Raj Singh is from Gaya, Bihar. He is a graduate in Spanish Language from The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. Currently, he is working with Amazon India as a Spanish language resource.
What inspired you to start writing?
In fact, I never planned on becoming a writer. But during my college days, I used to write poems and blogs. And, I realized that my friends like my poems and other stuffs I wrote in blogs. The stuffs or things I used to write in my blogs were mainly inspired from happening around me. Gradually, I made a habit of writing on a daily basis and one day I decided to try my hand in writing field.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
I read mostly short stories such as Godan, Poos ki Raat, and stories about our freedom fighters.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
To be honest, there are so many challenges in writing a book. First, you need to keep it in mind that your story should not be matching to the story of any other author. Then, the second thing is, time management. It’s really very difficult thing for the authors who have a full time job. And that’s why most of the authors are nocturnal because they find night as the best timing to pen down their stories. And, last challenge is, to keep yourself motivated and maintain the pace or rhythm of writing.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
For this book, Breakup before love, I did not need to do any research as this book is a complete pack of my imagination, inspiration and fiction. But, yes, for my previous book, Anna Hazare – Adhoori Jeet Ke Nayak, which is biography of Anna Hazare, I had to do lot of research to get the proper and authentic information.
What motivated you to write the book “Breakup before Love”?
During my college days, I saw many strangers becoming couples or lovers and many couples having breakups. But, one day I experienced that breakup can happen even before love and it motivated me to write “Breakup before Love”.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Breakup before Love”?
Basically, it’s a story of Ritu and Anoop. Anoop loves Ritu but never dares to propose her and when he decides to propose her, he got to know that she loves Samuel, one of her classmates. But, soon Ritu breaks up with Samuel and come back to Anoop life, who still has hope that one day he will propose her about his love. But all of sudden, one day something happens which changes their life. They become complete strangers for each other. They completes their studies and left the university forever. After three years, Anoop accidently sees her in a market in Kolkata. But he is confused whether she will recognize him or not. But will Ritu come back into his life again? Will she forgive him? And, will their life start over again?
How did you came up with the idea of writing romantic fiction genre book?
I have read many books of this genre but I witnessed that there are many stories which are being repeated, adding few masala and still people like them. And since during my college days, I witnessed love-shuv and breakup stories therefore I picked up one from those ones. In fact, Brekup before Love is not all about love and remonce, it’s blend of friendship as well as enmity.
Who are your favourite authors?
Premchand, Dharamveer Bharti, Paulo Coelho, Khalid Hosseini and Gabriel García Márquez.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
Usually 1-2 hours per day but there are days when I don’t write even a single word.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
I’m not a well-known writer who can give suggestion to other writers but I would like to share what I have learnt in my writing career. Never ever give up. Sometimes many obstacles would come in your way but you have to have belief in yourself then only you can reach your goal. Please do not let your words die. If you ever get frustrated, take a sabbatical, visit some places and then sit with a paper and pen.
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