Being Beautiful by Pallavi Sharma is a contemporary fiction set in a society that looks down upon women. This book brings forth how being beautiful is a bane for women. It also deals with a love that sees through the veil, through the exterior, and stays.
In a quick chat with Bookish Fame, Pallavi Sharma has a lot to talk about her book, her writing, and what she thinks about the contemporary scenario of reading and writing.
1. Please introduce yourself to our readers.
A. Hello, I am Pallavi Sharma, author of “Being Beautiful.” I am working right now, and writing has been my pleasant escape from the brutal professional world. It’s keeping me sane through the harsh roads. To be a writer was my honest pursuit since childhood. I have recently published my first book, hoping to bring many more onboard.
2. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
A. I have been writing all my practical life. It began since I was probably ten years old. Those used to be essays and stuff, on topics distantly different from what a ten-year-old would think of. That made me think that I could write even more and even better.
3. What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
A. Being a writer, anything can inspire you. It can have elements from your office cribbing, neighbor’s nose poking, a sultry gossip, or a sad tale of your train partner. Nothing goes without leaving a mark on your frontal lobe.
4. Tell something in brief about your book Being Beautiful?
A. “Being Beautiful” is a subtle tale of love and resistance. A silent mystery forms a great part of the book. Nishkrita’s own little cage, Aavishkar’s obstinacy, society’s labyrinth, everything along with the evergreen concept of love and persistence. This forms the crux of this book. Read it on kindle to know more, and tell me if it impressed you or even if it didn’t.
5. Do you see books as a carrier of an important message or a medium of entertainment?
A. Medium of entertainment books can be, but most importantly, I think, they are the reader’s escape. One can be anything when he’s reading a book, he can adapt to any character, he can be completely different from what he is in his real life. On the other hand, books can change one’s attitude towards things as well. It can change the way he perceives the world. So, yes, they’re definitely a carrier of an important message.
6. How do you organize yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?
A. It has to be in your head all the time. The characters must be spinning around. And it’s important that you write regularly, not daily but regularly so that you don’t lose track of the world you are weaving your story in.
7. When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or a full-time profession?
A. I did earlier, for a short time. I do, now, completely.
8. 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?
A. To be honest, I couldn’t write every day. There used to be a series of no-writing days owing to work or other personal engagements. But I held on to it. I held on to the idea and the emotions attached. I believe the story changed its course from what I had imagined it to be, and I think it changed its course for good.
9. How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world?
A. It has become more of a thing filled with hooks and twists so that it becomes saleable. Creative satisfaction seems to be taking the passenger seat in quite a few cases. Also, I see that readers are more concerned about publishing houses or the writer’s name attached to a book. So, for freshers, it has become really tough to be seen, I feel.
10. How crucial are marketing and promotions when it comes to selling a book?
A. It is very crucial. Increasing the visibility of the book and the author is the first task when you step out to sell a book, as far as I understand.
11. Do you read much, and if so, who are your favorite authors?
A. Yes, I read a lot. I love reading philosophy and fantasy besides romance. Paulo Coelho’s philosophical journey interests me a lot. I would give a special mention to Aleph and Brida. I haven’t found a favorite in fantasy till now. Suggest me something if you know a crazy fantasy other than the Harry Potter series or Pirates of the Caribbean.
12. Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
A. Do not leave writing for anything. Do not leave your stories incomplete. I understand that you write when you feel something, hold on to the feeling till you achieve success. And success doesn’t mean money here, it means accomplishing what you signed up for, your story.
13. Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
A. I surely have a couple of projects in the pipeline. I hope to be live again soon.
*We wish Author Pallavi Sharma all the best for her future endeavors.*
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