Author Highlight: Prakriti Singh discusses her New Book ‘A Voyage through the Echoes’ and stories from her life
We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Prakriti– the author of ‘A Voyage through the Echoes’. In this interview, Prakriti talks about her writing aspirations, the route to getting her book published, and her inclination towards travelogues. Stay on...while we chat with her.
What motivates you to write?
The passion of narrating my story, telling my perspective of life and persons always motivate me to write. Also, I like to create stories and pictures from a circumstance which can provide other persons very important life lessons. Writing with a purpose gives me strong inspiration to work upon my writing.
What were your feelings after publishing this book?
I was very satisfied. Publishing a book was always in my mind and I know many like minds who wanted to be an author. But our daily jobs and lifestyle always push us back and make us put our dream of publishing in a suitcase deep inside a secluded store. I finally, picked up my dream out of that secluded store and made it happen, irrespective of any kind of circumstances. My dominant feeling is satisfaction. At least now I can die in peace.
What are some of your favourite novels and authors?
A few good books which are my all-time favourites – The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay, The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. I don’t have any specific favourite author till now.
Do you think writing a book from the comfort of bedroom is possible?
Writing is an art. Everyone has their own style and system of working. Some people write from desk, some from their beds, some go outside in a jungle or beach; some use paper for writing (like me), some write on laptops or desktops, some even write on their phones. So, it is all up to a person and his/her system of working. I can never judge anyone on the basis of their systems. I can just tell about me.
Where do you write from? Do you go to some specific place, like beachside or into the hills?
I write from my desk. Sometimes I go out in my orchard to get some inspirations and fresh air. But natural world is a bit distraction for me, especially birds. I get lost in their world. So I usually prefer to write from my table located in a silent corner of my home.
What inspired you to write this book? Any tales to tell…
I have a habit of writing down my daily diary, especially when I’m out on a trip. This book is actually my travel diary. I have transformed that diary into a travelogue. That travel diary has a special place in my book shelf. Before writing this book, I read the travel diary many times, almost every one or two months. I was really fond of that diary, so finally I decided to convert it into an official book. I had many doubts while writing it, like to share about every person and every situation openly or not. I discussed it with my sisters and best friend, they encouraged me and I wrote everything with an open heart.
What was your biggest learning experience throughout the writing process?
I learnt many things and am in the process of learning many more. The main lesson I learnt was to know that completing whatever I had started is more important than everything else. Also, I came to know about the infinite and very complicated world of book marketing, especially being an amateur and a self- published author.
Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as a writer?
I started writing from a very early age. I was habitual of writing daily diary, my travel diary and had a journal to write down everything that fascinated me. I am an introvert and very bad in verbal communication but I am at my best with my written words. I can say that paper and pen are my best friends or soul mates. They helped in giving wings to my thoughts and perspective. I am a little bit philosopher and a nature photographer. So, since the age of internet, I started putting my clicks in social media along with a thoughtful caption. This too helped in widening my perspective.
Any best piece of writing advice that you would like to share with new or struggling writers?
Writing and publishing a debut book is definitely challenging. I just want to advise that if you have any doubt or query, you should ask. There are many groups and communities of authors and writers in various social media platforms that help in getting answers to your queries, try to interact with them. And never underestimate your potential.
Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
When I decided to write I quit my job. I wanted to devote my time and mind entirely to writing, so I let go the job (but I managed to save a considerable amount that helped me in publishing my book and managing all other expenses). I didn’t earn anything for about a year. The time was hard but I was all prepared for the adversities.
Any future books that you would like to discuss now?
Right now I’m working on a woman fiction that I’m planning to publish by early next year. Plus a travelogue about my trekking trips of Himalayas that I’ll start after completing the woman fiction.
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