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Have  you noticed how the most successful people are always those who are great storytellers?

This page lists  all the interviews that we have had the honour of conducting with the very many storytellers people from all over the world. Click on the title of the interview you’d like to read and you’ll be taken to the appropriate webpage.

If you would like to be interviewed, please do not hesitate to contact us at editor @ howtotellagreatstory.com

A few months ago, I received an email informing me about an award called the Book Award 2020 organised by the National Library of Malaysia. Within the text of the email was an invitation to submit a publication of my choice to be considered for the award. I thought it was a hoax and wrote back to ask if this was really true. Lo and behold, it was! So began the process of submitting The Age of Smiling Secrets for consideration by the experts. I was very grateful for the support from family, friends, the readers of this webiste and…
A few weeks ago, I received a message from a friend about the publication of a new book called The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human. I found this title intriguing and went about looking for more information about both the book and its author. Duly fascinated, I made a request via my friend about whether or not the author was open to being interviewed. She was. So, without further ado, I allow me to share, in her own words, the story of The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human and its author, Marguerite Richards. Aneeta: Marguerite, thank you for agreeing to…
When I was still contributing feature articles to the New Straits Times, one of the most curious assignments I had was to work on a story about a quiz master. I never forgot this story for a few reasons. One, a quiz master? What on earth was that? Two, the gentleman in question had a unique name (although I suspect that like most Indian names, it's probably not unique in his hometown) - Phanindra. Three, Phanindra turned out to be one of the most enthusiastic people I've ever interviewed - you could practically feel the energy bouncing off him. Four…
"In my books, I try to bring my settings to life by giving minute descriptions of the buildings, the way of life of these ancient peoples, their food, their farming practices as described by the archaeologists and scholars who studied them. This is how it works sometimes in science fiction and most of the time in historical fiction. Writers create (or recreate) the universe in which their story is to unfold," - VJ Singam, author of 'Disorientation'. I came across Uma's first published work in 1998. And this was in Alor Setar. At the time, I had completed university and…
Mbeke and I first met a year and a half ago during a celebration hosted by 7C Life RealiZation Centre. A few months later, during the full moon, we travelled together to a resort in Sepang to take part in a session called 'Gratitude of Life' where we immersed ourselves in seawater. The purpose of this session was to express our gratitude to Mother Ganga and set our intentions for a successful and happy life. It is said that during the full moon's heightened gravitational pull, the power of our intentions increases which allows them to be manifested quickly. During…
Introduction: I met Farella a few years ago. I was assigned to a story by the papers and went to meet this pretty young lass. I was fascinated by her gumption - she had a dream, a desire and she made it all happen. Here, in her own words, she tells her story. *** Aneeta: Let’s start with a little about you. Please tell me where were you born? Where did you grow up and what do you do for a living? Farella: Thank you for the introduction question Miss Aneeta. I was born at Samuel Clinic, Kuala Lumpur and…
Breanne Dyck is the founder of MNIB Consulting and helps online training businesses scale their impact, their team and their revenue. Her strategies help to create transformational learning experiences that customers can't stop talking about. Breanne regularly consults on flagship products and programs, CreativeLive courses, live events and workshops for thought-leaders such as bestselling authors Chris Guillebeau, Tara Gentile and Natalie Sisson. As a member of her book launch team, I interviewed her about her upcoming book and advice for writers to create an online course. Rohi: How much time did it take you to write the first edition of…
Introduction Margaret wrote to me a while ago to ask if I'd put information about the publication of her new book in our newsletter. I was fascinated by her story and asked if she'd like to be interviewed. She agreed and here's her story. Aneeta: Margaret, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Let’s start with something about you. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Where do you live now and what do you do for a living? Margaret: I was born in the suburb of Northcote, not far from the city of Melbourne, Victoria Australia. By…
Introduction Arlene and I have a mutual friend, Joanna Celeste. Joanna suggested I send Arlene a copy of Bitter Sweet when it was first published. I did and since then, Arlene and I have been in contact. Her story is interesting and I hope you enjoy reading her tales as much as I do. Aneeta: Arlene, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Let’s start with something about you. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Where do you live now and what do you do for a living? Arlene: Hi Aneeta. I was born and lived most…
Introduction Some time in April, Susan sent me an email asking me if I'd publish a review she'd written. I took some time to reply because, at the time, my little dachshund had passed away. When I told her what had happened, she was very lovely and told me something I'll never forget: with time the pain will become less, but the bond lasts forever. Since then, we've been keeping in touch and I asked if she'd agree to be interviewed. I was glad she did and here's her story. Aneeta: Susan, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Susan:…
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