Writing a book involves years of hard work, From thinking about the plot to executing it. There is a lot that runs in between. Appreciating all the work a writer does today the superhero badge goes to Manali for her book A Rustic Mind.
Let’s hear the story from her!!
1)Tell us about your recent book.
My recent book is available in the eBook/kindle version on amazon.in and amazon.com. It is a collection of poems talking about issues from feminism to everyday small and big incidents that we never think much about. Here are the links:
2)What is your background?
My background is an up and down roller coaster ride. I was born and brought up in Surat and have done my schooling till 12th class from there. I did my Bachelor’s in Management from UPG College in Mumbai, and then went on to do my MBA in Marketing from Amity Global Business School in Mumbai. My first job was in Ahmedabad at a jewellery studio as a PR and Marketing head (which lasted for 11 months)
From there on I went back to studies again by pursuing a full-time MA English Literature course from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. On completion of this, I worked as a school teacher at The Millennium School, Surat for one academic year where I taught the English language to 3rd and 5th standard students. The work didn’t excite me much so I quit and came back to my favourite city, Mumbai. I joined an Edutech firm uFaberEdutech where I worked as a Senior Content Writer creating and curating content for courses like Spoken English, Business Communication and IELTS. This was the first job I enjoyed and it started me off on a career which continues even now. However, I realized that a full-time job was keeping my creativity in writing restricted so I quit the full-time job and started off on a freelancing career. At this point in my life, I’m writing everything under the sun from poetry to fiction and from website content to copywriting. Surely a full-time job would not allow such freedom and variety in work!
3)What motivated you to write this book?
Ever since I read my first book I’ve dreamt of one day holding a book with my name on it. This dream became a goal once I gained maturity. The true belief that if you want something, you have to work towards achieving it was the biggest motivation to write this book.
4)What are you currently working on?
Apart from various freelance projects, I’m working on a book of short stories collection and another one which will be a series based on the journey or three friends.
5)When did you start writing?
Professionally I started writing with my first job itself, which was in 2011. In my personal life, however, I have been writing diary entries, poems and stories since the age of 13.
6)Which writers inspire you the most?
Every writer I have read has taught me something new. However, none of the stories has touched me the way The Harry Potter series did; hence JK Rowling remains a top favourite. I like Amitav Ghosh’s and Arundhati Roy’s works too.
7)Any future projects you are working on.
Yes, a collection of short stories and another one will be a series depicting the journey of three friends.
8)What are your hobbies?
Anything that makes me happy becomes a hobby, this could be reading a good book, listening to some good music, following a good series and even travelling to new places.
9)Is there any book you personally love and would recommend all the readers?
The first book I ever read was Black Beauty and it moved me to tears. It remains to be one of my favourites even now. Another book that was one of the most thought-provoking ones I have read is Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
10) Any advice for budding writers.
Read as much as you can.