Interview with Donovan Sotam

Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Donovan Sotam amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about his new book Working for heat !
Please read on …

Three short stories centered around the working world. Surreal aspects of everyday workplaces and exaggerated characters, that I believe we, sometimes quite unfortunately, can relate to.
Working for heat is a direct translation of the Portuguese idiomatic expression – “trabalhar para aquecer” – which, very roughly, translates into working to no avail..

So Donovan, we’ll start your Interview with the very first question

1.Please introduce and tell the readers something about yourself.

Hi all. Thank you for this opportunity to showcase my book. I’m a 26 year old Portuguese writer, and although i’m portuguese by birth, my pseudonym is definitely British, or tries to be, he goes by the name of Donovan Sotam. I’ve been writing since I was a teenager, but only started to publish this year and only the more recent material.

2.What brought you to writing?

More than writing I love thinking, and I believe one thing leads to another. Publishing a book, an ebook, in this case, was more kind of a challenge a friend threw at me, that I was delighted to accept. It also serves as a punching bag for all the stress from our daily routine.

3.How long have you been writing?

Like, I said, I started writing (in english too) with the age of 14, back then I wrote a very somber poem, à la E. A. Poe. I then moved to some fantasy in portuguese, and this past year of 2011 I’ve been writing short humorous stories.

4.Which was your first literary project?Tell us something about it.

Apart from my teenager writings, my first project was – Working for Heat – it’s part of a series (Volume II just got released this month) of humor short stories related to the working world. Its title is a direct or googlian translation of the portuguese expression “trabalhar para aquecer” which basically means you´re working to achieve nothing (even in monetary terms).

5.Is this your new/latest project?

Working for Heat is my first project and will probably be the last. Because I really like this thematic, so I intend to keep writing Working for Heat stories, but my latest project (besides Vol II, just got published) is a full fledge humor fantasy/humor novel, which I really want to publish by December of next year, I already have the first chapter written.

6.Can you give a chapter sample preview of your book here for our readers to know more about it.

This is one of my favorite stories in the Working for Heat stories, and it was also the first I wrote in the series, here’s a small excerpt
( Please look at the bottom of the interview for book excerpts )

7.What are your hobbies?Things that you enjoy doing besides books of course.

I’m a very proud geek. So everything a geek does, I’ll probably enjoy. But one of the things I really like doing is learning, If I were rich, I think I’d take almost every university course out there. But back to the real world, I really enjoy playing with my PS3, and you can see some of this, and other geek influence in my writings (specially in Vol. II)

8.Who is your favourite author?

Now this is a very rough one… Well, it depends on my mood, but being a geek, I’d have to say J. R. R. Tolkien, of course. He not only wrote a book, he wrote a whole world. But currently I’m reading one of Sir Terry Pratchett’s books. He’s pure genius. I also enjoy Asimov and Poe. And, probably less known, the portuguese writer: Gonçalo Tavares.

9.Do you have a role model that you get inspiration from?

I don’t have a single person as a role model. I love being around inteligent people. And I try to copy their best aspects, I’m kind of a mimic in that field. Would love to meet Oppenheimer, though, brilliant, brilliant man.

10.Where do get your ideas from?Do you take your story ideas from real life situations?

From everywhere. Writing Working for Heat stories, I do catch on a lot of real situations, both mine and some of my friends. But from TV, reading, sleeping… Everything is a possible source of inspiration.

11.Whats your experience been like in the publishing industry?Postive or negative?Please share your experience with our readers.

I’m still very new to the publish world, and being self-published I really can’t say it has been negative. It all depends on you, and how good your books are. Of course a bit of luck helps. Overall I’d say it’s definitely a positive experience, publishing a book, knowing it’s being read by a complete stranger, and then, specially then, if that stranger says anything good. That’s an incredible sensation, knowing someone likes what you’ve written. Perhaps, when I have my novel, I’ll begin searching for profissional publishing and editing.

12.Where do you see yourself 10years from now?

Hmm.. hard to tell. Probably in the same job. I work in a laboratory, and I like what I do, so… in terms of literature I hope to have some recognition in the self-published world and some more books. Also I hope to have my own home and a cat! Got to love those felines!

13.Why do you think readers should buy your book?What can you offer them through your book?

Well, basically if you like humor, specially non-sense or british humor, I’d definitely recommend it. It’s full of geek references and for what my opinion is worth, it’s full of good laughs. It’s also very good if you’re kind of frustrated with your work and reading it, might loosen you a bit, because you get the idea of no matter how crappy your work is, there’s probably someone having a worse day than you. It really can be an escape for all that stress and injustices we suffer in our work.

14.Where is your book available?Any Buy Link for our readers?

It is available here >>

15.Do you have a website or a blog that you’d like to share here.

Well, I have a non functional blog, which I hope will be up in the near future. In the meantime, people can follow me over at twitter DSotam, or facebook:

16.Anything else you’d like to share with our readers

I really hope if anyone out there reads my book, finds it to their liking and for that I’ve made the my first Volume “reader sets price” over at smashwords ( for a limited time only, so if you set it at 0.00$ you’ll get the chance to read one of my books for free.

  • Thank you Donovan Sotam for gracing us with your presence.It was a sheer pleasure.Good luck with your book.We conclude the interview here

    Thanks again from Team MusikDIV

    Book Exerpts – Sample Chapter

    Working for heat By Donovan Sotam

    Even later that night, so late, that Mike thought that kind of late was just theoretically (it was 4:45 am), they were in the premises of their company’s building, in what apparently were two cheap ninja costumes.

    ‘So, what we need to do Mike, is: climb up that tree, reach the second floor, cut the window with the diamond tip pen and move from there.’ said a very confident Sean.

    ‘Why can’t we just enter through the front door?’ We both know the access code.’ In fact every other person in a mile radius of that building knew the access code. It was the famous 1234 code that comes with that lock.

    ‘Well, where would be all the fun in breaking in, if we were just to enter in. No, no! We must do this properly.’

    ‘Ahh, yes, where would all the fun be in trying to avoid physical damage, from let’s say…’ a small pause while he observed his surroundings ‘falling down from the tree?’

    ‘Ohh, shut up, Mike, you’re taller than me, you could probably reach the second floor without the tree.’

    ‘Very funny Sean. Tall people’s jokes! Haha.’ replied a bit angry and even more sleepy Mike.

    Eventually they decided to just go through the front door, since the window that was cut led to a storage room that was closed from the outside. They made their way into their boss’ office in a very cinematographic way, jumping, diving into the cover of a desk, running and sneaking, all to avoid, what apparently was not missing the chance to use the cheap ninja costumes to the fullest.

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