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Today I share an interview with one of my dear friend who is not less than a mentor for me; her name is Puja Mohan.
While introducing herself, she says ‘I’m Puja Mohan. I am an author, a blogger, an avid reader, a cautious foodie, an aspiring traveler and most importantly a seeker.’
Want to know more about her and her Blog? Check the interview out!
Hello, Puja, my audience would love to know what motivated you to become an author & when did you decide to become a writer?
A few years back I was working for an MNC, and I felt stuck creatively, that’s when my father reminded me that I use to write stories as a kid and I should start doing that again.
When I started, I had no clue what I was doing, and I would just take one day at a time and write something each day. That’s how it all started.
I would like to know if you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I must have written a few which I don’t remember, but the one that I do remember was in my sixth standard for a writing competition. I don’t remember what I had written, but it was in Hindi, and my teachers really encouraged me. I remember that.
It is said that one’s writing is better when they are at their favorite place. Where is your favorite place to write? And Tell us a little bit about what motivates or inspires your writing.
I write at my desk, and that is where I am most productive. I have a clear idea of what my story is going to be about, but when I start writing, I am sure this happens with all writers, it’s almost thrilling to see your story unfold in front of you. Sometimes you have no clue your characters would do certain things, and then they do. I love that feeling.
We all have that book which has influenced us in life, same way which book or rather books have most influenced your life?
I feel I haven’t read enough to have come across a book that I feel has influenced me. I have a few nonfiction books that have been very inspiring. I recently read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and I am still mulling it over.
We all would love to know, what are you working on at the minute?
I am working on my next novel The Rajput which will be released in the first week of September 2017.
Since you are a Published writer, would love to know how long does it take you to write a book?
This is just my second book, and I am still figuring things out. I have tried a bunch of new things this time, so it’s been different from the first book. But to answer your question, a book can take anything between a few months to a few years depending on how well you write and how much time you want to give to your manuscript.
My first novel Perfect Imperfections took about nineteen months and the next one, The Rajput will take around the same time. You can check it out at my website.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
The learning curve had been huge. There is just so much to learn and so many brilliant writers to learn from that I feel the learning process has just begun.
What book/s are you reading at present?
I am reading The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. It is part of the All Thingz Bookish reading challenge on my site.
If I may ask you, How do you want to be remembered?
I think this quote by Andy Warhol sums up how I feel. “The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will.”
If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
Writing aside, what passions drive your life?
My family. In the recent years, I have grown to value my family a lot, and that drives a lot of my actions and decisions.
What is the name of your blog and what can readers expect to find there?
My website is by my name, i.e. www.pujamohan.com. I want the content of my site to inspire my readers to create abundance in their lives and be the best version of themselves.
What does your drafting and/or editing process entail?
This time around I have spent a lot of time outlining the story. The actual writing has been fun, and I think my humongous word count shows that. Which only means that editing is going to be a difficult task. I plan to do a few self-edits and then hire professionals to take a look at my work.
Are you traditionally published or self-published?
I will be independently publishing i.e. self-publishing my novel The Rajput.
Any words of Wisdom for newbies like us!
Write a little and read a little every day. That’s the only way to grow as a writer.
Hope you had some good time checking out the conversation.
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