Every art is a piece of someone’s soul says Author Parul Wadhwa.
Parul Wadhwa, best known for her novel The Masquerade is 23 years old Delhiite. She graduated in science discipline from Delhi University. Born and raised in Delhi, Parul is a teacher by profession and writer by passion. Recently we interviewed the ambitious writer who takes delight in rich classical literature and fine writing, here’s the highlight of the confab;
Q. Your Debut novel The Masquerade has got some brilliant reviews on Amazon that too in just a couple of months of its release, how it feels and what is the response in general outside the online portals?
Ans. Every art is a piece of someone’s soul. The Masquerade is more than a story to me, closer to my heart for more than obvious reasons. Despite the fact that my book was overly priced on Amazon and other e-portals (one of the manacles of self-publishing). I could create my market and cater the interest of genuine readers. Now that gives me motivation. I cherish every review and personal conversations that I have had with my readers over different social media platforms. That pretty much makes me believe in my capabilities as a writer.
Q. Tell us something about your first novel, The Masquerade and what made you choose the subject, what is its USP?
Ans. The Masquerade is set in the backdrops of Delhi University. It’s a carefully crafted tale of a young Delhiite Myra and her stint with life. The story is enveloped in the feminist outlook and is equipped with the unique blend of reasonable and practical emotions that connect to a contemporary reader. The story is far beyond the conventional romance and illusionary happily ever after. Realism and relative connection that the reader establishes can be called it’s USP. Also a touch of inspiration, I believe. The reviews provoked me into reconsidering the idea. Of late, I read a review on Amazon “The role of Myra is so thought provoking that I ended up rethinking about my decisions lately.” Now, if these kinds of reviews stand true, nothing makes me more grateful as a writer to bring out the best of emotions in the characters.
Q. Which genre you enjoy writing the most and why?
Ans. I enjoy writing about the controversial and challenging subjects of society. Both fiction and nonfiction, depicting common life with sympathetic renderings. I want to mingle the pathos with the humor of common people. Just like questioning the values was the central theme of The Masquerade.
Q. What is your quest as an author? Where you want to see yourself in the times to come?
Ans. To be able to see the light of the day as an award-winning author of a really appreciated book. I want to secure myself a place in literary canon for the ages to come.
Q. How much the novel is inspired by your own life?
Ans. Fiction is mostly inspired by real life. I closely associate myself with Myra’s character. I believe there is a little Myra in all of us. She is the protagonist who refuses to give up on her ambitions at any cost. Some of us are able to celebrate that character and many of us give up to the conventional life. She is the portrayal of strong moral commitments, used for connecting to that voice in us which gets scorned by the temptations of real life. The story is a broad panorama of real society combined with fictional character.
Q. What are your plans for the promotions? Have you planned to launch the book in various cities or something like that?
Ans. In the age of digital marketing, social media outreach is unbeatable. In a short while, I was able to build a virtual community of active readers. As of now, I am using multiple platforms to entice my readers.
Q. Being a teacher helps you in writing or not? What you enjoy more, Writing or teaching?
Ans. Being a teacher has definitely enhanced my outlook as a person. Dealing with the bunch of teenagers has enabled me to understand human psychology even better. That has helped me to serve the real taste for the diverse audience. Writing shifts me to the completely different landscape. Now can you compare two colors?
Q. Is finding a publisher was a challenge? How is your experience so far of working with Notion Press?
Ans. Well launching a book is two step job, first is writing and second, getting it published. Trust me when I say, writing is a much easier job than finding a publisher and getting it printed. Honestly, I didn’t have much knowledge on the latter. I started hunting for a publisher when I was completely ready with the final draft of my manuscript. The author in me couldn’t wait anymore to come out. Hence, notion press.
Q. Who are your favorite writers and also tell us about your favorite books?
Ans. Now, that’s an interesting question. Reading helps me to connect to my higher self. My to-read list on Goodreads is growing every day. Though I have an eclectic taste in reading, I am more inclined towards American and European classic literature. I idealize the writing appeal of Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, George Eliot, Dickens, and Shakespeare. They have inspired me to embrace the unconventionality of the plot. I have a huge list of favorite works including Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, Tess of D’Urbervilles, Gone with the Wind, Pride and Prejudice etc.
Q. Who or what is your inspiration to write?
Ans. I faintly remember how reading Oliver Twist as a child grew on me. I was 15 or so when I first read a novel. Even before I knew I was looking for something intellectually similar to read. Now, as I joined the reading club in my school. I found myself stuck in the fandom and fad of emerging Indian authors (Better unspecified). Following the suit, I started reading and found myself comparing the epics I had read to the common and cliché Indianised stories. That is when I thought, maybe I can write something that makes better sense. That was just an idea with no strong conviction. As the time passed, I joined the rat race to make a career. Ditched by the choicest pursuit, the arduous reader found comfort in books and befriended pen and paper. Thus, The Masquerade was born.
Q. What’s next? Already weaving ideas for future books or not yet?
Ans. Well, I am allowing the ideas to grow. You can expect my second book around the same time next year. With the encouragement and overwhelming response that I have received for The Masquerade. I can’t wait to come up with the next more stronger masterpiece.
Q. Tell us about your personal life a bit and your interests?
Ans. My idea of chilling out is having a good book to read with mounds of caffeine. I find myself being socially outdated because I would rather spend time with my family or close friends than go partying. Apart from that, I am an addicted shopaholic.
Q. Any message for the readers and budding writers you want to give?
Ans. There are rare moments of an occasion, even rarer of happiness and rarest of delight and in those rarest moments, we live life. So make a good deal of whatever you do. To all the upcoming writers – Keep writing and stop editing until you finish your first draft. Don’t rush, embrace the uncertainty of life and keep the faith. Things happen for the best.
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