Art/Culture/Literature

Chit Chat with Anuradha Prasad

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Writing was a part of reading from a very early age. I was a voracious reader. I read everything I could lay my hands on. Starting from cartoons to fiction to non-fiction. Thrillers ,romance, adventure everything and anything that I could lay my hands on. In the early process of reading at a very young age, I had started to write after the school hours. I used to write poems in a small note book and did not have a whiff about my creativity.  It was at the age of 7. So I must say writing was a part of me forever. It just took shape when I started writing my first novel – two Winters and 365 Days. Otherwise I was into it forever. So to answer your question – there was not a definite time in my life that I decided to be a writer. It took shape into a profession. Before to writing books I worked with Times Of India and other notable publications. I was  above the rest of the grind I must say. Writing a book was a progression of that process.Writing as a journey was a continuous process.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It takes anywhere between one year to one and a half.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I write continuously. Finish my other work and immerse myself into writing. I try to wear my other  caps of a mom, homemaker and a working professional all into one with elan and panache. I keep a goal perday. Like- completing 1500 words  in a time of say- 4 to 5 hours available to me.Besides when I am writing a book it is playing in my mind continuously. If I get an inspirational thought I pen it immediately even in the middle of the night. I love the process and the whole time it occupies gives me a rush I cannot name it!

Anuradha Prasad
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I really don’t have a particular peculiar quirk to put my finger to. But yes a obnoxious frenzy to create something beautiful drives me to finish a book.

Do you think in today’s world lots of books and author are rising rapidly?

Yes.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

In my head. No where else. Its just pure creativity. I also get inspired by real life people and their stories. Ultimately a writer pens what he/ she comes across in life. It boils down to that.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

In 2013. I would like to reserve the answer to the later but yes I was around 40 at that time. But as I said writing as a journey started in my childhood not in my adulthood. Many people start writing a book at forty as they compare themselves to others.I am my own competition. I am my own judge. I endeavour to better myself and myself alone. Age is just a number.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I only concentrate on the written word nothing else.

What does your family think of your writing?

They are ecstatic. My spouse thinks no end of it and goes on talking to his colleagues and friends about my books. On the other hand,I am worried about the outcome of a book .Whether someone is going to read it or not? Even if I would not have published my books, I would be busy writing in some space. My family is very proud and I am humble about this gift.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

The surprising facts about writing books was the process of expressing a story in 200 to 300 pages. The same story can be written in a page. That is what I was doing when I was a feature writer writing shorter versions of peoples stories. Expanding on characters and dialogues was amazing. Another surprising factor was the books came out amazing. They were read and appreciated.

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