I had the pleasure of talking with a local author over email this past week named Kasham Keltuna about their book Caucasian Ovtcharka. We wish we could have met in person to do a video interview but because of COVID, we went the written route.
Synopsis: Caucasian Ovtcharka, a contemporary literary novel, tells the story of a young lady contracted to marry the cripple heir of a multi-Billion Naira estate.
Despite their mutual unwillingness, they are prevailed upon and the marriage ensues whilst the lady feels the need to flee the union and protect herself, the young man becomes smitten, whether his love is genuine or just a means to an end remains a heartbreaking mystery.
Buy her book here: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08D2GNXHH/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_awdb_t1_qYseFbRE8FAYF
Here is the interview I did with her! Her answers were great and I would look forward to meeting her in person once COVID settles down!
Q. What is your top read of 2020 so far?
Becoming – Michelle Obama
Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
Season of Crimson Blossoms – Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
The Spiral Staircase: Karen Armstrong
Q. What is your favorite book friendship?
The novel, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman about the characters Frances and Aled and their formidable friendship over a period of a year is a great way of embodying a platonic relationship, especially for teenagers.
Q. Most anticipated book release of 2020?
Too Much and Never Enough – Mary L. Trump
Becoming – Michelle Obama
Breast and Eggs – Mieko Kawakami
Q. How many books are in your TBR pile?
For the physical books, I’d say about 20. I try to make a point to finish reading my pile before buying new ones. For my eBooks TBR, I have about 200 books.
Q. Who is your favorite author?
That will be Henry Charles Bukowski.
Q. How did you start writing?
I just started. Somehow during my teenage years, I got lost in reading books and came to the thin line between me reading and writing.
Q. Where is your favorite reading spot?
I really wouldn’t say I have a favorite reading spot. With the right book, every spot is favorite.
Q. How long have you been an author?
Q. Why do you like reading?
I think the reason why I love reading is its ability to transport me back to worlds outside my immediate reality into wherever the writer navigates me to. In a way, you could say it is an escapist pastime, which will be correct. But it is also the foreplay between the writer, characters, and myself as the reader that captivates me in profound ways because my soul merges with these people both fictional and non-fictional and ultimately, life never remains the same.
Q. If you had to describe yourself in a book title, what would it be?
The Audacity of Hope – Barrack Obama
Kasham Keltuma is a filmmaker and has written several screenplays for the big screen and television. She has been writing nearly half of her life. Her debut novel is titled Caucasian Ovtcharka. She hopes to adopt a dog one day and currently lives in Sudbury, Ontario.
Thank you so much Kasham for joining me for an author interview! If you are an author or know of an author that would like to participate in an interview for the blog, don’t hesitate to reach out!
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I absolutely love coffee so I just had to do the Coffee Book Tag! All of the prompts are related to hot drinks and it was a blast to film. Let me know in the comments how you take your coffee (or whichever hot drink you prefer)! Check out the video below: