Q. I would like you to share something about yourself with our readers.

My name is sangya shrivastava, I belong to Bettiah Bihar. By profession i am a software engineer (Testing), writing poems and stories is my hobby. Some of my stories has been published in magazines, some on online hindi websites. I have written a poem for litgleam magazine (February edition) for the first time. I am very much inspired by the young writers and trying to learn new aspects of writing from them.

Q. How did you come up with the idea of writing this genre?

Sometimes in life we go through the experiences which change our lives completely. In our stories we write what we have experienced or take lessons and ideas from our surroundings. My story is also somehow combination of real experiences and some fiction.

Q. Where did you find the inspiration to write this book?

My brother  inspired and motivated me to write this book. He helped me at every step, from penning down my feelings to  the publication of the book. So all the credit goes to him.

Q. What exactly does your book convey?

Everyone in this world somehow experience the touch of love. Lucky are those who get their love for life. But true love is always selfless, it can change a person gradually into a responsible, loyal human being who sacrifices all his desires and personal comfort for the sake of love and for the sake of life of others. Everyone should experience the essence of love but never take a back step when it asks for sacrifice. How an ordinary person turns into a noble and extraordinary one, that is the magic of love..and it is the message, which my book conveys.

Q. What all was going in your head while penning down this book?

People say that everything is fair in love and war. But some thoughts were wandering in my mind while penning down this book, like how can someone (who is in love) be so selfish that he can’t have any concern about other people who directly get affected by his activities. I just wanted to convey a message through my story that true love is always selfless and it can make a drop of water shine like pearl. Everyone should once experience the magic of love.

Q. How much time you used to commit to this book?

It took approx 6 months to complete this book. Not daily and not whole day, someone can only write something when true feelings come from heart. So in my case also, whenever i experienced real feelings coming from my heart then i used to write further.

Q. Was there any moment you backed off from the idea of writing a book?

I was in dilemma while writing the end of the story, because everyone wants a happy ending, then only i thought to drop the idea of writing it further. But not every story has a happy ending because it has to travel beyond the milestone.

Q. How do you handle the criticism that comes towards your way?

This is my first book. Some people liked it and appreciated me for it. Some suggested to use more heavy words and some complained of not having that mature language as they expect. I am taking all the criticism positively and trying to learn about the weaknesses which i have to overcome. I am practicing to enhance my writing skills and i have assured the readers for much improved second book of mine.

Q. How was your experience with Bluerose throughout the publishing of the book?

My experience was very good with Bluerose as they paid proper attention and dedication towards the publication of my book, they resolved all my queries and doubts properly on time and always provided me the opportunity to choose the best things (like designs covers and cards)for my book. They always appreciated and implemented my suggestions and handed over my dream project as i had wished for.

Q. How would you like to advice budding authors?

Its just beginning, we have to go a far way long. Just have faith in yourselves and put no space for negative thoughts. Every big monument is built step by step, so we just have to win the hearts of our legend readers with the magic of our pens. All the best!


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