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Aparna Sinha’s first novel ‘Ashwamedha’ recently came in the market and the thriller got thumbs up from readers and the critics. Equipped with a Master’s in management, when she was forced to quit her lucrative job because of a chronic disease, she focused on her sole passion – writing.
Recently I had a very sound confab with Author Sinha and here’s the highlights of the interview;
Q. How is the response of your 1st novel ‘Ashwamedha’ so far? We found that it has garnered some very positive reviews on amazon, are you satisfied with it?
A: Response is overwhelming, considering it is a literary thriller fiction- a genre which is not very popular with young Indian readers. I am happy to see that there are many readers dropping in their reviews for Ashvamedha which is also their first review for any book, it is very motivating for the author
Q. Tell us something about your journey, your ups and downs.
A: Life is a sinusoidal wave; it reaches its crest (the highest point) and the trough (the lowest), the crest, seems shorter and trough the longer, though nature balances everything equal. The book came when after hitting the highest point- lucrative job, promotion, new house and luxurious international vacations; then I hit my lowest (or so I thought) when I had to leave the job because of a disease, which was not only painful but also with no cure; a disease which put marks all over my body and I started to shy away from mirrors. I couldn’t sleep, I could see my whole life and career slipping away. But that was the point when people around me t told me not to give up. I pulled myself and started writing, and I was cured as the book finished.
The disease I thought made me lose my beauty, helped me gain a new identity- I am an author now, I realized my childhood dream; I am a mother now; moreover now I am stronger than before, and I carry those scars with pride.
Q. What is your quest as an author? Where you want to see yourself in 10 years from now?
A: My only quest is to give the readers a good story and over that a good, rich literature to read. In 10 years I would like to be face of female thriller writers; a genre where female authors are not abundant, globally
Q. Do you miss being a working women as you had to leave your job because of a chronic disease?
A: Initially, when the pain subsided and I recuperated fully, I started to miss working in office and the economic freedom; but by that time I was so involved in writing (I used to write 8-17 hrs daily) there was no reason to go back, unless I finish the job in hand. Later I became a mother- now it is my full time job.
Q. As an author in which genre you want to continue writing and why? Are you working on something new after ‘Ashwamedha’?
A: I would stick to Crime & Thriller genre, more because it requires a lot of research, writing the same is also as exciting as reading it. There are very few female thriller authors, globally; I want to see this genre getting popular among female writers and readers.
A mystery novel, Rijisha is underway
Q. Is finding a publisher was a challenge? How is your experience of working with Srishti Publishers?
A: Yes, it was. New authors like myself, often find themselves lost and confused while submitting the manuscript, especially, now when the Indian publishing market is blooming and besides traditional publishing many self-publishing and co-publishing companies are available; A big thanks to existing writer friends like Deepak Kripal and Eshwar Sundaresan, for guiding me through this.
Srishti is the best publisher one can have; they are supportive, enthusiastic empathetic and above all very professional. There is a reason they are behind many bestseller authors of India- they offer all possible help to the first time authors and treat them with great respect, motivating them throughout.
(Cover of Ashwamedha. Source: Srishti Publishers)
Q. How well you balance, being an author and a mother?
A: There are times when I am confused and lost and there are times when things are lot under my control; and slowly it will all start to fall in place, as of now I could balance motherhood, writing and being a wife, just fine.
Q. Who are your favourite writers and also tell us about your favourite books?
A: I have list of favorite authors- Charles, Dickens, Ivan Turgenev, Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky, Kahlil Gibran, Oscar Wilde, GB Shaw, Parsai. In Thriller- Robert Ludlum, Alistair Mclean, Michael Crichton, more contemporary ones are- Aravind Adiga, Khaled Hossein, in Thriller- John Grisham, Dan Brown…
Oh I can sit and name so many authors, I love to read and I could recommend.
Same applies to books – most of the books by mentioned authors are very rich in literature and great reads, besides ‘Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka, ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ by Harper Lee, ‘Memoirs of Geisha’ by Arthur Golden are some book that I love.
Q. Who or what is your inspiration to write?
A: I like to express my feelings through writing and everything around me becomes the inspiration, from global current affairs, to internal turmoil, from nature beauty to feud outside the house, pain, happiness; everything is an inspiration. Besides, my mother is renowned Hindi writer; I got my writing habits in my genes.
Q. Any message for your readers and budding writers you want to give?
A: To readers- Please try new authors, genres, and style of writings; visit bookstores, buy books instead of borrowing or getting free copies.
To writers- If you have a story to tell, write. Write responsibly give a message to your readers.