Author Interview & Book Giveaway: I Am Me by Ram Sundaram

Welcome to Author Ram Sundaram

Ram Sundaram was born in India and has lived in several cities around the world. Having earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, he is now dedicated to pursuing a career in writing. He is now working on a novel that will follow up on the ideas presented in “I Am Me. He proudly calls Calgary, Alberta, his home.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
The past. The future will always find us one day, but the past will never return.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
By buying the second book.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Yann Martel; Priyanka Chopra; Roger Federer; Albus Dumbledore, and Hermione Granger.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Notebook with attached pen/pencil; Mp3 player with a never-dying battery, and a best friend.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
For the same reason you should read anyone’s book: you get to know about one other person in this world.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
Taller. I also wanted to be a pilot, but my fear of flying kind of got in the way…

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Three books in the works. The first of which should be releasing in a few weeks. The second, which might perhaps end up being my favourite work of all, will hopefully release by Christmas.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
Harry Potter. It’s such a beautiful world. Magic and fantasy aside, it’s an endearing world, full of possibility and friendship. Plus, what boy wouldn’t want a wand to play with?

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Start with an idea, not with a plot. Plots are fickle, and have a short shelf life. If you center your book around an idea, your book will live on in your reader’s mind for much longer.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
65 million years ago and a day, so that I can stand amongst the dinosaurs for a day or so before they either eat me, or I get destroyed by the same calamity that destroyed them.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Brad Pitt, because I’ve spent a lifetime not being able to look like him, so I’d want to see him spend a couple of hours not being able to look like me.

How did you know you should become an author?
I told someone a story and he said, “I might understand you better if you wrote that down.”

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
In all of them. I think when you create you pour a part of yourself into the creation.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
“Don’t do it.” I love hearing that phrase, nothing motivates me more.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Hugs. They recharge me, comfort me, and make me stronger. I love getting and giving hugs.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A lottery ticket. Reinvesting is the way to go.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?
My mother. I wanted to write stories the way she tells them. But now I realize I can never convey with words what she expresses so beautifully with her voice, her eyes and her depth of feeling.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
The Shining. Stephen King had a choice between making it a literary masterpiece, or a commercial bestseller, and I personally think he chose the latter. Not that I blame him, I would have done the same thing. But now, all these years later, I would love to revisit the brilliant work he did to craft the skeletal frame of the book, and then play around with the story a bit.

If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
Counting the minutes. No seriously, I’ve spent ninety-five percent of my life in solitude, it’s time for a change.

Harry Potter or Twilight?
Do you like your left eye better or your right?

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
Spontaneity. The best way to plan for everything is to plan for nothing.

Cause or Effect?
The chicken came first.

Favorite quote from a movie?
“Children should never be sent to bed—they always wake up a day older.” From Finding Neverland.

Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
Whichever one comes from the heart.

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Talking to a friend or loved one over a cup of coffee. Rain is a must for intimate conversations.

I Am Me

I Am Me is a two-way book that contains twenty short stories, divided into ten individual pairs. Each story in a pair has a corresponding “mate” on the other side, which shares the same title, theme, and to an extent the same concept, but is presented in an entirely different way. One half of the book examines reality, while the other half explores the realms of fantasy. The stories examine various aspects of life, from birth to friendship, love, desire, ambition, prejudice, spirituality, death and the afterlife.
Through the two-way structure of the book, I Am Me depicts each tale in two distinct ways, offering a reader a choice between residing in a realistic world, or being lost within the labyrinths of fantasy. The stories are populated by an eclectic group of characters, ranging from a lonely boy who attempts to determine the value of friendship, to two birds named Max and Macs that fight for territory on an apple tree.
I Am Me attempts to challenge the segregation of literature into “fact” and “fiction” as well as life into “reality” and “fantasy.” These labels are not mutually exclusive, for there is as much truth to every lie, as there are lies in every truth. It is perception that paints the difference between these concepts.

Giveaway Details
2 copies of I Am Me
Open to US & Canada
Ends 9/11/12

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  1. Um, fyi, Kryptonite makes superman weaker.