Prachi Gupta, author of hit Novel “Accidentally Cupid” released on 2nd April 2016. The book got reprinted again on 26 February, 2017. Next book titled “Not my type of stranger” to be released in the end of march, 2017.
An engineering graduate from K.I.E.T Ghaziabad, Prachi quit her job as a Project Manager to explore different career possibilities. She then worked as a guest faculty and has dabbled in anchoring as well. The freedom of a freelance job gave her the time to discover her interests and it is in this period that she started to write her first story. During the process, she realized her love for the art of storytelling and found that she has many a story to tell. Amongst other things, Prachi is inclined towards a future in writing and hopes to encourage people to read and write. When she is not penning a manuscript she spends her time reading, watching movies mostly of Jackie Chan, pretending to write and hanging out with friends. Photography, traveling and trying various cuisines are big on her list of hobbies. She has the interest in varied fields including numerology and astrology. She lives in Ghaziabad with her parents, our correspondent recently had a candid confab with her, here is the highlight of the interview;
Q. How is the response of your 1st novel ‘Accidentally Cupid’? We found that it has garnered great reviews on amazon, are you satisfied with it?
Ans. If you say in terms of sales, it’s too good but in reviews, it’s not that satisfactory. Not until the review count hits triple digits!
Q. Tell us about your association with Sanchit Garg?
Ans. Sanchit is my brother so, you can see there are two writers in the family.
Q. Tell us something about your journey to be an author, how it feels now?
Ans. Honestly, I never aspired to be a writer, it just happened accidentally. I was good in writing since I was a kid. I would write small stories every now and then just for fun with no intention of publishing. For my first book, I had written only 2-3 chapters. It was my brother, who read it first and urged me to complete the manuscript and get it published. You can call me an Accidental writer who just love to write and the feel is amazing.
Q. What is your quest as an author? Where you want to see yourself in 10 years from now?
Ans. No quest as such. Am just trying to tell meaningful stories and doing my best to have oodles of fun while I’m at it. Ten years from now, I’m not sure what I will be doing, I just live in the moment but I’ll still be spotted with my laptop, writing away like a woman possessed with many titles to the name.
Q. It’s been one year since your debut novel was released, are you writing your next one? What we know is that your next book is releasing very soon, what can we expect from it?
Ans. My next book, “Not My Type of Stranger” which is also a rom-com is going to launch around the end of march this year. It’s as good as the 1st one with lots of twists and drama. I have written this book from a male character’s perspective so, it was both a challenge and great experience for me. I hope the readers are going to enjoy it as much as I did while writing.
Q. Your first novel was a rom-com, as an author in which genre you want to continue writing and why?
Ans. I am not someone who’s satisfied doing the same thing for too long. I just constantly need to grow and evolve.So, I will be trying everything. Next, I will be laying my hands on Thriller.
Q. Is finding a publisher was a challenge? How is your experience about the publishing business in India?
Ans. Yes, it was a big challenge to keep on going after several rejections. For first-time authors like me, it’s really difficult to grab reader’s attention and make a mark in this field but I believe that if you have a good story to tell, people will like it. I started with a very small publisher who wasn’t good in marketing and the experience wasn’t that good so, I had to do a lot by myself but the book sold well.
Q. Who are your favorite writers and also tell us about your favorite books?
Ans. I read but not a lot. I have started reading more now as that’s how I can grow as a writer. I love the writing style of JK Rowling and Sophie Kinsella. As for my favorite books, whichever I complete fully becomes my favorite so, there are many.
Q. Who or what is your inspiration to write?
Ans. I take inspiration from everything I see, hear and read. Just a single image. That image stays in my mind so that I keep returning to it, and I keep adding other images to it. It’s an image that sometimes becomes a book for me.
Q. What else you do apart from writing?
Ans. Right now I’m preparing for government exams and studying Vedic astrology with my thrust for writing. When I’m not busy, I read, travel and try various cuisines.
Q. We heard that you are a Jackie Chan fan, what is the best thing you learned from his films which helped in writing?
Ans. The best thing about his movies is the comedy part. He is one of the actors who brings comedy in everything he does; whether it’s an emotional scene, action or romance. I just try to put that same element of fun and quirkiness in my characters.
Q. Any message for your readers and budding writers you want to give?
Ans. I’m not a big fan of unsolicited advice myself. It makes me want to run the other way. But if I must, it’s this: keep reading and keep writing as much as you can. Concentrate on the world within you and you will find everything you want within.