Today, we bring you our interaction with the author of the book SHOULD I… FALL in LOVE, Shradha Khanna.
Tell us more about how you decided to write on this genre.
I have always been attracted to romance genres while I am reading. I believe romance or love gives you hope and add zeal to your life. By writing in this genre I am making an effort to rekindle hope in readers.
How did you get the idea for your book – Should I….. Fall in Love?
The story have been there with me from a long time. I believe we all have some kind of fears and doubts about relationships but we do not know how to let go of them. The story revolves around those fears and doubts.
How long did it take for you to finish the book?
It took me round about seven to eight months to complete the book.
Tell us what happened after you finished the manuscript and before you got a call from your publisher?
Well I used that time to read and re-read my manuscript. Also I gave it to few of my friends to help me edit the manuscript.
Tell us what do you do for living? How do you keep a balance between the work and Writing?
I am a faculty at Art of Living, a NGO. When I am taking courses in the morning I write in the evening from 5 – 9pm. Otherwise I write mostly in the afternoons.
When do you write? How often do you write?
I write daily. Generally I plan to complete 3000-5000 words a day. I feel incomplete if I do not write, can’t go without it.
Did you take any creative writing course?
Tell us about your favourite authors and books?
My favourite authors – Cecilia Ahern, Preeti Shenoy, Ravinder Singh, Sidney Sheldon, Meg Cabot …. They are many
Books – I would like to give three names which I have read recently, Life by Cecilia Ahern, The Palace of Illusions and Prostitute’s Daughter by Juliet Philip
Which is the best feedback you’ve received from a reader?
It was recently when my reader messaged me on Facebook that she could relate to the female character Naina in my story. She even urged other females to buy the book as most them will be able to relate with her.
Are you writing your next book?
Yes I am
Any plans to cross over and become a full-time writer?
I think I have already taken this step.
Words of wisdom for our wannabe authors?
Believe in yourself and your work. If it is going to come from heart, it would definitely touch people too.
Shradha Khanna, in her own words
I was born and brought up in Agra. I would love to describe myself as an extrovert person. I love dancing, listening to music and travelling.
Academically I have done MBA hons in International Business thereafter I worked with Romsons as an import export manager. It was during this time I was introduced to ART OF LIVING, a NGO whose founder is His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The organisation conducts various courses catering to different age-groups. Being with the organisation volunteering for them, teaching courses to people and practising their techniques I found a creative side to my personality. My love for food and writing topped the list. I started with my own an egg-less bakery BYTEZ and provided people with egg-less delicacies from around the world. My specialities were cupcakes and sponges.
While working on the bakery I always felt a part of me was still incomplete. It was with lot of motivation through my parents and friends that I started penning down the stories. While working on them, I realised that I found my muse and decided to pursue it as a full-time career. I am happy to announce that I have published my first book in the Fiction genre which is a romantic story.
Naina has always been a strong-headed, lively and carefree person. She always felt that there was a reason for everything. She believed in love, commitment and sacrifice, but when her three-year old relationship crumbles down in front of her she lost all the hope in love and marriage forever.
With time and help of her friend, Naina starts afresh in a new city with a new job and people around. For the first time in her life she was not looking for love but a deep urge to stand on her own feet made its way in her life. Little did Naina know her life was going to change? Nothing could prepare her for the storm of love in the shape of Nihal, the confident, persistent and handsome guy she met at her boss housewarming party.
Read on to know, will Nihal be able to penetrate the cold walls covered around Naina’s heart or her insecurities are more than enough to lead them on different paths in life.
A story where thinking that questioning your heart with “SHOULD I”, can stop you from “FALLING IN LOVE”.