EXCHANGING WORDS WITH SWETHA R MOHAN

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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
strength.

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
writer?

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
time.

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
around them.
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.

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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
previous.

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EXCHANGING WORDS WITH CHIRAYU 

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Chirayu is a twelve year old boy who studies in Bharatiya Vidya Vidyashram. He is very intelligent and has a passion of writing as fast as a cheetah. He also likes reading books and novels. His hobby is to write stories and poems. In his leisure time he sometimes play or do something creative. He has written an interesting novel which also increased his creativity and a good book for readers to read. He studies in class 7 and have a good imagination. He has a clever mind with a clean heart.

1. How did you get the idea of writing the book and getting it published?

I got the idea of writing a book from reading other novels. One day when

I was reading a novel, I thought of writing my own novel and getting it

published.

2. As you are a published author now, do you think you are born to become a writer?

No, I don’t think that I am born to become a writer because I have

published only one book and from that we can’t guess that we are born to be a

writer or not! But if I continue writing books and if readers loved my books then

I can rethink.

3. In a nutshell, tell us about your book and about your team work?

The book is all about evilness in the world. It also teaches about how big

the evil may be, its always way too small in front of goodness. Now read the

book for more and regarding team work; I would say that everyone in my team

helped me a lot in getting the book published.

4. Did you face any difficulty while writing and getting it published?

Actually, there were some difficulties in continuing plots of some

chapters but how will a task become adventurous if it lacks difficulties.

5. Who inspired you to write?

My inspiration was other authors. I read their books and got inspired to

write a book by myself.

6. When can we expect your new book?

Next book is not confirmed but we are planning to continue this book

only and make a second part of this by continuing the story and make it more

interesting.

Wishing the little boy all the very best for his book.

EXCHANGING WORDS WITH ANKITA ANAND

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Ankita Anand is a Delhi based scribe who writes in order to pause, to
play “statue” with the self in a constantly whizzing, whirring world, to
take those few moments every day to meditate through words, to be
aware of the self and surroundings, to be still enough to be moved.

1. Tell us about yourself?

I daydream of translating “what ifs”.

2. Your profile says that you have been indulging in many things.

We would love to know about what all you are part of.
I have been associated with activism, theatre, editing, translating,
writing and reporting.

3. When did you start your journey as a writer/poet?

When I wrote my first poem, I was 10.

4. Who is your inspiration?

People with courage.

5. Did you have the love for literature since your childhood?

Yes, though as a child I did not have access to as many books as I do
today, when I read less devoutly.


6. How do you manage your work and writing?

My writing is my work.

7. The best novel you have read so far…and why do you find it the
best?

The Women’s Room by Marilyn French, because it mirrors the life of
so many of us women.

8. Do you think at present the writing industry is growing
rapidly?

It is growing and new forms are evolving, making space for many
more people to write.

9. Tell us about your awards and achievements.

My sense of achievement occurs in the moment when a person comes
and tells me they read something I wrote and that it did something for
them.

10. The biggest fear of your life?

Not being able to look all my fears in the eye.

11. When it comes to reading and writing; what has been your
favourite genre?

I write non-fiction and poetry, but fiction is where I come for refuge.

12. As you belong to Bihar, how do you want to see Bihar in the
next five years?

My parents are from Bihar and Jharkhand and I have always felt a
strong connection to the states. I wish for a future where all children
there, as anywhere else, have access to equal opportunities in life.

13. That one piece of writing of yours which you love the most?

I had written a piece on live-in relationships, which is close to my
heart because I got a lot of flak and a lot of love for it.

14. Your take on the present education system of India?

It should be geared more towards producing people capable of
independent and compassionate thought and action, and not towards
manufacturing blindly obedient bots.

15. Message for young authors and writers?

If you write honestly, you would be read, even if you have not done a
writing course or are not connected to a network of established writers
and publishers.

Blog: anandankita.blogspot.in
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ankita.anand.904

Twitter: @anandankita
Instagram: anandankita2

EXCHANGING WORDS WITH AKASH VERMA

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1. Writing for you is….. ?

Writing for me is creating a story that is believable, riveting and yet strongly rooted with emotion at its core. My writing always has a significant experience from my life, the stories that I have lived or seen or read. Usually what triggers a new story within me is a unique thought that has a strong overlap with my life experiences. If the thought is compelling enough to fit that way, an idea starts taking shape in my mind instantaneously. After that idea is born; the next thing I look out for is the characters. For defining strong characters, I dive back again into my life, close relationships,acquaintances, people whom I have known casually but having an unseen personality trait, which is very strong, like a magnet.

2. Tell us in brief about your book?

You never know is a racy psychological thriller set in Gurgaon. It is the story of Dhruv who is a highly successful advertising professional leading a happy life with his psychiatrist wife and two children. Dhruv is attracted instantly to Anuradha who is new to his agency and they are pulled into
an unstoppable relationship. Dhruv knew Anuradha was his true love. So, despite being married with kids, he still went ahead with their affair. He hid it from his wife and his colleagues. He told lies so he could be with her-it was that amazing! But he couldn’t save himself from the dark secret she was
keeping. It pulled him into a vortex of danger so deep that he lost all he had.

3. Who inspired you to write?

There wasn’t any particular influence except that there was a compelling urge to tell a story. However, my parents are eminent Hindi writers and my home since my childhood days has always been a hub for the literati. I have been a voracious reader as a child so perhaps unknowingly these
two factors played a part.

