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

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