The Wishing Coin - Antara Man
A cute story with a powerful message.
Often times after watching a movie or reading a book, I struggle to determine what it was that the author was trying to say. Many people seem to write merely to entertain. There's no moral. No message. And I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, but I do love a good positive message being driven home in a book.
The Wishing Coin does just this. A reporter learns the hard way that getting everything we wish for may not be as exciting as it sounds.
I feel that this is a message that the world needs to hear: especially with the sense of entitlement that so many people seem to grow up with. Regardless of what we deserve, often times we don't know what's best for us because we can't see the big picture. We don't know what we're missing out on by getting "what we want."
A great big thanks to Antara Man for this positive and delightful story.
Some Bio Information
Antara Man started writing at the age of seven and continues to this very day. Apart from reading and writing, you can find her practicing yoga, as she has developed a keen interest in self-improvement, spirituality and becoming a better human being.
She is currently preparing her second book that is a mixture between contemporary fiction and sci-fi. She also enjoys writing criminal books and suspense stories and believes in unity in diversity. In her opinion, the best books and stories are a crossover between genres.
1. Was there a deciding point in your life when you realized you wanted to write?
Yes, it was when I was nine years old. I started writing at the age of seven but when I was nine I felt my calling was to be a story- teller.
There is an anecdote from my life that I always remember when I go back to these days. One day, back when I was a kid, I was in class and our teacher gave us the task to write on a piece of paper what we wanted to become when we grew up. One of my schoolmates suggested that we should write down that we didn’t want to grow up; that we wanted to remain what we were then. She was urging me heavily to do it but what I wrote on my piece of paper was "I want to become a writer". I knew I was already one. The teacher explained to us she was collecting all those paper pieces so that if one day she saw any of us and asked "What have you become?", she would be able to show us our answers.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I use Scrivener and I like to outline and use sheets with graphics to systematize the plot. Once I finish the first draft, I re-read the whole story again and if needed, I re-write some parts of it. Once I am satisfied with the final draft, I start with editing.
3. Who is your favorite author?
I loved Chuck Palanuick's Fight Club when I was a teenager; The Moon Stone by Wilkie Colins was my favorite book for a decade. Now I am hooked into J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter.
4. What would you like your readers to take away from your book?
The main idea that wishes are not always good for us and that we must be careful what we wish for. Sometimes by wishing something that is not meant for us, we create troubles.
5. Describe the perfect writing environment.
To be in a house in the mountains with a lot of fresh air and fresh drinks.
6. What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
To write a compelling sci-fi YA series and a fantasy series (it's already in a progress).