Dakota And The American Dream by Sameer Garach is an imaginative tale laced with humor and sharp sarcasm. It is about a 10-year-old boy Dakota who gets into the world of Corporate America. He meets strange characters in an even more quaint setting. Through his story, the author attempts to bring forth the reality of how it is to survive in Corporate America along with the thought process of a child growing up.
In a candid chat with Bookish Fame, Sameer Garach talked about his book, his journey as a writer, and gave some tips for the budding writers too. Read on!
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I was born in Houston in 1986 and earned a BA in Mathematics with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. During graduate studies in quantitative finance, I developed a passion for writing and subsequently wrote my first novel, “The Bull Option,” a unique and cunning financial thriller that moves at a breakneck pace. I later went on to write “Dakota and the American Dream,” a charming and hilarious contemporary satire that entertains adults as well as children.
In my free time, I enjoy meditation, yoga, dance, nature, long walks, travel, photography, and music.
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
When I was in graduate school for mathematical finance, I became inspired to create. I got into writing by expressing my feelings in a daily journal. Soon, my attention turned from my studies to my writing. Eventually, I researched how to write fiction and began my journey. My first book, “The Bull Option,” drew upon my experiences and knowledge of the financial markets. I attended critique groups to gain feedback on my writing and had my book edited by professionals. I had a good time writing my first book, so I wrote another.
- What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
I just want to express the stories in my heart. What catches my attention? Interesting characters and solid plots. The books I’ve written thus far are pure entertainment, not emotional, or something that will touch the reader. I want to work on making the reader feel with my next book.
- Tell something in brief about your latest book?
Literary devices, American dialects, and corporate jargon are used throughout “Dakota and the American Dream.” I believe researching and employing them made me a better writer.
- How do you organize yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?
It’s good to have a scene-by-scene plot written down before starting the actual writing process. Having a plan reduces errors and wasting time.
- When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or a full-time profession?
Nope, not one bit.
- How did you approach the writing process this time around? Do you have a set routine or does it vary? And how do you manage it with your full-time work?
Just go at it every day. Production, big or small, is still production at the end.
- How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world?
Today, many people have become writers; just look at all the self-published books out there—thank you technology—not to mention the surplus of traditionally published books. Everyone has a story to tell and everyone thinks their story is phenomenal. On the other hand, I think the consumption of books, or reading, has gone down, again, due to technology. We have so many forms of entertainment today, from social media to video games, and that is not at all a bad thing.
- How crucial are marketing and promotions when it comes to selling a book?
Some books sell themselves, and others hardly sell despite given all the marketing and promotion. I think it’s important to budget wisely; there is an endless number of people ready to promise you sales for the right dollar amount.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I don’t read much, but I’ve made it a habit in the last few years as I’ve gotten more into writing. It’s a mix of fiction and the business page of the local newspaper.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers.
Don’t write for approval or success; write to share your unique story.
- Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
I hope to write another book and try to stay current with social media, so yes!
*We wish Author Sameer Garach all the best for his future endeavors.*
Connect with the author here: https://sameergarach.com/