Interview of Simson Biswal (Founder of Dream House Publication)

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1. How is your publishing house different from others?

• We believe in 3 core values Honesty, Quality and
Satisfaction
• We operate with an unique blend of Traditional
and Self-Publishing mode
• For self-publishing your books you need to pay
50 % of the cost for first edition only and it’s a
onetime payment, DHP will publish further editions
at its own expense
• DHP provide the best distribution network. Not
only online platform we provide our authors the
best offline platform covering more than 200 stores
across Indian and expanding our reach
• Our books are priced as lowest as 125 INR and
we have made it a point that the book price for a
standard novel will not go beyond 160 INR. All our
books are priced at a standard price of 140 INR
only
• The books we produces are of highest quality and
we use 80 GSM paper for printing and 300 GSM
paper for book covers
• At Dream House all our operations are
transparent and author-publisher interactions are
at a peak.
• DHP give its authors selected for self-publishing a
20% royalty and 10% royalty for traditional
publishing mode

2. What made you to open a publication house?

At my initial stages when I wanted to publish my first novel I ran from publisher’s to publishers and get rejected without any clear clarifications. When I got a publisher, I struggled to arrange the money for self-publishing my book. It’s not the end, after paying a huge amount to publish my books, my publisher cheated us and there is no offline platform available for me to boost the book sale and eventually I became the fool. The pain that I have taken to arrange the huge fees for self- publishing, the mistake that I have done made me to open my own publication house to help the budding authors of India.

3. What is this venture of yours meant to you?

I have sacrificed a lot for this venture which was my dream. It’s the platform that I can use to help myself as well as other authors and I will surely do my best to achieve my dreams. One of my dream, i.e. Dream House Publications, India is already a
reality and I am sure my other dreams will also became reality one day.

4. What are the four top most things you take care of while publishing a book?

There are a lot of factors to be taken care while publishing a book. If you talk about the top 4 priorities, in my opinion they are,
a. A good Script
b. Proper Editing
c. Paper and Print Quality
d. Openness of Publisher toward Author

5. Why this name ‘Dream House’?

As I have said it was one of my dream after I get cheated by the industry. The second thing is that for every author it’s a dream to publish their first book and through my venture we are going to make their dream story alive. As it’s a place for dreamers, the name is “Dream House”.

6. What is the motto of your publication house?

I have not thought of a motto till now, but as you have asked for a motto here is it. Our main aim is to help the budding authors or so called dreamers. So our motto can be taken as “Your Dream Our
Passion”

7. Can you tell us something about the upcoming books?

Currently we have 4 books in the market and 4 new titles are in the schedule. I can’t revel the details about all the stories we have at this point of time as it will be too early for the same. You can have the information that 2 of the stories will be based on Fantasy one two on Romance. All the stories have different flavours and are tareted at different age groups. We are soon going to publish books on different genres and we can know the details in subsequent days.

Thanks for the wonderful answers and giving your time. Wishing you a bright future.

Interviewed by Shweta Kesari

Interview of Prathap Kamath

Interview of Prathap Kamath

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What are your outlooks and interpretations about literature?

I look upon literature as a justification of my life; it is the only thing that gives me complete satisfaction, in reading as well as in writing. It has consoled, encouraged, intoxicated, and taught me throughout in life. Literature, for me, is an imaginative way of interpreting life. It fulfils itself in finding an apt form that has something new in the way it tells about life everyone can feel as her/his own. I belong to the school that believes in the need of literature’s commitment to social reality. Its purpose shouldn’t be just to concoct stories or poems for the sake of getting published. It should germinate as the result of a felt existential need to say something deep about life lived in our times.

2. Tell us about your world beyond literature.

I teach English for Postgraduate and Undergraduate students at Sree Narayana College, Kollam, Kerala. I am also a Ph.D research guide with Kerala University. I am married and have two daughters doing their school-final.

3. Your book “Blood rain and other stories” is a combination of suspense, violence, corruption, revenge and selfishness. So, how much of the book is realistic?

All the stories in this book have been triggered by things that are happening and have happened around me. Violence, corruption, crimes instigated by revenge, and selfishness have become the defining features of the times we live in. I have tried to contextualize my events within the political/cultural scenario of Kerala so as to make my characters representative of a social reality. Their individual issues are made to spill into the social space and vice versa. It is in this sense that these stories can be called realistic, and not in the generic sense of the term ‘realistic fiction,’ for in the rendering of these stories I have, on several occasions, taken recourse to fantasy, and non linearity of narrative time.

4. What draws you to writing?

An unbearable sense of the meaninglessness of life, unless it is redeemed by the act of writing. I write to keep myself sane and from not falling into the pit of depression.

5. What genre do you like the most?

Fiction, both the short story and the novel.

6. Would you like to share your experiences while writing the book “Blood rain and other stories”?

It was written over a period of five years. The stories were written with long gaps in between. I am not a prolific or regular writer. I write only when I feel like. When I don’t write, I read the best in literature. I started my career writing in Malayalam, and Blood Rain and Other Stories is my first book of fiction in English. Writing in English was a refreshing experience; it lent me a greater freedom and ease to formulate my ideas in aesthetically gratifying forms. It was very exciting to have LiFi, my publisher, accept it for publication. I wish to express my thanks to Dr. Bina Biswas, Editor with LiFi, for linking me with the publisher.

7. Who are your favourite writers? What do you like the most about their books and creations?

I have many favourite writers, in Malayalam, my native language, and in other languages, all of whom I have read in English. To name them all would be impossible here. They belong to all ages, from the epic to the present. I have preferred European Continental and Latin American fiction to English fiction (British/American). The Japanese Haruki Murakami is the most recent favourite. I love these writers for the insight they give into reality through stunning forms.

