Recently, I finished a new new book "Untruly Yours". Here I am in conversation with the author Smita Shetty.
First of all, welcome to my blog and congratulations for your debut novel! You are getting nice reviews. It's quite an achievement as a first time author. What do you think?
Thank you Tarang! It feels great to be here. I can't seem to come to terms with the recent developments. If I am being honest, it hasn't sunk in yet. I was on a real high when the book was published and was sent a few copies over. Reading your name in print can be quite heady. But then you soon realise, getting your work appreciated is the real buzz.
The response has been hugely overwhelming. But equally, it's important to take on board all the comments if you want to evolve in your writing.
Your readers would like to know about you...so, please tell me something about you. I am a dreamer. I can spend hours detached from the real world; this ability is especially enhanced when I am driving long distance!
I am rubbish at telling jokes. I burst into fits of laughter before I even begin telling that. I love travelling. Someday I would like to do some travelling on my own. I have been told by my family and friends that I make a dreadful travel companion. I can get a bit picky about my food. I am also known to go into a mood if I'm made to walk for miles without being fed and watered.
Tell me something about your writing? Do you follow a strict schedule for writing?
Far from it! Now looking back, I wish I was more diligent in my writing. I can't write when I know I have other priorities that need my attention. But there have been some lessons learnt from my experience, I hope to be more structured. If that doesn't work, I'll probably slip into my old ways.
What prompted you to write 'Untruly Yours'?
A friend of mine gently cajoled me into writing. There were a few stories swimming in my head. Social issues have been addressed in many ways and I have attempted to raise awareness through humour. It could have gone horribly wrong. But, thankfully the reviews have been reassuring. I am passionate about raising awareness on these sensitive issues and i think that has come through in my writing.
Was it difficult to get a publisher for your book? Aspiring writers would like to know about the hurdles of getting a suitable publisher (If any)?
I would be lying if I said it has been an easy ride. There were so many barriers especially when you are trying to orchestrate the whole process through the long distance. Rejection can be soul destroying. You have got to keep your faith and keep going.
Was it difficult to publish your book in India as you live abroad?
Yes, definitely. It was testing at times. But I was determined to find an Indian publisher.
Would you like to share something about your next projects?
It will be another contemporary romantic comedy. I have enjoyed myself far too much penning Untruly yours to try something different.
Who is your favourite author/book?
I adore Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella. Their books are sumptuously laced with humour and sarcasm. I also find Stephenie Meyer's books strangely addictive.
What's your favourite genre in reading?
What do you think about blogging?
I think it's an incredible tool to spread your knowledge and ideas. Stay in touch with friend and family. For me, personally, it's been a fabulous platform to showcase Untruly Yours.
Some people say you can't find any fault in your own writing. I mean you like it anyway. What do you think?
I can't relate to that because I am very critical about my work. I have yet to pick up my copy of Untruly yours and read it, for the fear of finding of typos and cringing if I do fine a one.
Any writing tips for aspiring writers.
I'll pass on what I have learnt from my experience. Shed your inhibitions, write from your heart, and believe in your craft.
It's an absolute pleasure to have you here. I wish you all the best for your future projects.