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Vibha Batra is a copywriter by profession and a popular fiction writer too. Her literary pursuits took off when she translated her grandfather Late Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri’s book on the Ishaavaasya Upanishad. Among her recent titles are Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!) and Seventeen And Done (You Bet!) Which was published by Penguin, Tongue in Cheek, a collection of poetry and A Twist of Lime, a collection of short stories. Another collection of short stories, Family Crossword, came out in October 2015 and now she is getting a lot of acclaim for her recent novel ‘Glitter and Gloss’.
I recently had a detailed conversation with the author and trust me it was such a delight talking to her, here’s the highlight of the interview;
Q. How is the response of your latest book ‘Glitter and Gloss’, there are some very positive reviews on amazon, are you satisfied with the start it has got?
Vibha: Yes, am very thrilled about the positive reviews (and the 5 star ratings!) on Amazon and Goodreads. But am I satisfied? Not until the review count hits triple digits!
Q. Tell us something more about your journey, what keeps you going both as an author and human being?
Vibha: I’ve often wondered about that! And the conclusion I’ve arrived at is that I am a compulsive writer! I’ve got to write!
Q. What is your quest as an author? Where you want to see yourself in the next 10 years from now?
Vibha: No lofty quest of world domination/world peace, I’m afraid. Am just trying to tell stories and doing my bestest to have oodles of fun while I’m at it. Ten years from now, things won’t be ANY different. I’ll still be spotted at cafés, hunched over my laptop, writing away like a woman possessed.
Q. You have written a lot of books in last 6 years, are you happy with the growth?
Vibha: If it wasn’t for hypnotic, addictive, demanding lover called social media, guess I could have done a lot more!
Q. As an author in which genre you want to continue writing and why? Are you working on something new after ‘Glitter and Gloss’?
Vibha: I want to try my hand at everything. Clearly, I have a ‘Why spare anyone/anything’ approach. Next up is another romantic comedy Ludhiana to London. Coming this November on the Juggernaut App.
Q. Is finding publishers a challenge? How is your experience of working with Rupa, Indireads, Penguin and now Bloomsbury?
Vibha: Honestly, it’s way tougher to market the book. It’s been great working with these publishers. I really hope to work with them again. And again.
(Cover Art: Glitter and Gloss)
Q. How you manage your personal life, work and passion for writing simultaneously so well?
Vibha: Ha! I don’t know if I do! You should probably ask my family. On second thoughts, please don’t!
Q. Who are your favorite writers and also tell us about your favorite books?
Vibha: My grandfather (the late Shri Vishnukant Shastri), Ruskin Bond, Bill Bryson, Nick Hornby, JK Rowling, Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, Helen Fielding, Saki, Maupassant and many many more. Favorite poets include Rabindranath Tagore, Ogden Nash, Ghalib, Rumi, Jagdish Gupt, Shiv Om Ambar, and Harivansh Rai Bachchan.
Q. Who or what is your inspiration to write?
Vibha: Inspiration or compulsion? (Chuckles)
Q. Any message for your readers and budding writers you want to give?
Vibha: I’m not a big fan of unsolicited advice. It makes me want to run the other way. But if I must, it’s this: Never ever give up!