8. Which books inspire you?

I am inspired by novels that are a blend of eye-opening world view, inventiveness of plot and language, and authenticity of details or information content. For instance, a novel like Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose or Nikos Kazantzakis’ Zorba the Greek or Herman Hesse’s Narcissus and Goldmund.

9. Did you ever face writer’s block?

Yes, several times. It leaves me depressed as it does with all writers. The best way to overcome it is to wallow in it, go deep into its morass, until it throws you back into writing on its own.

10. How has literature influenced your life?

It has influenced me by watering my imagination, in helping me create a cosy world of my own where I feel safe from the “thorns of life.” It helps me in expanding my sympathies, and understanding of reality. Above all, it gives me a solid purpose to live.

Thanks for the wonderful answers and giving your time. Wishing you a bright future.

Interviewed by Shivani Chauhan

Interview of Vasanthi Sankaranarayanan (Translator of novel Oorukaval )

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Your opinions about the book ‘Oorukaval’ by Sarah Joseph, which you have translated?

In my opinion, the original of The Vigil, “Oorukaval” is a significant addition to Modern Malayalam Literature. The form as well as the visualisation of the concept is novel.

The thing you like most about Sarah Joseph’s writing style.

I like many things about this book, but foremost the language in which it is wrtten, lucid, clear, lyrican and imagiative. The many styles in which the theme is presented is notable.

How long it took you to complete the translation process?

The usual difficulties that any translator faces when translating from an Indian Regional Language to English. The construction of sentences, the constant moving from the past to the present and fragmented narration all pose problems. English is a precie language and useful for official communication. But, it does not have the vocabulary or style to capture the genius and flow of Indian languages. In the matter of representation of emotion also it falls short.

What are the difficulties you faced during translation?

Difficult to answer and I don’t want to venture into this sphere.

According to you,which is more tough-Malyalam to English translation or English to Malyalam translation?

“Ini gnan Urangatte” (Now let me sleep) written by P.K. Balakrishnan in Malayalam which is an interpretation of the Epic Mahabharatam.

What draws you towards this book?

Very much. Otherwise I would not have attempted to translate the same.

Name a book which is your favourite and you would love to translate.

Very difficult to give an answer

At any moment,you thought that you have taken a wrong decision of translating this book?

No. At all times I have enjoyed the process of translation.

Now after the english version is published,how do you feel?

I feel very happy.

Thank you for giving your time and wonderful answers.Wishing you a bright future.

Interviewer- Shweta Kesari

Interview of Author Arti Honrao

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Tell us about your world beyond literature.

I am single and live with my parents, three brothers, bhabhi and nephew. I have studied medicine. I lead a normal life, following a daily routine. I love spending time on the terrace of my flat, observing nature and enjoy clicking some wonderful pictures. I love playing with my nephew. I listen to music when and wherever possible. On the music system in my room, on my ipod while doing chores.

It’s obvious that every work of an artist is near to his/her heart.But ,I would like to know that among the three of your books,which one resides nearest?

The book of two short stories: Is This Love and Autumn -The Last Leaf. Both these stories I had posted on my blog and had not considered getting them published. Many of my readers wrote to me saying that I should. A few male friends told me how they could relate to the male protagonist in the first short story. A good friend of mine wanted to gift this book to his girl friend. It took a while, but I finally got it published. I gave away approximately 60 free copies of the book as promised to my readers.

As all of your books speak of relationship.What made you to write on this very subject?

It was not a decision to make. It just happens that I am good with understanding relationships. One of the reasons why people write to me about their relationships, seeking advice. Hence the whispered words section on my blog. I did try writing on different genres, however, I turned back to relationships because I am good at it.

What importance does relationship has in life and what are relationships to you?

Relationships are important. I am talking of ‘all’ the relationships in our life and not just about romantic relationship. Relationships in my life mean a lot to me. If you allow, I would like to share links of two of my articles on Relationships

  1. Relationships: http://www.artihonrao.net/2014/05/relationships.html
  2. Not-Leading-Anywhere-Road: http://www.artihonrao.net/2014/06/not-leading-anywhere-road-whispered.html

Which book took longest time to complete and which one took shortest?

Longest: Resemblance – The Journey of a Doppelganger (approximately a month) Shortest: My Life-Story (completed in less than a day)

Among all the characters in your book,which character resembles you most?

Sheetal from Is This Love?

What is a life without literature for you?

I would like to quote Isaac Asimov, “I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.”

Tell us about your upcoming projects.

I have just started writing a short story series on my blog, which is open for free reading. I do not have any upcoming projects as such however I do want to consider making an anthology of short stories published on my blog.

A message for your readers and fellow writers.

Readers – Keep reading. Do not be too quick to judge any writer. I believe and agree that each reader has his/her own taste of books, nevertheless -a lot of feelings and efforts go behind writing of a book. To fill blank pages with words is a difficult task.

Fellow writers – Keep writing. Write for audience, however, visualise yourself sitting in the audience. Would you love to read what you have written? If you would not, then you do not have the right to expect others to. One of my quotes on writing a story, “When you write a story, don’t just write it – live it; When putting words into the mouth of a protagonist (or any character) imagine yourself saying them and while writing about the reaction of the listener, write it the way you would react. Let the conversations not be meant merely to be read but felt as well. If you do not feel what you write; how can you expect the readers to feel it?”

In a single word tell us about your books.

My Life Story- hardships
Is this Love & Autumn the last leaf-passion Resemblance- romance

Thank you for giving your precios time and wonderful answers.Wishing you a bright future.

