my kid.

As my son was growing up, I got into this habit of watching reality TV and soap operas. Sitting in front of the dummy box and doing nothing just endlessly watching TV for hours had become my favorite pastime. So easy it was.

But soon the boredom that often lurked in the background started looming larger around me. I looked out for options like shopping, socializing, and what not to keep myself busy and at the same time happy. But nothing helped, and I found myself slowly slipping into a state of mulling and self-loathing.

I was tired of my monotonous life. I needed a refuge, an outlet. In fact, I once again needed to explore myself. I needed to find out what I was good at.

Time was passing by, but I was not able to decide what I wanted from myself. This went on for quite some time. Until one fine day when my hubby suggested me to write something. In fact, he pestered me to take a pen and a notebook and write anything, anything that came to my mind.

I still remember the words I said to him when he asked me to write down something.

“I can’t write a single sentence now.” That were the exact words I told my husband. Even then, he kept on motivating me and the day came when after a gap of almost ten years I wrote.

There was no stopping after that. I started writing every day and soon found myself confident enough to pick up the freelance writing jobs on the Internet.

I wrote for a variety of clients, online. I contributed for many article banks as well. But never thought about writing a book. It happened accidentally or I can say fortunately when my hubby published a collection of my pizza recipes in my pen name. Then came some more recipe books and some more. Many of them have been constantly hitting the bestseller’s chart on Amazon,now.

I never looked back after that. Now, I have fifty books in my pen name, all independently published on KDP.

About two years ago, I self-published my first ever fiction book. Still the Love Blooms was my first fiction book that I published under my name.

After that came Love Me Baby, Camouflage, and Hearts & Kisses.

With each book, my writing improved and if we go by the famous saying of the writing world — that an author’s best work is always his next book, my best book till date is my upcoming release Renegade.

With Renegade, I’m also participating in Kindle pentopublish contest. This is my best work till date. It took me one complete year to finish the first draft and then another six to eight months in giving it the best shape possible. I got it professionally edited and proofread so that my readers have a wonderful reading experience.

So, I request you all to purchase Renegade from Amazon and help me secure a position in the Kindle book writing competition. I really need your help guys. And guess what, if you buy the book, you’ll get awesome free goodies along with it. Check my Facebook Page to know the cool surprises that come along with each purchase of Renegade.

At the end, I would like to thank Amazon’s KDP, for bestowing authors like me the power of independent publishing. My books are out in the world and selling because of Kindle Direct Publishing Platform. Book publishing has never been so easy. With Kindle Direct Publishing Platform, my long-cherished dream turned into reality.

KDP has given me wings to fly. If you’re an aspiring author and struggling with getting your work published, I can’t recommend KDP more. Go and explore yourself. Your dream world is waiting for you. With KDP, your destiny is in your hands now.

Register Yourself on KDP and get published. It’s that easy 🙂 And in case, you want to check Renegade, here’s the link. Add it to your wish list and get notified as soon as it is released.

Talk Soon!

~MH

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Mariyam

Mariyam Hasnain is a romance writer and a blogger. She is an indie author of four published books including the short story collection "Still the Love Blooms", the novella "Love Me Baby", the full length novel "Camouflage, and the recently released "Hearts & Kisses." According to Mariyam, love is not always sweet but sometimes tangy, sour, and bitter. It's not always bright and colorful but often dark, gray, and black. So, her romance books are not always sweet but at times sassy, naughty, dark, and flirty. Her books mainly explore the intricacies of modern-age college romance, second chances, love at first sight, and forbidden love. So, go ahead and enjoy the ride as you explore the shades of naughty and nice romance with Mariyam.

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