We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Pooja – the author of ‘Pursuit’. In this interview, Pooja talks about her writing aspirations, and the route to getting her books published. Stay on...while we chat with her.
What inspired you to write this book? Any tales to tell…
It was a chance meeting with a stranger at a random party that affected my every sense. It left me with a feeling of déjà vu and we had but one conversation on life. Somewhere inside me, that stayed. I am a hyper possessive and protective mom so while driving my children around to their co-curricular’s, Pursuit – Drawn by Destiny got written. The second part, which has all the answers, will be out next year.
What message would you like to convey through this book?
Dreams do come true, if only you have the courage to pursue them. I was 8 when I first dreamt of a love that I wanted. And believe me, it was a drive like no other. Everyone thought I was insane but the truth is… I’ve finally found what the whole world has been searching for. I am truly blessed.
What else drives you other than writing fiction?
The smiles on the face of my two girls are my driving force in life. Work is a necessity. Besides this, I enjoy music, playing golf and travel.
How did you find your writing chord, or were you a born writer?
I’ve been writing since I was a child but never really showed it to anyone and now you cannot imagine the joy I feel as I see my very first work of fiction appreciated by the world over.
How do you handle the response of this book, especially from your friends and relatives?
I love the fact that they are real and honest reviewers for me. It is a story I feel that everyone can relate to, no matter what age they are in at life. So far, I am pleasantly surprised and elated at the feedback Pursuit has been receiving. It’s true… Believe in yourself with zeal that some may call insanity and only then will the Belief realize into a reality.
What are some of your favourite novels and authors?
I love Nicholas Sparks and his way of writing. Agatha Christie, Shakespeare, Jeffery Archer, Dan Brown, Ruskin Bond, Enid Blyton… I could go on and on. The book ‘P.S. I Love You’ touched a chord deep inside me. Paulo Coehlo’s books are an inspiration to me as is the man himself.
What was your biggest learning experience throughout the publishing process?
I’ve learnt that patience is the only way to publish. I feel I should have paid more interest in the editing myself instead of leaving it to the publishing process.
Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as a writer?
I guess you could say – I followed my heart!!
Any best piece of writing advice from your side that we haven’t discussed?
Write... write as much as you want and where you want, for one day when you look back and see all your scribbles, you will realize that they actually were your entire life summed up in words!
Where do you write from? Do you go to some specific place, like beachside or into the hills?
Ok, I really am laughing, like literally on this one. I write in breaks. I write in a car at a parking lot or perhaps at a long traffic signal. I write in between the staff asking for directions to clean the house. I write while I’m working and teaching. So, yes, I do not have a dedicated time nor place. I just have a dedicated heart and soul to write.
Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
Inherently, I am a very shy girl. I am very private and reserved and take my time to make friends and yes, I can’t cook to save my life!
Any future books that you would like to discuss now?
Pursuit – Drawn by Destiny has a part 2 that is being completed currently. It is more of a thriller and has the journey of Edward and Kate unraveled. It is a story that is straight from the heart and one that will have you finish it in one go. This I can say, with surety.
Connect with Pooja Marwah:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/poojapmarwah/