In the Spotlight feature kicked off in April 2015 and is an opportunity for authors, editors and publishers (basically anyone in the book industry (yes, even bloggers!)) to connect with fans. There is an option to do an interview, guest post, feature a book sale or book release or a cover reveal. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is click on the image to reserve your spot!
Now on with the show!
In the Spotlight with Jaswinder Singh
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Jaswinder! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
A Senior bank exec in India for two decades, I spoke with people from all walks of life throughout the world. I now live in Edmonton, Canada.
What an interesting short biography!
Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?
Hoping to get feedback, I published my first draft with CreateSpace in 2013. Got it reviewed from Kirkus. The review was encouraging but I wanted to improve it before making it public. I, therefore, worked further on it and made improvements based on the feedback. The final draft was published in September 2015.
The best thing has been the support from CreateSpace. I did not try any agent and I still don’t have any experience working with them.
Sounds like you were able to get some excellent feedback about your book prior to your release.
Tell us a bit about your latest release, The Quest for Integrity. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it?
We are not living in harmony on this planet. We are suffering from confrontation between individuals and societies and wars among nations all over the world. Disputes take place when we see the world differently.
I feel that if we all stop deceiving each other and become ethical and just, and observe the golden rule, disputes can be minimized. Societies all over the world must decide to act on this jointly and enlist the support of temples, schools, media and other major influencers.
In light of the recent events in Orlando, this sounds like the type of book many people might be seeking. I’m glad you were able to be In the Spotlight this week.
What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
I enjoy reading ideological books of both fiction and non-fiction. Among non-fiction books that I read, I would place 7-Habits of Highly Effective People at number one. I love so many works of fiction, but if I have to name two, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and Sidhartha by Hermann Hess are great books that I highly recommend to book lovers.
I have had the opportunity to take a couple of the Franklin-Covey courses through my employer. They are enlightening and I have learned a lot. I have not read of of Covey’s books yet though.
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
I like listening to classical music, songs and poems. I especially enjoy aimlessly walking in solitude and seeing the plants, animals, birds and meeting new people.
Those sound like very relaxing and enjoyable obsessions to me. 🙂
What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?
Do you feel that you have conveyed your message completely by this book? My reply would be “No”.
This was my first attempt and I will try to accomplish my task more fully through my second book, which I am currently writing.
Well, I wish you luck in accomplishing that goal, Jaswinder!
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
If we all remain true to our convictions, we can generate happiness for ourselves and others.
What a beautiful thought, Jaswinder. Thank you for being In the Spotlight this week. I hope you’ll return when your second book has been released to share it with the fans of Second Run Reviews.
Synopsis: A noble, accomplished man named Purshottam Gill is chosen to replace the latest in a line of negligent managers at the Amlawar branch of India’s nationalized bank. As he attempts to improve the branch’s performance and raise employee morale, he becomes hindered by corrupt trade union officials, politicians, and even some of the bank’s senior officers. He soon discovers that top union leaders control not just the bank, but the politics of his country, causing its citizens to live under fear and great hardships.
Having come from a life of poverty and disease, Neki Lal, the union leader for Purshottam’s bank, values money and success above all else. Viewing Purshottam’s integrity as a threat, Neki begins a deceptive and corrupt campaign to try and intimidate Purshottam and remove him from his position at the bank. And Purshottam’s loyal employees have no choice but to follow the union directive.
As Neki Lal and his supporters begin to take over the branch, deception and manipulation reign supreme in a battle of good and evil that will forever change the lives of everyone involved.
A riveting tale of power and corruption, The Quest for Integrity is a thought-provoking and inspiring story that illustrates the importance of dignity, morality, and social responsibility.