Hello author, on behalf of all the readers, we would like to discuss something about you and of course, your book as well. This conversation will help reader to know more about you and your debut book.
Criticspace: Most welcome to Criticspcae, Author. We heartily congratulate you for being a published author. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers.
Author: Thank you so much for this space team. I am grateful. I work as a HR Analyst in Gurgaon. This is my full-time work. I love exploring myself in every field, you never know what you learn. I read a lot. I maintain 5-Hour rule in my diary where either you read a book or learn some course. I write gratitude journal before sleeping or sometimes early morning and I maintain my daily journaling where learnings from life and things I did not like. Never ever given a thought that I will be author someday. I was always in a custom of writing, reading since childhood. Writing came to rescue when I need my thoughts to get some direction with so much of stressful environment around us. It’s been 5 years I am in a uniform of writing journals. I do meditation, exercise every day to integrate my mind, body and soul.
Criticspace: That’s really great; please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author. When you actually started writing and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to write your debut book or was it your childhood hobby of writing?
Author: I remember when I discussed my blog writing in the year 2015 with one of my close friends. That time I had no idea I will be writing a book. I still clearly call to mind, my friend said – Shreesha let your writing be prime interest. The only rule to write successfully is, the more you enjoy your writing and telling others about your interests and experiences, the more people will be interested in reading it too. I took a risk in writing and thought to tell the world about my most second to none experience. As I said I maintain journals, so in 2018 I thought I should pen down some major learnings from life in front of larger audience. You should not keep everything to you. I am bit secretive person, I don’t like to share but this experience in my life gave me opportunity to get story out. Person, yes, there is a person who has influenced me so positively about this whole journey. I would like to give credit to him for this. If he would have not been there, this book would have not been out in world. And one more interesting thing to share with my readers is – I love this process of writing as we should focus on the process and we should not think about the result. People won’t believe it but I have written this book in my office environment where there is all the hassle and stress. I don’t know how but all the ideas came spontaneously when I was in office. And I read a book called- 52 thing to do in your lunch break by Laura Archer. I can credit this book for inspiring me to do something I love to and the result is the book in front of you.
Criticspace: Please tell the reader something about your book. What is your message to those readers who have still not read the book? Why they should pick it up for reading?
Author: Along the Way – As you unearth about Self-love and Relationships is extraordinary to me. When I was writing this, I can clearly imagine things in front of me. Some of the parts are inspired by my experiences and some are fiction. The focus behind writing it is to learn to love yourself. We humans always search for love, happiness and needs fulfillment in other people. We do business every day with other people in areas like relationships or love. This is not how the world works. Gandhiji rightly mentioned that Be the Change you want to see in the world. This line clicked me more when I focused on writing this.
Amelie (the protagonist of my book) was trying to search for her happiness and love in other people. She was jumping from one relationship to another (Steve and Peter) in search of the fulfillment of her needs. It is so easy to blame people in relationships, we make excuses for not working out in relationships, love. A relationship could be with anyone in the world, be it your family, friends, boyfriend or country. Knowing yourself is the most difficult journey, but it is divine, sitting with your own flaws is not an easy task but this way you get to know your inner deep feelings, your passion, your purpose. Excepting your own body scars, accepting your own limit, accepting the way you are is punishing but believe me that’s mindfulness where you are aware of your surroundings and living and accepting things the way they are. So, unless and until you start accepting everything in you; you can’t accept someone else. The truth is on the path of self-love you get real freedom, authenticity and deep long-lasting love become obtainable from other people.
Love the person for who they are, accept their flaws, give care and attention, I would say that undivided attention to them help them grow. Love means growth, care and nurturing it. Love means if the time comes to let go that person, you will allow yourself to let go. In my book, I said one thing beautifully which I believe summarizes love and I realized this personally- If you love a flower don’t pluck it, water it. I am sure people understand this. We need to give tenderness to the garden within, with all care, attention to our own needs, love the way we are. Self-love is also when you take care of your body what you eat, the exercise and become aware of things which are going inside you. Because our internal factors determine our reaction to external factors. Many people have read till now they have come up with their own understanding. Some said that it is about love triangle stuff, some said that there is no mention about clearly – Self-love. Read with open mind, don’t judge it. Don’t go by other people’s opinion, do have courage to make your own opinion. Love starts with self-love. Book carries small portion of everything from love, self-love and relationships. I am sure you will close the book by some learning. There is always something or the other to learn from every book, people and situation. And don’t go by size of the book. I could have written very long book and explain everything But I don’t want to follow the norm. I have my own style and way of storytelling.
Criticspace: And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those new writers who have not yet started their journey of becoming an author? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.
Author: I believe that I am still learning about this new world but yes, I would like to say one thing- don’t be afraid to pen down what you want to tell the world. Be open to express it in whatever form you want to. Pen is mightier than sword. There will be two kinds of people in the world- one who encourage you and other who discourage you. Don’t be disheartened by negative ones keep them close and embrace them.
Criticspace: That’s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.