Sharon joins Ara on this week’s episode of The Tamil Creator to discuss why she almost never pursued writer as a career, how writers make money, the "why" behind writing The Boat People, her experience living in St. John’s (Newfoundland) and much more!
"The Tamil Creator" is a podcast started by me (Ara Ehamparam) to celebrate, spotlight and learn about the brilliance among Tamil creators globally. I want you to feel like you're a fly on the wall eavesdropping on a conversation that is a combination of educational, inspirational and entertaining.
**TAKE THE QUIZ - "What Type of Creator Are You?"**
***Get notified FIRST on future podcast updates & special updates (WITH ZERO SPAM) - CLICK HERE!***
- CLICK HERE to listen on Spotify!
- CLICK HERE to listen to us on Apple Podcasts!
- CLICK HERE to listen to us on Google Podcasts!
00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Sharon Bala
01:28 - Not believing she could pursue a writing career, the writing class that rejuvenated her passion
04:31 - Sharon’s experience living in St. John’s, Newfoundland
07:35 - How psychology and PR helped Sharon become a full-time writer
09:32 - Why did Sharon want to become a writer, how she developed the story
14:37 - Dealing with expectations as an author
17:58 - Does Sharon feel additional pressure as a result of her first project being a success?
20:30 - If you’re reading this, call Sharon’s agent
23:18 - How to make a living by being a writer; advances, royalties, etc.
26:00 - Aspiration of working in a writer’s room
27:36 - Macro changes in the writing industry and how it affects Sharon
28:46 - Sharon’s view on social media
32:34 - How friends and family view Sharon’s writing journey
36:13 - What drives Sharon’s writing ambitions
37:51 - What’s Sharon insecure about?
38:45 - Hobbies outside of work
40:03 - Sharon’s dream day (if money wasn’t an issue)
40:50 - The personal legacy Sharon wants to leave behind
41:23 - Advice for 16-year-old Sharon; journaling
43:04 - Books / podcasts that Sharon recommends, and the notion of history not being factually accurate
47:08 - Sharon’s puppy
48:03 - Who Sharon admires in the global Tamil community and non-Tamil community
51:31 - Creator Confessions
58:18 - The Wrap Up
**Looking to create your love story? Join the other couples who have dated and got married through myTamilDate.com!***
- "The Tamil Creator Podcast (Ep.44): Vas Saranga - Canadian Actor, Writer & Entrepreneur (TheOnlineActor.com)"
- "The Tamil Creator Podcast (Ep.43): Roveena - Multi-Award Winning Canadian Recording Artist, Songwriter & Pianist"
- "The Tamil Creator Podcast (Ep.42): Kartik Bala - CEO & Co-Founder of SnapSmile, AI-Driven Oral Health Monitoring App"
- "The Tamil Creator Podcast (Ep.41): Dr. Saskia Sivananthan - Chief Research & KTE Officer At The Alzheimer Society of Canada"
- "The Tamil Creator Podcast (Ep.40): Roy Ratnavel - From Mail Clerk To Executive Vice-President at CI Financial"
- "The Tamil Creator Podcast (Ep.39): Luxy Thuraisingam - Storyteller & Leader, Head of Global Partner Marketing At Cisco"
- "The Tamil Creator Podcast (Ep.38): Sathish Bala - CEO of EdTech Startup Schoolio + Founder of desiFEST (largest South Asian Music Festival in North America)"
- "Award-Winning Tamil-American Author And Educator SJ Sindu, Releases Second Novel Called "Blue-Skinned Gods" That Explores Identity, Faith, Family & Sexuality"
- "Serial Entrepreneur Vinoth Kumar Created Singapore-Based App ABL-ify To Remove Stigmas Around Autism In Asian Communities"
- "Boston-Based Suba Suntharalingam Overcomes Challenges As An Immigrant To Start Non-Profit Providing Opportunities For The Wounded, Widows and Orphans of War In Sri Lanka"
- "Elite Athlete, Coach, Future Chiropractor & Entrepreneur Abirami Shanmugaratnam Is Making Waves In The Athletic Performance Industry"
- "Toronto's OG Food Writer Suresh Doss Is Using His Reach And Voice To Help Engineer A Comeback For Beleaguered Restaurant Industry"
- "Ballet And Kung Fu Trained Australian Actress & Writer Rubi Balasingam Is Promoting Tamil Voices In Aussie TV And Film"
- "Yathusha Kulenthiran's Marketplace For Environmentally Sustainable Palmyra Products Empowers Female Artisans In Sri Lanka"
- "Australian-Tamil Entrepreneur Sujan Selven Is Creating Economic Opportunities For Remote Villages In Northeast Sri Lanka Using Upcycled Devices & Improved Connectivity"
- "Crypto Tinhorn & Former Journalist Anand Venkateswaran Talks About Buying A $69M Digital Art Piece, Collecting Stories & Catalyzing Change"