Yours Truly is a short and lovely collection of poetic letters addressed to its readers – ‘acquaintances.’ The author has written letters to her acquaintances aka readers. Through these letters, she introduces us to the beauty of living with both good and bad.
In a chat with Bookish Fame, Anandarupa gave us a sneak peek into her book, her writing journey, and more. Excerpts below.
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I’m Anandarupa Chakrabarti, professionally a student pursuing Bachelor in Computer Applications. I started writing 7 years back during my school secondary education days. I found solace amongst words and wanted to decipher the world the same feeling. Last year, I was hit by the thought of publishing a book of my poetries. So my first target was to compile a successful Anthology bringing writers from all around the country. These were my baby steps.
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
From school times.. as I said before.. higher secondary education made me feel so pressured that I had to find a suitable distraction for me. That’s how writing happened.
- What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
I didn’t get inspired by anyone to write a book. I just had a firm belief that if I present my words in the form of a book, I could definitely connect to the commoners who search for a relatable aspect in their lives. Who knows, he /she could find a home in my words.
- Tell something in brief about your latest book?
My book ‘Yours Truly’ is a poetry book presented in terms of letters. It talks about the different known or unknown kind of invasions a human life deals with.
- How do you organize yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?
A writer is more of a reader than a writer. I do read quite a lot from online sources. With this, I get fluent ideas and imagination.
- When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or a full-time profession?
I never feel being an author could be a fulltime profession because, to be honest, it needs quite a lot of financial investment that the new-authors like me would not support for the first time. Perhaps, they lose their opportunities for broadcasting their books at a higher rate. Writing is a passion not to be a professional.
- How did you approach the writing process this time around? Do you have a set routine or does it vary? And how do you manage it with your full-time work?
Writing after 8hrs of college studies was very exhausting. I’m using this lockdown period in writing good thoughts either as long poetry or as thoughts. I’m investing my time reading books of new authors and reviewing them. There are many artists on Instagram who I genuinely follow and get inspired. I often find peace during the nights and use this time to write or rant my feeling.
- How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world?
No one’s pretty interested in reading. People want it in a digitalized form as series, web shows, or movies. If anyone is truly passionate about the English language and its literature than they would surely ponder upon it no matter what.
- How crucial are marketing and promotions when it comes to selling a book?
It’s perhaps the second most important that an author needs to do. If you aren’t promoting your book, nobody is going to care about your book. And even if you promote, then also people shrug to read you. It’s not really the fault of readers or the author. The world mostly reads celebrated authors. No one targets an upcoming author because people have adjusted to reading their bestselling authors.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I wasn’t into reading prior to the pandemic. But I’m glad I have started reading again. As a child, I loved William Shakespeare’s plays and I also developed an interest in short stories and mythologies. I also love books that speak about our cultures and histories.
Currently, Devdutt Pattanaik, Amish Tripathi, and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni are my favorites amongst the mythology and history fiction. I love the simplicity of Sudha Murthy’s short stories.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers.
I just want to say to all the writers to write with honesty. Anything that is true and genuine would be appreciated and viewed by the audience.
Also, I would like to add that all the writers must know the thin line of difference between inspiration and plagiarism. It’s very overwhelming for a writer to know that she/he inspired you to write something similar but the same person whenever copy the entire writing piece without due credits they feel hurt.
Use your own creative mind and take the time to write. You would always flourish in that way.
- Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
Yes, maybe. But not sooner though.
*We wish Author Anandarupa Chakrabarti all the best for her future endeavors.*
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