Author Interview: ‘The Mess in Her Womb’ by Dr. Chhavi Gandhi Juneja

About the Book:

Pranay Ahuja and Drishti Kapoor are quintessential young, happily married couple in their thirties in the Garden city of Bangalore. Their seemingly smooth ride through life is jolted by a hurricane when Drishti learns about her issues of infertility. With constant failures, miscarriages, and continuous In-vitro fertilization procedures, Drishti spirals into depression. The chase for the baby leads to a strained relationship with her parents, finding solidarity in the people with the same circumstances, and resentment towards people with pregnancy announcements. Understanding her deteriorating mental health and initial denial of the treatment, she diverts her chase from the baby towards mental peace.

This is the story of a woman who has everything everyone else wishes for, a loving husband, an extremely supportive set of parents, a blooming career, and financial security. In order to pursue what she can’t have, she risked everything she had. While drowning in the sea of sorrows, she finds solace in her best friend Naina, who like her, is trying to be pregnant through IVF, Mrs. Seema, a successful business owner and her next-door neighbor, and her boss and colleagues at her workplace.

In this contemporary fiction of pain, hurt, rage, disappointment, loss, love, and hope, follow Drishti and Pranay in their mission to find their purpose, rekindle the lost love in their relationship, and build the world they have longed for.

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Author Interview:

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

I am Dr Chhavi Gandhi Juneja, and I am a doctor by profession and an author by passion. I belong to a small town in North India and currently have a blissful life with my Software Engineer husband in Bangalore (South India). A few months back, after serving for two years in the pandemic, I decided to chase what I have always wanted to do: write a book that creates a positive impact in people’s lives.

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

My favourite time is always in the morning and I have a corner of my couch with a table that gets me the best ideas.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My ideas are inspired by real people and their emotions. I always try to make a story quite relatable.

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 form an initial framework but I am quite flexible. In case the initial plotline isn’t compliant with the storyline ahead or vice versa, I modify it slightly while trying to keep the essence of the story.

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

I mainly write contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, and medical fiction. Since I am a doctor and I like to make my story as close to reality as possible, these genres are where I can thrive.

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

Hollywood- Jennifer Lawrence and Sebastian Stan

Bollywood- Sanya Malhotra and Vicky Kaushal

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

I read a lot. My favourite authors are Cecelia Ahern, Robin Cook, Elizabeth Gilbert and J.K.Rowling.

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

I am reading 1984 by George Orwell which I am going to discuss in the book club called as “Elegance Book Club” and I am very excited!

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book shall always remain Pride and Prejudice because of Jane Austen, a feminist of her times, and the Harry Potter series because my loneliness of teen age was absolutely vanished because of that book.

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

Finish that book, get it edited well, and market it even more. There is no way your art doesn’t deserve any credits, you just have to work hard.

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

Instagram: www.instagram.com/drchhavigandhi

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chhavi.gandhi.37

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/22316614.Chhavi_Gandhi_Juneja

Amazon Kindle: www.amazon.co.uk/Dr-Chhavi-Gandhi-Juneja/e/B09W9CY767

About the Author:

Dr. Chhavi Gandhi Juneja is a Clinical Microbiologist, an Infection Control Officer, and an up-and-coming author of the new novel “The Mess in her womb: A couple’s journey through Infertility.” After serving her time in the reputed laboratories and the hospitals of India before and during the pandemic, she got inspired by the resilience of the human race to survive in the adversities, but at the cost of mental peace and lucidity. The misconstrued decisions against the restoration of mental health and the complete obscurity regarding the importance of it, she took some time out to pen down her experiences with two stigmas ruling our society: Infertility and Mental Health.

As a dedicated healthcare worker, Dr. Chhavi has featured in the Doctors’ day 2020 edition of the esteemed Readers’ Digest.

During her free time, she enjoys a cozy cup of hot chocolate while reading novels by Cecelia Ahern or Nicholas Sparks.

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