27 July, 2015

#Interview with Swati Sharma, #Author of Fashionably Yours

About the Author:
I am Swati (Swotz) and I was born and grew up in Delhi. I write women centred romantic comedy aka chick lit. Before dabbling into writing, I completed my post graduation in business. Amazingly I have learned Spanish and German and have valid certification in both but sadly can’t speak any of it in decent fluency. Before writing Fashionably Yours, I have authored four coffee-table books and written for a lifestyle magazine. One thing very few people know about me that I am a clairvoyant and no it’s not a joke! Currently I live in Delhi with my extensive collection of nail polishes, lipsticks and with a very neat pile of fashion magazines. Drop by my Facebook page or Twitter and say hi!

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An Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
Honestly I don’t remember dreaming about being a writer but I had always loved writing and it’s even surprising to me that I have actually became a full-time writer. 

What inspires you to write?
I guess seeing your name engraved on the book is good enough reason to inspire any writer to write even on bad days.

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
The idea of the book which I am currently working on came lurking in my mind while I was editing my debut novel Fashionably Yours. While editing that book I was so tired and fed up that I desperately wanted to escape but of course I couldn’t given the fact that I had to finish and submit the book before deadline so I had started to write couple of lines about how it would feel like escaping to some exotic destination in a diary (I always keep a diary on my night stand to write down any random thought, idea or line that comes to my mind) and later on those couple of lines took the shape of a book. 

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
Yes, there is. Before Fashionably Yours I had written a young adult novel and sent it to every publisher I could think of. Though it was not accepted but I got some really positive feedbacks about my writing style and storytelling in rejection letters and all that appreciation played the huge role in encouraging me to write my debut novel.

Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t follow any set method. I just get on with the idea and let my characters tell their own stories. 

What is your favorite scene in Fashionably Yours? Why?
I enjoyed writing the conversation between Maya and her mother. They shared the most mysterious out of all. 

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
I wish! But no they don’t. 

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I write in soft yellow lightings while I edit in bright lights. I know it’s strange but it is what it is. 

What is your usual writing routine? 
I wish I could say that I am a very organized writer but I am afraid I am not. I mostly write at nights between 8p.m to 2a.m. It’s the only time of the day when I find myself most productive, creative and active.

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
Reading is the part of my profession and incidentally it’s my favorite part. I love Alexandra Brown, Scarlett Bailey and Hester Brown.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
If you really want to survive then develop a thick skin. While some people will love and appreciate you, some are going to pick on you and criticize you but you can’t let them take a toll on you. 

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
If you really want to be a writer then never stop writing no matter what. Develop your craft and believe in your story.

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
Kindle, Water and Phone.

Three fun facts about you.
I am a fashion blogger. I am Clairvoyant. I collect travel, interior and fashion magazines.

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I spend all of my free time with my nieces, they are my best friends. They are 2,4 and 6. We go out for shopping, movies and lunches. Dolce Amante is our favorite place to eat, relax, bitch and enjoy.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
I want to go to Tuscany and Cotswold. I want to learn baking, proper backing like scones, cakes, cookies and cupcakes.

What do you have in store next for your readers?
Currently I am working on a story about a girl who finds friendship, love and life in the most unlikely place among most unlikely people.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
If you’ve not already read Fashionably Yours then today may be a good day to get your copy as Amazon.in is giving out the copies on fabulous bargain. 

About the Book:
“Maya Kapoor swaps the snowy mountains for the glittering ocean.”

Maya Kapoor arrived in Mumbai with a glamorous dream, quite literally. Maya wants to be a serious fashion writer for the high-end fashion magazine, Glamorous but luck is not in her favour. Instead, she lands a job with a local fashion magazine, Style. Maya hates everything about it but for now this is all she has. Despite all the odds, Maya is excited about living an independent, fashionable life in the city of dreams.
At twenty-five, love has eluded Maya. But when she bumps into the dashing photographer, Aryan Malik, she falls head over heels for his gorgeous smile and charming manner.
But Maya seems to be stuck in a rut - her credit card bills are sky-high, her melodramatic mother can't stop ranting, the boss is unbearably cruel, her younger sister has decided to tie the knot, and she's not sure if Aryan could love a simple, confused girl like her.
Will Maya get the fairytale life she dreamed about or will she let everything slip through her fingers? Read her diary and find out.