Interviewer – Shweta Kesari

Interview Of Author Angad Singh Saluja

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1.Tell me about your world beyond literature.

Beyond writing and books, I am a business guy who is busy managing all his retail stores which comprise of consumer electronics and wine and liquor in different parts of Delhi. It does become pretty hectic at times managing the different business activities everyday and that is when I come back to writing which acts as food for my soul.

2.What draws you to become a poet?

Pain, Ignorance, Heartbreaks, Crime, Injustice and Wrong acts

3.When did you start writing the poems compiled in this book and how long it took?

I did take 6 months to complete my first work “Chords of Life” and then another year to compile my collection in the second book “He said,She said”.

4.Do you ever faced writer’s block?

Many-a-times I have faced it. I don’t try too hard to get it off my mind. That is also a part of writing. I welcome it and respect it as nothing is permanent you see.

5.Any tips you want to give as how to get through the dreaded Writer’s block?

Keep patience and feel glad that atleast you got something being a WRITER…..lol.

6.How this name ‘Chords of Life’ came to your mind? Were you sure that the poems compiled in this book would actually strike a chord with the readers?

“Chords of Life” is like my first child. The names, the compilation, the reviews from readers all hold a very special place in my heart. I wanted to keep it simple and at the same time send a message to the readers through the title about the content of the book. That is when I thought about this title “CHORDS OF LIFE” which reflected the different shades of a person’s life.The simplicity of the work and the honesty with which the raw emotions had been converted into words made me really confident that even the non readers would feel a connect with this book. And that is what happened.

7.As poetries in your latest book is divided into 3 sections.Have you thought of it from the very beginning or it just came up?

I had planned it that way because I wanted to reach all the levels of introspection in an individual’s lifetime. The inner-self, the relations and the society all form the core.

8.Some of your poems depict stories.Are those stories actually a part of your life or it just a recipe of your imaginations?

What do you think about that? It really does not matter till the time you felt that you were reading about your own life as you flipped the pages.

9.What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Whether to censor some feelings or let it be raw and honest. I chose the latter.

10. It’s obvious that every work of an artist is favourite to him/her.But I would like to know which is your most favourite poem from this collection?

I would choose “Insecurity in Love”.

11. Anything specific you want to share with the readers or your fellow writers.

Always remember a pen is mightier than the sword. Make use of it and ensure the world is a better place to live in for everybody.

12.Now it’s time for rapid fire questions.You have to give the answers in single word.

Poetry- Heart
Life- Love
Imaginations- Reality
Dream- Me
Love- Pain
Books- Treat
Library- Silence

Thank you for giving your precious time and wonderful answers.Wishing you a great success.

Interviewer: Shweta Kesari

Interview of Bhavya Sachdeva (Owner of Lampshade Publishing House)

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1. How is your publishing house different from others?

a) Our publishing house has a wider reach in the sense, that we have a tie up with 60+ Colleges and 50+ schools in Delhi-NCR that would allow us to conduct seminars to promote the books.
b) We know a couple of distributors personally that would make the book available globally.
c) We plan to launch the book in 2 cities. One of which would be Delhi and the other would be our Author’s choice.
d) The royalty offered by us (12.5%) is way higher than our contemporaries.
e) 100% transparency will be offered to the author. f) We would not charge you anything, 100% Traditional methods.

2.What made you to open a publication house?
I had always been an avid reader. Also I had a theatre group in Delhi. I started it when I was merely 17, there we wrote scripts and conducted plays. So I understand the stories well. Comparing the scripts of theatre and books, I started realizing that publishers can publish anything, promote it and make it a bestseller. For them it is the revenue that matters, I however, prefer only quality scripts. To promote quality in writing, I came up with the idea of Lampshade, our publishing house.

3.What is this venture of yours meant to you?

This publishing house is my dream venture. I have always worked hard in whatever I done, in my life, be it writing for theatre or editing for companies. So, I plan to put my heart and soul in this venture of mine and give the world some quality writers.

4. What are the four top most things you take care of while publishing a book?

a) Only Quality Manuscripts will be published.
b) Top notch editing and proofreading.
c) Excellent cover designing to attract the readers.
d) Global availability of the book.

5. Why this name-‘Lampshade’?

In the practical world a lampshade is used to diffuse the light the bulb emits. Similarly, we plan to diffuse the writings of our authors among the reading audience of our country. I ensure in a couple of years our Publishing House will provide you all with some really good writers.

6. What is the moto of your publication house?

Lampshade’s key moto is, ‘with a magic touch’. Meaning, we add a magical touch with world class editing and proofreading. Moreover, we will encourage writers from every part of the country to write and write well. Only quality in writing will be promoted.

7. Can you tell us something about the upcoming books?

We are working on 3 books right now. Two of them are love stories and one is an anthology. All 3 of them are with fresh writers.

You can contact her at-

bhavya@lampshade.in bhavyasachdeva09@gmail.com

Thank you for giving your precious time and wonderful answers.Wishing you and your publishing house a great success.

Interviewer- Shweta Kesari

Interview of Atul Purohit (Founder and CEO of Write India Publishing House)

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1. How is your publishing house different from others?

Ans: Our publishing house is different from others because of our risk-taking ability. We believe that if the author is taking his work seriously, he’ll put his best in his first venture but most publishers are hesitant in putting the required faith and money in them but we provide them a satisfying platform of publishing, marketing and distribution.

2. What made you to open a publication house?

Ans: Rejection, that would be the perfect word that made us start the publication house. If you check the record, whether it was Amish Tripathi or Ashwin Sanghi, they had to self-publish first book because of the orthodox procedure of publishing. Immortals of Meluha now rank tallest among India’s finest fiction which was rejected by every publisher. Our main aim is to encourage the experimental writing and provide the authors fair and transparent platform to publish.

