1. Tell us about yourself?
I am a free-spirited girl who has always had the support of family to try
my hands at anything that interests me – be it sports, computers, arts,
travel and now writing. I can proudly say that I am the jack of all trades but
yet to discover if I am the queen of any. I am strongly opinionated and love
to explore. Professionally, am working as a Change Manager for a mining
giant in Sydney, Australia. On the personal front, am happily married
with two kids. My husband and my siblings are my biggest source of
2. What inspired you to write?
I usually can get inspired from anything and everything around me. I
have heard and met a few people since my young age who achieved
something out of their league. That was inspiring for me to go out of my
comfort zone. Coupled with it, my burning desire to be a creator helped
me achieve this.
3. How did you get the idea of writing the book and getting it published?
That has been my dream since I was twenty but I had put those thoughts
to the back seat and concentrated on pursuing a more stable career. I
always penned things – like travelogue, short stories, views, and opinions.
My close friends and family who read them encouraged me to write more
and eventually, it lead me to this novel.
4. As you are a published author now, do you think you are born to become a
Yes. 100%. I strongly believe that I am born to be a storyteller.
5. What challenges did you face while writing?
Managing time is one for sure. When I started writing this novel, I was
working full time and a mom to a toddler. Writing cannot be multi-tasked
like I do for other activities. It demanded my complete concentration and
6. The best novel you have read so far…and why do you find it the best?
One of my first reads was “The Night of January 16 th ” by Ayn Rand. My
brother used to be an avid reader and he passed this book to me. It was a play
more than a novel. I loved how easy it was to follow the plot, the way the
characters were manifested and how as a reader one is made to be a part of
the story (which was novel for then).
7. Tell us about your book “Out Of Love”?
It is a very simple story that revolves around three youngsters. It twines
around friendship and love. Inspired by few authors I have read before,
this book’s major focus is on establishing the characters and events
It is worded in a very modest language to attract audience from across the
board. We are not native English speakers and I wanted my book to be an
easy read for all.
8. Is your book based on someone’s real life and if fiction from where did the
plot come to your mind?
My real life experiences have definitely influenced my writing and on
how I have conceptualised and translated things into words. Other than
that it is completely fictional. To be honest, the crux of the story is
something I narrated to my friend while on our way back from college.
This story was hibernating in my mind for more than a decade. I finally
got the opportunity to give it life.
9. How much research did you do before penning down the book?
Not much as it is fictional. My research was more on the language and
the style of writing. And also on how to transform my work into a novel
and the whole publishing thing.
10. Any message for new authors?
“Do not hesitate” will be my first words to any writer. I used to think my
work is not worthy enough to get published. But my people constantly
encouraged me and got me to where I am now. And second thing which I
learnt along this process is “Nothing is perfect”. I strived hard to perfect
my plot, my writing etc. But I understood that there is no end to it. I kept editing and re-editing until I read stories of authors who could never
publish their books because they were not satisfied with the output every
time. My work is very simple compared to what other novelists have
achieved but I made close to twenty edit copies. Then I told myself this is
it. I have to see this book before I see my baby (who was due in May). So
just give your best and make sure your next work is better than your