22 October, 2015

#Interview with Roshni Shetty, #Author of Sexual Orientation isn't Mr. Simpleton

About the Author:

I’m Roshini Shetty, MDS in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Forensic Odontologist, Certified Laser dentist, Researcher with patented innovations, Medical writer, book reviewer, Novelist, Short story, Non-fiction and Flash fiction writer.

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Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I’m a born ‘storyteller’! I have been writing stories since the age of eight years. 

What inspires you to write?
Real incidences that have a strong impact on my mind!

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
The idea occurred when a relative of mine got married to a gay, it was an arranged marriage. Initially all of us were furious at that guy for having married her by deceit but later giving the situation a deep thought with a calm mind, I realized that probably even that guy was a victim!

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favorite scene in the book is the argument between Adarsh and Manish in the ninth chapter regarding the complicated nature of sexual orientations. It is my favorite scene because it helps in deeper understanding of a complex topic.

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I’m an avid reader. I read books of almost all genres. I have read books of established as well as new authors. I review books for free on request by authors who offer me a free copy of the book for review. My favorite authors are Sidney Sheldon, Stephenie Meyer, Dan Brown, Rhonda Byrne, Deepak Chopra and Arvind Adiga. Though I enjoy reading books and have liked the works of a lot of authors, yet I feel that my writing style isn’t influenced by any; I simply write on subjects which have strong social impact and which will help society in a positive way. My books aren’t for light read, I want my readers to become motivated enough to stand up for justice and truth. 

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Writing is like ‘True Love’.  When you passionately love someone, it doesn’t matter whether that person is alive or dead, whether they ditched you, whether they hate you or whether they love you; all that matters is, irrespective of any circumstance in your life, you will find yourself always loving them. Writing is something similar to this; whether you were able to find a suitable traditional publisher or not, whether people love your work or not, whether you make money from your writing or not, all you have to do is, love your writing. A true writer understands that he can never be bored of writing!

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
Of course I wouldn’t carry any books.  I seriously hope that I’ll never be stranded on any deserted island! Only three things will be too less to survive on a deserted island! The thought itself is scary! 

What do you have in store next for your readers?
I write both fiction and non-fiction. I have been working as a medical writer almost since one year and have been active in writing medical books and articles which are being published by a leading publisher in India. I’m also involved in writing short stories, flash fiction and articles. My next fiction book has been tentatively titled by me as, “Guys as defined by a Guy”; I’m doing the final editing of this book now. Also in line is a medical jokes book.

About the Book:

The fictional story describes a crime and the psychological aspects governing it. In a country where arranged marriages are very common, if you ever happen to marry a gay, then who is at fault? Is it the fault of the girl, the guy, their family, their relatives, the law or the society? This novel describes the story of Adarsh and Aakanksha who are passionately in love with each other but face problems due to their untold truth. The plot revolves around the complicated sexual orientations and the attempt made to understand it better. The story motivates us to do more research on the various sexual orientations. It stresses on the importance of more concrete understanding of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community and more evidence based research to make this world a better place to live in. 

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