METRO DIARIESAbout the Book:
Love is one of the most amazing feelings on this earth, one that makes you the most powerful person or the most helpless person in a split second. These stories capture those feelings of despair, longing, love, lust, desire, want, dejection and admiration to create deja vu. Hold onto your hearts as you flip through these pages and take a walk down the memory lane as "Metro Diaries" will revive your innermost feelings and imbibe in you the magic of love. Touching, amusing and deeply moving, Metro Diaries - Love Classics are tales that will hold you from start till end.
Book Links:Random Fun Facts:
1. All the stories in the book are real. Name of places and people have been changed to maintain confidentiality.
2. Metro Diaries is a segment on my blog which consists of stories across genres though this book has only got the romance collection.
3. One of the characters in the book is me and NO I am not telling you which one ;) If you think you have the right answer do write to me and I will let you know how close or far you are.
4. All the stories in the book have not been "ended", they have been brought to conclusion in a manner that there can always be a next part to it and the story can go on with the same characters.
5. If observed closely you will notice the stories are not technically love stories where boy meets girl and they fall in love to live happily ever after for I believe love stories are also about what doesn't happen between the lovers.
About the Author:
Namrata is a prolific blogger known by the name Privy Trifles in the blogosphere who romances life through her writings and aspires to make love the universal language. She dons various hats between that of a contributing author to 7 anthologies a reviewer for leading publishing houses an editor to various books and a columnist. Apart from that she is also the editor for an online magazine called Writer's Ezine. Having mastered the nuances of finance till recently she also held the title of an investment banker closely to let it go to embrace her love for writing fully.
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Current book or project you’re working on: A love story of two confused souls tentatively titled Wheels of Time
What moment or event sparked the inspiration for your book?
It was one random comment on my blog when someone who followed this series wrote : I would want to read them in a book together and gift it to someone just to say how much I love her.
Please share three flaws about the characters in your book.
1) They are emotional.
3) Easily trust people.
Which if any characters in your current novel are based on someone you know?
Oh there are many! Out of the 20 stories in it there are quite a handful of them who exist in real life around me.
Are there any characters in your book that remind you of yourself?
Yes, there is one particular story where the lead girl’s confusion about life reminds me of myself.
If you could pick any famous author to review your book who would you pick and why?
Nicholas Sparks – For I love his love stories and would want to know what he feels about mine.
Genre/Author/Reader and the process:
What genre and age group does your book fall into?
18-45 year olds would enjoy reading this book which can be categorised into romance and drama.
Have you read any books that have inspired you to improve or change yourself in any way?
A lot of them, I actually enjoy self-help books for the lessons they carry within.
Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?
1) R. K Narayan
2) Paulo Coelho
3) Anita Nair
I like the way they have managed to grab a slice of life and depicted the reality so beautifully that it strikes an immediate chord with the reader.
How many books have you written?
I have been a part of 8 anthologies so far and this is my solo release.
What is your favorite thing about short stories?
The fact that they hold so much magic and charm even in those few words!
What is your favorite and least favorite part of writing dialogue?
Favorite – The ability to create so much joy through my words.
Least favorite – Making my characters cry.
Name three things that you know now that you wish you knew when you first began writing.
1) Stories choose you, you don’t choose stories.
2) Characters talk to you when you ask them not when you expect them to speak by themselves.
3) Writing is more of an internal process than an external one. It is more about knowing your ownself deeper and deeper than trying to show yourself to the world.
Do you have any tricks you use when writing comedy in a love story?
I try to visualise the scenes before writing as a spectator and see if it makes me smile.
What have you learned from editors?
Too much of anything is poison!
What is the most important thing you’ve learned, either in the self-publishing or traditional publisher, route?
It is all about the story that you want to tell – its magic and the depth it holds in itself. Nothing else matters as much as it does for at the end of it all your conviction in it makes the whole difference.
What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?
Re-writing for sometimes I wonder if it was really me who wrote that previously.
When you write which do you prefer: handwritten, computer, laptop, or typewriter? Are notes, notebooks, or bulletin boards part of your process?
Handwritten which is later on moved onto a laptop. Notes and notebooks form a very integral part of my process as I like making flow charts about scenes and flow of the story too.
What are your thoughts about the decline of the printed novel?
To quote someone else here – To say a book is threatened by an e book is like saying the stairs are threatened by the escalators!
Simply put the decline definitely hurts a lot but they have a charm of their own which can never vanish forever. They are eternal in every sense.
Do you have any ideas for your book and Hollywood? Actors, directors, music.
Though I don’t like adaptions so much but there is one story in this book which does make me want to imagine it all – Leonardo Di Caprio and Penelope Cruz in the lead roles!
Which book to movie conversion is your favorite?
I don’t watch book to movie conversions, it’s a kind of rule I follow. I somehow feel books lose their charm when converted into movies.
What is your favorite love story?
P.S: I Love you. It somehow defines love you beyond life for me.
What marketing strategies would you recommend to a new author?
Use of social media in the most prominent manner is what helps these days as visibility helps you a lot.
Do you know the ending of your books before you finish writing them?
How do you think reading has benefited your writing?
Reading helps a lot as it teaches both the good and the bad things in writing. When I read good works I feel like learning so many things from it and when I read not so good works I try to remember those mistakes and learn from them too.
What lesson do you think we can all learn about love?
The only lessons we can learn from love is to be kind to one another. Everyone is fighting their own unique battles, all we can do is be good to each other.
What, who, and when, first inspired you to write?
Jack Canfield and his Chicken Soup series inspired me to write.
Drink – Mango Passion
Food – Baked Macaroni
Vacation – Beach
TV show – Malgudi Days
Movie – The Theory of Everything
Animal – Kangaroo
Sport – Basketball
Song – My dream is to fly over the rainbow so high
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