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Interview With Illustrator Sachin Modgekar

Sachin Modgekar is a son carrying on the family tradition of drawing. Inspired and taught by his father, Sachin has sketched out his own career in the world of children‘s books as an accomplished illustrator.

A multi-award winner, Sachin’s pictures have been featured in over 50 children’s books and satire cartoon catalogues all over the world.

Sachin lives in Vasai with his wife and two children.

Now that I’ve introduced you to Sachin let’s get to know him a littler better.

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Hello, Sachin, and welcome. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

What inspired you to be an illustrator?

My father blessed me with this skill. He is a drawing teacher and has a book published Figure Drawing Made Easy And Memory Drawing. He is 80 and still working on a new book. He is my power generator.

Is illustrating your full-time profession?

Yes. I am working in an ad agency and also doing publishing work.

Photo courtesy of: Sachin Modgekar

How long have you been illustrating?

Since 1997 I have worked on various children’s books on local, national and international levels.

Photo courtesy of: Sachin Modgekar

Have you won any awards?

I won the Silver Prize Certificate in China for The Thematic Cartoon Contest held for the Beijing Olympics.

I also won second prize for a National Level Cartoon Contest.

Besides that I take part in various satire cartoon contests all over the world where my art gets published in exhibitions and catalogues.

What types of media do you use to illustrate?

Pencil, brush & ink, watercolor, oil pastels, digital work with Wacom bamboo. I use all these mediums according to a client’s requirements.

How many books have you illustrated?

I have illustrated over 50 books.

Which genres do you illustrate?

Any. One should mold according to subjects. I am flexible for work on any illustrative project.

What do you find most challenging about illustrating?

Choosing color schemes according to subjects is the most difficult task to achieve.

What are you working on now?

I am working on two different projects for children books.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

Anywhere. Illustrators should keep looking for different styles and characters from any available sources. People around us, children, animals, things, and nature are your teacher when you see through an “illustrator’s point of view”.

Photo courtesy of: Sachin Modgekar

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

When an illustrator has freedom to explore his own views in drawing, that’s a rewarding part but still yet to come. So far I worked with children’s award-winning author Mary Ann Vitale which is memorable.

What advice would you give to illustrators just starting out?

They should look at the world with a beautiful illustrative angle and should be ready to tackle new ideas, styles, techniques also at a workplace they should be ready to make good harmony with an author’s ideas.

Is there anything else you’d like your followers to know about you?

I am a family man. Living in a joint family with father, wife, two children, my brother and his family in a small town in Vasai near Mumbai. I also do color Sand Art and Caricatures.

What message are you sharing in your books?

“Global brotherhood” is a word I read from a book on the 12th century saint “Saint Dnyaneshwar”. Today we are the luckiest generation because we are practically living this ideal with the internet.

So let’s make this world a beautiful place to live with the help of the powers we have with us.

Who are your favorite illustrators?

R. K. Laxman, Mario Miranda, Dough Sneed, Dedini, Siddhant Jumde, Mukesh Singh, Saumein Patel, and Uderzo

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

Black Cat White Cat, Children of Heaven, Yesterday, Hotel Rawanda, Chocolate Factory, The Grinch, Horton Hears a Who, are my favorite movies and Pingu, Small Wonders, are my favorite TV shows.

When you’re not illustrating where can we find you?

Chilling out with family.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

https://www.behance.net/gallery/55268737/Children-books
http://marathiartist.blogspot.com/?m=1

Where can we find your books/artwork?

Thank you, Sachin, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lots of luck!

Inspirational Quote By Scott Stabile

Let them judge you.

Let them misunderstand you,

Let them gossip about you.

Their opinions aren’t your problem.

You stay kind, committed to love,

and free in your authenticity.

No matter what they do or say,

don’t dare doubt your self-worth

or the beauty of your truth.

Just keep on shining like you do.

Story Starter! What’s In The Cauldron?

Some called her hag, others witch. No matter the title they used to label her, everyone knew her Twilight Brew was magical. A closely guarded recipe, she never divulged its ingredients.

