Author Interview| In conversation with Neeta Nitin Chaple|

On the board we have an ex-cricketer who has penned down about her game about her colleagues and about how women cricketers bloomed in a country like India. Here are the excerpts of the conversation we had:

I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

I am Neeta Bhoyar Chaple, ex-cricketer, now a part-time writer and a full-time mom and wife.

Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?

You’ll have to read it to know “why” I took up this genre. It is a semi-autobiographical book which also gives a glimpse into the lives of very talented women cricketers of India.

Who are your favorite authors? How often do you read?

I’ll be honest, I don’t read that often, but one of my favourite authors is Sudha Murthy.


What challanges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?

This book

is dedicated to my late daughter Aishwarya, and while writing the book of course there is a lot of emotions that I had to deal with. Other than that gathering genuine information directly from people associated with cricket, and verification of the same was also a bit tough.

What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

The best feedback that I got was from my father. He has always been my biggest critic and never gives out praise unless it is due, and he said that he liked my book, so that is a big compliment for me.

How was your experience with BlueRose publishers?

It was a wonderful and hassle-free experience working with BlueRose! Highly professional employees, who still keep a personal touch alive by helping out at every step of the publication.

How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

Writing, for me, is just an outlet to channel my feelings, so I find it really therapeutic to write.

Generally, how much time you dedicated for writing while framing this book?

About a year.

How has BlueRose helped you in growing as an author?

For a first time writer, with no prior knowledge of “publication” processes, it was a blessing to have someone like BLue ROse who ensured that the whole process proceeded smoothly.

What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

There is no right or wrong, or a rulebook, other than the basics of language and grammar when it comes to writing. Decide on your genre, refer authors of your choice, if you find it helpful, and then just go for it. If you ever feel disheartened, just remember why you started in the first place, and I’m sure your motivation to write will return!

Author Interview| In conversation with Arpan Banerjee

A journey of becoming an author in ten months! Here I am to share an interesting part of conversation I had with Author Arpan Banerjee…

1. I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

Well, to start with I must mention that being born and brought up in a middle class bengali family
evolving as a salaried individual was most appropriate a profession for me. So after finishing my
schooling from an english medium school in Jamshedpur, where my father worked in TELCO
(now renamed TATA MOTORS LTD), I shifted to Nagpur for pursuing 10+2 and thereafter my
graduation from Calcutta University; I landed up with a job in the same organization my father
was. I had this habit of reading story books since childhood butnever then did I ever contemplate
on the fact that I would write one myself. But at the age of 54, it is better late than never. By the
way I also harbour interest in painting and collage.

2. Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from
this book?

This book of mine named WOMAN with MANY FACES is basically to spread the essence of the
sentiments of a Woman in any form, be it mother, girlfriend, wife, secretary or mother- in-law. The
book consists of three short stories, which some or the other way revolves around women. It is not
a philosophical narration on women behaviour at all, rather there isspace for the reader to capture
the mood of Woman behavior from thestories.I found fiction as the genre because I feel it is the
most convenient way to convey ones feelings and views even though it does not have much
relevance to truth. One can also twist facts to imaginary. This should therefore apeal to the
readers.

3. Who are your favorite authors? How often do you read?

It would be very difficult for me to pin-point any author as favourite; as I think I would not be the
best judge, being a novice in this path myself. However, I would like to mention that my
inspiration for writing was a collective input from authors of the like- John Green, Chetan Bhagat,
Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Dutta, Shobha De, the list is long, and ofcourse Reader’s Digest which I
have been subscribing since 2004. I still do love to read them repeatedly.

4. What challanges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?

The greatest challenge was to start with, and that was provided by ‘The Times Write India’ contest.
The stories had to be based on leads provided by emminent authors. I participated, but was not
upto their expectations. I gracefully accepted that, but with due respect to each and every author, I
have carved my stories based on those.

5. What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

As I have indicated being a new comer, feedback is yet to come and it can be expected from any
quarter.

6. How was your experience with BlueRose publishers?

Blue Rose Publishers is amazing. Opening their door for a tiny author as I, and their constant
encouragement has kept me ignited to publish this work of mine. Excellent follow-up they have, I
must say.

7. How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

Motivation comes when one is recognized, and this has been made possible by my maiden
publication. I would like to thank Blue Rose Publishers for their trust in me. I now have the will to
produce and showcase exceptional works for my readers in the near future.

8. Generally, how much time you dedicated for writing while framing this book?

Well, working in a private organization is quite stressful and exhausting if I may put it correctly. So
at the begining I utilized the off days to write, but when the chain of thoughts started to flow in I
began to avail leave on trivial reasons to work on my dream project. I also ensured to stay away
from my phone; my near and dear ones had other options for access ofcourse. That is how my
book became a reality in about 10 months time.

9. How has BlueRose helped you in growing as an author?

As I have already answered to your sixth question, Blue Rose Publishers is amazing. I add there is
no better platform to launch yourself, as an author.

10. What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

I may have started at the fag end of my life but most budding authors would be much more
younger and wishing to touch the moon. I beleive, pleasure is not in fame but the satisfaction that
you have created a piece which soothes the heart of your readers. Literature, Art, and Culture is
what should be part of every individual, then only the world would live in peace. Do develop and
spread it.

