BLW: Let’s welcome the successful Indian newbie author Prachi Sharma to Book Lovers World.
Prachi Sharma: Thank you :)
BLW: Firstly, congratulations on the launch of your book "Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time". Tell us a little about yourself.
music inspires me to writePrachi Sharma: Thank you very much for giving me this chance. It has been great working with you guys. I am a student studying journalism and I am a bookworm. I love to read a lot. Along with my passion for reading, I am a music freak. I somehow feel that music inspires me to write.
BLW: Tell us about your short story THE DEAFENING SILENCE, what it means to you, and how did you feel when you saw your name in the winners list?
Prachi Sharma: Being a recent pass out from school, I know how difficult it is to move on in our lives and watching those beautiful memories that we shared with our friends fade away. The Deafening Silence to me is a part of my life, a part where I learned and managed to move ahead in my life while still managing to maintain our connections and relationships.
I was ecstatic to see my name on the list as this is my first publication. I was actually jumping when I read my name in the list as to me this was a stepping stone and it actually inspired me to write more. It gave me the confidence to write more and better.
BLW: Tell us about the characters of your story. Is it a character from your real life or just a piece of imagination?
Prachi Sharma: Well, each and every character in my story is someone who has been an integral part of my life. It even involves some real life experiences which can never be forgotten.
For instance Mukund has been my friend since kindergarten and we’ve had some pretty great time together growing up. He is actually a very good sportsman and Sukhin used to flirt around with girls all the time.
BLW: What inspired you to write this short story?
Prachi Sharma: Writing this story was like writing a part of my life on paper. Some big moments, some funny moments and what not! To top it off, the contest came around at a time when I was a recent pass out and was missing my friends more than anything in the world. In such a situation, writing a story like this was like reliving my entire childhood. I guess the fact that I missed my friends so much inspired me to write this story.
BLW: Do you like to dedicate your work? To whom will you dedicate and why?
Prachi Sharma: I haven’t actually dedicated my work to anyone before as I have never had a chance to do so. But if I were to dedicate this work to someone, I would dedicate it to my mother who has been the support system in my life, backing me up in every point of my life and also to my beloved friends and their love and craziness that actually got this story selected.
BLW: What were your biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) when participating in online contests?
Prachi Sharma: At first I couldn’t think of anything to write. I was actually having a very hard time deciding what to write and where to begin with and who all to include in this story. But as I started to think harder, I went down that memory lane that had been hiding somewhere in my mind and as I revisited all those lovely memories, I learned that my whole life has been a wonderful journey with wonderful people and that came as a big surprise to me. You know, because you don’t think of the good things while they are happening to you but you realize its importance later on in life.
This experience has been the most beautiful thing that has happened in a long long time.
BLW: Do you blog? Do you think blogging helps you in learning the art of short story writing?
Prachi Sharma: I haven’t gotten the chance to start a blog yet but I do think that blogging is a great way to connect to a world of such talented people. Blogging is a great way of learning the art of short story writing.
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?
Prachi Sharma: I write whenever I get the chance but I do prefer writing in solitude as it allows me to talk and ask myself if I’m going the right way or if the story makes sense.
I do like to keep my iPod with myself because as I stated above, music is the only thing that inspires me to write anything. Music and lyrics have the power to ignite that box of feelings that dwell inside you.
BLW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Prachi Sharma: Well as a child I wanted to become an astronaut but soon realized it as a task next to impossible for me and then I had a few more ideas such as becoming a pilot or a scientist even. I guess exploring thing was something that excited me in my childhood. But as I grew older, I was got fascinated by the idea of advertisements and the jingles that played along with them, such as that 2 minute jingle for Maggi, and I guess that was the point when I decided to go into advertising.
BLW: What are your inspirations in life?
Prachi Sharma: My biggest inspiration in my life is my mother who is also a writer. When I look at the way she writes with such passion and dedication, it really makes me want to become like her.
Also, I get inspired by song lyrics and how they might seem just words but have such deep meanings hidden in them. The way the lyricists assemble these words to form a meaning so different than what the real eye can see and what a writer’s eye sees.
BLW: What books have inspired or influenced you as a writer?
Prachi Sharma: Being a book lover, I’ve read tons and tons of books but the one that has inspired me the most is The Chicken Soup as the book contains stories that touch your heart and brings out those deep buried sentiments that haven’t been let out for a long time.
In addition to The Chicken Soup, Dan Brown is one of the writers whose books have inspired me to write everything in such detailed manners that no space for doubts or confusion is left such as Angels & Demons and The Lost Symbol. Also being a romance lover, I was inspired by the romantic comedies written by Meg Cabot such as The Boy Next Door and Queen Of Babble and even Sophie Kinsella with her bestselling novel The Confessions of a Shopaholic.
BLW: What other secret skills do you have?
Prachi Sharma: Well I am a pretty great keyboardist and an average singer who can hum a little with the beats and rhythm.
And I also like to do a little mimicry while singing. I can mimic the talented Ellie Goulding and some more artists.
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.
Prachi Sharma: Naming 5 books is a tough job. To me every book I’ve read holds the same position. But I have to, here goes…
1. Angels & Demons (Dan Brown)
2. The Hunger Games trilogy (Suzane Collins)
3. The Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
4. The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown)
5. A Walk To Remember (Nicholas Sparks)
BLW: Message for the book lovers in this world!
Prachi Sharma: To all the book lovers out there, never stop reading because if you do, your chance to explore the unimagined stops. Books are meant to be read, and if we the book lovers fail to do so, the very existence of this new unimagined world, a world that you create just for yourself comes to an end.
Thank you so much for your time, Prachi. 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!