Hey folks! How are you doing? Recently we got into an interesting conversation with Mahasweta Ray, the author of ‘Yours Lovingly’. It’s been an enriching and fun filled conversation! Here we are, sharing some bits of it with you!
When was the first time that you realized you wanted to become a writer?
Mahasweta: It was not really a realisation. I have been fond of creating stories and storytelling since long and I wrote them in a diary since I was 13.As academic pressure increased, I could manage to give less and less time to reading and writing but right after my 12th exams, both reading and writing became an integral part of my routine, maybe because now I badly want to become a writer.
Tell us about your writing journey!
Mahasweta: As I already said I have always been obsessed with storytelling since long. Initially I started with writing flash fictions to give a way to the story brewing in my mind. Then I tried my hands in poetry but it seems that it doesn’t even meet my expectations so now I am trying to write a novel although I don’t know if I can meet my expectation here.
What according to you is the most important part of your writings?
Mahasweta: According to me, character sketching and character development is the most important part in my writing.
Tell us about your current book!
Mahasweta: The book that we are talking about here, “Yours lovingly” comprises of 10 tales of love. And by love here, I have tried to include a diverse range of emotions and portray the subtleties of human emotions. In short this book provides an essence of human relationships and love.
What is a message that you’d like to give to the writers out there?
Mahasweta: I would just like to say keep writing. No matter what, it is like a healing process of our soul and spilling words are the easiest way to bring our emotions to life so never stop writing.
What does your family think of your writing?
Mahasweta: My parents are quite supportive about my passion for writing and they do support me here more than I can imagine otherwise publishing a book in my student life only would be beyond my thinking.
What is the next project you are working on?
Mahasweta: As I already said, I am working on a novel now. A duology to be precise.
Do you have any suggestions to help become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Mahasweta: I don’t think I am the right person to give suggestion in this regard but still I would just say that give your heart and soul to your project. Make it your only passion and in this way you can bring life in your story.
What does literary success look like to you?
Mahasweta: I have a dream of becoming a bestselling author one day and a movie/show would be made from my book.
How did publishing your book change your process of writing?
Mahasweta: To be very honest, publishing my book was like a dream come true and this has not only encouraged me to work hard on my projects but also given me a scope to reach out readers who can furnish a review of my work and thus help me indirectly to work on my writing.
How often do you face writer’s block and how do you bring yourself out of it?
Mahasweta: Writer’s block makes a regular visit to me and makes sure I don’t end up writing good (laughs). I think reading is the best way to get out of this
What does a day in your life look like and when do you find time for writing?
Mahasweta: At the current juncture, everyday in my life is bound with online classes and pile of assignments. However I still try to invest time in my writing as I said that writing is like a healing process to me.
If you were a reader, what would you ask yourself being an author?
Mahasweta: Why is the author Mahasweta Ray such a sadist and loves sad ending so much?
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