- Take us through the journey of writing your book.
Answer: It took me almost a year to write my book “The Girl Who Saw It All”. Like any other new writer, I was confused how to start writing a book and whether I will be able to write a book or not. I used to write blogs at that time but writing a book is a totally different thing. One fine night, I picked up my laptop and started writing a story and thoughts randomly whatever came to my mind. I tried to pour the thoughts as raw as they were coming to my mind because I think that the best way to write emotions is to portray them as raw as they are.
I proceed slowly and only wrote when I actually felt like writing and never took it as a task to complete. Because I felt that I write the best when I feel like writing from within. I think this is the case with most of the writers as writing is something which comes from the soul. If you do it as a task or job, I think it loses a bit of its flavor.
Writing this book was an amazing journey. I would say it’s not a book, it’s an experience and it will definitely make a difference in the life of everyone who reads it. Through the story of a girl I have tried to focus on things which are actually important in life and the things which we should try to focus on in life.
- Tell us something about your book.
Answer: “The Girl Who Saw It All” is a self Self-help story of love, heartbreak, self-awakening and growth. A Novel about the things that are actually important in life but we mostly ignore these days. Through the story of a girl the greatest realities of life have been told. This book has created waves across nation and is receiving great response from the readers all over India and word of appreciation from Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu and Mr. Satya Pal Jain (Additional Solicitor General Of India). The reviews are all filled with wonderful remarks. The book has received positive coverage from different media (newspapers, tv and radio).
- It’s a saying that writers are another creators. Do you agree with it?
Answer: No. I think everyone is a writer. As we all have our own stories which we plan to have a certain beginning and climax too. It is just that some of us prefer to express ourselves by writing it while some explain it through words. The ones who try to write and then master the art of creating magic through words become writers.
- Your inspiration besides your family?
Answer: I am inspired by my own goals which I keep setting in life. The desire to push myself to follow the path destined for me in life inspires me.
- Tell us something about yourself.
Answer: I am an HR Professional working with GAIL (India) Ltd., a Maharatna Public-Sector Unit (PSU) is a budding writer. I had an artistic bent of mind since childhood and was involved in many activities in her school and college days. Since, the age of ten, I have been doing stage performances in singing and plays musical instruments like harmonium, piano, and flute. I am also is also quite active in sports like Table Tennis and have participated in “Artificial Wall Climbing” sport at National Level two times. While I had always had a keen interest in writing, I never took a chance with it. It was when I became a mother, I got the confidence to write. When my writings and blogs recieved great response from the readers, it paved the way to my debut novel ‘The Girl Who Saw It All’. I too love to write motivational and spiritual pieces as well as quotes which are shared on my website http://www.rooprashi.in
- By holding your own book is a special feelings always. For you, how was that feeling?
Answer: It’s a great feeling. Just like a mother gives birth to a baby after nine months of carrying the baby in the womb, a writer carries the book in the mind for an year or so before it is published. So, I think the feeling of holding your book and your baby is a bit similar. Both are a part of you.
- Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?
Answer: Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet In Heaven.
- Share some memories (good and bad both) of your reader’s response.
Answer: I think when a few readers wanted a movie to be made on this book, it was a great feeling. I do not think I have any bad memories of the reader’s response. I have been fortunate to get suggestions rather than criticism. Mostly, the people have appreciated my work and I am indebted to my readers for their love.
- What are your other hobbies?
Answer: Singing, Dancing and Reading.
- What is your next plan of writing?
Answer: The manuscript of my second book is complete. I am just working on the final touch-ups on script
- Do you ever feel like writing is tough?
Answer: No. Because I do not take writing as a task. I write when I feel like and it feels divine.
- When did you first realize that language has some power to bind hearts?
Answer: I think life is all about surprises and mostly the surprises that we give ourselves. This is the beauty of life that you do things which you yourself have never thought you can achieve. I am an avid reader and always used to get amazed at the thought as to how people can put their thoughts on paper so beautifully. Also, I always wanted to try it sometime but never gathered enough courage to do so. The birth of my daughter was the turning point in my life and one day when she was sleeping, I looked at her innocent face awebsites had shared my blog on their face-book page and it had received more than 15K Likes and around 500 shares. It was another turning point in my life which motivated me to fulfill my dream which I thought I could not do i.e. to write a book. The incident motivated me and I got courage to take first step to start writing book. I started writing book along-with many more blogs and quotes which I keep sharing on my website as well as on my face-book and Instagram account.nd felt so filled with emotions that first time in my life I felt a strong urge to write my feelings on paper. I wrote the blog and shared it online on a few websites. After a week I checked my facebook and was surprised to see that it was overloaded with notifications.
13.Which genre you prefer the most for writing?
Answer: Inspirational-Romance, Motivatonal.
14.What challenges did you face while writing and getting published ?
Answer: Like it happens with every writer, a few times I was stuck too where I thought that I would not be able to proceed further as writing a book is can be mentally draining at times where you feel short of thoughts and ideas. I think at that time what helped me a lot was reading. I used to stop writing at those moments and used to read a book. I think reading opens up your mind if you are stuck with ideas. I am sharing the key to writing a book which I think helped me a lot. Reading can be the best way to open up your mind when it feels tired and short of ideas. It gives you other perspectives and other angles to see things around you. You can better perceive things, other’s emotions and perspectives. So, I think reading and writing go hand in hand.
I think getting published has become very easy these days. You can easily get your kindle version published. Self-publishing has opened the way and made path easier for writers. But I never believed in getting published this way. I think one should always try to get published traditionally. Traditional publishing means that the publisher finds your script worth being published for free from their publishing house. They do this because they see the potential in the book and expect the book to sale and do good business for their publishing house. I think one should compete and try to get their book published through traditional publishing if they really want to grow as a writer. I feel that before getting the book published, the book should have all the qualities to be read and be appreciated by the readers. Because in the end the quality of book matters a lot. Getting published traditionally is still a very tough task and that was a challenge which I overcame and my book was selected to be published traditionally.
- Few words for your lovely readers?
Answer: Believe in what you feel is right. Do not believe what others want you to believe. Listen to your heart and walk the true path of your life.