We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Ritu – the author of ‘One Precious Moment’. In this interview, Ritu talks about her writing aspirations, the route to getting her book published, and her inclination towards contemporary fiction. Stay on...while we chat with her.
What motivates you to write?
I have been a very avid reader and a lover for creating stories. I still remember I was 8 years when my mother got me my first collection of Moby Dick, Robinson Cruose, midnight stories, taming of the shrew. They all fascinated me more than my academic syllabus. I loved the different characters in all those books, I was fascinated with the stories and I lived each story with each changing character. But a secret that I want to share is that even at that age while I loved reading, I loved writing too. I would create essays which really impressed my teachers, so I have been a story teller since long. And now after a very long time that need, that desire to write and to create my characters got me to sit and just randomly start writing what I was imagining and seeing at that moment of time. Those 1st 500 words which got my critics (my family) wanting to know more of what the writing was all about. This need got me creating my story first book ‘One Precious Moment’ from that one scene that I had written to what it is today.
What were your feelings after publishing this book?
A feeling of satisfaction and achievement at moving and attaining my dream. And loads of pride when I held that first copy of my book.
What are some of your favourite novels and authors?
Oh I am a hardcore romantic and love reading romance. From mills and boons to Stephanie Myers, Richelle Mead, Vi Keeland, Laurelin Paige, Sidney Sheldon, and so many more. And as for books I love the old age love story, if tomorrow comes, stickup suit… God don’t ask I have a huge collection in both my kindle and iBooks of every author I love and every book that I have read or want to read and there are plenty of those.
Do you think writing a book from the comfort of bedroom is possible?
When the words are and there is a story going on in my mind I can write from anywhere. Be that the bedroom, the car, bathroom. In fact I was caught writing once at a party while the others were talking and gossiping. So yup I can write comfortably from my bedroom.
Where do you write from? Do you go to some specific place, like beachside or into the hills?
Naaa, I don’t have any specific place. I can write from anywhere and everywhere once an idea strikes. The only thing I do need is my music and my laptop.
What inspired you to write this book? Any tales to tell…
No, No inspiration or tales to tell ... Just this desire and need to put those words down on paper that was running through my mind at that time. It was like a compulsion to write whatever came to mind at that moment. It was like my mind was seeing there a story I wanted written without me actually knowing that is what I wanted or was doing. It was an amazing feeling.
What was your biggest learning experience throughout the writing process?
Wow, now that is heavy one. Cos when everything said and done I loved every moment of writing but the actual hurdle I faced was prompting my book. Now that was and is a major learning experience for me. Especially as social media/networking and me don’t go hand to hand. I am way to wary of the en number of social sites and till now had never even ventured into any but promotion and getting my book out there to be known was and is the biggest experience for me
Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as a writer?
Just let my emotions, thoughts and feelings rule me. I just let the characters I was seeing down on paper for all to read.
Any best piece of writing advice that you would like to share with new or struggling writers?
It’s a tough world out there. And not everything we write is loved or appreciated by all. But one should never give up what one loves and should always keep trying till you get what you are and want.
Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
Naa, I am an open book (no puns intended) in my short bio I have stated what and who I am. And I am always open to write and answer to who I am and whatever anyone wants to know.
Any future books that you would like to discuss now?
Oh yes, I already have my second ready for editing and the whole publishing process ( which I tend to do in a more organized way this time for sure). It’s called ‘Love, Unexpected’. Another love story cos as I said I am a romantic at heart, but with romance I love adding some spice and relating to woman strength. So then again it will have romance to it with the show of women power and capability, drama, family.
Connect with Ritu:
Facebook Page: https://goo.gl/yMRDUL