Author Interview: ‘Love and Hate’ by Vidisha Chandna Dua

About the Book:

Many times in life we make choices, not based on logic but what we are feeling at that particular moment without realizing its effect that will have on others.

Alia’s life is changed unexpectedly because of the choice she made. How is she going to bring her life on track again? Will love conquer hate or is that an impossible task?

 

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Excerpt:

“Is everything alright?” asked Ruby.

“I’m not sure? There is this guy who just moved in the apartment just opposite to mine. I just saw him outside,” Alia replied annoyingly.

“I thought you said ‘he is soooo cute. I wish I had combed my hair before I opened the door’, Ruby said imitating Alia.

“Did I? Well, I have changed my mind since. I must have been sleepy when I saw him coz now, he is just creepy and not as tall as I thought he was,” said Alia.

“What changed.”

“It’s just a feeling I get when I see him, and I have seen him a lot lately. Wherever I go, he is there smiling at me. It just puts me off,” said Alia.

“I still don’t get it. Of course, he smiles when he sees you, he is new here, and he knows you. Maybe he wants to be friends and can’t muster up the courage to ask you directly.”

“But he only smiles at me or talks to me and no one else,” said Alia.

“How would you know that?”

“A few days back, I was talking to Mrs Puri in the park, and she was going on about how kids today don’t even greet. They just go about their business. Then she told me to be careful of the new boy who just moved in as he is always in a foul mood,” said Alia.

“Why are you listening to her? She is a lonely old widow. All she does is poke her nose into other people’s business,” said Ruby.

“Don’t say that. She is a nice old lady,” said Alia and smiled. “Another thing I found out is that he had the option to rent a studio apartment on the 5th floor, which had a better view just like mine, but he rented the one opposite mine with no view at all.”

“If you ask me, he likes you and maybe is hesitant to ask you out. The next time he smiles, talk to him, and I bet he will ask you out, and then you can find out why he chose 2nd floor to 5th floor,” said Ruby smiling.

“No, thank you. I am done with guys. Last time a guy gave me so much attention and then broke my heart.”

“Oh, come on! Do you know how hard it is to find the right guy? Not everyone is the same. Just talk to him, maybe he is not that bad as you think he is unless you like girls,” said Ruby grinning. “I am ok with that too.” Alia and Ruby started laughing. After a lot of discussion, Alia promised Ruby to give Vikrant a chance next time he talked to her.

The next day when Alia went for her usual morning walk, she smiled back at Vikrant, it felt good.

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

Ever since I can remember, I have been a daydreamer. I love to travel, try different cuisines, dance, listen to music and, most of all, I love to read. I grew up in India and U.A.E. After completing my studies, I worked in India, Australia, and U.A.E, lived in Norway and travelled whenever I got the chance. It gave me an understanding of how cultures around the world differ and where the similarities lie. This has greatly influenced my writing.

My love for writing has also been influenced by my passion for reading. Every summer holidays, my parents would take us to a bookstore to buy as many books as we could carry. I could not get enough of fiction novels and would re-create them in different scenarios. I started writing when I was in school and continued till I was in college. It was mostly about how my day went, people I met and life’s varied stories. It took a long time for me to write a book because storytelling requires dedicated time and planning to articulate that I could not spare. I made five-year plans for what I needed to achieve. If it was not in the plan, it was not meant to be.

Those five-year plans went out the window once my daughter was born and I took a break from work. Every day was busier than the next. That is when I started thinking about my life, people I had met over the years, places I have been to, and life’s many surprises.

I remember once my daughter asked me there were so many different things she wanted to do in life and whether she would be able to do them all or will she have to choose? I told her if she worked smart and hard, she could do them all. That conversation stayed with me. Then one day I took my daughter for her first dance class and had an hour to spare. The conversation with my daughter came back and I thought to give writing a try since that was something I always wanted to do. I started making notes on my phone and in a couple of weeks, it became my first Novella ‘Life’s Not Over Yet’. It is true that sometimes life happens even when you are not looking.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

There is no fixed time or place. I can write anywhere and any time I get to myself.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I am inspired everyday by my surroundings. Ever since I can remember I have been daydreaming about ‘what if’ scenarios for everyday happenings. The idea that every decision that a person makes affects so many other people that are connected to that person has always intrigued me.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I write by listening and talking to my characters. Whenever I get an idea about a story line, the first thing that comes to my mind is one of the characters. That character starts a conversation with me and slowly other characters come to life interacting with each other. As the story line grows, it becomes like a movie where I can picture each and every scene. That is when I start writing and, in a week, or two I can clearly see how I want it to end. It isn’t always easy to write everyday, as my life is busier now than when I used to work. There are always distractions. To ensure that I write everyday even if it’s just a few lines I write when everyone’s gone to sleep. That way I fall asleep dreaming about my story line.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Sweet Contemporary Romance. I want to write a mystery with a dash of romance next. I love being transported to the world of mystery, suspense, and romance.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

My latest book Love and Hate is revenge gone wrong love story. Emma Watson would be perfect as Alia who is stubborn, independent and lives life on her terms. Chris Pine as Rahul, charming, tall, and handsome. Chris Hemsworth would play the part of Vikrant, a man with a purpose silent and brooding.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I used to read a lot before I started working. It is difficult to say who my favourite author is as there are so many. L.M. Montgomery is one of my favourite authors. Even though I am a big fan of mystery and suspense novels, I made sure I read the entire ‘Anne of Green Gables Collection’. I love reading Agatha Christie, John Grisham, Jeffrey Archer, Robert Ludlum and Ayn Rand’s books.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

At present, I am concentrating on my writing and promoting my books. Hence, I am reading articles on how to get book reviews and promote books.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

There are so many of them. I remember when I was a in school, I loved Famous Five, Nancy Drews, Anne of Green Gables series. Then later own I got hooked to Agatha Christie, Mills and Boon books. Then there was Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series. As you can see, I love Fiction and as I stated earlier I love being transported to the world of mystery, suspense, and romance.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

My advice to writers is that don’t worry about the details when you start writing. Write whatever comes to mind. Once you have a clear outline of your story as well as the characters that you want to portray then revisit whatever you have written, edit and bring life to those characters. Make readers feel the emotions that the characters are going through.

Ensure your book is edited and has a good cover before you publish. There is lot of hard work involved if you want your book to be a success. You need to do your research on how you want to publish your book. Taking the Indie route is easy but then you have to promote your book yourself. Ensure to get your book reviewed well in advance. As readers read based on reviews, you need to have the reviews ready but you need to sell to get reviews so it is a catch 22 situation. There are various sites on the internet that will list out bloggers who can review your books for free or will take a small fee.

To conclude even though it is tough if you love writing then don’t stop. Keep at it and at the same time keep researching on how to promote your books. There will be a day when you will have your answers and your books ready for the world to read.

“Do your work as best as you can without worrying about the results. If you love what you do then that is reward in itself, the rest will follow when it is meant to be.”

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

 

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About the Author:

Ever since she can remember Vidisha has been a daydreamer. She loves to travel, try different cuisines, dance, listen to music and most of all she loves to read. She is also a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the Finance industry for over 11 years.

idisha took a break from work when her daughter was born. Her life changed when she took her daughter to her first dance class. She had an hour to spare so she started writing a story and then there was no looking back. With life experiences from the Middle East, Scandinavia, Australia and India, Vidisha weaves an emotional and romantic journey for her characters. She has always believed that if you really want something, the universe will come together and open doors that you never thought existed, all you have to do is listen and look carefully around you.

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