Interview with Author Sindhu S. on the making of her novel ‘The Plunge: A Love Story’
IHB: Briefly describe your journey in writing your book.
Sindhu: I wrote the book seven years ago. It took about six months to write the story, following a sudden burst of creativity, at the end of which I suffered lingering writer’s bloc. I forgot about the book completely for the next five years. Two years back my son, who turned 19 that year nudged me to complete the publishing process. I completed at least seven rounds of revision, roped in a few friends to read the manuscript and point out areas that called for improvement. It was a painstaking process.
Two years later, I successfully published my work, ‘The Plunge: A Love Story’ on February 13, 2013. The book is available on Amazon in the contemporary romance (women) category.
IHB: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Sindhu: When I was about 17, I loved to scribble poems and short stories, a few of which were published by some local magazines. But once I got into journalism, fiction writing was intentionally avoided, so as to not clash with news style.
IHB: Why did you decide to become a writer?
Sindhu: I am an introvert and have a huge stage fright. The only way I am comfortable communicating my thoughts to others is through written words. I never ‘decided’ to become a writer. It just happened.
IHB: What inspired you to write your first book?
Sindhu: The book started off as e-mails to a friend, who suggested I turn it into a book.
IHB: What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
Sindhu: Do not confuse love with lust; they throb in two entirely different zones of the human body.
IHB: What is your writing schedule like?
Sindhu: About a thousand words a day when in mood.
IHB: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Sindhu: People I know, their lives and their experiences. My life too inspires me.
IHB: How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?
Sindhu: I have published only one book. I am working on two more, once again a fiction set in the Middle East, which happens to be my favourite.
IHB: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Sindhu: Start the story at the most interesting point, go with the flow, and limit flashbacks, stick to a single point of view; these top my list.
IHB: Do you hear from your readers? What is their most asked question?
Sindhu: How long did you take to write this book? Why did you put in sadness?
IHB: What do you think makes a good story?
Sindhu: Great story telling, with a gripping plot and fleshed out characters.
IHB: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? What do you do to overcome it?
Sindhu: Often. I enjoy those dry patches as well, where I read stories by other writers, travel, watch movies, etc.
IHB: What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
Sindhu: The numerous revisions tire me.
IHB: Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell us about it.
Sindhu: Most of my novel ‘The Plunge’ is based on real life events, things that happened to people I know.
IHB: Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
Sindhu: My domain www.sindhuspace.com is an open book to my thoughts and life.
IHB: Is your book self-published? What are your thoughts on traditional versus self-publishing?
Sindhu: My book is self-published through the Print on Demand platform Createspace. Traditional publishing does not require you to worry about marketing, which is a huge bother. But since traditional publishers are as a rule closed to new writers self-publishing is a respectable corridor to the publishing world.
IHB: What are your feelings about ebooks?
Sindhu: E books reach more people, the younger crowd in particular. But nothing can beat a book in hand, the charm of turning the pages is matchless.
IHB: Do you have any advice for new authors?
Sindhu: Revise well, go for cheap editing services initially and hire a professional proofreader and cover designer during the final stages. Do not rush, but do not delay endlessly, set deadlines and stick to them. Never fall into the trap of vanity publishers.
IHB: What books or authors have most influenced your life or writing?
Sindhu: A range of them, Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, Franz Kafka, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, to name a few.
IHB: What kinds of books do you like to read?
Sindhu: Romance, humour, thriller, memoir, spiritual, motivational, I love them all.
IHB: Please give us a brief synopsis about your current book and when and where it is available.
Sindhu: When a thirty-something journalist Anjali meets the charismatic Siddharth, she has no intention of becoming romantically involved with him. Anjali is a strong, independent woman, angered by the man’s world she lives in and traumatised by events in her past. Anjali is certain that, after months of chatting online, when she finally meets Siddharth the charm will be broken. But she is surprised to find herself attracted to him – and shocked when they fall into bed together on their first date. For the first time in her life, Anjali is at the mercy of her emotions and desires…and as she plunges into an affair with a man she knows little about, she risks losing everything. Set in India, The Plunge is a frank and powerful examination of modern relationships that every woman will identify with.
‘The Plunge’ is sold by a number of online book retailers, including Amazon (Link: http://www.amazon.com/Sindhu-S./e/B00BJK05WI), which is the primary seller.
IHB: If there was one thing you could tell your readers, what would it be?
Sindhu: Let me know what you like about my book and what you do not. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reply, positive.