RS: Writing was never a childhood thing for me, reading was and is a passion.
It all started in 2013, when I had left my regular job and my daughter went to college, I was feeling a little low due to empty nest syndrome and didn’t want to go back to the rut. That was the time friends and family suggested writing. My DH said when you read so much, you can write as well (he always has more confidence in me than I have in my abilities).
I didn’t have anything to lose; no one does when they start. Since I am very fond of novels, so I began with a novel, I really enjoyed the first few days of putting my thoughts on paper. The result was Take 2.
But it was only when I had won the Indireads short story competition, in Oct 2014, I knew I will become a fiction writer. Stakes have risen.
- Do you think our society is changing their thought process regarding second chances in life?
- 'Damsel in distress' how much of this is a seller today? Are women not more stronger than their counterparts from yesteryears? Do you think romance still needs to be portrayed as damsel in distress and if not how have you risen above the cliche as a writer with your protag?
- RS: It is a seller, definitely. Only the presentation of the ‘Damsel’ and definition of ‘distress’ have changed. The protag has to be distressed to have a conflict in the story. Remember there are only seven main plotlines in the story world.
Taking the example of my protag Priya in Take2; she is emotionally driven to save her marriage, but slowly realizes that the effort is not worth it. She decides on a divorce, and goes through the whole ordeal alone. Recognizing her fierce need for independence, Abhimanyu remains in the background but supports her emotionally, which she realizes later and rises above the social norms and testifies in the court for him.
I think male protagonists have also changed a lot. They have become more sensitive, liberal, and supportive of their sweethearts.
- Editing: As both a self-published author and a trad-published how much of editing falls on you as a writer and how much can you rely on editors of your novel?
In the case of traditional publishing there are two reasons for saying this. Firstly, the competition is tough. There are lots and lots of good writer’s out there, so why would someone pick up your story. A well-edited story reads professional when a publisher is considering your work. Secondly; even if by God’s grace, your story is selected and all the sentences have to be rewritten, then your style and voice would be lost.
For self-publishing, in any case, the writer is responsible for everything.
- Online marketing? How tough or how easy? What steps do you take for it?
I am on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, where I post the excerpts and reviews of my books. I am connected with ‘The Book Club’ for blog tours. I blog at iluvfiction.com about books and people can read my flash fiction.
But it is not easy!