3. What is this new venture of yours meant to you?

Ans: We are establishing our distribution network across the country and it will keep growing with the kind of work we publish. From editorial department to distribution, we offer fair, transparent and satisfying process and that’ll be our biggest strength; and most importantly we are not self-publishing company so debutant authors who are talented but still their work are being rejected by other traditional publishers, write India will provide them the required platform and they won’t have to worry about the finance.

4. What are the four top most things you take care of while publishing a book?

Ans: As mentioned earlier, we are not self-publishing house so we need to have the necessary faith in the projects we invest. However, we do encourage sheer talents and promoting experimental writing ranks among top priorities of our publication house; and we use good quality of paper, professional typeset; unlike most publication house, we invest good money and time for qualitative and appropriate cover design; our professional editorial team also put extra effort in editing and proofreading to make it as flawless as they can.

5. What is the moto of your publication house?

Ans: To promote new talents with fair and transparent platform they deserve. Mainly with strong online and offline distribution in which we are working hard to grow.

6. Can you tell us something about a few of your upcoming books?

Ans: Our first book is really doing good, titled, ‘Keeping The Promises’. We are happy to present this project as our first because like its title, the book is promising and if we manage to hit the right grounds, this will prove to be another game changer. Author is a final MBBS undergraduate and this is a work of fiction inspired by his true story. Our entire team were touched when we read his story and we hope it touches all the readers with the same amount of emotions… Second and third book will be releasing in June.

Contact Information-

Official Website: http://www.writeindia.in/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriteIndia

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/Write_India

Thank you for giving your precious time.Wishing you and Write India a great future.

Interviewer:Shweta Kesari

Interview of Author Gaurav Sharma

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1. How much time it took to write your debut book ‘Love @ Air Force’?

It took me more than two years to write this book. I was a naïve when I started, didn’t even know the nuances of MS WORD, had a horrible speed in typing.  

2. Which character in your book you like the most and why?

Shabd Mishra for being an idealistic lover and emotional and Sushil Awasthi as I think his character was more real with no phantasmagorical qualities.  

3. How much the protagonist of the story resembles you?

I don’t think I loved anybody as he did but yes I am very much like him in other aspects.  

4. Festoon books with five adjectives.

Well, this question should have been asked from the readers. However, I think it is, Mature, Quite Realistic, Touching, Hilarious, Riveting. Please pardon me if I sound gasconading and self-aggrandizing.

5.Dedicate a poem to your dearest one?

गुमाँ था मुझे कि जीवन साँसों से चलता है, अब जाना है मैंने ये तो प्यार पर पलता है| खुश होता हूँ तभी लिख पता हूँ नए तराने, मेरे अपनों से ही हैं मेरी हँसी, मेरी मुस्काने|
Life dwells on breaths, was a myth I harboured for long. The Love of mates steers it, how horribly I was wrong. My admirers bring smiles  and make me strong. The felicity is the fuel that newer songs in my heart bong.

5. Like the character of your book Shabd you have been writing poems since you were eight. How many poems you have written till date?

I don’t exactly remember but the number must have crossed the one thousand mark.

6. A message for your readers.

The love you all have bestowed on me is invaluable. It makes me more responsible towards my writing and motivates me to put in whole-hearted efforts in improving myself. I will always try to come to the expectations you all have from me. I cherish your love, appreciation and criticism. Love you all.  

7. Tell me about your next venture.

My next book is a story of a young girl, who becomes a victim of a gang rape and follows an unusual path to avenge it. Hopefully, it would hit the stands later this year.

8. Share your experience of being in the literature field.

It is awesome. I am simply loving being in a circle of talented authors. I regret entering into it so late. Now I realize what I was missing. Interaction and exchanging ideas with people is such a learning experience. I love it.

Thank you for giving your time and wonderful answers.Wishing you a great future ahead.

Interviewed by Shweta Kesari

Interview of Poet Michael Sullivan

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1). How would you like to define ‘poetry’ ?

The expression of emotions, ideas and impressions through the use of words in such a way as to convey to the reader the ‘essence’ of the poet’s subject as much as its form…

2). Which of your book took longer time to complete?

‘Bronze bell Jack..’ Absolutely. My third collection and the one that was constantly interrupted by ill health, mine and my wife’s, my step mother’s six months in hospital with a brain injury, my grand daughter running war with her mother and myriad other family dramas… Not to mention remodelling our apartment after my wife’s stroke.

3). Festoon ‘poetry’ with 10 words.

Impressionist, ethereal, metaphysical, magical, spiritual, philosophical, meditational, introspective, instinctual, primal.

4).If not poetry then what?

Novelist… I don’t think I could leave writing now: since being made Poet Laureate of the City of Plymouth I have committed myself to literature in a way so comprehensive I don’t believe I could go back… Besides, if you read my bio on my site ( http://www.sullivanthepoet.co.uk/) I think you’ll find I’ve tried most other professions…

5). Any message for your readers?

Keep reading me… I have much to give yet and I believe my work is continuing to evolve. But most of all – keep reading… A poet is NOTHING without his readers!

6). Few words for whom you think your literature journey would be impossible?

My wife, Marlene, without whose belief and forbearance I would not be writing this now…

7). Tell me about your next venture.

I am working on a hard back collection – the entire contents of the last three illustrated collections: but no illustrations -just the ‘word’ – Hard-core. I have a children’s collection about a third of the way through and a collaboration with a local ‘naivist’ artist – an illustrated 120 verse narrative poem for children… THEN! I already have material towards a new series of collections. How’s that?

