AUTHOR INTERVIEW 60

Disha Sharma

Freelance journalist, self- published author of five books, Experience of working as a digital journalist and content writing for over 3 years in ANI, Newzstreetmedia, Newsx, Televisory, NDTV Profit. A history graduate from Delhi University. Acquired PGDMC from India Today Media Institute. Pursuing Masters in Mahatma Gandhi and Peace Studies from IGNOU.
Five days is based on a story of a Mumbai based academically excelled student, sales manager, Ayaan Senger who is finding his goodluck after marriage with his beautiful Payal Ahuja. A brilliant, multitalented employee of an advertising agency, M&N Company is surviving in the midst of lack of opportunities and his family’s growing financial demands.Finally, Ayaan gets a golden opportunity to give a presentation in Khandala. A stressed, demotivated, uninspired Ayaan has no other option except working hard.Meanwhile, his wife Payal is leaving no stone unturned to fill her husband’s life with old memories, motivational capsules, counselling sessions, and many other stress-relieving solutions. But it’s useless for Ayaan.Last day, on his way to Khandala, he experiences strange events which turned out to be refreshing for him. Seems like a dull, bored Ayaan is breathing in the congested depressed life. But how true those events are? What changed his life? Most importantly, who changed him?

Romelia:   WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE UNDER-APPRECIATED NOVEL?

Disha Sharma:   The testament BY John Grisham.

Romelia:   HOW DO YOU BALANCE MAKING DEMANDS ON THE READER’s WITH TAKING CARE OF THE READER?

Disha Sharma:   A balance needs a good novel with a suitable hook in order to stay glued with the book. These two basic Ingredients allows a reader to understand his/her demands and care also.  

Romelia:   AS A WRITER, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE AS YOUR MASCOT/AVATAR/SPIRIT ANIMAL?

Disha Sharma:   It’s a deer. A beautiful  who always stay alert and aware about its surrounding to escape from a situation.  As  a writer, It’s the best way to escape from a situation to write something in peace related to the surroundings.

Romelia:   WHAT DO YOU OWE THE REAL PEOPLE UPON WHOM YOU BASE YOUR CHARACTERS?

Disha Sharma:   I don’t base my characters on the real people. All my characters are fictitious. I owe to the character  my dedication towards them. It should clear, simple and connected to the Masses.

Romelia:   HOW MANY UNPUBLISHED AND HALF-FINISHED BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?

Disha Sharma:   Only one Woodsville Witch. It’s a magical fantasy.

Romelia:   WHAT DOES LITERARY SUCCES LOOK LIKE TO YOU?

Disha Sharma:   It’s intellectual, peaceful and relaxing.

Romelia:   WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO MARKET YOUR BOOKS?

Disha Sharma:   Bookstore, online campaigning, video trailers and social media, webinars, world book fairs.

Romelia:   WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH DO YOU DO, AND HOW LONG DO YOU SPEND RESEARCHING BEFORE BEGINNING A BOOK?

Disha Sharma:   Research involves my choice of topic, target audience and interest of the readers.

Romelia:   DO YOU VIEW WRITING AS A KING OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?

Disha Sharma:   Absolutely. It’s completely a different level to understand the wisdom of words.

Romelia:   WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT WRITING CHARACTERS FROM THE OPPOSITE SEX?

Disha Sharma:   You really need to get into the imagination and start assuming yourself in his/her situation to narrate a story. So, to bridge a gap between the narrator and your thoughts, it’s really important to understand the core of a story to not lose a loop.

Romelia:   HOW LONG WERE YOU A PART-TIME WRITER BEFORE YOU BECOME A FULL-TIME ONE?

Disha Sharma:   I am a part-time writer.

Romelia:   HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?

Disha Sharma:   When I write a book, it’s 8-9 hours, depending on my availability.

Romelia:   WHAT PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE DO YOU FIND YOU WRITE ABOUT MOST OFTEN? (CHILD, TEENAGER, YOUNG ADULT).

Disha Sharma:   Young adult.

Romelia:   HAVE YOU READ ANYTHING THAT MADE YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT FICTION?

Disha Sharma:   Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Romelia:   WHAT ARE THE ETHICS OF WRITING ABOUT HISTORICAL FIGURES?

Disha Sharma:   Historical figures involve a thorough research, study of the characters and understanding of a character.

Romelia:   HOW DO YOU SELECT THE NAMES OF YOUR CHARACTERS?

Disha Sharma:   It depends on the story.

Romelia:   DO YOU READ YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH BAD OR GOOD ONES?

Disha Sharma:   I read my reviews and till now thankfully I’ve received good reviews and I take it as a motivating compliment.

Romelia:   DO YOU HIDE ANY SECRETS IN YOUR BOOKS THAT ONLY A FEW PEOPLE WILL FIND?

Disha Sharma:   No.

Romelia:   WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE?

Disha Sharma:   A suspense.

Romelia:   DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF?

Disha Sharma:   Yes.

Romelia:   WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER?

Disha Sharma:   Lazy attitude.

Romelia:   WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY JOURNALS?

Disha Sharma:   Fiction and non-fiction.

Romelia:   WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?

Disha Sharma:   The arabian nights.

Romelia:   TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Disha Sharma:   A birthday surprise from friends. The way my friends came and surprised me in the morning was very funny. It was beyond my imagination. College friends called my parents, got involved them in their team and didn’t tell me. Brought a cake, gifts and then took me for a lunch. But the way they arranged everything was funny. It’s still memorable.

Romelia:   describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Disha Sharma:   Curious about world every second, so I keep google news handy, thinker, easy goer, does and accomplishes a task.  I like junk food like burger, french fries, pizza, lasagna that I want to eat all day and night. But due to my health routine, I can’t eat it. 

I think there is nothing to hate about the world, it’s simply a beautiful place to live but there is one thing it’s the high competition in every field. Be it Education or Entertainment, there is a high competition which refrains the young and enthusiastic people to achieve their dreams. So, that’s little strange and weird. Everyone should get a chance, so a mechanism should be devised to make the opportunities available for everyone.

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