I have a charming lady called Pachi Priyanka with me to talk about herself and her new book, that’s called Thistle and Weeds.
Hi Prachi, thank you for agreeing to this interview. It’s an honor to get to know a person like you. Let’s get on with this interview session.
Tell us a little about your ambitions for a writing career?
I love words. And this fascination for words probably reflect in my endeavor to express myself- be it in letters, poems, articles, and now, stories. Writing for me is not a career, it’s a life-long passion. My only aim as a writer is to be better each day.
So, what is this new book about?
Thistle & Weeds is a collection of eleven engaging stories that explore the intricacies of love, life and relationships that elevate familiar occurrences into beautiful meditations on love and loss.
Where can we buy or see them?
As of now, the book is available online. You can order a copy from Amazon, Flipkart or at Pustak Mandi.
What genre are your stories?
Hmmm..they are mostly romantic stories– providing a deeper insight into the working of human heart.
What draws you to this genre?
I think my urge to understand people and their perspectives, and of course the romantic side of me that believes in the wonders only love can create.
What are you working on at the minute?
I am working on a novel these days. And I am excited about it.
Great… That makes us curious!
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
With a full time job, and then the responsibilities of home, it rather becomes tedious to squeeze out time to write.
Thanks to the co-operation that I get from my husband, that if I sit to write, he tries to manage things on his own.
I generally sleep late and do most of my writings before I go to bed.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
Well, honestly, I try to be more organized. Writing stories happened mostly when I felt inspired. But with writing novel, it demands more discipline and sincerity.
To begin with, I have made it a habit to write a few pages before I wind up for the day.
Where do your ideas come from?
I think the ideas usually come from quotidian experiences- from the complications that arise when we are in or out of a relationship, or somewhere in between. There are millions of untold stories around us, we just need to listen.
Wow..beautiful! So, your latest book, what was the hardest thing about writing
Thistle & Weeds?
Editing the stories! Ufff, It was tiring and tedious.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
That it’s as easy as to breathe, and as essential too!
How long did it take you to write this book?
Around eight months. But then, it was in intervals that I wrote. And when I was inspired enough to write, the first draft did not take more than two sittings at a stretch.
How does it feel that people are buying your book?
Terribly terribly humbling. An honor.
Is there anything that you would like to ask someone who has read your collection?
Yes, I would want to ask them– Did you identify with the characters in the stories? Did the stories stay with you? Did they touch you somewhere? Did the book change you in any way?
Oh! That’s a lot. Okay, so what are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Any criticism is good criticism as long as we listen to them and find what and how we need to address the issues raised by the reader/or reviewer.
Good reviews are definitely encouraging, but it’s the bad reviews or/controversies that sometimes go to make bestsellers! So, all criticism is welcome.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
When you write, write your heart out. Write as if nothing else matters. But when you edit, be merciless towards yourself. Chop out irrelevant words. Rewrite and polish your work before you send it to the publisher. No matter how good your story line is, a hurriedly written, badly edited manuscript is more likely to be turned down.
Do you have a reader in mind when you write stories?
Not exactly a specific reader. But yes, I am aware of readers in plural– and I think it would be bad manners not to.
When I edit my stories, I always try to ask myself- Am I clear in the way I have presented the plot?Will the reader find it confusing, interesting, obvious, repetitive, gripping, or monotonous?
…because it is important to respect the reader who is going to spend his/her time and money on when he/she picks up your book to read. The reader should not feel it to be an effort wasted.
You are a faculty at a reputed University. What was the response of students towards your book?
Oh, it was overwhelming– the way they showed enthusiasm to order, read and recommend the book to their friends– it has contributed greatly to the response that the book has received. The first edition has been sold out in just the first few days!
Get the book here
The pride they felt in their teacher’s book is very touching. And I will definitely love to thank each one of them for choosing to read Thistle & Weeds.
Love and blessings!
Thanks a lot Prachi for taking time out to speak about yourself with your readers. All the best for the book and the upcoming novel.
(Image 1: Prachi, as she speaks about the book at the book launch)
(Image 2: Prachi, with her colleagues and other renowned people at the event)