Do come back for more such stuff!

Author Interview| In Conversation with Lity Munshi.

I am delighted to introduce you all to a beautiful soul who has taken a brave step by penning down the conversation with her life, and has published it for readers like me who always turn up to books in tough times. I welcome Lity Munshi on the board. Here is a part of conversation I had with her…

I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

Circumstances transformed me to be a writer. Expert in reiki and psychological healing i am educated and worked in hospitality industry. Then marriage happened as natural custom . I never pursue my psychological knowledge to help people against money. Time took me to that. Due to financial reasons i started to interact people through my reiki and other knowledges. Thus people’s stories and my observations became a form of writing. I start this way. Circumstances made me poet and author.

Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?

Interaction with various people i realised our pain happiness success or expectations are different but root is one . All we are attached to our lives . All we are looking for love. The process and concept of mentioned areas , are not clear to us either we have experience in its real face . There i have seen we innocently perform whatever, but life has another face to pull out mask on philosophy of living ways. So i have addressed every conversation to ‘life” as living person . Without realising love is essence of life ,and this starts with us , we would not be complete balanced during crisis period.

Who are your favorite authors? How often do you read?

My favourite authors are many . Rabindranath Tagore, Wrishi Arbindo, Deepak chopra, Robin Sharma, Poet WB yeats , Shobha de, Jhumpa lahiri, Satyajit ray, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth, Anita desai, Sudha Murthy.

What challanges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?

Deciding to publish my book was a dream which came true suddenly while I was determined to spend for me to gift something to myself for lifetime. Criticism did come. Was not sure about finance . Health was too bad. Emotionally I was disturbed. No support no direct appreciation from close people really were obstacles to my confidence. Once i decided to publish I closed all doors on discouraged people and matters for six months until i submit final edited file to Blue rose. Rest is my personal life? Let that at past. That is why I am writer today. I am at peace also.

What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

Plenty of people appreciated me through personal messages. Also they left their remarks on Facebook. One single word is impossible to pick up as I am getting their blessings now for years. Still the thrilling moment was for me when i saw my three lines writing was published in a official paper of UN Women Africa. That day was special for me.

How was your experience with BlueRose publishers?

Fine. Good. Excellent !

How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

By living in present I get motivated to write more. That is also a way of being spiritual and showing gratitude towards my thoughts.

Generally, how much time you dedicated for writing while framing this book?

Maximum time I want to write. Then all time words do not show up. So when something I feel naturally is communicating my thoughts, any time I can write.

How has BlueRose helped you in growing as an author?

Bluerose rose shaped me from odd shape life. That’s howo much I owe to them.

What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

Tough time comes to take you to your soul. Never runaway. Do whatever you can by anything you know. Life will reward you.

I am honoured to be able to have this conversation with you ma’am and I thank Bluerose Publishers for providing me with this opportunity.

Author Interview| In Conversation with Muntasir Hasnat

Today on the board we have a storyteller from another land! Welcome Muntasir Hasnat, who hails from Dhaka and is here to talk about the book –Cowardly Valiance. 

I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

 

I live in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh which is a country in South Asia. I did my Bachelor of Social Science in Economics and then Masters in Business Administration, both from Bangladeshi Universities. I am involved in the business world for the last seven years now. I love reading fictional books and I revere authors.

Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?

The book shows that even the best feel extreme pain. It is about the struggle and suffering of a non-professional boxer who is praised for his boxing skills. People only see his tenacity in the ring but no one knows about the crippling fear he feels during the matches. He is considered a legend in the ring but he is actually a person who struggles to make ends meet. The genre is boxing and drama and I selected this genre because I am into boxing and I wanted to share the thrill of boxing matches with others. My experience in life has shown me that a person who is considered strong/successful may actually be suffering immensely but no one can see it and the main character is based on this belief. A reader can expect boxing, drama and I hope against hope that he/she can find a bit of motivation from the book.

Who are your favourite authors? How often do you read?

My favourite authors are Robert Ludlum, J. K. Rowling and John Grisham. I try to read every day but sometimes I fail to do so.

What challenges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?

The two major challenges I faced while penning down this book are time constraint and the determination to go through with it. I managed to overcome the time constraint problem by spending some time on the book every day, I did not have any specific time for the book but I tried to spend some time on the book whenever I could and I tried to do it every day. I simply kept on writing even when I was discouraged and demotivated and that was how I went through with it.

What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

The best feedback was from a friend of mine who said: ” It gave me hope”.

How was your experience with BlueRose publishers?

My experience with BlueRose Publishers was great, they are very author-centric and I liked working with them.

How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

I keep myself motivated to write more by writing every day, the number of words I have written in a week motivates me to write more.

Generally, how much time you dedicated for writing while framing this book?

Writing and editing it took about five months which is a lot of time for a novella. There were frequent breaks so it took so long.

How has BlueRose helped you in growing as an author?

BlueRose helped me mature as an author. They are one reason why I am still motivated to write more.

