Interview with a highly skilled and inspiring writer Mann Matharu
Here we are having a conversation with a talented and skilled author Mann Matharu. His recent book ‘The Monk of Lantau’ is an exceptional piece of writing.
Pro Media Mag : Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
Mann Matharu : I was always pretty good at imagining a new world and was bit of a dreamer when I was younger. I used to write deep meaningful poems and sentimental pieces for family and friends. So it was this burning desire to be creative with writing that inspired me.
Pro Media Mag : Tell us briefly about your recent book ‘The Monk of Lantau’?
Mann Matharu : In the way the Universe has of placing the right people in our lives at just the right time, Matthew happens upon a tale from an unlikely source, a tale of a man with mystical healing powers, someone Matthew can seek who can restore balance and harmony to his life and heal his daughter who is fighting for her own.
Matthew traipses through Europe, the Middle East, India and South Asia in search of the healer, nothing about the beautiful, trying and challenging outward journey compares to the progress he makes as he travels into the depths of his own being.
Through Matthew’s journey, we are given the keys to finding the healer for ourselves…
Pro Media Mag : What motivated you to write this book?
Mann Matharu : I was fortunate enough to visit Lantau Island, Hong Kong in 2003 and what I witnessed there up in the peaks of the mountains was breath-taking. The vision of the Giant Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) was unexpected but equally much needed for my soul.
Upon my return, I instantly know that I need to tell this story but did not immediately know how. Over the course of my life, through various experiences, both good and bad and almost 12 years later, the story in my mind came together and it was the right time to get the story out.
Pro Media Mag : Your book is written for any particular kind of people?.
Mann Matharu : Not necessarily, however any one who has a philosophical approach to life, positive thinking and compassion will connect more quickly to this book.
In my opinion, it’s a life changer for anyone who picks it up.
Pro Media Mag : Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Mann Matharu : It’s always nice to read reviews, especially positive reviews. I remember receiving a 4 out of 5 stars from a reader on Amazon once and thought to my self ‘why didn’t they give me 5 stars, did they not like it?’ But 4 star out of 5 is 80% approval which is an amazing result.
Pro Media Mag : Does writing energise or exhaust you?
Mann Matharu : Thinking of new stories definitely energises me and the thought of getting my story out into the World energises me. I’m very impatient and writing and drafting chapters is definitely a time taking process so the nest thing to do is surround yourself with positive people who believe in your idea and who can support the journey.
Pro Media Mag : Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Mann Matharu : Ultimately, the story has to work in my heart. If it does that, then the next part would be ‘hope and pray that it resonates to all my readers’ (chuckle).
I like the idea of mingling genres together, for example: philosophy with science and technology, or romance with nostalgia and history so that readers can connect with the main characters and learn something at the same time. I hope that doesn’t sound too patronising.
Pro Media Mag : Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Mann Matharu : Everyone has the potential to become or do whatever they put their mind to. I’m a great believe in that. Like with many other things, you need to awaken the creative spirit inside. Sometimes this happens to people by accident, and sometimes it’s their naturally, but the main point isÉanyone can do anything.
Pro Media Mag : Are you socially active? What’s the best way to follow you online?
Mann Matharu : Great question. I’m socially active online, but in reality I’m a bit of an introvert. You can find me on Twitter @MannMatharu on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMannMatharu and my own website: www.mannMatharu.com