Thank you so much for the wonderful answers and giving your precious time.Wishing you a great future.

Interview of Anupam Dasgupta

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How long it took to complete your first book?

-Around 4 months.

When you started writing did you expect the same time span?

  • No, thought would take longer! I got stuck after 3 chapters, as in I took a break after writing 3 chapters cos I wasn’t sure how to shape the climax and unravel the plot. And then I wrote a chapter outline for the entire story…this cleared up things for me and I could finish off the book in the next 3 weeks.

What role does literature plays in your life?

  • I think it has a soothing effect on me, calms me down in tough times…interestingly ever since I wrote my book I feel a stronger emotional connect with the characters of any book I read

A dream of yours which is yet to chase?

  • I want to start up a business, preferably in the online retailing space for lifestyle and entertainment !! This is truly a dream and I hope that I start soon. I want to eventually diversify into other lines of businesses as well.

To what extent writing soothes your life?

  • It is an enjoyable experience and a very cerebral one at that. The reason I say so is that tweaking the characters’ lives and living a parallel life with them is quite a brainteaser 🙂

Reveal a kind of book which you would like to read but not yet written by anyone?

  • A mix of fantasy/sci-fi and philosophy. To drill down a little more, scientific gadgets, tools that would enable understanding the true meaning of life. This might sound a little mixed up (lol) but I would like to keep it at that and perhaps come up with a piece of fiction sometime based on such an idea 🙂

Share your experiences of initial days in literature field.

  • Initial days in literature field….in a reading sense started pretty early and my earliest memories include a lot of Enid Blyton in particular. I also used to read a lot of sports related essays, writings and compilations. As I grew up I developed an avid interest in reading and covered a span of works ranging from classics to modern day fiction, biographies to specific subject matter related books and so on. Writing has always been my passion and my works got published in periodicals, magazines and newspaper from a very young age. I believe I have evolved a lot over time in terms of my writing style as well as the substance I intend to convey. And would love to keep evolving and enjoying 🙂

Thanks for giving your precious time and for sharing wonderful answers.Wishing you bright future.

Interviewed by Shweta Kesari

Interview of Author Arpit Agrawal

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Do you see writing as a career?

A: I am really looking forward towards it.

Q: Any advice for aspiring writers?

A: If a publisher rejects your manuscript, don’t be sad, it only means that there is a scope of improvement in that and you are lucky that you come to know about it before the book goes to readers. Improve it and approach publishers again. Improvement is always good.

Q: Your views on success.

A: Never settle after you get success in life, no matter how small or big it is. Like when I wrote a ‘500 words’ article for the college magazine, I could have stopped there, but I caught nature’s clue and started working on it even more. You can get a small success by luck or because of lack of competition, but to make it big is your responsibility. You yourself have to dig out the talent hidden inside you; you can’t hire men for doing that.

Q: Your views on Dreams.

A:  Never ever let your dreams die. Trust in yourself, if you won’t, who else will do. The spark in your eyes is what keeps you fresh forever. Suppose you are good at anything like, dancing or singing etc. Try to turn your hobby into your career but get security first. Let me put it in this way, born in an Indian middle class family; we can’t afford to chase our dreams. You have to first get security in life that even if your hobby does not work, you can carry yourself. At the same time not letting your dreams die is essential. Keep your hobby alive inside you, get a secure job and then see up to what level you can go with your hobby.

Interviewed by Shweta Kesari

Interview of Author/Poet Kukogho Samson

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1. ‘What Can Words Do?’ is the title of your book. How have words brought changes in your life?

From my time as a child, I have known the power of words. My father’s words and my mother’s words in relation to each other taught me something that has remained with me as I navigate life. As an individual, words, spoken at the right times have save me from many a problem and earned me many a laurel. I am a believer in speaking your mind and also speaking positive – these principles have proven to me that words are powerful. Healing a non-physical wound is only possible with words. I have healed and been healed with words. I am the evidence of the power of words.

2. You are helping young Nigerian writers in improving their writing skills and boosting their talent. Who helped you when you were newbie in this field?

Actually, the reason why I decided to help young writers, not only Nigerians, is because I had no one to encourage and groom me as a young writer. Even my father had no interest in what I wrote. Unfortunately, the person who helped me take writing serious, ended up stealing all my earliest writing – an accusation I cannot prove.The young writers have so much talent that would go to waste or be misused without guidance, hence my starting the WRRPoetry Group of social media initiatives which now includes a virtual college. A press is coming in the future.

3. Did you think of dumping writing poetry when your poems were rejected by a newspaper?

At that time, I was making more progress in my writing career. I did not bother. It was like being pinched by your brother while getting a hug from your mother. I am a very practical person and I know that life is a mix of good and bad. I strive to minimize the bad but I do not baulk at challenges.While some were rejecting my poems, I was being celebrated in other places.I am poetry; stopping poetry will be the death of me. It will never happen.

4. You were named the number one poet of Nigeria in 2013. Did you ever expected that?

All what I do, I do for the passion of it. It never came to my mind that I would be anywhere hear the top 20, because I did not give it a thought that people were watching and appreciating my efforts.But I am happy I was named. It’s an encouragement. I hope for more.

5. How would you relate poetry to happiness, soul and life?

Poetry is an evidence of consciousness, an expression of ‘aliveness’, a conduit for emotion and a channel for the expulsion of inner poisons. If I am happy, it appears in my lines. When I am sad, I detox with verses of poetry. My soul is made of verses of poetry and I can heal any problem with verses of poetry.Like I said, poetry is my life and I am nothing without it.

Thanks for the wonderful answers and giving your time. Wishing you a bright future.

