Spotlight On Shivi Pandey

Today the spotlight is on the passionate writer Shivi Pandey , author of Love Story? Seriously! Lets hear from him …

  • What books/authors have most influenced your life and what made you to write, Love Story? Seriously!
    • Particularly I do not know what books or author influenced me because it was a cumulative process for me. Writing this book was a way to explore my creativity and try my hands at writing because I felt I had that natural inclination towards writing.
  • What is the message in your novel you would hope or want your readers to grasp?
    • Today’s generation is very fickle minded and tends to give up on life very easily and here the protagonist Samar doesn’t give up on life and continues despite being unsuccessful many times.
  • In ‘love story, seriously?’, I noticed your different way of interaction with readers. As if you know what they are thinking or at some part you have stopped them to think in a different way. Is this your notion of conversing or you wanted something new?
    • Well, it is my way of conversing as well as making the read interesting and interactive. I hope readers enjoy it.
  • What were the hardest parts that you faced while writing this book?
    • The hardest part is the writer’s block. What I did to get rid of it is a bit irrational but I will definitely be true here and share it with you. Usually when a writer faces a block he or she stops writing but what I did is kept on writing the absurd things non-stop and later edited it to make sense and so something very rare and unique came out. Even I had not expected this behavior from me. Typical isn’t it?
  • What are your ambitions for writing career? Would you like/ prefer to become a full time author?
    • I am looking forward to my next book which is half complete. Obviously I would like to be a full timer. Let’s see by when can I achieve it.
  • What does your family think of your writing? How did they react when they came to know about your book?
    • My family has always been very supportive towards my writing. A lot of shock and surprise moment were there when they came to know about my book.
  • What would you like to suggest to upcoming authors/ writers?
    • It’s the writer who has to decide whether and what he wants to write and not the market trend because a writer’s intention should be to gain readers and not money. Also the writer must write his heart out in whatever he pens down.
  • What were your goals for this book? And how well do you feel you have achieved them?
    • My goal was to reach millions of hearts and I feel I am still not there but I am very much confident that soon I will.
  • Protagonist has described three best people in his life; What is your most important thing or goal in your life?
    • The most important thing in life is satisfaction and that is my goal too. As I said I want to reach millions of hearts.
  • What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
    • Same old boring romance fiction, same characters and same plot. Why always the same love story? Why not try Love story? Seriously!
  • What tactics do you have while writing- just write or draw an outline then write?
    • I always have the start and end pre-determined and then I write and edit and re-edit as I go along with the script.
  • What is your favorite part of the book?
    • The end is my favorite. I mean the climax.
  • How did you decide the title of this book?
    • To be very straightforward, although I wrote the entire book I didn’t decide the title because I was unable to. Indeed my friend read the first draft and came up with the title Love Story? Seriously! and I was like, yes this is it!

Grab Copies from: http://www.amazon.in/Love-Story-Seriously-Shivi-Pandey/dp/9385440144

 

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Spotlight on Arkaprava De

Today the spotlight is on the daring writer Arkaprava De , author of Joys and Woes are Woven Fine … lets hear from him …interview

  • How will you describe yourself? Your name is eccentric, What does it mean?

‘Arkaprava’ has been coined using two words – ‘Arka’ meaning sun and ‘Prava’ meaning light.
That’s how my name, ‘Arkaprava’, unitedly meaning sunlight, originated.

  • What motivated you to come up with “Joys and Woes are Woven Fine”?

“Joys and Woes are Woven Fine” has been a terrific journey altogether. To be honest with you, this is not entirely a fictional story. The protagonist did exist in real and by stroke of luck, I managed interacting with her. She was definitely the sole motivation behind penning down the story, however, my love for literature and writing also shares a small share certainly.

  • What challenges did you face from conceiving this idea to getting it published?

I would like you to refer to the book’s ‘Author’s Note’ and ‘Acknowledgement’ sections for getting a better insight into your question. This is a dark story, something totally realistic, at times brutal and possessing a hinge of despondency all through the read. Publishers and Readers going with lovey-dovey stories and economically beneficial scripts had said an outright ‘No’. I thus got it published from Author’s Ink, for my motto was to help ‘Ketaki’ reach out to the world and not really earn a name for myself or fill my empty pockets.

  • What was the major problem you faced in writing and how did you overcome it?

‘Writing’ is the easiest part of the journey, the real problems crop up soon after.I faced challenges with editing and finding a publisher. Rest all was buttery smooth.

  • What do you intend to convoy with this book?

Truth – that’s what I intend to convey. Some harsh realities, some tragic incidents and the saddening state of our country. What I have mentioned in the book is indeed presented as a fictional read, but most of it is sadly true. It’s not late; we can surely fight out all the existing evils and demons from our beloved country.

  • What is your view on Feminism in India and newly emerged term Feminazis?

Feminism in India is definitely emerging and it promises our country’s betterment in near future.
I would answer the second question on a slightly different note – My share about an ideal ‘Feminazi’ is a rational feminist rather than a radical feminist. I wish several ‘such’ Feminazis come into real existence soon.

  • Which is your favorite character from real life/stories/movies that you would like be?

My real life inspiration was my grandfather – a man who possessed outstanding literal excellence. He was the one who inspired me to write and I dedicate my success ( laughs, if you call this, so) to him.
Talking of novelists, Taslima Nasrin, Arundhati Roy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Bharati Ray and Amitav Ghosh have been my Indian favorites.

  • What change would you like to see in our society?

The issue is we all want to see a change, but nobody wants to participate, involve and bring around the change. I want to see ‘this’ very situation change – People from various communities, ethnicities, backgrounds must come together, join hands and carve a better society altogether where caste, creed and religious diversities would simply fail to blossom.

  • What are your upcoming ventures?

My next manuscript is in the final rounds of evaluation with several eminent houses besides being already offered a contract with some other ones. It has been closely worked upon by me and my editor, Neil(author of MNH Series) and shall be up for a grab soon.
To give you a small insight, this novel chiefly deals about a schizophrenic patient who claims to have seen God and ends up writing his own biography before committing suicide. Also, several societal issues have been addressed by means of several small stories.

  • What is your advice to budding writers?

Write, write more and write a little more. Believe in yourself, love rejections and always remember – We are born to write. Not everyone is blessed enough to tell stories and thus we should always keep doing so.

Keep struggling initially…. Success will have to embrace you finally.

Our review on Joys and Woes Are Woven Fine : https://togusto.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/joys-and-woes-are-woven-fine-arkaprava-de-book-review/

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.in/Joys-Woes-Are-Woven-Fine/dp/8192955567

Ebook : https://www.amazon.com/Joys-Woes-Are-Woven-Fine-ebook/dp/B00S48OVE6

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24490062-joys-and-woes-are-woven-fine