The Art of Being Grateful & Other Stories


Meet Manali Desai, Author of The Art of Being Grateful & Other Stories the new exciting short stories compilation Released on the 15th July 2020

-Welcome back Manali Desai, I understand your novel is an eBook, this is your second interview with us here at Vigilante360 and we are so excited for your new release, Tell us more about this book and how different it is from your other publications

The Art of Being Grateful & Other Stories is a collection of 8 short stories, rather a collection of flash fiction stories (300 to 2000 words) of various genres like romance, thriller, mystery, coming of age and horror

It is different from my other publications in the sense that these are longer stories (rather than poems or microtales, which is what my previous books were about) and cover some genres which I have never indulged in before.

-Exploring new territories! That’s something every author aspires to at some point. What inspired you to write this book?

To be very honest, about half of the stories in this book were rejected by various publications over the course of past 2-3 years. The other half are a result of the lockdown which came during this global pandemic. Being cooped up in the house most of the time, I finally had some hours every day to indulge in creative writing (other than professional writing) and hence between March to July, I had a compilation which I felt was worthy to be put together in the form of a short book. Hence, came it!

-Well, J.K. Rowling was rejected by so many publishing houses before she became the most valued author and most paid in the world, never feel discouraged. What was the main challenge you faced when creating this book?

The biggest challenge for me was writing genres like crime, thriller and horror. I have neither read much of these genres, nor have I explored these as a writer. But it was fun trying them out. I hope the readers out there enjoy and appreciate it too though!

-Do you have other previous publications?

Yes, I have two previous publications, A Rustic Mind and The Untold Stories

The former is a poetry book and the latter is a compilation of microtales.

-Yes I remember from our first interview. What have you recently read and how many books do you usually read per year?

I recently read Dolly Won’t Play by Monisha Gumber. It is a book written in freestyle and verse form.

The usual count is about 25 to 30 books in a year, but this year I think I have already read about 15-17 books.

-Impressive! You are quite the reader! Tell us, do you have any upcoming new projects?

Yes, I do have an upcoming project actually. The next one is going to be a non-fiction book.

-Non-fiction? Wow you are really branching out lol! Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors who would like to have more publications?

At this point, looking at how my recent book is being received, I only have one lesson and advice to impart, which is to never stop believing in your stories, because irrespective of how many rejections a story has faced, there is a readership for it out there.

-Agreed! That is very true! Is there anything else you would like to add?

Let us use this lockdown and pandemic time to engage in skillful activities which can lead to personal growth.

That’s awesome, thank you Manali Desai for those great insights! We all wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.

The Art of Being Grateful & Other Stories is available now on Amazon at only $0.99 check it out:

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M.K. Ragab is a serial entrepreneur, Aspiring Author, and Psychologist with a passion for quantum physics and spirituality.Having had his own online magazine as his graduation project, Ragab has been working since the age of 17 in multiple industries that enabled him to gain knowledge in many fields.From a short career in magazine writing to working as a Talent Management executive in the field of IT and Software development. He earned his psychology certificate at the age of 19, his Kung Fu red trainers belt at 22, and his Graphics Design and Film Making diploma at the age of 24.He shifted his career from Talent Management to Writing in the aftermath of the CoVid19 pandemic, and his novels are now being sold over 16 global distributors and online stores


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