I am starting off my interview year with Yasir Hayat. His epic vampire novel set against a timeless gothic backdrop will give you thrills and chills. Thank you Yasir for agreeing to come back.
Before I even begin, I just want to take the opportunity to thank Mandy. I get asked questions from people from time to time, I’ve done a few author interviews. But I always take the opportunity to thank my interviewer, I believe them to be the unsung heroes of the internet author community. I believe they are also the back bone on which that community thrives. So I would like to express my appreciation for being invited on here again and I hope these interactions will continue.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
There would definitely be changes, I’ve received a lot of feedback – not just reviews, telling me the flaws of my work. Whilst I would keep the genre and atmosphere the same, I would change the tone. I was so committed to the completion of the project I didn’t give the content the attention it required. I hope my next project to pull the reader in to its veneer and immerse the mind in a deluge of fantasy and escapism. I would take my time with the next project ensuring that whoever read it would be entertained.
What is your favourite theme/genre to write?
I suppose horror, but I’m not a fanatic. I love atmosphere and I like to lose myself in the fantasy of literature. Having said that, I am partial to a little romance, but believe the two genres should remain separate. I am not a fan of pseudo-romances, where zombies fall in love with humans or each other – that grosses me out. Predominantly I am into horror, but will dabble in romance from time to time (like when you get a craving for chocolate)
Do you see writing as a career?
Its always been a fantasy of mine to be a writer, whether that be novels, poems or plays. I have a deep respect for the industry, but as I progress in this world I see its many pitfalls. I made quite a few mistakes when embarking on this journey, my hubris being my main obstacle. The way things are at the moment a career in writing looks bleak but I do have plan. Its not fool proof and to be honest its not even a plan, its just an assumption I have. A lot of people have tasted success in this industry, by it being handed to them. Now, I may sound bitter about this but as a lot people will tell you “its not what you know, its who you know” it’s the way of the world and the publishers of the world are the same as any CEO sat in the board room. If you can withstand the clear biased then you stand a chance. Personally, I do see this as a career, but will bide my time. I think patience and ingenuity is required on my part.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I love this question, to which I will give two answers
Owning my own business that sells a plethora of consumer products, not to mention my book collections. Doing worldwide tours promoting my work and working with film producers to make blockbusters. Having a series of mini-projects that are running concurrently that range from online resources for aspiring entrepreneurs to having my own book company.
Continuing my day job, hopefully with a mortgage. Have enough funds to propel my next project and gearing towards having my own business.
Which answer do you prefer?
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
Yup, mainly my poems. I write some works and while I’m writing I feel as though I am literary Picasso. Six months later I may unearth the very same piece of writing and feel nauseous at the content. I remember reading one of my poems and being convinced it was written by someone with a psychological impediment. Yes folks, it was I who wrote said drivel. I suppose a writer can never really be happy with their work, just as happy as can be. The more you write, the better you become but the human condition is prevalent in the works we create and that is its flawed beauty.
What genre is your next project? What is it about?
Well, it’s the same as the last given it’s a sequel to my previous novel Memoirs of the Damned. I’m not going to reveal its name just yet, only because I am still writing it and I am unsure when I am to launch it. It will be set a decade after the conclusion of the last book and will see a side character from the last book take point and delve into their life.
How do we find your books, blog and bio?
I have an exciting new website that is both entertaining and interactive. Its still subject to change and every now and again new feature will be introduced. The website is www.yasirhayat.com and the features are as follows:-
- My Diary – Basically its my blog, where I compile my thoughts
- Biography – This tells you who I am in a nutshell
- Open Forum – A chance to ask me any question you like, one to one, but you will need to create an account and log on before you do
- Literature – A one stop page that gives you links to my published/unpublished work and also to websites where information about my projects are being held.
- Horizon Seekers – Where I, personally, video interview people with personal talents that they want people to hear about. I have always struggled to get the word out about my talents. I want to help other where I struggled in life.
And this is just the beginning, as I said new features are always being introduced so it’s a good idea to visit the site regularly for updates. Come and pay me a visit, I can promise you intrigue at the very least.
Previous interview: https://mandyevebarnett.com/2013/03/10/author-interview-yasir-hayat/