Pooja Upadhaya Mishra: Author of Rolling in the Dark- Interview

Pooja Upadhaya Mishra is an Author of the book ROLLING IN THE DARK

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About the Author

Pooja is perseverant, grounded in her faith, opinionated and a fighter. She strongly believes what she believes in and is completely unapologetic about who she is. Raised in a conventional rural family, she is a blend of rural and urban. She loves holding onto some of her values and also challenges all that her urban mind is unable to accept. A masters in communication, Pooja has worked as a PR professional in India and currently resides in the United States. She is an avid reader, writes blog, loves dance, music, movies and travel and is a big-time foodie. This is her debut book.

1: What inspires you to write?

– After I left job my job in India and moved to the United States post marriage, I started writing. I have always loved writing but never thought I could until I did. The sense of engagement with the characters is an intense and addictive pleasure.

2: How long does it take you to write a book?

– Rolling in the Dark is my debut book and took me almost one and a half years to write. I had scribbled on my pages until one morning I wrote that came to me organically and was substantial.

3: In which genre you would write your book other than this Genre!

– I wish to write biographies.

4: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

– I have learnt:- a) to plan and structure my story well b) to consider the sequence of events in the story. Would the plot read better if some of the events occur in different order? c) have become more professional in the editing process.

5: What are common traps for aspiring writers? –

a. Too much of research. You have spent months searching the web and books and piled up a bunch of notes which might have not been used in the book. Instead one can look up things, if necessary, when stuck in the writing process.

b. Innumerable feedbacks. Looking for one or two feedback is fine but anything more than that will make you change the plot, lose the essence of the characters. You cannot please everyone.

c. Trying to be original. One day you might be reading or watching something and find a portion similar to what you have written. You cannot go back and start changing the manuscript. Maybe name of the characters or a little description here and there can be changed.

6: How often do you write?

– I write few lines everyday but when I am writing a book, I cannot write unless something strikes me in relation to the story. So there are days when I do not write at all.

7: What does literary success look like to you?

– Getting published is a success. Getting notes from my readers who loved my writing, that’s an even greater success. No one wants to feel like their writing is out there but not getting read. Knowing that someone has read and loved my work is a huge boost to my confidence as a writer.

8: What are your hobbies, passion other than writing?

 – I love music, traveling, books and dance. I am a trained Bharatnatyam dancer.

9: Which of your novels best describes you as a person?

– This is my first novel and the character Meera is very opposite to me as a person.

10: Have you ever written a character based on the real you in some part?

– As I said this is my first book and the characters has nothing like me in any part.

11:which is your favourite character from the book?why?

– Meera, the protagonist, is my favorite character because I have thought of her and built her character everyday and at one point I felt as if she was my own.

12: Can you tell us about your current projects?

– I am already in the process of writing another book but do not want to give out anything now. It is too early to tell anything.

13: A message for aspiring authors – Do not give in to your insecurities or difficulties with writing. You can overcome them with one simple step: keep writing. Do not give up on your endeavors to improve your work or become published. You should be proud of what you are able to do as a writer and never give up on your dreams.

– Do not give in to your insecurities or difficulties with writing. You can overcome them with one simple step: keep writing. Do not give up on your endeavors to improve your work or become published. You should be proud of what you are able to do as a writer and never give up on your dreams.

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