Hey folks! How are you doing? Recently we got into an interesting conversation with Shivya Soni, the author of ‘Phoenix: Rise from ashes’. 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?
Shivya: Back in college when I used to write less but read a lot, those books used to whisper in my ear that one day they shall carry my name – that was the magic moment.
Tell us about your writing journey!
Shivya: It started when one of my friend taught me that language matters but emotions are the core of poem, that was the life changing moment which started from a library. I used to write on everything then, every little thing. Even in my final exams I used to cover my textbooks either with poems or random verses with a dream to make it read by people worldwide.
Tell us about your current book!
Shivya: My book ‘ Phoenix – rise with ashes is story of my five years. I always allow the over part of my overthinking to flow freely in my poems and this book is glimpse to it. Whether there is some society’s problem or heartbroken tears or my healing and growth- it’s a collection of such poems.
What does your family think of your writing?
Shivya: They were shocked when books actually came out as they were unaware about it.
What is the next project you are working on?
Shivya: I am working on a story this time along with my brother.
Do you have any suggestions to help become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Shivya: Keep it raw! Polishing isn’t a tough task but keeping it raw and sending out it to world is challenging.
What does literary success look like to you?
Shivya: For me success is to be content– it can either be money, big cars and hotels or peace out of my work.
How often do you face writer’s block and how do you bring yourself out of it?
Shivya: This is the worst phase that I never wish to enter but I have been through it many a times. It’s deep dark hole where you have plenty of thoughts but not a single word, where ink doesn’t flow through it’s right way. It feels the same just empty.
What are your hobbies apart from writing?
Shivya: I don’t have anything in particular but I love to paint specially something related to my writings or I usually go and explore the new surroundings.
What does a day in your life look like and when do you find time for writing?
Shivya: I am busy with my 10 am – 6 pm job usually but I don’t take out any extra time for writing, as soon as something occurs in my heart J will keep everything aside and write it down. It occurs anytime and everytime.
What inspires you to write?
Shivya: The overflow of my thoughts but first time I wrote down something was out of inspiration from a senior and Paulo Coehlo books.
If you were a reader, what would you ask yourself being an author?
Shivya: My question to me as author would be “Why you love to suffer?”
You can buy a copy of ‘Phoenix: Rise from ashes’ by Shivya Soni here https://amzn.to/3kWlZsG