It was easy to guess at some things she stirred into the broth: freshly plucked foul, water, herbs, roots, spices; but how she transformed them into the best tasting chicken soup was a mystery.

What do you think is in the cauldron?

Interview With Romance Author Kirsten Nairn

Kirsten Nairn has a secret. It’s so hush-hush that even her family and close friends don‘t know what it is. The only people she’s shared this secret with is her readers and me. Would you like to know what her big secret is?

Kirsten is a writer. Her first contemporary romance novel A Sorry Affair debuted on July 31, 2017.

Edinburgh Castle
Photo courtesy of: Chris Sherlock; courtesy of:commons.wikimedia.org

Kirsten lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. Her favorite city is Edinburgh. She thinks it’s the most romantic city in the world and used it as the setting for A Sorry Affair.

Now that I’ve introduced you to Kirsten let’s get to know her a little better.

Hello, Kirsten, and welcome. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

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What inspired you to be a writer?

I’m not sure anything inspired me as such, but more I just needed a shove to get me to put pen to paper! I work full time, have two children and naively thought I’d start writing when I was on maternity leave������. It took another 14 years to get me to a point where I had a spare, quiet moment to write.

Is writing your full-time profession?

No, I do it as a hobby at the moment. I’d love to do it full time, but it’s not viable at the moment. Maybe when I retire…

How long have you been writing?

Only about 3-4 years, although I had lots of stories in my head before that.

How many books have you written?

1 published and three more manuscripts almost ready for submission, another two ‘in-progress’.

Photo courtesy of: Kirsten Nairn

Which genre do you write? 

Contemporary Romance

What do you find most challenging writing for this genre?

Nothing challenging about the genre just the actual writing process.

Photo courtesy of: Pixel2013; courtesy of: Pixabay

What are you working on now?

I am really trying to get my current manuscript ready for submission, but I am also working on another about a holiday romance which blossoms, turns into a long distance relationship and in turn focusses on the dilemma of the main character and the choices and decisions she has to make

.Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

Well, my inspiration for the story above came from something I saw written in the sand at St. Andrew’s beach- I won’t give it away here as it features in the story.

My inspiration for A Sorry Affair came from a conversation I overheard on a train.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work? 

The marketing and promotion process- it’s all completely new and daunting, however I have built an author platform from scratch, developed a website and connected with people all over the world.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

If you have an idea, just find time and space and start writing. Hopefully the words will flow. Don’t think about it too much to begin with and get it all down on paper.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

I write in secret! No one, not even my family or friends know I write or have published a book.

What message are you sharing in your books?

My stories are mainly high on the angst and emotional turmoil of some relationships, but there’s usually a happily ever after of sorts. If there’s any message it’s that all relationships have ups and downs and everyone makes mistakes. Whether we can move on and accept them is the big question.

What are your favorite books?           

Oh way too many to mention. I love all the John Irving books- The World According toGarp, The Hotel New Hampshire. Lord of the Rings, The Harry Potter series, Twilight, the classics, such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, anything by Mhairi McFarlane and Nick Spalding.

What are your favorite movies, TV shows?

Any films from the books listed above, but I also love the film, About Time, directed by Richard Curtis and in fact, anything by Richard Curtis.

Photo courtesy of: Kirsten Nairn

When you’re not writing where can we find you?

Working, running around after my children and their animals, running on my own, at the gym.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?                

Yes. Here are my links

facebook https://www.facebook.com/Kirsten-Nairn-1886899944963399/

twitter  https://twitter.com/KirstenNairn

Google plus https://plus.google.com/116661743998012242113

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.co.uk/chrnairn25/

my website https://kirstennairn.wordpress.com/

A Sorry Affair ‘landing page’ https://asorryaffair.wordpress.com/

Where can we find your books?

Amazon

Kobo

Waterstones

Smashwords

Goodreads

Barnes and Noble

Thank you, Kirsten, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you lots of luck and continued success!

Photo courtesy of: Kirsten Nairn

Self-Reflection Quote By: Patrick Overton

Watch your thoughts,

they become your words.

Watch your words,

they become your actions.

Watch your actions,

they become your habits.

Watch your habits,

they become your character.

Watch your character,

for it becomes your destiny.