Interview of Author Vipin Behari Goyal

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Which is more splendid according to you- A night in heaven or a night with your favourite book?

A night in heaven, of course. I want to know if it is same or different from my imagination. Then I would love to write a book “A night in heaven”.

How literature is changing its way nowadays?
The positive change has come by technology. Book reading gadgets and e-publishing has influenced the life of new breed of writers and readers. The negative change is depth in writing has reduced. Either the readers prefer to read light work or the writers are not taking up their profession seriously.

Which book you have completed in the shortest span?
Apsara. I wrote the whole book in trance, and flow of thoughts was so rapid that sometimes it was difficult for me to keep pace.

When had you started writing your debut book and how long it took to complete?
I had been writing poems, articles and stories since school days. My first book about Pushkar was published 18 years back. I wrote my debut novel “Tall man small shadow” in 2012 and it took about six months to finish it.

Focus on the incident of your life which turned you into a writer?
In my school when I was selected as Student Editor for School magazine.

Share your literary experience with us. I have enjoyed my journey so far. My publishers and reviewers are amazing. So far my three novels have been published by traditional publishers and I have self published two novels as eBooks. I find both the arenas are equally exciting. I see a great future in epublishing.

Define in your words
Books- Windows
Life- Ferris wheel
Characters- immortals
Dream- Suppressed desires
Authors- scuba divers for pearls.

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Interview of Author Shreyan Laha

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Your debut book “The Adventures Beyond Existence” is a paranormal romance. What would be your next book about?
A horror fiction. I have already prepared a rough draft and it is expected to be completed by early July.

When did you start writing ‘The Adventures Beyond Existence?
I started writing when I was in my school days – In January 2010 to be precise. However, I lacked courage and submitted it for the course of publishing almost three and a half years later!

If not literature then what?
Probably stick to a prototype course of study and get a decent job, world tour, football, insect photography – Everything which a lad of my age loves or wants to do!

Life is a ____ without books.

Joke. Life is a joke without books.

According to you, who is the king of literary world and why?
Very tough question. I prefer writing horror/paranormal romance and novels which people of every age group can read so obviously it has to be either of the two – R.L. Stine or Eoin Colfer. (Note: You didn’t mention queen so JK Rowling isn’t there) My sincere apologies are with almost a score of authors whom I didn’t mention.

Heaven or library. What would you choose and why?
Heaven. I would go to heaven and ask God to lend me enough money to own all the libraries!

At what age have you started writing?
I learnt writing ABCD when I was 11 months; short stories – when I was 11 years old and novels – when I was in class 11. And yes, my name has 11 letters! Coincidence?

When and how did the idea of writing a novel strike your mind?
Pattern of dreams! When I started to maintain diary, I didn’t write about my daily affairs in school, tution or day to day life. Instead, whenever I had a dream, I used to wake up and scribble it in my diary. One day, I decided to go through all the dreams I’d jotted down. Next, I eliminated the useless ones and set the interesting ones in order of sequence for eg. Which happening could follow the earlier event and which would provide me with a twist of plot and so on! Obviously I didn’t remember my dream everyday so before sleeping, I used to go for a nightwalk and roam around in isolated places like… a nearby underconstruction building – and when I reached the top floor, I used to imagine: Okay how can someone scare me? What can a ghost or spirit to do push me off this flat and so on! This is how I created my ‘paranormal romance’ The Adventures Beyond Existence!

What is happiness for you?
It means everything to everybody! Whatever we do, we do it for immediate or long term happiness! Same goes for me, like other living creatures. However, for me its spreading a smile on parents’ faces, love of siblings or most importantly, when a reader loves and reviews my book!

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Interview of Poetess Varsha Singh

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When you were done with 60 poems what was the first thing that stricken your mind?

I wrote my first poem on 4th January 2012, and the 60th poem was written on 10th January 2014. It was a journey of around 2 years. The moment I ended up with my 60th poem, I sensed, that these poems have changed me to a greater extent. In fact, they have shaped me as much as I have shaped them. After this, I wanted to begin with something fresh in my writing, hence decided to make a compilation of the poems, who made me capable of thinking and witnessing the minute instances of life which mostly remains untouched or ignored in the rush of our daily lives.

What is the soul of poetry?

You are asking about the soul of poetry ! I find, that poetry in itself is a soul, a soul which resides within each of us, until we notice it, being serene and thoughtful; keeping our eyes open from within and out.

Who is your poetry guru?

I love reading poems a lot, but frankly speaking, I never had any specific guru for poetry, neither I tried following any poet. In fact, my Gurudev (my Mentor) is such person, who believes in multidimensional growth; hence he desired making me a complete human being and a good scholar, rather than only a poet. It is to him, whom I have dedicated my debut collection of poems Deluges.

What can poetry drags you to do?

Thanks for that question. I would like to mention Charles Bukowski here, who was a German born American poet. He beautifully said “Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.” I too feel the same. Most of the time, poetry drags me to write another one, and yet another again and again. Whenever I begin conversing with it, it drags me to live with it forever!

Share your experience of your first poetry book- the ups and downs?

The experience was very unique. I began writing, just for the sake of gaining some pleasure in between the pressure of my research. But later on, it took such a pace which was surprising for me as well. During the same time, I kept working on translations too which has been my passion since long. The moment I had 50 poems in my hands ready for publication, I contacted Sri Sudarshan Kcherry, the Managing Director of Authorspress. I was asked to send a proposal and a sample of my manuscript, after which I received an instant reply regarding the acceptance of my project. The poems of my first collection are very intimate to me, as they says a lot about my growth as a person. Hence, with the utmost support and faith of my publisher, I decided to give my book the form of a diary. The poems were arranged with the exact dates on which they were written, chronologically. The fonts were kept in calligraphy to give the feel of a handwritten work. In this way, a personal diary was finally and successfully made public on 29th March 2014. After the release of this book, there was a sense of detachment in me regarding the book. The reason was simple; the poems were no more mine, it now belonged to the readers.

