Introduction of Anthony Mondal – Poet, Novelist and Actor

Name: Anthony Mondal
Name of book or project: A Burst of Sunshine
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Anthony Mondal is a poet, novelist and actor. He considers himself simply as an artist beyond the confines of nationality and religion. He proudly calls himself a citizen of the world. His most recent book of poems was titled A Burst of Sunshine, which is his second published book. He lived in New York City for almost ten years pursuing writing, acting and song writing – well, then he had a breakdown! And now our artist recuperates/resides in Michigan, USA. As an actor he has appeared in the film “Sabrina” and the TV show “Strangers with Candy” (2000). He received his BA from Calvin College in geology in 1995. He worked in the World Trade Centre, Building One in 2001 and has survived.

Currently he is working on an existential novel tentatively titled “In Search Of…” and is looking for a publisher/agent for his completed Memoirs.

1) What was the first story you ever wrote and has it been published?

The first story I ever told (not wrote – and yes, it never got published!) was when I was about 6 to 7 years old, and I told my father and also my mother a beautiful story about a teenage boy and a girl and their adventures together, just before bedtime. My father listened very attentively and was impressed, and as a reward let me have a soccer ball of my choice. The story I told him and mum basically came from a composition of various movies and books – fused together, which I have seen and read so far.

2) What is your favourite part about being an Author?

I love being an Author/Writer…..this obsessive (mostly with words, the sound of words, meanings and ideas etc) compulsive, neurotic guy living in his Imagination! As real life disappoints and disillusions him so much. I also wish to add that while writing the words on paper….over time it has also transformed me, the writer himself, convincing him of the seminal importance of Arts & Humanities in our lives.

3) What is the hardest part of being an Author?

After writing for over two decades, since my BA from a prestigious US college (now known as university), and two published books later…..I am yet to find a literary agent and/or a mainstream book publisher for my body of work.

4) What was your favourite children’s book when you were a kid?

It was not just one book but many books. I liked Adventures of Tintin….The Phantom cartoon by Lee Falk….Robinson Crusoe….Fairytales based on prince/princesses….Enid Blyton….Hardy Boys and many other books, cartoons, a good story in print magazines (with or without pictures). In short it would not be too far-fetched to say that I was an avid reader, a bibliophile of some sort, without actually knowing the meaning of the word in my blissful boyhood days.

5) Have you ever travelled overseas as an Author?

No I have not…but I would love too! I have travelled quite a bit in New York & Michigan where I was based. I love travelling and meeting people from various backgrounds and countries!

6) What writing genre do you like to do the most?

I must admit, as a poet I love poetry and poems (specially mine!) but I also write song lyrics, articles and journals. Currently I am working on a novel.

7) What is your favourite way/time to read?

I love to read books both paperbacks and hard bound ones–printed words in a magazines etc etc. I have read Kindle version of books but having a book in my hand, head on the pillow lost in the writer’s world is unbeatable for me. I prefer reading in daytime more than when the sun dips below the horizon.

8) What books are you reading right now?

Currently I am reading Hunter S Thompson’s Kingdom Of Fear and New & Selected Poems Volume 2 by Mary Oliver.