What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

My advice to budding authors would be: “If you want to write something then just pen it down and keep writing until you finish. The finished work itself will motivate you to go for publishing. You can always edit and improve the work but you need finish first.’

Author Interview| In Conversation with Ajish Nair

We have a commoner-turned-author on board today! A teacher who is also an Author — Presenting a glimpse of conversation with Ajish Nair, Author of 3 Aspects.

  • I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

I am Ajish Nair, an enthusiastic common man and a writer by passion. Actually, I am a teacher by profession but my strong desire to create some extraordinary love stories compelled me to write my first book, ” 3 Aspects”.I belong to a middle-class Malayalam family but never forget to dream.My father, P Ramachandran Nair always taught me to be honest and chase the dreams.My mother’s simplicity always inspires me to be calm even in the adverse situation.

I was brought up at Kharagpur, a small town in West Bengal.I did my schooling up to 5 at  Balasore in Odisha.I completed my schooling in Kharagpur in S.E Rly boys’ higher secondary school.My love for literature led me to go for English literature. After completing my post graduation, I thought I should write. Casually I started writing but it took around 10 months to complete my debut novel, “3 Aspects”.

I am a dreamer. I want to achieve something extraordinary in writing. At present, I am totally busy in teaching profession but manage to write whenever I get time. I am also busy with my upcoming romantic novel.I also love to write Hindi poems. The poems will be published soon.

  • Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?

  3 Aspects is not a typical love story. It has everything that actually readers want nowadays in a love story. Unnikrishnan, the hero of this novel, is a tragic hero. He suffers a lot. He witnesses his downfall. He falls in love but caste system kills his love. Unnikrishnan doesn’t give up. He chases his dream after his failure in love. At last, his hard work brings meaningful result. He succeeds in his dream project “Utkarsh”. He proves that hard work never goes in vain. At last the happy ending, his marriage with his love brings relief for readers.

I took this genre because I think one should not go against one’s interest. Since my early years, I love to watch romantic movies. Even now I enjoy. Emotion and romance I can present well; and I think, to go with that genre in which you have no idea, will be definitely a bad idea. I don’t  know about future but at present, I am happy with this genre.

I have already mentioned that this is not a typical love story. When you complete this book, you will not be without thoughts. The struggle of Unnikrishnan establishes the idea that hard work brings success. Never bring the word ‘impossible’ in your mind. And as far as love is concerned, one should understand what actually love is before falling in love with someone. I would suggest the readers read it because it is very different from typical love stories. It takes you to the world of love and emotion of Unnikrishnan and at the same time, the unexpected end of the story will establish a great concept.

  • Who are your favourite authors? How often do you read?

There are so many authors who inspired me. But I think the great, R.K Narayan inspired me a lot. His way of presentation is indeed extraordinary. He can present even a small incident beautifully.

Many other authors also inspired me a lot. Ther are — John Gray, Jack Canfield, Robert Green, Chetan Bhagat, Sudeep Nagarkar.

  • What challenges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?

It was difficult for me to write a book. While penning down this book, I faced difficulties related to time. If you are a part-time writer, you will definitely face this problem. Teaching is my main profession. I didn’t find time to write. But not to forget, if you have the passion to achieve anything then time doesn’t matter. You will manage your time. Anyhow I managed to use my two hours to write in a day. And this plan worked tremendously. I think everything is possible if you have the willingness to achieve anything. Time management and proper planning helped me to complete this book.

  • What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

I got so many feedbacks, received the emails, facebook messages etc.But the best feedback which received was something which I wanted to hear. I didn’t know what I wrote would be accepted by people or not but it was accepted with love.

The book was published and after one month, a boy of 21 came to me for my autograph in my book.There were so many boys girls who came to me for an autograph on the book. But the best feedback was given by that boy. He said, ” The way you presented love, romance and emotion beautifully is not unfamiliar to our day to day life. This is the first novel I read and waiting for the second one. I hope you will present love more beautifully  and I liked most the never give up attitude of Unnikrishnan”

I think that was the best feedback; when you get love and support for your work, you get motivated and think to do more better than before. Expectation always helps to work hard.

  • How was your experience with BlueRose publishers?

Yes, it was really wonderful experience working with Bluerose. It is very important to have a good publisher. After completing my book, what I badly needed was a good publisher. I talked to many self-publishing companies but I was not satisfied. What blue rose was providing was something I was looking for. My publishing manager was very supportive and friendly in nature. All in all, it was really a wonderful experience working with Bluerose.

  • How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

I think nothing can motivate you as much as your dream can. To be a good writer, first of all, you have to be a good reader. To achieve my goal and motivate myself, I read novels whenever I get spare time. Movies also give me ideas and motivate me to think about different and extraordinary ideas. I think you can find stories everywhere because everyone has a story. The life of people also inspires and motivates me to write.

  • Generally, how much time you dedicated for writing while framing this book?

As I already told you that I am a teacher and hardly get time to write. But if one has a passion to do something greater, you manage time. I learnt time management skill to steal time from my busy schedule. I write at night but only two hours. Sometimes I dedicated 3 to 4 hours. But mostly I dedicated 2 hours in a day.

