- Tell us something about yourself.
I’m originally from Jammu & Kashmir, India. I’m a poetess, a published author and a learning and development consultant. I love writing poetry, blogs on social issues and spirituality. Four Dances of the Moon is my first ever published poetry book.
- When/How did your writing journey start?
My dad used to write poetry, and as a kid I’d often go through his diaries and be fascinated by the beautiful amalgamation of words. I wrote my first poem when I was just eight years old, and the journey continues.
- Do you wish to explore writing fiction in future?
Fiction interests me very much. I’m currently in the process of writing a collection of short stories.
- Readers’ response to your book has been very warm. How do you feel about it? Is there a special review/comment you would like to share with us?
I’m grateful to all my readers who have loved and enjoyed reading my poems. I especially loved a comment from a 15-year-old reader who messaged me saying how my poems have inspired her to explore writing poetry. Another comment very close to my heart was by a reader who mentioned how one part of the book called “ruminations” helped him cope with a certain stressful phase in his life.
- How important is accessibility of meaning? Should one have to work hard to “solve” the poem?
Poetry is perceived differently by different poets. To me, it is a potent medium to share emotions, foster deep connections, and inspire readers to live their best lives. Hence, most of my poems are very easy to read and understand, with a touch of surprise element in the form of rhymes and between the line meanings.
- Is writing poetry a spontaneous thing or do you have process?
My writing often starts with a trigger, it could be a personal situation or something that I observe around me. I then go about creating the story out of it in the form of a poem. I then make revisions to make my poems succinct, reader friendly and lyrical.
- What books have most influenced your life?Which is the one book you will suggest everyone read?
I’m a voracious reader and a lot of books have had an impact on my life. In fiction, books that have inspired me to write are by Murakami, Milan Kundera, Amrita Preetam, Khalil Gibran and Chitra Banerjee. Non-fictionbooks that have helped me grow professionally include Jen Sincer, Stephen Covey, and more. One book that I’d suggest everyone is by Stephen Covey called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. It’s a book to live your life by.
- Are you working on a new book? Any details about it that you can share?
I’m currently working on several projects. I’ll be releasing an abstract poetry book and a heart-warming collection of short stories by January 2021.
- What is your advice to aspiring authors on writing and publishing?
I’d love to share a few things that I have learnt during my writing and publishing journey. First of all, try to write something every day, and improve it over time. Writing, like any other art, needs practice. Secondly, always write keeping your readers in mind. And thirdly, decide if you want to self-publish or approach a publishing house. Do your research and connect with the people who can support you through the journey of publishing.
My website details: www.shikharinchintiku.com
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