BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Abhipsa Mohanty to Book Lovers World.
Abhipsa Mohanty: Thank you very much. Its a pleasure.
BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book "Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time". Tell us a little about yourself.
Abhipsa Mohanty: Well, creative writing has been one of my favourite hobbies. Initially I started off with writing poems, which used to be appreciated by friends. Then encouraged, I started writing fictions. I aim at inspiring people through my works.
BLW: Tell us about your short story A Visit To The Dead, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?
Abhipsa Mohanty: This is one of the first stories I wrote. It is special to me because it can be said that this was the story which actually made me a recognized writer at school. I am a newbie in this field and it is my first published work. So naturally, I was very much elated to see my name in the list of winners.
BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?
Abhipsa Mohanty: The story is purely based on imagination and doesn’t have any resemblance of any kind with my real life. So are the characters. The narrator of the story is a young girl who learns a valuable lesson in her life about friendship. She learns its importance and preciousness.
BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?
Abhipsa Mohanty: Nothing actually inspired me. I just got the idea of a plot, started writing it down and finally developed it into a complete story.
BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?
Abhipsa Mohanty: No, I always write for myself. Writing gives me pleasure and comfort. So in particular I would not dedicate it to anyone. But it is dedicated to anyone who appreciates it.
BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?
Abhipsa Mohanty: I don’t think there is any experience at all. One has to just take care that whatever one sends in such competitions should be relevant and admirable.
BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?
Abhipsa Mohanty: I don’t blog at present. But have a plan of creating my own blog after I finish with my studies.
BLW: When do you write the most? Is there a favorite place at your home or office where you write the most? Any props that you feel lucky to keep with you when writing?
Abhipsa Mohanty: First of all there is not any particular time when I write the most. Whenever I feel like and have good ideas coming to me, I sit down and pen them. But yes, I try finding out inspiring places to write at. Sitting on the terrace and writing is very delightful for me. And there are no props either. But I like to write in my journal the most.
BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Abhipsa Mohanty: I wanted to and still want to be the author of a solo novel, which is appreciated by a lot of people and inspires them.
BLW: What are your inspirations in life?
Abhipsa Mohanty: I can’t think of any right now.
BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?
Abhipsa Mohanty: There are many. But mostly, it has been J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
BLW: What other secret skills do you have?
Abhipsa Mohanty: There are no secret skills :). I am considered good at painting and sketching, that’s all.
BLW: To be a good writer, one should be a good reader. We know you enjoy reading books. What are the best books you have ever read? Name any five.
Abhipsa Mohanty: Well, there are a huge number of books which I love. But now that you ask me to choose the best five, its a difficult job. So I will try to pick out some which I have always enjoyed. They are - The Harry Potter series, Agatha Christie’s novels, The secret seven series (when I was a child), Jane Eyre and Far From the Madding Crowd.
BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!
Abhipsa Mohanty: I have seen that now-a-days the love of reading has shifted in another direction- online reading and e-books. People have forgotten the pleasure of reading from a real book. It is amazing-the feel of the pages, the comfort it gives. One has just no time to visit the book fair or a good bookshop and select from the shelves. So all I want to say to all the book lovers is moving ahead with technology is all very good, but sometimes going traditional and discovering its beauty is better. Thank you. :)
Thank you so much for your time, Abhipsa Mohanty. It's our pleasure to chat with you... And to the readers stay back for more. For the first time in BLW, we're interviewing all the contributing authors of the book. We hope you will like reading the response. Stay Tuned!