  • How has BlueRose helped you in growing as an author?

To be an author is not as easy as it seems. After completing your manuscript, you have to find a good publisher and to search a good publisher is itself an uphill task. Luckily, I found Bluerose. The way Bluerose helped me in each and every area is indeed remarkable. My book “3 Aspects”  is a result of teamwork. My manuscript was edited and the cover page was designed well and these all things were done by skilled and professional people. Book promotion in social media by Bluerose also helped to grow as an author.

  • What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

I think everyone has a story to present but my advice is for those who really want to be a writer.You may face challenges while writing your story, especially related to time.I think if you really want to be a writer, you can easily overcome such challenges.

After 3 Aspects, many people contacted me to know how they will get a publisher. And you know all of them were without any manuscripts. I suggested them to concentrate towards them manuscript. Once your manuscript is ready, you should think about Publishers. I want to advise them to write with full honesty. If you have a passion to be a writer, no one can stop you. The burning desire within yourself will lead you to the path of success.

Author Interview| In conversation with Moumita Das 

​Today we have a young soul on board, with whom I share the mutual fangirling of Ruskin Bond’s nostalagic stories. I welcome Moumita Das; who has authored 12 short stories and compiled the collection: Petrichor. Let’s check out what she has in her pockets for her readers!

I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

I am a Fashion Management graduate from NIFT, who before that dreamt of being a Chartered Accountant. I am currently working as a Managing Style Director in a Fashion Studio in Chennai. However, amongst all the twists and turns in my career, there’s only one thing that remained constant in my life. My passion for writing. Being immensly optimistic, I try to see a silver lining in the darkest hours too. I believe in keeping hope until the day your wish comes true. I hardly ever give up on anything or anyone in life. 

Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?

This book comprises of 12 short stories written over a period of five years. Even though they are written at different phases on my life, they all speak of hope. I am an immensely opitimistic person and to me hope is the only thing that keeps me going in life.

I prefer writing short stories because it speaks a lot without going into much detail. It’s a short read, that is supposed to leave you craving for more. As I said before, the cynics can live peacefully knowing that there is a thin chance of a “happily-ever-after” and the romantics can be reassured; there’s always a silver lining.

Who are your favorite authors? How often do you read?

I am truehearted Ruskin Bond fan. I love how romantic his stories are, yet I can never call them a love story. My writings are heavily inspired by him. I have read almost all his books and I love the sense of melancholy that follows after each of his book.

Moumita Das

What challanges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?The biggest challenge that I have faced while writing these 12 short stories was to pen down almost an entire phase of my life is probably 1000 words in average. With so many emotions to speak of and being semi-biographical in nature, I was doubtful if I would do justice to it. However, Petrichor is close to my heart. I let the endings to be decided by my heart and not how it is expected to be.

What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

One of my readers told me that my stories were indeed as pleasant as the first rain in a long time. The stories did a justice to the title of the book.

How was your experience with BlueRose publishers?

I was skeptical about publishing my stories, even when I contacted BlueRose Publishers. However, they helped me overcome my anxiousness by making the process very smooth and amiable. All I had to do was pen down my heart and the rest was taken care by them.

How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

I mostly write about incidents or people from my life. I am an extremely introvert person, and these stories are my own way of expressing myself. So, maybe the need of self-expression motivates me to write more.

Generally, how much time you dedicated for writing while framing this book?

I took 5 years to write these stories. I know that 12 stories in 5 years sounds a lot less, however each story was written every time I went through a difficult phase. I never wrote them with the intention of publishing it, but after 5 years I realised that I wanted to share my story with people.

How has BlueRose helped you in growing as an author?

BlueRose has given me the confidence to write. I was always unsure about the feedback of the book. Now, I know that more than anything else, I write for myself. And if I am true to myself, people will love that honesty.

What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

To all the budding authors out there, just write your heart, no matter how irrelevant it is to others. Believe in what you write and first write it for yourself. Never think of the ending first, let your heart guide you. And make sure that you allot at least an hour in a day to write your book.

Author Interview| In conversation with Chanakya Saini

I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

So it starts with the toughest question one can ever face i.e. Describe yourself. I’d describe myself as a very curious, observant, optimistic guy. Curious in the sense that, I like to learn and know about new things as much as I could. Observant means I like to observe and analyse things in my own way, whether it comes to relationships or life goals. It helps me grow my own scale and attitude towards life. I’m a very optimistic guy, I never quit, I won’t quit till a small ray of hope is there. I believe in hard work and sincerity which should be backed by a good character and discipline, which are necessary to anyone to achieve his/her goals and I feel I have all these qualities. I believe a person should be honest and loyal towards his relationship and dedicated to his profession, only then he’ll be called as a genuine and honest human being.

Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?

