ANUJ TI­WARI - Writer of In­spi­ra­tional Ro­mance Nov­els

"Never Judge a Strug­gler with Un­re­al­is­tic Fac­tors!"

Storizen Magazine - - Front Page - by Pria

You started writ­ing very early. Any par­tic­u­lar ex­pe­ri­ence which led you to writ­ing or was an im­promptu de­ci­sion? What is the great­est chal­lenge in writ­ing a book?

The great­est chal­lenge is tak­ing the courage to write. Most of us have a story to tell, or it would be cor­rect if I say we all have some­thing to share but we don't en­cour­age us to speak. Sec­ond, to pub­lish it.

In­dian pub­lish­ing is very vast. Though the in­ter­net has opened many doors to share your story but still to get the best pub­lisher among the list of 45, it's a task and pa­tience of years.

Your first book, Jour­ney of two hearts (2012) is an out­come of 6 months of de­pres­sion. Would you like to throw some light on the pe­riod of low point of your life and how you man­aged to re­trieve?

It feels like it just hap­pened months ago but it's more than 5 years now. I was suf­fer­ing from De­pen­dent Per­son­al­ity Dis­or­der (DPD), which is like a ter­mite. It eats you up from in­side with­out your con­scious knowl­edge. Also, I had a long list of pre­scrip­tion for de­pres­sion with DPD. That was the worst time of my life. Those six to nine months changed ev­ery­thing. Ev­ery­thing.

My mother said one thing when I was go­ing through a tough time that life is on an in­cline, ei­ther you go up or go down.

It's never easy to move on when you have fallen in love so deeply. I am an emo­tional per­son, so you can guess, how many times and how much I cried with no clue of be­ing an au­thor. It's all good luck from some­one I loved most in my life.

How dif­fi­cult is it to re­live your pained past while writ­ing a book based on re­al­life in­ci­dent?

It's easy when you are in pain be­cause you re­lease it but it be­comes tougher when you are moved on by time and then re­mem­ber­ing those mem­o­ries. That's worst.

You started by sell­ing the copies of your book on Mum­bai streets. What was your ex­pe­ri­ence? At any point, you felt like giv­ing up?

I was al­ways an in­tro­vert, so for me, it was a crazy thing to do, but you know, you do ev­ery damn thing to just to make you be­lieve that your life is never a shit. It hap­pened that way.

You write on Ro­mance, any other genre you tried or would like to try?

Small cor­rec­tion, it's in­spi­ra­tional ro­mance, which is a com­bi­na­tion of self­help plus story of your life which you still re­mem­ber. I just give a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive to think. I tell sto­ries which are your sto­ries, which are sto­ries of peo­ple I love. So lots many things to write be­fore I think, what I need to write. Prob­a­bly, then it I'll think, about what I am good at.

So many ro­mance nov­els hit the stands ev­ery month. What still keeps you go­ing in this genre? Do you try more to be orig­i­nal or to de­liver to read­ers what they want

I'll al­ways be what I was (be­fore the book). I write what I see and feel. If my books are changed in fu­ture, prob­a­bly we need to ask our­selves - have we evolved over a pe­riod.

Ev­ery Kash­miri is not a traitor or a ter­ror­ist -The book is writ­ten with this thought. What made this tran­si­tion pos­si­ble? What are your thoughts in the present times?

When I was search­ing for a pub­lisher in 2012. Edi­tor of a very prom­i­nent pub­lisher asked me how many peo­ple fol­low me on so­cial me­dia. I had only 3 mem­bers in my fam­ily and a cou­ple of good friends who be­lieved in me. So I was quite. That day it hurt me a lot. Today, I have a fam­ily of more than seven lakhs hard­core read­ers. I turn non­reader into a reader. That's the big­gest com­pli­ment for me. So never judge a strug­gler with un­re­al­is­tic fac­tors. A good story should be told, and pub­lish­ers should match their voice to tell a story to ev­ery­body.

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you try­ing to build a body of work with con­nec­tions be­tween each book?

My books are in­de­pen­dent in read­ing but mu­tu­ally con­nected if you have read them all.

Cre­ativ­ity is above than boundaries. So I have no par­tic­u­lar schedule but usu­ally, I get up at 4 am in the morn­ing and spend some

time look­ing out of my bal­cony and start the day with my lap­top. That's how it

goes.

Some peo­ple are a part of my life, and with­out them, it's dif­fi­cult to write a book. So you'll find them in my books maybe more than once.

Do you be­lieve in writer’s block?

Not so far. I think it is just an ex­cuse not to write.

How hard is it to es­tab­lish and main­tain a career in fic­tion writ­ing?

Dif­fi­cult when you are not full time.

How many un­pub­lished and half-fin­ished books do you have?

For­tu­nately none. Even my so­cial me­dia sta­tuses are con­sumed in my books. So noth­ing is used in my case. Lucky enough.

Could you de­scribe the mun­dane de­tails of writ­ing: How many hours a day to you de­vote to writ­ing? Do you write a draft on pa­per or at a key­board (type­writer or com­puter)?

Cre­ativ­ity is above than boundaries. So I have no par­tic­u­lar schedule but usu­ally, I get up at 4 in the morn­ing and spend some time look­ing out of my bal­cony and start the day with my lap­top. That's how it goes.

What was your hard­est scene to write? Are you plan­ning to adapt any of your sto­ries to the screen?

There are many but the lat­est is the hug be­tween Ar­jun and his fa­ther (from the book I Tagged Her in My Heart) be­fore that scene I never got an op­por­tu­nity to hug my fa­ther but af­ter writ­ing it, it hap­pened. And it is ex­actly the way I de­scribed in my book :).

Any ad­vice you would like to give to our read­ers and as­pir­ing writ­ers?

Pa­tience is the key. Don't be in hurry just to pub­lish your book with any pub­lisher. I still be­lieve in tra­di­tional pub­lish­ing if you are look­ing for long term.

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