29 December, 2017

#SpecialFeature :: An #Interview with Jyoti Arora, #Author of You Came Like Hope

*** Special Feature - December 2017 ***

Quick Recap:
1st December - Introducing the Author

About the Book:
“I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling.”
“When it comes to a broken person, some of them are expert at blinding you. Spend an entire evening with such a person, but you may still not know how he is crushing inside.”
“Who would say no to him? He is smart, intelligent, super handsome, rich, suave and sophisticated. He’s perfect!”
“Pooja gave no explanation. She asked no forgiveness. She just arrived in his home, resenting him for being her husband.”
“He had smiled as if nothing was wrong.
He had behaved as if he still had his dreams and hopes.
He had pretended as if it didn’t hurt.
But it did.”

Does Destiny hold the key to our happiness?
Is it always the feeble that is the victim?
Love can be the embrace of heaven. But what happens when it unleashes hellfire?

Lose yourself in the intense narrative of You Came Like Hope as it unleashes a rollercoaster of emotions, uncovers some bitter truths, challenges widespread prejudices, and forces you to reconsider your beliefs.

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An Interview with the Author

What is the first book that made you fall in love?
I think it was Pride and Prejudice. I had a crush on Fitzwilliam Darcy for a long time. 

What is the first book that made you cry?
I don’t cry so easily. However, No Greater Love by Danielle Steel brought me very close to tears. It is about a young woman who loses her parents and fiancé when Titanic sinks. The book is her journey of survival, supporting her siblings, and finding love again.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Dream’s Sake

What did you do with your first check from your books?
Nothing interesting. Just deposited it in the bank.

What would you choose as your spirit animal?
An eagle

Have you ever been on a literary pilgrimage? Do you plan to?
That is one of my dreams.

If you were to turn into a literary character for 1 day, who would it be and why?
I wouldn’t mind being Elizabeth Bennet if it gives me a chance to spend a day with Mr. Darcy!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your books?
Characters don’t always obey your orders. They will do what they want to do. If you force your will on them, it will make the characters’ behavior unnatural.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
No secrets. But I think I poured a lot of myself in my first novel Dream’s Sake. 

If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?
You are going to be proud of yourself when you grow up.

Who do you personally favour more and why? Peehu or Nirvi?
I am proud of all my heroines. Aashi, the heroine of Dream’s Sake, is a spunky girl, working hard to make a place for herself in the world. Nirvi is a fighter, and Peehu is very real, very adorable with all her hopes and fears. But if I have to pick one, I’ll pick Nirvi, the heroine of Lemon Girl. She is a very complex character, as full of rebellion as of submission. In fact, her very submission is an act of rebellion. She stands for the value of self-respect. Her journey delivers a very important social message.

What are the most unethical practices in the publishing industry?
I don’t know about most unethical. But giving an author negative royalty because the book is selling at discount is quite unethical.

Have you ever actually seen the printing process? Do you want to?
No, I have never seen the printing process. I sure would like to see it. Every experience can come handy while writing books.

About the Author:
Jyoti Arora is a novelist and blogger from Ghaziabad. You Came Like Hope is her third novel, coming after Dream’s Sake and Lemon Girl. She is Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology. 

Jyoti has over five years of experience working as a freelance writer. This experience includes abridging over 24 famous English classics like Jane Eyre, Moby Dick etc.

Jyoti Arora is a patient of Thalassemia Major. But she does not let this stop or discourage her. For her determination and achievements, Jyoti has received appreciation from Ms Sheila Dixit, Ms Maneka Gandhi and the Ghaziabad wing of BJP. Her life story has been covered in various local and national TV shows, radio programs, newspapers, magazines and websites like YourStory and Inspire India. She was also one of the ‘100 Women Achievers of India’ that were invited to witness the Republic Day parade of India (2016) as special guests.

Besides reading and writing novels, Jyoti also enjoys blogging and has won several blogging competitions. She loves checking out latest technological innovations, watching movies, and listening to old Bollywood songs. Reach her at jyotiarora.com.

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