The book is a romantic fiction. It traces the journey of the lead couple Arav and Pakhi, from their childhood friendship to adulthood romance and what challenges they face during the ride and how they overcome them. I never thought of writing anything else apart from romance, as it’s the most explored genre when it comes to fiction literature. Even in our country, most of the novels come from this genre and most of the movies are made on this subject. There is so much to write and explore in this particular category. My book basically deals with the old school romance. I’m a middle class 90’s kid, where we didn’t have cell phones, social media, the internet etc. at that time. So we had to do a lot of hard work even for the small things. Today everything is just a click away. I want this new age generation to know the concept of love during that time, how it used to be when WhatsApp, twitter, face book were not there. It was a time where couples used to write love letters, they used to call through landlines hiding from everyone’s eyes etc. This book will take you to that kind of old school romance. It has all the ups and downs which a couple faces in our society, which considers loving someone outside our communities a taboo. It deals with a very sensitive subject of casteism, which still prevails in our society and has its roots still dug deep inside us. It’s a story about love, friendship, heartbreak, betrayal, and so many other ingredients.

 Who are your favourite authors? How often do you read?

I don’t have any favourites because I do not read that often. I don’t get enough time due to my profession, though I read my own professional books. But whenever I get time, I do read. I liked books of Khalid Hosseini, Salman Rushdie, Paulo Coelho, J.K Rowling of course. Among Indian writers, I like Chetan Bhagat’s novels, Ravinder Singh’s style of narration. I also like Durjoy Datta’s books, though I’ve read only a few of them, he writes many books within a single calendar year, that is commendable and admiring. I’m a huge fan of Amish’s imagination, his Shiva trilogy is a masterpiece. And much more, the list is quite big.

 What challenges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?

The first challenge was writing itself. When I started writing only then I realised how much time, dedication, imagination, hard work is required to write something. We used to write exams during our school and college, where you can mug up and write it on the next day. But here you can’t mug up things, you have to imagine everything on your own, from every perspective, you’re the hero, heroine, villain, you’re everything and you have to write according to the character outlines and write them according to the storyline, that’s the biggest challenge you face. But I had only one thing in my mind that I have to write and I have to tell this story to the whole world and that’s what kept me going. The second challenge which I faced was that I come from a very small town and a middle-class family. We are not allowed to pursue our passion or hobbies and transform them into our profession. I used to think that what people will say when it comes out, what would be their reaction, response towards it. So when I started writing I didn’t tell anyone, not even my family members because I could not imagine what was going to be their reaction. So I kept it close and did my work in complete silence. And somehow during the course of writing, it helped me to overcome these roadblocks and evolve as a person too. Lastly, I’m a doctor, and no one expects a doctor to turn out to be a writer. I knew I’m trying my hands at something which could burn my own hands. I knew it’d draw a lot of rejection from my own doctor’s community, but still, some of my friends were very supportive, they inspired and encouraged me to write this novel. And when I completed this book I shared it with my siblings and they were very supportive and helped me with everything.

What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

I can’t say which one was the best because everyone analysed the book through their own perspective. I was overwhelmed with the reviews I got for it. One of my friends called it a complete package of a love story. She said it has all the ups and downs, through which a couple goes through. One of the readers called it addictive and was very impressed with my style of narration. My siblings called it amazing and were very impressed with my style of writing. The other one compared it with bestselling authors. I’m highly grateful to all of them who are comparing it with established and supremely talented writers. It feels good but I know I’m nowhere near to them, but still, I take all of it as a huge compliment.

How was your experience with Blue Rose Publishers?

When I decided to publish my work, I didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t have the courage to approach traditional publishers as I thought my book is not of that level which could be taken up by them. So without even approaching those publishers, I decided to self-publish it. I went through a lot of self-publication houses but sometimes it was not getting in my budget or sometimes I was not satisfied with the term and conditions. Lastly, I got to know about Blue Rose publishers and everything suited my requirements and I signed a deal with them within a few days. My publishing manager helped me with every process of publishing, I gave a very tough time to my cover designers, who relentlessly tried to make it better. The IT department went through all my demands and made everything including my website, according to it. Overall it was a very nice and fruitful experience of working with a publication house like Blue Rose and I’d like to thank all of them associated with it, for making my dream come true.

How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

First of all, I never thought, even in my wildest dreams that someday I’d become a writer. But that is the beauty of life, unpredictability, you never know what future holds in there for you. When I wrote the first draft I showed it to one of my friends and my sister and they liked it a lot, and that’s what pushed me to write more and complete it in the first place. Now, as the book is published and I’m getting a positive response from the majority of the readers, so it’s my responsibility to not let them down whenever I come out with my next book. This thought keeps me going and to write more and more but better at the same time when it comes to the content, characters, narration, everything. I can’t let them down because when a reader buys something, he/she is trusting you with his/her money that you will give them what they are looking for and it is solely my responsibility to give them what they want and that’s what keeps me motivated to write a good and strong content for them.

Generally, how much time you dedicated for writing while framing this book?

I started writing this book when I was in my final year. When most of the people were busy mugging up large textbooks I was busy writing a love story for the whole world. I wrote around 150 pages at that time. During my internship phase I wrote merely 25 pages but after completing my internship I started writing again and finished it by March 2017. It took me around 3 years to complete it and I kept on improving the manuscript till the last phase of publishing.

How has Blue Rose helped you in growing as an author?

