Q & A with A.A. Chaudhuri and Awais Khan
The 8 July saw the launch of The Scribe by AA Chaudhuri and In the Company of Strangers by Awais Khan at Foyles Bookshop. As part of the launch both authors kindly allowed me to have a chat with them about their writing and being published. It was a fantastic launch and it was great to see so many members of their families in attendance along with friends. As a follow up Alex and Awais agreed to interview each other. Here is the result!
AC: Hi Awais, I’m absolutely thrilled that we’ve been asked to interview one another for the Shotsblog/Magazine today.
AK: Likewise, Alex. Thanks so much to Shots for having us, such perfect timing in light of our joint book launch event last week at Foyles, Charing Cross Road. I’m going to kick off by asking you how it feels to finally be published?
AC: It sounds cliché, but it’s a dream come true, a feeling like no other. Being a highly subjective industry, with so many variables, getting a publishing deal is akin to winning the lottery! Despite having a fantastic agent, Annette Crossland, and working my socks off for nine years, I’ve faced a lot of rejection and shed numerous tears during that time, but I guess in a way, that’s what makes finally being published taste that much sweeter. And, of course, my love of writing kept me going and ensured I never gave up!