I have limited control over how my books will be received by readers but I can promise to deliver my best says Author Shuchi Singh Kalra.
Shuchi Singh Kalra is a writer, editor, and blogger based in India. She writes for publications and businesses, and also runs a writing firm called the Pixie Dust Writing Studio. Her first book, Done With Men, featured on the Amazon bestseller lists for two consecutive years and now she is back with her new novel ‘I am big. So What!?’.
We had an interview with her recently and here’s the highlight from the confab.
Q. How is the response of your latest book ‘I am big. So what!?’, We found that it has got some very positive reviews on Amazon, are you satisfied with it?
The response to IBSW is has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging, to say the least. Although it is a romantic comedy, it had a different theme and dealt with a sensitive subject. Thankfully, everyone who has read it has loved it and many readers have written in to tell me how much they identify with the character of Roli.
Q. Tell us something more about your journey, what keeps you going?
From academic writing, writing for print magazines, starting a blog for Indian freelancers, to launching an independent writing firm, and finally authoring books I have come a long way as a writer.
Novelty keeps me going. I am not someone who’s satisfied being in the same place and doing the same thing for too long. I constantly need to grow, evolve and expand my horizons, even if it means changing paths completely.
Q. What is your quest as an author? Where you want to see yourself in the next 10 years from now?
I want to author several books and hopefully, some of them will go on to be bestsellers. I have limited control over how my books will be received by readers but I can promise to deliver my best. I also want to try my hand at multiple genres and styles.
Q. Your first solo work, the novella ‘Done with men’ got good reception and now your 2nd book is in the market, are you happy with the growth?
Oh yes definitely! For a budding author, nothing is more satisfying than having readers appreciate your work. In my opinion, IBSW is slightly more nuanced than DWM and I hope I can grow and do even better with my forthcoming books.
Q. As an author in which genre you want to continue writing and why? Are you working on something new after ‘I am Big. So what!’?
I enjoy writing romantic comedies and both my romcoms have been fairly successful, but I’d like to experiment with more genres too. The book I am working on right now is a significant deviation from what I have written in the past. The story is still woman-centric but has darker shades and more layers.
Q. Is finding publishers a challenge? How is your experience of working with FP publishers?
Yes, it is because the competition is tough and publishers get so many manuscripts each day that it is difficult to make yours stand out in the pile. I have found that getting a literary agent to represent you really helps. It lends credibility to your manuscript and improves your chances of being published, even though it’s still not guaranteed.
Working with Fingerprint Publishers has been wonderful so far. They are a relatively young publishing house but they have some really interesting titles out in the market. Right from editing, cover designing, and marketing, the team is really professional, dedicated and full of new ideas.
Q. Tell us about your writing firm Pixie Dust Writing Studio, how it works?
PDWS is a writing firm that takes up writing and editing assignments for businesses of all sizes from across the world. We help with website content, company blogs, ebooks, bulk articles, and book/content editing. Apart from renowned Indian companies, we’ve had clients from the US, UK, Dubai, Maldives, Greece, France, Spain, Australia, Canada, Singapore and even Sri Lanka. The idea is to provide bespoke, international standard and affordable writing and editing services to a global clientele.
(Cover: I am Big. So what!? Source: FP)
Q. Who are your favorite writers and also tell us about your favorite books?
This is one question I have never been able to answer simply because there are so many. I read anything I can lay my hands on and I don’t care much for the genre either.
Q. Who or what is your inspiration to write?
I find inspiration from everything around me – it might be a conversation, an emotion, an incident, an object or an individual. Even the most seemingly mundane things can have stories to tell.
Q. Any message for your readers and budding writers you want to give?
It is because of readers that authors find the motivation to write, so thank you for supporting our work and us. For budding authors, I’d just like to say – keep reading and keep writing as much as you can. That’s the only way to get better at your craft.