Well we are starting our first interview on WriterStory with a young and dynamic best selling author. Let me introduce Anamika Mishra to our audience. She is an author of bestselling novel Too hard to handle. She is also a motivational speaker and a personal blogger who loves to share her experiences sailing through the ripples of life on her blog.
She loves to travel and do photography. She holds a degree of Bachelor in computer applications followed by Masters in Journalism and mass communication from Amity University. She is a big dog-lover and supports People for animals NGO too.
She has won GoodReads Popular Choice Award For Debut Novel in 2013
Anamika Mishra Interview:
What inspired you to start writing?
At first I would like to thank you for giving my an opportunity to speak my heart out through your blog. It feels great to be the first author to get interviewed on this wonderful website. Its a great initiative and I wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart.
Well, talking about my inspiration behind writing, my mom herself is a writer. She used to write fairytales and moral stories for renowned magazines like Nandan, Lotpot etc. So, I guess writing is in my genes. Stories and tales always caught my attention. All I can say is I was bitten by the writing bug in my childhood only.
What did you like to read when you were a girl?
I loved reading novels by Charles Dickens, J. Spyri and Enid Mary Blyton.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
It was to reach the word-count. You see, being a writer its very easy to weave a story without any boundation but it becomes harder when you complete writing a book and then you are asked to stretch it to reach a certain word-count. Challenge is that reader should not feel that the book has been stretched, so you have re-work on all the chapters.
When I wrote Too hard to handle, I wasn’t aware of the guidelines and all, so I finished the whole story in about 35k words. Then my publisher told me that your novel should at least has 45k words. So, I re-worked on my book to make it hit the word count.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
A Lot!! Every twist, every turn, every character and word. I do research and then I make it a part of my book. It takes around 1-2 months to complete the research work.
What motivated you to write the book “Too Hard to Handle”?
Well, its really heart breaking to see that youngsters these days have started forgetting the real meaning of love. One-night stands and two-timings have now become a day thing. No one is happy and satisfied with their relationship. Every second status on FB you see is about heart-break etc. This only inspired me to write Too hard to handle. In this book, I have tried to explain what actually real love is? The trust value, the respect factor and power of forgiveness, all of these comprise together to make a successful relationship. With Too hard to handle, I’ve tried to make people realize the real meaning of love.
You seem to write a lot of quotes. Can you share some?
I’ll share two of my favorite quotes that I composed:
1- Most amazing people are those who are true to themselves
2- True joy of nature is when every drop of water shines like a pearl
There are lots more, you can read them on goodreads.
Who are your favourite authors?
I admire Paulo Coelho, Nicholas Sparks and Debbie Macomber as authors
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
As I am a full time writer, I write for at least 8-10 hours a day. Presently, I am working on my fourth book, so I am working over-time too! I usually write for my books at night.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
All I want to say is never stop dreaming and never fear failure. With patience in you and firm determination for your work, you can climb any peak of any height.
Thank You Anamika for shelling out your valuable time.
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