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Sum up your life in the form of poetry?

Sure. This is the poem which I wrote to celebrate my book Deluges.

Song of Joy

The mystery of
a kid’s keen
eyes glowing
with golden glories
walking through
the arms of mother
nature pulsating vivid stories
far away
from the masked muffled memories
fashioning the world
through self discovery
Singing the tunes of innocence
rhyming with poise and elegance
Running through uneven land falling . . .
only to stand
Delightful dreams
don’t suffice
if they come at night
for blissful joy
of such eyes dreams
bring joy
if they come with the day’s light !

© Varsha Singh

Thanks for such a refreshing conversation. It was a pleasure talking to you. Wishing you a bright future.

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Interview of Author Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo

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Which book you had read first and what impact did it make on you?

I can’t remember vividly the first book I have read since
I was young since there are plenty of them but one book that I have read when I entered adulthood was “The Road Less Traveled” by M.Scott Peck. It dealt mainly on life, it’s complexities and how people’s behaviours affect their relationships with other people. The book made me realize many valuable things in life and the explanations as to why we behave in certain circumstances.It is a psychology book so it generally focused on human behavior that helped me deal with my own perception of life and love.

If you ever get a chance to have a ride on heaven or to become the owner of world’s biggest library, what would you choose and why?

I would choose a ride to heaven definitely. Maybe I can get to see my late Dad there and have a chat with him, tell things that I wasn’t able to tell him while he was still alive on earth. A trip to heaven is far greater than having the world’s biggest library.

Who according to you is the King of modern poetry and why?

I love the works of Emily Dickinson so I may say she is the Queen of modern poetry for me. Her pieces are unconventional, expresses her pent-up emotions living a solitary life within the confines of her own room. She has her own unique poetic style and is considered as one of the major english-language poets of the modernist movement.

At what age you had written your first poem and how did it comes to you?

My poetic inclination began during my grade school days at the tender age of 10. It all seemed so natural when it first dawned on me that I can compose simple poems that time. I simply wrote down my thoughts in a notebook, at first they were just simple rhyming verses which eventually lead to free flowing verses or free style. Ever since I was young, writing has been my passion and I did believe that I was destined to be a wordsmith.

Any particular place or time you think is suitable for you to give wings to your thoughts?

There is no definite time of the day or night when my creativity freely flows and gains a life on its own. If I got enough inspiration to compose poetry, it doesn’t matter if it’s at early dawn or at the wee hours of the night. I can even write an article amidst a noisy mall full of people so there’s no particular place wherein I can readily write something though most of the time, I write in my own sanctuary- my room.

Is there any common/unique thing in your collection that you think can attract readers?

My constant readers always tell me that they can relate very well with my pieces since they can see themselves in the “characters” of my poems and like what I often answer in other feature interviews about me, James Joyce style of “stream of consciousness” is one of my influences but I do have my own writer’s style. I refrain from using highfalutin terms so as not to deliver a very complicated piece for I want my readers to readily understand and appreciate my works. To be able to touch their lives in my own little way through my writings, that is my ultimate goal as a writer/poet.

What would be your next venture?

I always ask myself if I do can write a novel though it will take some time to finish such kind of book. If time and destiny permits, I would love to write a sci-fi novel for I want my book to be not just an ordinary one. I want the book to be mystical, magical but can leave a lasting impression and can even transform the lives of my readers. Perhaps, a horror novel also for I have always adored The Master of Terror, Stephen King’s masterpieces. The only difference is that King can write superb, horror pieces for he gains inspiration from his own fear or terror of ghosts and other creatures of the night. He can’t even sleep without the lights on. In my case, I am not afraid of dark creatures and I can sleep with the lights off.

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Interview of Author Gabriel Hemingway

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1. What do you like to do most-writing or reading?

Hard to say. I depends what I am up to. I try to do both read and write everyday, not always successfully.

2. Is there plan to write any book apart from thriller?

I’ve only completed three novels. They happened to be suspense stories, thrillers, but not the traditional type. Suspense stories demand a focused narrative and I enjoy the work it. Maybe one day a different kind of story might come up. For now, though, I have new ideas for more suspense and thrillers with a political side to keep me busy.

3. Which is your favourite thriller book and thriller movie?

There are wonderful books that are suspenseful and thriller-like that are the kind of book I’d like mine to have a similar feel, LIBRA by Don DeLillo, The Feast of The Goat, by Vargas Llosa are very high on my list. I watch a lot of movies, I get a kick of the Jason Bourne films.

4. What draws you in this particular genre?

What draws me to suspense is natural a process, for me. I don’t question what wants to get on the page as much as I mold it, like a sculptor who sees a figure inside at a block of stone. I chip away until it becomes clearer to me and I can narrate it simply.

5. How was your writing experiencing with your first book?

My experience with my first book was one of discovery. It came out of a short story that a group of my friends read and said I had to turn into a novel. I wrote it for them, in a way. They read the first draft in weekly installments. I was strict with the dealines, a chapter a week. The book ended up including maybe 60% of that original draft, but the basic plot was there.

6. Books are like what to you?

Books are small miracles. They can teach you about yourself in ways that no other art form can. One learns from books without the sense of being taught. Books have the magic of making one feel to be the discoverer, to forget someone wrote it, what one experiences during the reading becomes personal.

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Interview of Author Isabella Rae

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  1. What difference does literature make in your life?

