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: Well I am yet another Engineer turned Banker and a writer by passion. I stay in, the city of joy, Kolkata, working in private bank for last eight and a half years.
A voracious reader, books are my first love. When I am not busy with the loan documents or any writing you will mostly find my nose in a book or Facebook. The various writing contests keep me glued to Facebook a lot these days.
I usually write in my blog Wizardencil by Sreeparna Sen and manage a Facebook page with the same name. I dreamt to be a published author someday, and with my first book, Tales of Wizardencil, one wish has been ticked off the bucket.
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: Well, for me writing was never a conscious decision. I have grown up with an author. My grandfather, Manjil Sen, was a proclaimed, national award winning Bengali author, who went ahead to work with the likes of Satyajit Ray in his children magazine “Sandesh”. So I grew up in an environment of writing and abundance of books. Stories and writers always fascinated me. Though I must confess, I was honestly more of a reader in my earlier years than a writer. Only in recent years I discovered my passion for writing and started nurturing it. It especially came to the rescue when I was having a not-so- good time at my work front and overall I was feeling low. The writing came as a therapy. And from then onwards I have tried to be regular with my writing.
Now writing for me is my hobby, a passion and art – all of them together and sometimes more than that. It is that driving force which helps me unwind from the stress of life. There are too many thoughts I have in my mind. And I feel at peace when I put them down on paper. I am always better at writing down my emotions rather than speaking about it. The process of writing is more like meditation to me. This art helps me to find my inner peace.
Initially I started writing in my own blog, not confident enough to share elsewhere. Slowly, with more experience I started sharing them on various online platforms. I joined many writing contests. Some I won, from some I learnt. I became member of some beautiful writing support tribe.
Then last year when I won a contest hosted by Swipe pages, they offered a publishing contract and it was all too good to be true. The book was published on 19th August 2018, on my birthday and it was the best birthday gift ever.
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: My book is a collection of short stories, flash fictions and tiny tales of various tastes and styles. Stories are a portable magic, they say. Such magical words about the beautiful world around us has been collected and complied from the nib of Wizardencil. It’s a collage of emotions,exquisitely crafted from threads of diverse feelings, in a backdrop of in depth understanding of the human mind.
My first book may not change a reader’s perspective completely but, I hope they make the readers think. Even if one of my story can effectively provoke a thought in the reader’s mind my purpose is fulfilled.
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: The universe is waiting to hear your thoughts. The world could always do with more storytellers. So grab the opportunity when you can if you really have the urge to be a writer. Please do not get disheartened by some rejections or negative feedback. Grit and patience is the key to success. All the best.
Criticspace: That’s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.