When I saw the first edit of the book, I was very impressed with my editor as I never thought it could turn out to be like that. They gave a lot of inputs on my manuscript and helped me improve day by day. I’m highly thankful to Blue Rose publishers for their continuous attempts to make the book better and helping me in growing as an author too.

What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

I’m not that big as a person to advice something but still, I’d like to tell them that if you want to write something then don’t think much about the rest. Don’t think what people will say, how they will judge you and what could be the outcome of it. You don’t have to think about it all. If you think you can and you want to write, just take a pen and a paper, or a laptop or typewriter and start writing. Whatever you want to write, whatever your heart says, the first thought which comes to your mind, just write it down. And don’t think of yourself as an amateur because of everyone, even the greatest were amateur when they started. They become great with consistent learning and efforts. So just start with whatever you got and give it a shot with whole heart because magic happens when you don’t give up, even though you want to because the universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart.

Thank you, Chanakya for the hearty conversation!

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Author Interview|In conversation with Mary Nell Portero

Today we have on board a poetess who has been penning down her thoughts since she was 9-years-young! I am elated to share the part of the conversation I had with Mary Nell Portero…

I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

I am a student with a penchant for anything literary. I befriended poetry when I was nine years old and it has been my trusted companion since. I published my first book and novella, The Drunkard – A bout between a man and his Fate, when I was fifteen and it was re-released on the online publishing platform Launchora in 2016, on readers’ request. I scripted and directed a short film, Kanavugal, in Tamil in 2014. My second novella and first serial publication, The Madwoman, is currently running on Launchora. I adopted my pseudonym in 2017 as a tribute to my late mentor, Mary Nell Portero.

Love, Lunacy and Other Voices from the Night is my first published journey in verse and is also my first work under my pen name.

Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?

Love, Lunacy and Other Voices from the Night is a collection of forty poems written during a phase of clinical depression. It is my second book after The Drunkard.

I think I chose poetry because I have always found it to hold a depth that prose mostly misses out on. Also, poetry is a genre that is open to interpretation. It has the ability to pull out ideas from one’s subconsciousness. Although poetry wasn’t a deliberate choice I made while I wrote, I think it was best suited to express the thoughts that my mind seemed to have hosted at the point.

As for the readers, I would suggest poetry is best read without expectations. I would love to hear how it reached them in different ways. As poems were written during a phase of depression, these poems just offer a journey through it and I must admit that I do hope it offers some camaraderie to others going through the phase and helps them know that they aren’t alone.

 

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Mary Nell Portero

 

Who are your favourite authors? How often do you read?

Reading has certainly been a favourite companion throughout. In prose, I am very attached to the works of Thomas Hardy for his portrayal of life as it is and its conflicts thereof. I find the readings very insightful, my favourite being Jude the Obscure. I also enjoy the work of Khaled Hosseini, especially A Thousand Splendid Suns. I have also found a dear companion in the works of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Her Palace of Illusions has been a book I love going back to.

In poetry, I find myself drawn to the verse of Sylvia Plath the most. Her Lady Lazarus is something I hold very close to my heart. I also love to read the poetry of Kamala Das for her frankness. I also love going back to the works of John Keats.

 What challenges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?

As poems penned from the trenches of depression, the phase in itself has been the biggest challenge and the finest inspiration at one go. I think writing itself has been my companion and my solution.

 What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

I have been fortunate that the collection has been received well by the readers. But one of the reviews that I hold closest to my heart came from a friend of mine who told me that the poems had helped her with her own bouts with anxiety and depression. I think that with the review, the purpose of the collection was well served. It means a lot to me as a person as well.

Also, it was an honour to receive feedback on the book from eminent writer and translator, Prof. KS Bhagavan sir. To hear from him that I would make a great poet someday definitely rendered my eyes misty.

How was your experience with Blue Rose publishers?

The experience has been heartening and positive. It was a really enjoyable journey and the team at Blue Rose Publishers has been very supportive and patient throughout.

How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

Writing has been my sincere companion since the time I was quite young. It has been like a very understanding friend. Therefore, I must confess that it is not I who keeps myself motivated to write more, but rather it is writing that keeps me motivated to live more freely and fully.

The love and strength of my readers have also given me a lot a courage throughout.

Generally, how much time you dedicated to writing while framing this book?

As this is a collection of poems, the poems were all written before the compilation began. As for the compilation process, it took around two months to bring it to the current form.

How has BlueRose helped you in growing as an author?

The constant reviewing and feedback mechanism at Blue Rose has been a source of support for me to grow as an author.

What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

Just keep writing. Don’t worry about good writing or genre or classification. Also, let the story pursue you. Don’t pursue the story. Make writing as natural a process as is possible for you and do it at a personal, attached level. Unless you are attached to the story, your reader cannot relate to it. Also, keep reading more and try to see everything around you from more than one perspective. Building perspectives will help you in standing out of the crowd. Lastly, wherever possible, don’t run the rat race of writing ‘good’ works. Let your writing be a unique part of your life, something that you want to speak of and not something you say because someone else is listening.

