Romancing the reader

Aafaque Hussain caught up with romance writer Faraaz Kazi during his trip to Shillong

FARAAZ KAZI is an author primarily into romance and his love for writing made him a recipient of the YCOF National Excellence Award and a recent nominee of the National Debut Youth Fiction Award.

     Also called as ‘The Nicholas Sparks of India,’ Kazi is rated amongst the top romance writers in India.

     While sharing his joyful experience with literature, Kazi said writing is his passion more than profession. He was a reader since childhood and developed the love for writing books particularly romantic stories.

     A certified soft-skills trainer and a three-time post-grad, Kazi operates his own academy in Mumbai and is the founder and CEO of Digi Imprint Solutions, a social media agency for personal and corporate brands.

     He said that his first book was a 500-page manuscript written when he was seven years old. “When I grew up I started taking commercial literature,” he said.

     He also consults for a few public relations firms and publishing houses. He is fondly referred to as ‘The Young Marketer’ and operates a revolutionary blog with the same name and writes for major media houses.

     When asked how the habit of writing turned into a profession for him, he said that he undertook a creative writing course in Mumbai. The course required coming up with original pieces in almost every class and that was how he decided to expand the short stories into novels.

     Kazi is a fellow member of the esteemed Film Writers Association of India.

     ‘Truly Madly Deeply’, his debut mainstream romance novel is the only Indian book to be nominated in seven categories of the Goodreads annual readers’ choice awards and is also the only Indian book in the ‘Top 100 YA Global Fiction’ list.

     On his forthcoming books, Kazi said though works keep him occupied a lot he is working on a short story book besides writing a book on serious issues of the society including child abuse.

     Besides romance, Kazi concentrates on horror and fantasy and and counts singing as his second love. He maintains his website www.faraazkazi.com and logs on to Facebook and Twitter when not speaking or writing.

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