Literature has been a huge part of my life ever since I was a kid. My mom used to read me Stephen King and I loved getting lost in the worlds he created. When I’m lost, or having a bad day, I love to grab a book and enter it’s world. Literature keeps me sane and grounded.

  1. Your life would be what without literature?

My life without literature would be simply boring.

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  1. What attracts you more poetry or novel and why ?

Novel, I love a good poem, but poetry is just a brief break from life, where as with a novel you can become totally immersed in another world, you use your imagination and make new friends with each book you read.

  1. If you get a chance to transform your world into anything, what would be your decision?

Honestly, I don’t think I’d transform my world. As crazy and stressful as it is, I get to do what I love, and I have beautiful children. I like my world the way it is!

  1. Books are like what to you?

Therapy. They make me laugh, and cry, and some even make me angry. Books allow me to feel all of these emotions without directing them at someone in my real life.

  1. Who is the God of literature according to you?

Honestly, to me, there is no such person. There are a lot of amazing writers out there, but give one of them that title would be down playing the talents of the others.

  1. Tell me about your next project?

I am working on Broken Aria. This is the first book in my brand new Broken Series, but all the books will be able to read as a stand alone novel. Aria has been through a lot, she’s experienced tragedy and betrayal before her 21st birthday and she’s having to pick up the pieces. We’ll watch as she struggles with her pain, and learning to live after everything that’s happened to her.

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Interview of Alva Fleming

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1. What role do books play in your life?

As a child and teen I read. I always had my nose in a book. Now occasionally I pick up a book but for the most part I read e-books but not exclusively. I like old books with yellowed pages. I like the look, feel and smell. Who knows where and when an old book has travelled or who has turned the pages. Reading does play a roll in my life for much inspiration can be found, sometimes in a word, paragraph, chapter or the entire body.

2. What is your motive while you work on any literary project?

I write to inspire readers to think for themselves, to draw their minds away from the standard programming of society. I write in hopes of sparking fires for humanity to realize we are all one species regardless of gender, race, religion. We will either figure this out and save our species and our planet or we, and I generalize, will not and shall perish as a species. There are two paths, they parallel and intersect but we choose which path we are on. More people need to wake up to this and choose for themselves rather than leaving the decisions to large corporations and elected officials. We must become more conscientious of our decisions, small choices made by the masses can ripple out and affect everything. We decide what stays and what goes in retail stores for example, if we do not buy an item it goes away and there are many items which need to go away. We are taught from a young age to want, corporations would turn our wants to needs, try to make us believe through advertising that we can not live without many of their products, I hope to wake people to this manipulation. To sum it up I guess I write to try to wake people to what is going on in the world, to free their

3. Who according to you is the King of poetry and why?

I do not wish to sound egotistical but I am. I write much raw and little do I refine, sometimes it is without rhyme but has a flow. It is part of my very being. There are many who have influenced me but everything I write is fresh to me, so as I write and fine tune reading as well and if I can not find something that I want to read I can always write.

4. How would be your life without literature?

I would just be a gear in the machine.

5. Is there anything which is more lovable to you than books?

My family, a few close friends and hope for humanity to get over the need for financial gain via the oppression and destruction of others and the Earth.

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Interview of poetess Kristen Scott

Interview of poetess Kristen Scott
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1. What crucial role does literature plays in your life?

Literature plays a very crucial role in my life, both
as my art form and as my guru.When I am feeling pressure from work, or other life stresses, I reach for poetry or a good novel. At times, I feel a need to escape and will unwind into the arms of the Sufi’s, the ghazal, or qasida.

2. What is poetry to you?

Poetry for me is the essence of all things– not
necessarily living things. It is used to express the deepest parts of the human soul and spirit. It is the seed of human expression. It is funny, I had someone ask me once upon a time, how I saw the world. I pointed to a nearby Oak Tree, and asked them what they saw— a tree, they answered. I replied, that I saw the sap inside the tree, moving through the trunk;the water feeding the finger of roots and moving into the leaves; the life that calls that tree home and all of the sunshine that warms their backs and young. Poetry sees beyond the normal world.

3. If not poetry than what and why?

If not poetry, then stage acting. Ihave always had a deep appreciation for stage actors. I would have to do something for a creative outlet. Not many people know, but when I was 17 I went to seminary. I was Chaplain of the university and went on to do a few sermons at my church in Colorado– a little theater if you will!

4. What is the thing which provoked you to come in literature field?

I have always loved writing, even as a child I would write plays and invent stories for myself and my brothers. I dreamed that I was Scheherazade in Alf Leila wa Leila (One Thousand and One Arabian Nights) and knew that I wanted to be a writer at that early age.

5. According to you, who is the King of poetry?

For me the king of poetry is Federico Garcia Lorca.
There is no one that has his dimension and versatility as a writer. I am drawn to Middle Eastern writers and Middle Eastern forms of poetry (and novels). Even though Lorca is Spanish, he portrays these themes beautifully in his work, as he was heavily influenced by the Arabic Moors in Andalusia. His Diván del Tamarit is an homage to the Arabic influence, and is one of my favorite collections of poetry.

6.Tell me about your next project and what are your expectations from it?

My next project is a large collection of poetry titled OPIATE from Garden Oak Press. I am looking for a mid-April release. I am excited about this collection as it further addresses themes of love, loss, longing–human desires. Ialso touch a bit on fairy tales and add a modern twist, as well as a Geysha sequence. I live in Türkiye, and so Türkish culture will always show itself strong in my work. At times, I write in a voice that I do not recognize– a edgy, raw, masculine voice; you will find more poems in this type of vein in my new collection.

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