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Interview with Vansh Arora

Vansh Arora
My Love is Away From Mortality

Q.1 Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
A. Well, there are plenty of things about me that people might not be aware of. I have always been a little on the introverted side, so keeping things bottled up is like a habit to me. People don't know about my ability to overthink stuff, a habit that became the foundation of one of the characters from my book. Some folks I have interacted with in the past also find it quite hard to believe that I prefer not to read the stuff I produced. It sounds weird, but I can't help it. The more I read the things I have written the more anxiety I seem to experience. I have to keep reminding myself that I belong to where I am today.

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project you’re working on?
A. Yes, I am currently working on the sequel of my debut book. I can't say when it's going to hit the market, but I am trying hard to make it happen soon.

After the sequel, I don't know what's going to happen, and I try not to think about it as the sequel needs my entire focus.

Q.3 Where do you get your ideas?
A. There is no specific source of inspiration for me. I feel one should keep his/her mind open because that way the words you write feel more natural and emotionally connectable.

Q.4 What advice do you have for writers?
A. I would urge them to be honest with themselves. Writing is something pure and sacred. Anything that tampers the sanctity of the words should not be allowed into their thought process.

Q.5 Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A. Honestly, I am completely against the idea of writing what the results of your marketing research say. If you want to do justice with your skill, write the things that you feel someone must bring up. Writers might be the best liars, but it's important that they also fulfill their responsibility of educating their readers with the ultimate truth.

Q.6 If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
A. I'd probably tell him to keep a cool head, and that everything will pan out in a much better way than, he expects.

Q.7 What are the most important magazines or websites for writers to subscribe to?
A. There are scores of websites and magazines that promise to assist the growth of your writing skills. Platforms like Writer's Digest, Almost an Author, Goins Writer, etc can be consulted to clear your doubts regarding different things that constitute the whole writing game.

Q.8 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A. Personally, I feel the toughest hurdle you can face as a writer while portraying a character from the opposite sex is creating the motives which rest behind their actions. To bring the clarity in their influence over the plotline, you must have a complete understanding of their brain's mechanism which can be a challenge, because there are certain experiences you can never know enough about. Hence, you need to have some real-time advice from that sex to retain the balance during the characterization process.

Q.9 How do you select the names of your characters?
A. For me, it's important that the name of a character compliments the vibe I want around him/her throughout the story, so I create small descriptions of my characters before picking up any name. Once I have the descriptions, I start tossing in different names. If I feel it's clicking with his/her aura, I lock in on that.

Q.10 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
A. I skim through them once in a while, and in all honesty, I am terrible at dealing with them. If I see a bad review, I think about it for at least 2-3 days before getting over it. However, I am getting better at it. I try to stay more composed while going through them. I really cherish the good ones. They kind of reinforce my faith in my abilities and push me to become even better. Nevertheless, it's unfortunate that the negative ones seem to last long in the memory, but I guess that's a part of the whole thing.

Q.11 Does your family supports your career as a writer?
A. Yes. They have always supported my decision to become a professional in this field. They try to help me in every possible way, and I feel quite lucky, to be honest in this aspect. It's important to have a support system, and having your family to do that job is unbeatable.

Q.12 What do your fans mean to you?
A. Well, I am not sure what I have right now qualified for a fanbase. I am grateful for all the love I receive from my readers, but I know I must continue to lift the standards, I have set because the expectations from me are clear. I don't like to disappoint people who love my work, but my primary aim remains the same which is to touch the heart of the masses without compromising the pleasure I feel, when in the company of words.

Q.13 How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
A. Actually, I have written only one till now. That one took a good deal of effort to complete, but yeah, I would love to churn out some more in the future. I'm not sure whether it's my favorite, but the first one is always special, isn't it?

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. I can't say about habits, but I do have a list of superstitions which I try to follow before I kick start writing for the day. One of my superstitions is that I refrain from indulging myself in any kind of conversation prior to my writing sessions. I would just sit in my room with lights off, trying to keep myself calm. It's not a mere superstition though as it helps me to get into that zone which I feel, on a personal level, is ideal to bring out my best.

Q.15 What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
A. When I decided that I would like to get my debut book published, my sole intention was to bring something different on the table. However, I was well aware of the fact new readers are more inclined towards a specific genre, so I pondered on the idea of serving something unique, but in a more familiar vessel. The fact that I succeeded in conveying my intention to the readers has to be my biggest accomplishment to this date.

Q.16 What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A. While the publishing industry in our nation is growing, it's brimming with stuff which makes it a tough place to survive in. The fact that there is no line of guidance for the newbies is sad. If there is one change I would like to see in our industry, it's that there should be a big shift in focus. It's essential that we acknowledge the value of art more often than we do today. I admit that the economic aspect also needs some thought to keep things afloat, but the basic environment should encourage the growth of an artist.

Q.17 Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
A. After a quick consultation with her, I have been asked to let her stay anonymous. She is right now exploring different career options. I got acquainted with her during an event. Right from the start, I was blown away by her unique approach. Her unorthodox view of the things makes her a rare personality in our industry. The zeal in her ideas convinced me, that I should keep my precious project in her hands. Professionals like her are always a pleasure to work with. It's a pity she might leave the editing business, but I wish her the best.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. As I’m a big sports lover, I'd love to meet Cristiano Ronaldo. His discipline, his strong work ethic, and his ambition to play to the best of his abilities have inspired me from the very beginning. 

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. Okay, that's a tricky question. It's impossible to pick one book and call it my favorite. Every book has something to offer. Good or bad, every book carries the tendency to shape you in one way or another.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A. Calling it a rollercoaster ride would be the most suitable description for the journey I had the chance to experience. I got the opportunities to bask in the glory, but on some days I had to pave mine out of the dark woods. It wasn't a cakewalk, but everything I faced made me a better person. You have to cherish these experiences and feel honored that you were able to fulfill your dream of living these priceless moments.

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