Me: How are you feeling?
Aditi: I feel like a frozen icicle. Delhi’s getting darn cold slowly. Jokes apart, I’m currently in a content state. Things seem to be on the right track. So I am not complaining.
Me:Yes, it’s quite cold in here too. Let’s start with a conventional question. Tell us something about yourself.
Aditi: I am a mother. This is what will always come first. The rest follow – writer, swimmer, shopper, foodie, and an utter romantic.
Me: When did you start writing & what/who inspired you to begin writing?
Aditi: I have been writing for a very long time. As a child I used to write my personal diary and a travel journal. Writing a novel is a recent entrant though.
My parents and the stories they told me are an inspiration. My child is too – when you have to tell a kid a new story every night, there is no choice but to keep your creative juices flowing.
Me: What did you like to read in your childhood?
Aditi: Enid Blyton and more Enid Blyton. A few years later I was hooked onto Satyajit Ray’s Feluda series.
Me: Feluda is my favorite. I have read every story of Feluda in my childhood days. 🙂 So, who is your favorite Author? Anything specific that keeps you hooked to his/her writing?
Aditi: I like reading a plethora of authors. Usually the story line and the book cover is what attracts my attention. But, in general, I like Danielle Steele and the poignancy that she brings up in her stories.
Me: Oh, I see. What is your current book about? Can you tell us something about it?
Aditi: My Dream Man explores the changing relationship between a professor and his student. I don’t think I want to divulge any further.
Me: How have you conceived the idea about writing this book?
Aditi: Ideas just come to me suddenly – out of the blue. This one also just happened.
Me: Could you tell us something about the main character of your current book?
Aditi: The female protagonist is a vivacious Bengali girl and the professor, who is twelve years older to him, is a mature and calm person.
Me: Tons of other books are being published every day out there. What makes this book different and attractive for a reader?
Aditi: Because it has been written by an attractive lady! (Giggles). Jokes apart, I think the teacher-student relationship in a romance plus the kind of twist that it has hasn’t been experimented with yet.
Me: That seems interesting. It is said that a writer should always read a lot, do you agree? Does it influence one’s writing? How do you avoid the influence & maintain the flow?
Aditi: The words should / have to doesn’t apply to writers. We are a bunch of creative people and we do what we like. For some reading works and for some staring into open space does.
If one were to read only a single author’s writing then it is likely that some influence would brush off. As for avoiding influence, there’s really no need to avoid it. Every writer, eventually, always finds his own style coming out.
Me: Do you follow a special regime to write? And how do you go about writing every day?
Aditi: The only regime that I follow is that I need to feel happy and energetic. When I do I can write even an entire chapter in an hour. But when I’m tired or upset I can’t get the words out of me. So there are days at a stretch when I give myself a break without feeling guilty about it. And I never set myself goals like ‘X words in X days’ etc. I write when I feel like.
Me: Do you like to plot and plan everything beforehand or just let your writing lead you though the story?
Aditi: I have the basic plot in mind. That’s it. Names of characters, incidents, the twists everything happens as I write.
Me: You are a management graduate. Does it help you in your writing career?
Aditi: Nope. But, having an MBA degree, being a good student, and being an alumna of well known educational institutes in the country does give me a sense of self pride.
Me: When you sit to write, how do you create the flow/mood to keep writing without getting disturbed?
Aditi: I don’t create because I can’t. I have my responsibilities which I need to fulfil. So I just avoid times when disturbances are high. So till I know I can get some silent time in the house I stay away from writing.
Me: Do you see yourself exploring other genres like crime thriller or fantasy?
Aditi: Fantasy maybe. But in the distant future, if ever. The only other genre I like writing is tales for kids. My first book – an ebook – was a collection of short stories for children – ‘Hama-Guri goes to School’.
Me: What is, according to you, are some of the traits of a successful writer (be it’s a blog writer or a fiction/non-fiction writer)?
Aditi: When a writer can write without thinking how much royalty he will be getting, he’s a successful writer.
Me: Well put. In what position do you see yourself five years from now?
Aditi: The mother to an almost teenage daughter! (Laughs)
Me: 🙂 She is lucky to have a mother like you. What do you like to do when you are not writing or reading?
Aditi: Sketching, swimming, being with my kid, Whatsapping.
Me: New Year is around. Do you want to give any message to our readers?
Aditi: It is easy to make promises to oneself and even easier to break it. Don’t do that in 2016. Have smaller goals if need be, but live upto it.
Me: Thank you so much, it’s a pleasure interviewing you. Tell us when your book is going to be released and where can one find it?
Aditi: My Dream Man is already on the stands. You can order it from Amazon or PustakMandi. It will be on Flipkart soon.
Me: Also, if you are okay with it, how can someone get in touch with you?
Aditi: They can follow me on FB or on Twitter.
So folks, that’s all about Aditi and her book, The Dream Man. From her words, it seems intriguing. Watch this space for more interviews and discussions. Thank you for reading. ❤
—-interviewed by Anirban Nanda.