Interview with Shruti Mehrotra

A couple of easy questions to begin with…First off, what inspires you to write?
I always find these kind of questions really hard! Nothing in particular and everything at once. I am inspired by other writers, social situations, films, exhibitions, photographs, magazines.
What are you working on next?
Actually, other than writing, my other forte is making craft works and paintings. I am recently making a painting ofmy birthplace prayag..
Who are your favorite authors?
Ayn Rand, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Dyle, APJ Abdul Kalam, and Shakespeare
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A glass of any fruit juice.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I study, watch tv, listen to the music, or simply do a craft work.
What's your favourite book?
1.The picture of the Dorian Gray
2.The Secret
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's not a story actually. Whatever makes me think, appeals me... I write.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well.. That would be a great feeling when I'd be having a fan following, I would be really happy.
How long did it take you to write it?
A few months and many revisions over the years.
What do you advise new writers to do?
There is an old saying. I forget who said it. So forgive me. "If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always gotten." Those are words to live by. The key is never give up. Save every rejection letter. Work and re work your query letters.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Embarrassingly.... Yes, its a story of a clock.
Finally, do you have any advice for writers hoping to get their books published?
Firstly, focus on the work itself. Ignore the ‘rules’ of writing in a first draft, and ignore the doubting voice in your head. Just write the book you want to read. The editing comes later.
Secondly, improve your chances of getting the book seen. Do work-experience at a literary agency. Prepare yourself. Remember that everyone is different, and if one person doesn’t like your manuscript, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. If you’re lucky enough to receive detailed feedback, listen to it. Examine it from every angle, and improve. Don’t get defensive: this person is trying to help you.
Working with an agent will help you prepare it for publication. Keep working and keep the faith. It might be a long process, but if you give up, you’ll never know the outcome.
Published 2017-07-19.
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बड़ी सोच का बड़ा जादू
Price: Free! Words: 840. Language: Hindi. Published: March 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
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Price: Free! Words: 1,500. Language: Hindi. Published: January 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
यह दो सहेलियों कहानी है जो एक गाड़ी के दो पहियों की तरह उनकी दोस्ती है। एक सहेली किसी कारण से कहीं चली जाती है तो दूसरी सहेली कई मुश्किलों का सामना करना पड़ता है और वह अपनी सहेली को ढूंढ ही लेती है।