Today on 'On Writing, we have Ruchira Khanna, a talented writer who defines herself as just another soul who is trying to make a difference in this lifetime.
Ruchira is a Reiki Master in her spare time where she passes out information about channeling universal energy and conducts sessions. Stay tuned for another fiction novel coming in early Jan’2016.
Welcome to ‘On Writing’ Ruchira Khanna.
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How did writing begin for you? Was becoming an author always your dream or was it a particular event or incident that gave birth to the author in you?
Honestly, I never thought of penning my thoughts cause I would just say it loud enough for anyone or everyone to hear it. Thus, was quite happy in my corporate life as a Biochemist. It’s after the birth of my son I kind of sobered down with my words and realized how soothing it is to say minimum yet mean a lot. That inspired me to pen down those words, and voila! The birth of a writer took place!
How important are the names of the characters in your books to you? Do you spend agonizing hours deciding on their names?
Esp the ones who play a significant role in my book. I research for their meaning depending on the role they will be playing in my novel.
What is your least favorite part of the publishing/ writing process?
I agonize over the part of finding a publishing house. Choices were my first book, and I did not even bother to look for one. Went ahead and self-published it. For my Children’s book I had to look for an illustrator but fortunately, after a year of looking, I could grab a deal of a publishing house n an illustrator in their house. I have a second novel coming up, which again took me over eight months to finalize upon a publisher. I guess until I find a literary agent, this will continue to agonize me!
What is ‘Choices’ all about? How long did it take to complete writing it?
Choices: A Novel makes us ponder IF fate makes a man, or do his desires? Do ambitions and desires actually lead a person to true happiness and fulfillment, or does providence and life changing events actually show a person the true path to follow? ‘Choices’ raises these questions, and attempts to answer them.
This Novel was a part of my Nanowrimo in the month of November 2012. So, took me a month to complete it.
Who is your favorite character in the book and why?
Fortunately, Leonardo gets an opportunity to stand on the intersection of desires versus fate. But, characters such as Mateo and Albert are my favorite who in spite of fate churning them like dead meat, could stand up and make the necessary choice.
No doubt, man is the strongest when he is at rock bottom, but to be aware of it, and making a choice is what makes him admirable!
Do share a snippet/ Quote from your book.
Mateo made a decision to control his own choices, thus controlling his fate at this junction.
Is there a certain type of scene that is harder for you to write than others? Did you face such an issue while writing ‘Choices’?
My most challenging scene to write was the time when Albert was being killed. I had a terrible time to be in the scene and continued to pen them down at the same time. Usually, I shun away from the bad and the ugly, but I had no ‘choice.'
What is your method of writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
For me, a take home message is very essential. Thus, decide on that foremost and then develop my characters. After that, I go with the flow while writing.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
So far the reviews for my plot for “Choices” are satisfactory. I thank my readers for their time to review it. However, being my first publication I did not research well for an editor thus, shows in my work.
Overall still satisfied with it being my first published work.
With regards to advising…I would embrace the bad, and convert it from bad to good. After all this is a ‘choice’ we ought to make, if we want to grow as a writer.
What are the three tips you have for readers who are aspiring writers?
1) Allow your surrounding to inspire you.
2) Write because you feel for something not because you have to!
3) Be open to criticism and make it a stepping stone to move ahead.
Thank you Ruchira for the interesting answers. I wish you all the very best for your future endeavors.
Leonardo is a young man who is standing on a crossroad of life, facing choices. He has a few questions, questions that all of us have faced when facing choices that can change our lives. Does fate make a man, or do his desires? Do ambitions and desires actually lead a person to true happiness and fulfillment, or does providence and life changing events actually show a person the true path to follow? ‘Choices’ raises these questions, and attempts to answer them. It is a slice-of-life, a book written from the heart.
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