Internets, I have Smita Shetty,author of Untruly Yours,with me today. She is fun and you can chit chat with her on twitter here.
She talks about writing, her favorite authors and her life in general.
Give it up for Smita ,folks !!
Untruly Yours is a contemporary romantic comedy novel. It’s about a woman viewing the world through rose tinted glasses. She is endearingly naive in her thinking as a result finds herself in some rather awkward situations. Untruly Yours quietly raises awareness on some gender and social issues in urban India.
Smita: I’ve always enjoyed a light, breezy read. There are enough problems in the world to read anything that’s intense and dark. That’s my view anyway. Friends have made it their mission to introduce me to some serious reading (not sure why). The latest that has been thrown at me is Valley Boy by Tom Perkins. I think I might succumb to this one and give it a go.
Writing just happened. Every time I wrote a chapter, I lived the life of each of my quirky characters. It was such fun and worryingly addictive.
Me: I see you are a full-time mom and wife with a full-time job. How do you manage juggling between writing and chores of life?
Smita: I don’t. No honestly, I wish I had a mantra or an indication that I am managing well.
I take each day as it comes, otherwise it would be too overwhelming. I surround myself with people who inspire me. It keeps me motivated to stretch myself even further.
If you relish penning stories, you’ll make time and learn to prioritize.
Me: Any learnings or tips for first time writers?
Smita: It’s important to revisit what you’ve written after a while. You’ll realise in time you’ve evolved in your writing and might want to re-write what you’ve previously written.
Without sounding too preaching – Write what you would like to read and the rest will follow.
Be unique in your style of writing. There is nothing more cringe worthy than blatantly mimicking someone else’s style.
Me: Your top 5 favourite authors and book
Smita: It’s tough to pick my favourite authors and books. There are far too many fabulous writers to choose from. But I’ll have a go…
- Princess by Jean Sasson
- Holy Cow! by Sarah MacDonald
- This Charming Man by Marian Keyes
- Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat
- Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L Weiss