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Author Interview | In Conversation with Gautami

Born in Kottayam, Kerala, Gautami has finished her post-graduation in English Literature. She has been a television anchor from the age of seven and had bagged the Kerala State Film Critics TV Award for the best anchor in 2003. Gautami is also a part of a Trivandrum-based NGO ‘Expressions India Society’ and tries to do whatever little she can for the social good. Nevertheless, the world of letters attracts her more than everything. Glad to have you on board Gautami!

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I would like to introduce you to our readers, please tell something about yourself.

Hi. My name is Gautami Venu Nair. I just completed my PG in English Literature from the University of Kerala. I was born in Kottayam, Kerala, and am staying in the capital city of Trivandrum. My father, Venu Nair is a film maker, and my mother Gurdeep Kaur (she’s a Punjaban) is a social activist. I’ve been a TV anchor since the age of seven. I’ve hosted a number of TV shows in many Malayalam channels. I have this thing for social service also, so I do whatever little I can for the social good through the NGO Expressions India Society. I love spending time with books and a handful of close friends of mine. So that’s pretty much about me. Simple!

Tell me something about the book. Why you took up this genre? What can a reader expect from this book?

My debut novel ‘Embers’ is, to be precise, a tale of fate. It deals with the life of a 20-ish girl Yami and talks about how her life is in for a lot of unexpected twists and turns. But finally, as fate would have it, she ends up where she always wanted to. I took up this genre of romance because I thought that was where I could do most justice to. ‘Embers’ deals with a story which every youth of the age can relate to. It also has as its background a lot of contemporary issues ranging from the problems of nuclear families and psychological impact of the disharmonious relationship between the parents on the children to even the Delhi rape case. Like how the great Shakespeare had mirrored the society of his time in his works, I’ve also tried to reflect the world I see around me in my own humble, imperfect way. That’s how ‘Embers’ was born.

 Who are your favourite authors? How often do you read?

Since I’m a Literature student, I spent a great deal of time reading. But I’m choosy about the books I read. There are a few genres that interest me and I focus more on those. I don’t have a favourite author as such. But when I think of it, the first name that comes to my mind is that of Jaishree Misra’s. She is a beautiful writer and person. Her ‘Ancient Promises’ is something that’s never off my book shelf. I’ve read all her works and am a great admirer of her. It was really a blessing to have her for the release of my book. She’s in many ways my role model too. Keeping Indian fiction apart, generally speaking, Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ is my evergreen love. Even after all these ages, the book manages to produce sparks among the words as the reader’s eyes fall on it. She was a magician, truly.

  What challenges have you faced while penning down this book? How you overcome them?

As a writer, I personally had to face this problem called the writer’s block. There were a number of times when I experienced it. But thankfully, I was patient enough for the block to pass so I could resume my writing. There have been other times when I was almost on the verge of giving it up, but there were a few friends of mine who pushed me to go that extra mile. Today I’m thankful to them. Without them, this book wouldn’t have been a success.

The next obvious Herculean task was to find a good publisher. I knew all the publishing giants took a minimum of six months to respond, but I couldn’t wait that long. It was my father who told me about Blue Rose Publishers. I sent them my synopsis and sample chapters and within a week they responded positively. The rest everything was a cakewalk for me.

 What was the best feedback you got for your work and from whom?

The best feedback I got was from my college mates- my juniors and seniors alike. The book launch was also held at Mar Ivanios College- the college where I just passed out from. Ivanios has a really special place in my heart, and it was a dream come true for me to have my book launch there. Immediately after the function, all teachers and friends bought my book. And before the night fell, I started getting warm responses and appreciation for my work from the ones who finished reading it in just one sitting. The experience was really heart-warming.

 How was your experience with BlueRose publishers?

Blue Rose Publishers is really a writer-friendly publishing house. Right from the day, they took up my project, they took care not to let me down in any manner. The process was tedious but they were with me all throughout and was really welcoming towards all the suggestions I gave them. It has been a wonderful experience to work with Blue Rose.

How you keep yourself motivated to write more?

I don’t force myself into anything. Even this writing thing… it was never a planned thing. I didn’t have this dream of becoming a writer someday or anything. It just happened to me, like breathing. It was as natural as that. So, I don’t need to keep myself motivated to write more. I know that if it’s meant to be, it will happen again, without any force, without any pressure.

 Generally, how much time you dedicated for writing while framing this book?

Roughly speaking, I took three years for the completion of this book. I started my work when I was doing my final year in B.A. I had a couple of characters that already formed in my head, and I started writing about them. It was initially just jottings, then I thought of making it into a short story. But as time went by, the characters started growing and it finally ended up being a 200-page novel. But the journey was mesmerizing. It was as if you had been carrying a baby for three years and you have the tears of joy when you finally see it getting delivered. I’d never forgotten this experience.

How has BlueRose helped you in growing as an author?

Blue Rose has helped me throughout the completion of this huge task. It has also boosted my confidence as a writer. For any book to reach the right audience, the publishers have a huge role to play. In that regard, Blue Rose is definitely the best choice for any first-time writer.

 What advice would you like to give to the budding authors?

