Meet the Author...
I was looking for paranormal authors on Instagram and came across Hashmi’s account. I immediately sent her a message and was excited when Hashmi contacted me back, saying she was thrilled to participate in an interview. I was thrilled, too, especially because she’s a fellow ‘Scotsman’ and I may get to meet her one day, and, of course, because she’s a vampire novelist as well! Let’s get to know Hashmi Gor.
What do you do in your free time?
I rarely get free time to be honest. I work as a full-time, self-employed optometrist. However, when I do get time off, I can be found pottering around my garden which I find very relaxing. There’s a certain joy in watching a plant/seed/bulb you have planted flourish and grow. If, however, it is raining, which it often does in Scotland, then a movie or a documentary on wildlife would be on the agenda. I also dabble in henna tattoos hence my Pinterest name of GORgeous Henna.
Where did your love of reading come from?
I have to say it all stemmed from my Mum. She loved to read and had loads of books lying around the house. When I was you, there were no mobile phones and TV had two channels. If you weren’t playing outside, then you were indoors reading. It passed the time and opened up amazing new worlds you could escape into.
What is your all-time favorite book?
Wow, there are so many to choose from! The first adult book I read was Rage of Angels, by Sidney Sheldon, which was amazing. His writing style just pulls you in. One of my go to books when I want to be happy is Love in the Doghouse, by Molly Douglas. It’s a short book, but I absolutely love it. Bein a dog lover, it pulls at your heartstrings and makes you laugh and cry. In the classics, it has to be Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, for its wittiness and romance. Two other books that fall into my favourites category have to be See Jane Run, by Joy Fielding, for its brillian storytelling, and The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer, again for its witty heroine.
What do you love most about writing?
I love letting my imagination loose. You never know what your mind is going to create next. It could be literally anything! A simple object can start to have magic, and when characters turn up, they can go places and do things you have only dreamed about. I think a lot of authors get to live the lives they want though their characters. Things that are impossible in real life become not only possible but real in your make-believe worlds. I think I love the feeling of almost being a child when writing because children don’t have the concept of what they can and cannot do and become. Everything and anything is possible when you are a child.
Which three people would you want on a deserted island with you?
The one character I would want from my books would be Samantha Lewis from Rules of Fate, my newest book. She is someone who always finds a way out of problems and has a wicked sense of humour which keeps everything light even when faced by crazy odds.
A character from another book would be Dirk Pitt from the Clive Cussler books because he is also a genius at improvisation, and I love the banter he has. I think Sam would get on well with him.
A famous person would have to be either David Attenborough or Lawrence Anthony, author of Elephant Whisperer, because I find both of them fascinating, and their lives are so diverse. Their experiences would keep me happy for months on end.
Tell us about your most recent book and why it is a must read
Rules of Fate is my newest book which is going to be released in the next few months. It is a sci-fi fantasy which is a completely new genre for me. I usually write vampire fantasy and African adventures. This book challenged me in so many ways that initially frightened me. I also write it in the first person which made it very exciting.
I love the characters that have come to life in the process. Samantha is one of the funniest characters i have created. She does, says, and thinks things that I somethimes feel I have no control over! Often she has made me laugh out loud until tears have literally rolled down my cheeks, which is why I don’t edit this book in public. Her banter with the other primary character is fascinating and hilarious by turns. It is difficult to brand this book in a traditional manner, but I think anyone who has a good sense of humour, enjoys fantasy, and wants lots of twists and turns would absolutely love it.
What gives you inspiration for your books?
Anything, really. I have found myself driving on a long, boring road at the end of the day when a scene just pops into my head. I think music has a lot to do with it. I tend to see my books as movies, with a soundtrack. For example, the soundtrack for Rules of Fate was Don’t you worry, Child, by the Swedish House Mafia, and Breathe, a song from Grey’s Anatomy’s soundtrack. The Blood Series was predominantly some of the Twilight soundtrack and Cold Water, by Major Lazer, while Edge of Dawn played out to Clint Mansell’s Boat Montage from the movie Sahara and other African tribal sounds.
What is your favorite part of Rules of Fate
There’s a scene where Sam gets shot at, and she’s trying to figure out why this random person has decided to shoot at her and her partner. Her partner doesn’t seem to find it unusual, and she’s getting frustrated by his blasé attitude. Here’s a small snippet:
‘...you sure you’re OK? I mean you were shot at.’
He shrugged like it had been a walk in the park. ‘I didn’t get hit.’
‘You sure?’ I wasn’t. Maybe the bullet had hit him in the head. That would explain his current blasé attitude and why he was smiling like an idiot.
This is one of the many scenes that made me laugh out loud.
Tell us about a favorite character you have written, and why it is your favorite
Muskaan Bajaj from Edge of Dawn is quite close to my heart. Her life is loosely based on mine, and her job as game ranger/tour guide is what I would love to do if I wasn’t an optometrist. She has the fire and tenacity needed to deal with the hard choices she has to make in Edge of Dawn. In fact, she may be making a re-appearance in a sequel at some point.
What would the main character have to say about you?
I think all my main characters would question my judgement and probably want to kill me! I make quite a lot of them suffer ordeals. Nichalas Rayne from the Blood Series would definitely have something to say about that. I have made the poor man go through a lot, from losing his love to almost dying and having to live in a cougar. I’m really sorry, Nick, but I don’t think the ordeal is over. There’s still a fourth book in the Blood Series that needs to be written!
Thanks so much, Hashmi, for the insight into your writing. It is a joy to read your writing gives you as much pleasure as my own writing gives me. I think we’re both very lucky that we’re able to enjoy one’s work so much.
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