Let’s start with a traditional question – As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Let me start with thanking you for the interview.
Regarding my dream, I grew up with the traditional dream of becoming a doctor, which later turned into an architect to finally realise that commerce was my field.
Did you have any goals for this book when you wrote it — to get published, or just to finish, or bring up some new topic, etc.?
When I began writing the book, all I knew was that I had a story to reveal. I did not have a clear idea as to how long it would take to finish or publish it, I just wanted to write. Once I felt the story was complete, I had the urge to get it published.
How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
I just began with small articles, I never knew I would turn up as an author. But yes, I believed in the skills I had which was the driving force.
What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you?
I like Preeti Shenoy. Books have had an influence on me since the time I read Enid Blyton.
If you were to describe your book “No Time to Pause” to someone who has yet to read it, then how would you do it?
I would say that ‘No time to Pause’ is going to be a simple, smooth read. One can relate to it and the story would make you realise that there is a lot to look forward to in life, so keep moving on.
Being successfully published now, what hurdles did you face in the journey?
I would not say hurdle as such. It is a challenge to get your book read and published. This is something any budding author would face. Moreover criticism would come as a part and parcel. But the learning that takes place is brilliant.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I often keep a check on fashion blogs and DIYs.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your book?
The most surprising thing was that as I began writing, I realized that I was capable of building up on something. It opened up my imagination and thought process which is an essential part of any fiction. Moreover, after writing chapters, when I got back to my old chapters, I found scope for improvement in writing. As one writes, the language used keeps getting mature.
What was your family’s reaction to find their gem engrossed in writing? Any incidents you would like to share with us?
Haha. They at first could not believe I had actually written a book. In fact, until my book got selected for publishing, no one could believe I wrote it.
What message would you like to give to the young generation and aspiring writers?
Begin right away and waste no time. Follow your dreams, intuition never betrays.