Interview with Jyoti Arora

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I start writing a novel, all I have is a faint idea and bits and pieces of themes. As I plan, plot and write, these bits and pieces start taking shapes. But they still feel like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Every piece, that is, every thought and idea must find its proper place. At first, it really looks like an impossible task. But slowly, the picture starts taking shape. The story becomes clearer and clearer. And then one day arrives when I sit back and look with pride at the picture that I managed to create from various broken bits floating about in my mind. The feeling of satisfaction, the feeling of joy and pride that arises at that moment really makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Of course, holding my published book in my hand or reading words of appreciation from a reader increases this joy even more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm either reading novels, watching TV, listening to songs or spending time on my smartphone. I love technology and waste away a lot of time surfing the web or trying different apps on my phone. I also have a technology blog called Techn0Treats. It is not a professional blog. I run it only as a hobby and because I love trying out and talking about new techno treats.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow the suggestions at the end of the ebooks. I also try books that friends recommend. Sometimes, some discussions on Goodreads can also lead me to a book.
I also enjoy reading classics so search them out to read
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about how much trees do for us and how we ill-treat trees. I was, I think, in class fifth or sixth at that time.
What is your writing process?
I have the end firmly in sight when I start writing my novel. But I don't make a very strict plan. I decide upon the characters, determine what drives them and what challenges or opposes them. After that , i just plan the novel portion by portion
How do you approach cover design?
My first novel was traditionally published. So the publisher determined the cover. For my second novel Lemon Girl, I wanted the cover to be attractive and eye-catching. I gave a complete synopsis of the novel to the cover designer and told him what I felt about the main characters. Then I left upon him to design the cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading love stories. I'm not much into formula romances though. I like books that move me with emotions and also make me think. That's the kind of books that I write as well.
I enjoy reading classics as much as the new books. In fact, I think, it's the classics that satisfy me more. Those are the books that have stood the test of time with their literary brilliance. I love losing myself in them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. When I'm away from my Kindle, I can read on my phone too.
Describe your desk
It's clean and uncluttered with just my laptop, a pleasant painting, and a pen holder/clock on it. I don't like clutter.
When did you first start writing?
The first story I wrote was when I was in school. I also used to write poems at that time. However, my professional writing started with the publishing of some articles in magazines. That was around year 2000, I think. I was studying at that time.
I started writing novels much later. My first novel Dream's Sake came out only in 2012.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest novel 'You Came Like Hope' was inspired by Twitter trolls. My second novel Lemon Girl is a Feminist Fiction. Soon after its release, one of my tweets about it became a target for anti-feminist twitter trolls. However, instead of being aggressive or defensive, I paid attention to what they were saying. I had discussed one problem in my Lemon Girl. The twitter trolls made me realize that there was an opposite side to this problem as well. So, I decided to write about this opposite side too.
Published 2017-11-12.
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Books by This Author

You Came Like Hope
Price: $1.25 USD. (Free!) Words: 67,150. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The entertaining and heart-warming love story of You Came Like Hope takes you on a roller coaster of emotions as it uncovers some bitter truths, challenges widespread prejudices, and forces you to reconsider your beliefs. A must read for those who enjoy believable romances that leave them with something to think about.
Lemon Girl
Price: $1.20 USD. (Free!) Words: 71,300. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Lemon Girl is an entertaining, positive and motivating story of an abuse victim’s struggle to recover her respect and self-respect, re-establish her identity, revive her dreams and win true love.