Friday 3 June 2016

AUTHOR’S Interview Questionnaire with Mallika Nawal

So, for this month  featuring  author from Indian Literary World  is Mallika Nawal writer of  I a woman & I 'm on Sale

Hmm…now, isn’t that a difficult thing to do - ‘Who Am I?’ … Well, I am a woman — brighter than the brightest star and darker than the darkest night. As for my profession? Well, I’m a writer. Of course, when I am not writing, I am still writing legal depositions, legal notices, legal petitions, etc. As for hobbies, the list is endless really. I enjoy a lot of things, especially reading, writing, trekking, knitting, playing piano, listening to music, playing games on my PS3, etc.

Questioniare with Mallika Nawal 

1.                 How did you first get involved in with writing, are you an imaginative person?

  I have been writing since school. That’s when my first writing was published internationally, a poem titled, ‘Touched By An Angel’. Yes, I am immensely imaginative.

2.                 What do you find most challenging about your writing?

Nothing really…it’s as instinctive as breathing!

3.                 What do you do when you are not writing?

I am thinking of writing. It is really weird being a writer…Every person you meet sort of becomes a character that you analyse, every situation becomes a plot…in short, even when I am not writing, I am still writing (albeit in my own head).

4.                 Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?

I live in the present and I take each day as it comes. So, you’ll have to come back and ask me that question after 6 months and 5 years respectively.

5.                 How do you keep coming up with material / content for your story?

I wish I could tell how those ideas germinate in my head…but I can’t really. There isn’t any method to my mental madness, I’m afraid!

6.                 Any specific tips you have for new writers who want to make it big in the world of published books?

Keep working on the craft… and read a lot. I have never met a good writer who does not read.
7.                 What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?

His/her heart and soul. Every story a writer writes contains a part of his/her heart and soul.
8.                 A lot of people are interested in writing for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from writing? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?

Good writing earns good money! I don’t think there are any shortcuts to it. If you want to earn money through your writing, you need to be effective at what you do. If you write well and it connects with the target audience, you will be able to make money.

9.                 What motivates you most in life?

Failures! They are the backbone of success.

10.            What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your writing?

To be honest, I rarely think about all that… I write to express myself and for the causes I want to take up. Which is also why I enrolled for my LLB so that I can do more than just write against them.

11.            What was the most challenging moment in your writing content development process and why?

I have been lucky that ways, I guess. I wrote for fun and somehow my writing caught the attention of publishers/editors, who approached me and I started writing for them. I haven’t really faced rejections…or challenges. Though occasionally I do face the proverbial writer’s block, but I don’t consider them a challenge really…after all, it’s just my brain telling me to take a break, which I always do![Smiles]

12.            Everyone has a favourite / least favourite post. Name yours and why?

If you are referring to Facebook Posts, I am not such a social media fan. I do post, from time to time…but I spend less than 5 mins on Facebook…so I don’t really have a favourite or least favourite post. Besides, I think people need to stop spending so much time in the virtual world, and go explore the real world for a change.

13.            Name some of the writinggers whom you look up to and why?

I really like the writing style of Irving Wallace. His writing is crisp and informative…exactly how writing needs to be.

14.            What is the story behind the name of your book? 

Well, if you are really interested in knowing that story… just pick up Swarajya’s March issue (Women’s Day Special), which describes in detail why the novel’s titled - ‘I’m a Woman & I’m on SALE’. You can, of course, read it online on the Swarajya website. The article’s titled - ‘My Freedom Nests In My Mind, Safe and Sound’!

15.            Which genre do you feel gets the raw deal?

I don’t think any of them gets a raw deal. Each comes with its own unique set of audience. Of course, it is a known fact that most audiences flock to romances and thrillers, but that’s just how  humans are programmed.

16.            Five adjectives that describe you?

Crazy, Witty, Lively, Adventurous, Scary

17.            What book would you say has made the biggest impact good or bad on you?

I don’t think there’s any one book that has made an impact. I am a voracious reader and I read a lot…so I believe they all have made an impact for better or for worse…it’s hard to tell.

18.            Do you get easily provoked by positive / negative comments?

Not at all. I have, what they say, an internal locus of control.

19.            Do you plan to write more books, as every author dream it is?

Like I said, writing is living to me. So, I write a lot and also have a lot of books in the pipeline. I recently finished a management book for an ivy league management college located in Bombay. There are 4 other books in the pipeline, apart from the myriad articles.

20.            Are you a judgmental person, do you prefer to take sides instead of standing neutral?

No. I am not judgmental but I do have strong convictions. Once I know something’s wrong, I cannot stay neutral. For I believe in what Dante said, ‘The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.’

21.            What genre attracts you the most and which genre you avoid?

I have a very eclectic taste when it comes to books, writers, and writing.

22.            Your Views on increasing plagiarism?

It’s just plain ol’ fraud. It’s a crime! And writers who indulge in that are just plain ol’ criminals - lazy and uninspired!

23.            What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?