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Interview with Anushka Mehta

Q.1 Tell us a little about yourself?
A. I’m a girl next door. Just like you find everywhere in malls, colleges, markets, and metro. I studied psychology from Delhi University. When I came to Delhi for College I was very shy and inexperienced in many ways. I had come from a small town in Uttarakhand where life was very different. Life in Delhi it was totally the opposite.

Q.2 Do you have any upcoming books? Any plans on writing a full-fledged novel?
A. Yes, currently I’m working on it. I guess by July I will be done writing. And it is going to be a full-fledged novel.

Q.3 When and why did you begin writing?
A. While attending college I was exposed to many new things that I had never experienced. Living in Delhi was a revelation for me. I met so many youngsters and others from different walks of life that my world view changed dramatically. Study in psychology made me understand human behavior in a very unique way and it gave a perspective on everything.

My College forced me to write something on what I have experienced so I started with a personal diary and a blog. I was very candid, especially in my diaries. I wasn’t writing for anyone else. A friend of mine asked me to publish my notes. I was scared that no publisher would buy my raw work. My friend was a great help and he asked me to talk with a fairly new publisher who was basically into e-books and audiobooks. That how I met Tiwa Publications. They immediately put out my work on Amazon. Lo and behold I’m now a published author of two books.

Q.4 What do you want readers to take away from your book?
A. I want my readers to come out of this mindset that women and girls have not come from another planet. They are like normal people with every character's strength and flaw you can imagine. And also the girls can be expressive and outspoken when it comes to sex. Especially in a country like India a girl talking about sex, erotica, or any fantasy is seen as a different species, which is not the case.

Q.5 How do you come up with the name of your books?
A. Well, I prefer to keep my titles simple and easy to remember. I like to give some hint to my readers of what they should expect. And that’s why I included words like diary and journey in naming my first two books.

Q.6 If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A. Read More, Travel more, and experience more.

Q.7 Your work Life of a Young Girl depicts many social issues, according to you what is the main reason that women have to go through all that?
A. I feel that our social norms have not accommodated or truly accepted an emancipated woman. So a strong woman would be labeled, a woman with desire would be called names. But a guy would be considered a gentleman for doing the same.

Q.8 How does the empowerment of women affect development?
A. As you know a woman has certain traits that make her a natural nurturer, creator and she is in sync with her emotions. We need a humane face of development. Society in men’s hands produces weapons of mass destruction whereas we offer love, harmony, and balance. So we know how to play our part.

Q.9 How do you deal with a lingering, creeping thoughts of doubts and fears?
A. Doubts and fears are part of our lives. All we need to learn is how to deal with it. My worst fear is losing people I love. I have lost some really close people. It hurts.

Q.10 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
A. I do read the reviews, but I don’t judge my work based on the reviews. The reviewers tell you more about themselves than the author.

Q.11 Who would you most like to thank for their involvement in your writing career?
A. Well, I would like to thank my friends Savneet, Pooja, and Bhumika who read my diaries after I allowed them. They encouraged me to publish. I take their advice when I’m writing. Then some people don’t want to be named, but they have been watching my back. I love them for being there.

Q.12 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
A. There is this devil called writer's block, but then you learn how to deal with it.

Q.13 Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
A. I want to write and if possible then make it a career. Writing is my passion, but I haven’t set my goals yet.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. Yes, I like to have a glass of wine while writing something intense.

Q.15 What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
A. Getting published was my dream. It has now been realized thanks to my publishers, Tiwa Publication. Now I want to sell like a hot cake. That would be another accomplishment.

Q.16 What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A. Selling crap as a bunch of Roses.

Q.17 Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
A. Editing is a problem area because I write freely and don’t care for editing while writing. I believe a good editor is key to come up with better work. And behind every best-selling author, there is an amazing editor. I’m yet to find my soulmate editor.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. I would like to meet Anais Nin who was dead way back before I was even born. She is the only one who I think has understood women's sexuality in the right perspective and even dared to portray in an era when women were no more than a walking hole.

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. Delta of Venus by Anais Nin. She can be experienced while reading, but words cannot explain the depth of the work.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A. My journey has just started. I’m in for a long haul. I want to break barriers and it may sound clichéd but I really want to push the glass ceiling for my sorority sisters.

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