Tuesday 13 December 2016

Questionnaire with Shikha Kumar

In conversation with Shikha Kumar, who's latest book 'Logically Stupid that's Love' is winning hearts and applauds all over.
Questionnaire with Shikha Kumar

  Can you tell us a little about yourself? Your profession and your hobbies
Professionally I'm an IT Manager, who's life is all about projects and timelines, My books are a mixed blend of entertainment and emotions. I am also a relationship expert and regular columnist with various websites. I love to travel and is movie-buff at heart.Being an author is my creative side. When I first wrote, it wasn't the plan of life, but now it's plan for life. People may have their own ways of meditating and seeking peace, for me, it's writing at least few words a day if not a page.

   1. How did you first get involved in with writing, are you an imaginative person?
As I always say, I'm an accidental author. So with no background in publishing, the first book just happened out of my love for good stories. Yes, I'm very imaginative, romantic and witty, so are my books.

32.  What do you find most challenging about your writing?
My books have made their mark for entertaining conversations amongst lead protagonist. I too agree that's my USP, and that's what drives the story and generates interest. So for me, that is where maximum efforts lie. To make the exchange of words as crisper and engaging as possible, so that book reaches readers hearts.

43.  What do you do when you are not writing?
I'm constantly writing for many websites, and then I have a full-time job too. Then there's family around which my world revolves. So, long story short, I'm never sitting idle. In fact, my daily routine is pretty insane, but I don't think I was created for sanity anyway, so it's okay :)

  4. Where do you see yourself in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?
Reaching more bookshelves, winning more hearts. Being a scriptwriter maybe. I'm already an Editor-in-Chief. So enjoying the stride of life and letting it take me by astonishment.

6 5. How do you keep coming up with material / content for your story?
My stories are always 'What-If' version of what I see around. I look through a normal situation with my creative rather mischievous lenses, and that is how I create my plots.
As far as my characters go, they are and never will be perfect. My stories will always be real and character believable, so being flawed is natural.

76. Any specific tips you have for new writers who want to make it big in the world of published books?
Don't succumb to marketing trend or forced intimate content. Just focus on a good story and of course, a sound marketing plan. Respect all reviews equally and never get demotivated with either rejection or negative feedback. Not all audience is alike, so it's alright to have varied reviews.

87. What’s the best thing a writer can give to his readers?
9.       Value for their time more than money. When you watch a movie, you spend quality time with loved ones at least, even if a film turns out to be a disaster. But a book is an individual's Me-time, so it's even more important to embrace a good book. So a book in the genre they cherish at an affordable price is the best gift to a reader from the author.

  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?
Well, to be honest, it's more of investment in initial years. Very few have struck gold in their maiden book, most sail through hardship to reach a decent stage. So don't expect anything stupendous to begin with. If you happen to make it big in the first attempt, consider that as a fortunate surprise and not minimal expectation benchmark.

19.   What motivates you most in life?
I'm in an auto-pilot mode for motivation. My life, particularly my hands are so full always that I don't have to look beyond my little blue planet to push myself up. I don't intend to sound self-pompous but with time I've found ways to filter our negativity and cherrypick positivity in all situations.

110.   The majority of the readers tend to take sides due religion and such other considerations.
Well, I believe genre should be only criteria for readers to take sides. Not even favorite authors. A genuine reader should give every good book it's due and unbiased consideration. So religion shouldn't even be in remote proximity while picking a book.

111.   What is the story behind the name of your book?
Since its inception, I knew I'm writing about a tale of heart v/s brain. It's not war-of-sexes and not even collision of two different worlds; it's a tussle between two most crucial elements of our existence that resides within us. So, Kartik was Logic and Sahana was Love. So after some deliberation, 'Logically Stupid that's Love' was arrived as an apt title for this today's generation love-story that never values what comes easy to them.

1 12.  What are your views on increasing plagiarism?

It's very disheartening to know indeed. If you don't have a story to tell to the world then better not write rather than disgracing the profession. So, please don't make it money-making business, it's primarily a creative task. Being inspired is okay but not shamelessly repeating someone's original content.