4. What were the challenges you faced while writing and getting this book
published?

This is my fourth book so in that sense publishing was not a challenge. However, for this book I have moved from Srishti publishers to Penguin Random House India.

5. When can we expect your new book?

Hopefully in Quarter 1, 2018. It’s a thriller as well.

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EXCHANGING WORDS WITH SUJAY MALIK

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1. Tell us about yourself.

Well, Professionally, I am a Chartered Accountant and also hold a degree in law and commerce. I work with Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group. So that much about my work! I have also been a –tennis player competitive table-tennis player. Although I do not play anymore, the game continues to be a big part of what I have been and
learnt in life. I am also a brooder. I can be with myself for hours on end. I
like simple pleasures of life. I do not have too many extravagant interests.
I do not have many friends and I do not make friends easily but I have a
set of friends who I am comfortable with and we are pretty thick.Apart from this I am a huge cricket fan and an ardent admirer and follower of stand-up comedy, which I think is one of the toughest arts to
practice.

I had never been a reader but now I have taken to it like a fish to water.
Novels and stories happened pretty late to me. Irony is, that I loved to
write always but I was never much of a reader. But as I said this has
changed and thankfully so.

2. When did you realize your love for writing?

I always loved writing from ever since I can remember. As an introvert the written word gave a huge outlet to me and my thought processes. As I grew up and looked around me, I realised there was a lot that I wanted to say and I found the idea to articulate those thought processes into written words, very stimulating. I think I had a natural flair but I definitely have had to and continue to hone my craft. There is definitely a long way to go but I am decently satisfied with my start.
The idea of writing stories brings the best out of me. I like to pass on my
thoughts to the reader in the form of stories. There are lots of things that I
want to say and saying them through stories is definitely enchanting for
me.

3. How much research did you do before penning down the book?

If you look at my stories, they are all fictional stories but relate to certain events in our recent and distant history. So I had to do some soul searching and fact finding, before I ventured out to write them. It was interesting and a great learning experience.

4. In brief tell us what your book is all about?

I have always believed that stories are nothing but a reflection of lives and times that we live in. This world is nothing but a fragmented collection of tiny stories just put together. I always had a strong observational streak in me. When I looked around me there was so much that I saw. I have always believed in the power of writing.
So when I looked around me and felt anguished or despaired I knew there
wasn’t much point to just keep rambling and ranting about it. It needed to be given some structure. And so I felt stories were the best way to put these ideas across.
You will see such emotions being reflected in all my stories. The
inspiration for each of them comes from situations existing around us.
And I have tried to capture each one of them as objectively and neutrally
as I could. I am sure the reader will be able to identify with not just the
characters in each story but the story itself.

5. Any message for budding author?

There are no short cuts. I am a newbie myself but there’s definitely one piece of good word that I’d like to share with my compatriots. Read a lot and write a lot. Believe in yourself and be very
patient. Instant success and recognition is not for a writer barring precious few. If you love writing then everything else should be secondary. You will achieve it with time though.

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EXCHANGING WORDS WITH PRASHANT KAUL

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1. Prashant Kaul in 5 words?
 Persistent
 Passionate
 Placid
 Polite
 Personable


2. Writing for you is…..?

Writing for me is the best form of stress buster. When I feel down, I write something to boost myself. I don’t write out of any compulsion, I write because it gives me peace and tranquillity. In my life if there is anything which I cannot set right, I can always change it with the power of written words.

3. In a nutshell, what your book is all about?
It’s about love, sacrifice, friendship, family and about self belief.


4. At what time do you prefer to write?
I am working as a Zonal HR Manager with HDB Financial Services (a
HDFC group company), so I hardly get any time from 10 to 6. Usually I
prefer to write in the evening between 8 – 11 p.m. Most of the pages in
my first novel I have written in the evening.

5. What are your hobbies except writing?

I am a big time movie buff, and love to watch movies. I read a lot, though
my speed is bit slow. I read all kind of novels genre could be thriller,
suspense or romance. A good story and nice characterization is what
attracts me the most in a novel. I love to sing.

Amazon link to order the book :

In India :

https://www.amazon.in/Its-Got-Love-Prashant-Kaul/dp/1947429647?_encoding=UTF8&keywords=9781947429642&portal-device-attributes=desktop&qid=1500974698&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Out of India :

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1947429647/ref=sr_1_2

KALKI BY KEVIN MISSAL

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TITLE : KAlKI

AUTHOR : Kevin Missal

PUBLISHER : Kalamos Literary Services, LLP

ISBN-13 : 9788193503300

NUMBER OF PAGES : 462


PRE ORDER LINK : 

https://www.amazon.in/dp/8193503309?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&portal-device-attributes=desktop

http://www.pustakmandi.com/Dharmayoddha-Kalki-by-Kevin-Missal?search=Kalki&description=true

1. What makes your book different from other books available in market ?

Not many people have written about Kalki and mixed it with five different genres- Romance, mystery, drama, suspense, fantasy. 

2. How much time did you spend on research before writing the book ?

Well my research has always been off and on. I read few Puranas, watched a bunch of videos, read about Kalki Avatar from a historical point of view. I began researching for another novel which was based on Aswatthama but it ended up being used in this. 

3. Writing for you is… ??

Obsession.

4. What challenges did you face before getting published your book ?

Marketing problems. It’s always marketing.