1. What motivates you to write?
I think the joy of telling a story and that too on a wider reach motivates me to write. But the credit goes to my mother who pushed me to write from a very tender age ever since my school days. So I used to write travelogues, articles at various publications. It was she who recognised my talent and finally today I was able to write a book.
2. How did you feel after publishing your books?
This book is like my first baby so I am feeling the same joy which one feels when their first baby comes to life.
3. What are some of your favourite novels and authors?
Sidney Sheldon for his master portrayal of femme fatale. I really think he was the Master of Unexpected. Since I did my honours in English I read a fair share of books, dramas and plays. Jane Eyre is my all-time favourite. Dan Brown I too love for the way he does his research and spins a plot around it.
4. Is there a specific reason for naming your novel?
Yes definitely, when I was a small kid I had this glass toy known as Kaleidoscope which used to make varied patterns giving different shapes. So when I was writing this book dealing with the myriad emotions of love I could not think of any better title than this. Because love also changes with time, love is always there in every relationship yet we rarely understand it and like a Kaleidoscope it changes and varies starting from obsession, betrayal, sacrifice, happiness and so on.
5. Where do you write from? Do you go to some specific place, like beach side or the hills?
I write wherever I feel comfortable. All I need is my laptop and I am set.
6. What inspired you to write the books (in general)? Any tales to tell…
As I said before I love connecting with people and I have a very active imagination with lot of thoughts and ideas going on all the time. So what is better than to put it down in a story and tell a tale!
7. What was your biggest learning experience throughout the writing process?
Lots, I am still a novice. I didn’t know what the difference between traditional publishing and self-publishing was. I didn’t know that today book publishing does not finish with writing alone rather it’s an entire exercise. You have to make a connect with the readers you have to make an effort to be accessible to them. In fact what I believe is it is a beginning of a relationship between me and my readers.
8. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as a writer?
I think there is always a story to be told, but its always a leap of faith that stopped me from writing. But when I started blogging the joy which I felt in writing and reaching out to people finally gave me the boost that maybe I should write and tell the world about what I feel, make them see what I saw. That’s the beauty of writing.
9. Any best piece of writing advice that you would like to share with new or struggling writers?
Just one line, believe in yourself. Success may not greet you in the beginning but keep going and believe in your characters, believe in your story or plot and then the rest of the world will believe you.
10. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I am and always has been an open book. But even few people know even among those who know me is that I am a certified Reiki III A practitioner and an Angel healer. I am a big foodie, I love to eat. I love to travel that’s my another passion apart from writing and I love to play with my dog.
11. Any future books that you would like to discuss now?
Definitely my next book is a mythological fiction but it is still in raw form to comment on it. Hopefully by the end of this year it should be out.
12.What other profession excites you the most?
I am very happy where I am right now.
13.Any special mention about your reader (be it with reviews/feedback or anything else)
I am so grateful to everyone who gave my book a shot and read it. The reviews which I have been getting till now are more than encouraging. And I just hope that people or readers after reading my book maybe will try to see love in every aspect of their life.
14.Do you write the story at a stretch or you take your time to complete it? If you take a longer time, wouldn’t you be forgetting the story? How do you tackle it?
That depends. But I try to devote at least an hour to my writing. And even when I am not the ideas always run in the back of my mind. So I never forget my characters or my story. I believe connection is very important. First we need to have a connection with our characters so when I write I relieve what that character himself would have felt,
15.Traditional or Self-Publishing? Why?
Both are important in their own way. If any author can break through the traditional way that’s really commendable but with the current trend when every writer is struggling it becomes very difficult to break the crux. So in this case self-publishing becomes a boon for writers provided they have the resources.
16.How is the response so far for the book?
As I mentioned quite encouraging and positive. I hope that it reaches out to more people. And the beauty of this book is you can finish it in one go over a cup of coffee or while on a flight. So readers please give it a shot.