I’m reminded of Hemingway’s words, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” This is true even this contemporary age also. I’m a person who believes that writing, specially fiction writing has to come from the heart and not from the head. Only then would it have a soul of its own. I’m sure there are a lot of budding writers out there. I just want to tell them not to give up, at any time, at any cost. Writing demands time, energy, heart and soul. Put all into it, and one day it will reward you, in a much better way.

Author Interview! In conversation with Shweta Taneja

 

Well, not everyday one gets a chance to peep in a fictional writer’s window that too to the one who writes about havelis and sarcastic women– A totally unique and rebellious genre to write especially in a country like ours! So here with us is Shweta Taneja who has proudly authored the second book in Anantya Tantrist Mystery which appears to me like devilish-blockbuster-movie which has no interval (Read my full Review here.)

Coming back to the current post; I have tried to dig in the life of this author who can keep you awake with her spooky stories. Parts of our conversations are here…

 

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Shweta Taneja

 

 

What else you do apart from keeping people awake with your spooky stories?

 

Keep myself awake with the said spooky stories. I write all day, be it books, short stories, articles, blogs. Recently when someone expired in the family, someone I was close to, I could only think of writing, so did that on her timeline over Facebook. Writing brings out my soul, helps me delve deeper into my systems and emerge refreshed. When I’m not writing, coming back to your question, I walk, or do a lot of birding or hiking or read or see fantasy and science fiction movies and books. Recently, I’ve also begun to watch a lot NatGeo Wild. Being with the marvels of nature gives me new ideas on thrillers.

 

What made you write about women and Rakshas that live in Havelis?

 

I wanted to read a story where rakshasas are among us, living with humans, with their own social, cultural and ethical mores. Bring alive all the Indian occult I’d read, myths and folklores I had grown up with. Since I couldn’t find anything that could satisfy my reader’s hunger, I decided to get down to it and write it myself JTantrics and nagas in havelis, a bar where all supernaturals of the city hang out late in the night and our city, with a layer of Indian supernatural paraphernalia. In the middle of it all, a thriller, a murder mystery led by a kickass female detective. All are my own desire to read this story.

 

How and why Anantya Tantrist was narrated? What inspired you to create a story which is heroine-centric?

 

Anantya came to me suddenly, like a flash flood, and I knew then that she was a tantric, in a male-dominated society of tantrics where women aren’t accepted into the profession. She’s a gutsy thing, mind-blowingly independent, hilarious, stubborn, irritating and focused on wanting equality for the downtrodden. I wanted to choose a sigh-worthy heroine, a dark role model, someone kickass that I and urban women like me could aspire to. A detective who would go to bars to get drunk between casual sex, equally casual murderous action and solving cases. Why should men have all the fun?

 

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Shweta Taneja

 

 

Is Anantya Tantrist inspired by a living character? Does Anantya resemble you? 

 

There has to be some resemblance and my friends who have read the series, think there is, but I myself don’t know. I think Anantya is a very different person from me. I sit in my study all day, daydream and write, while Anantya walks out on the road, is in the middle of the action at all times, is fearless in the night, solving the supernatural crime. She is spunky and quick on her toes. I aspire to her and her fearlessness. And I live an alternate life through her. She’s a desire in me to reclaim my city and its spaces.

 

Your writing appears to me like a Technicolor movie, which is kind of a different narration style. What inspired you to adapt this style of narration?

 

Thank you. If you see it as a movie, my job was well done! I saw the story happening like a movie, an incident, one scene after another, breathless and like a mad rush, which is why I wrote it like that. The story itself demanded the narration style.

 

From Anantya Tantrist mysteries and being an author recommended by CBSE. How has been the journey so far?

 

The journey’s been heady and versatile. I love writing a different kind of fiction. CBSE approved fiction that is in school must-reads and dark fiction full of violence and blood that no one in their sensible minds should read. They’re all in me. I hadn’t imagined I could write comics, novels, short stories, and even children books. I’m still exploring and pushing the boundaries of the kind of writer I think I am. It’s fun and ongoing.

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Looking back, what did you do right that helped you to break in?

 

Persevered. I came into the industry with no contacts whatsoever. I’m the first writer in my family and when I first started to write, I didn’t know anyone around me who wrote fiction. I was a complete outsider. But it was perseverance, just a dogged sense of being at it, chiselling at the mountain, a stubbornness to be here, I guess is what made me part of the industry. All you need to do is keep believing and keep working at your story, creative project and you’ll find a way.

 

Something personal about you, that people may be surprised to know?

 

Though my chosen profession is a fiction writer, I’m an extrovert who loves meeting people, interacting, heading outside. My family and friends know me like this. Ironically as a writer, I have to force myself to sit in a dark room, working stories that come in my head. There’s a constant clash of me as a writer, a creator who needs this space and me as an extrovert who hates being there.

 

Tell us something about what you are currently working on… What’s next?

 

There are first drafts of two novels that are lying on my table. After I’m done with promotions for The Matsya Curse, I’ll head back to the third book in the Anantya Tantrist series and polish that one. I also have another novel, a science fiction one, which I’m quite excited to work on. Oh and there’s this chapter book for young kids I’m writing, which my 8-year-old nephew has already demanded multiple times. And you can’t keep kids waiting. That’s what I would be doing until the end of the year atleast.