Newbie Corner is that cosy corner on my blog where I talk to newbie authors regarding their passion, their inspirations and their book. You can ask your questions to them in the comments and they will reply to your questions.
Welcome to ‘Newbie corner’ Kritika. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am an enthusiast writer, researcher and a wife. I like to write fiction, poems, reviews and self-help tips. I have recently started writing a blog which caters to all the topics. Outside of my little writing bubble I am a Senior Manager in Nielsen India.
You are coming out with your debut novel, a romance. How different is it from other books currently in market?
My upcoming book’s title is ‘Live-in with a Ghost’, which is being published by ‘Half Baked Beans’ publishers. It’s a love story that is about a woman who finds herself in the midst of supernatural. She not only accepts it in her life but also falls in love with him.
The way I find it different is how love evolves in midst of crisis. Unlike every other love story we read, my book offers something unique, which simply gels into a love story.
How long did it take for you to complete writing it? What is the target audience?
Given my work and house, I was a little slow. It took me around 6 months to make it worthy of sending it to publications
The target audience is anyone who likes to read a romantic love story. If I have to quote an age, it would be anyone of 15+ age.
What kind of a writer are you? Do you plot the entire novel or make it up as you write.
I usually plot the entire novel in my head before I start writing, however many things change as I write. A lot of situations depend on what the story demands; I am very flexible to change if I like the flow
How do you manage your work and your passion for writing? Do you have a favourite place to write or a scheduled time every day?
Honestly, it’s not easy. My work requires at least 10 hours constant attention, but writing de-stresses me so I always find time to write something, which is usually at night. Many times I am up all night just to satiate my hunger to write.
I like to write in my bedroom or my study as I am very comfortable in the cosy surroundings. Plus I get a beautiful view from both rooms which inspires good thoughts
Who are your favourite authors and what is the genre that you like reading most?
My first ever book was “Harry Potter” and it left a mark on me. J.K. Rowling is my all-time favourite author. Apart from her I like to read books from Indian authors (especially new authors), the story they have is usually very interesting.
I normally like to read love story and fantasy.
Tell us which part of the process of creating a book bothers you? The writing part, editing it, querying, publishing or the marketing part?
Querying is the most difficult part. Anticipation of acceptance and fear of rejection can make you edgy and even depressed. I don’t think there would be any author who has not faced endless rejections. This wait really bothers me
You are associated with Nielsen. Can you tell us a little about it?
Nielsen is the world’s leading Market Research Company. I have been associated with it for more than 7 years now. People do ask me why I never change, truth being told I love it here. They have a great work culture and lots of learning avenues. Although they are non-Indian company, you don’t feel it like that
What is the message that you want to convey to the readers through your book?
There are basically two messages - firstly, love can happen anywhere in any form. We should accept it fearlessly. And secondly, no matter what happens, love always finds it way.
When is your book going to be released? How does it feel to finally see your dream fulfilled?
The book is to come out by September end. It is being published by Half Baked Beans publisher. Really excited to see it and feel it.
Thank you Krittika for being my guest at Newbie Corner. All the best to your book and writing career.