‘autumn‘ by Vartika Upadhyay is a book of poems, poems lingering in the nooks and crannies of multiple themes involving human life. As much as they speak for love and of love, they do take us on a ride of understanding ourselves.
In a quick chat with Bookish Fame, Vartika Upadhyay 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.
I am Vartika. I am 19 years old and currently living in Bangalore. I would call myself a part-time writer, and I am currently a healthcare student.
2. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
Writing makes me really happy. I have been writing poems for 2-3 years now. One day during the lockdown, I randomly decided I wanted to get a few of the poems published. I called up my friend, she helped me out & I self-published the same.
3. What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
I feel writing helps one heal. It is the only way that I can really express what I feel. Everything around me inspires me to write. The moon & the stars have always caught my attention, which is why I have written more poems about them.
4. Tell something in brief about your latest book?
autumn is a book of poems. These poems were selected out of the many poems written in a span of around 1½ years.
Autumn is a beautiful season. I initially wanted to name the book Récit, which means stories in French, but I felt it didn’t really tell what I wanted to from the poems. I wanted something that would say that even after fall, you should let things go and wait because something beautiful for you is waiting. And I feel the season tells us the same.
5. How do you organize yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?
As a writer, I just write about things that I see around myself. There’s no planning and organizing as such.
6. When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or a full-time profession?
I have never considered it as a full-time profession, but I would love to. I actually write because it makes me happy & readers find a lot of it relatable: we all are living the same moments but still have a different journey ~ 16 (autumn)
7. 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?
I normally write while travelling back from my college which is quite far or on the terrace while watching sunsets or sometimes at 2AM. I really don’t have a routine. I have been told to set a routine & I was trying to set one, but it doesn’t really work for me. You get inspiration to write something when you aren’t even looking for one: this happens with me.
8. How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world?
It is all about an individual’s preference. Some would go for books that express what they feel, while some would go for different categories each time trying to explore more. Today, there are so many genres available, and thus, a lot of choices. I feel like I can’t really make a general comment about the same.
9. How crucial are marketing and promotions when it comes to selling a book? It really depends on what you are aiming for. Do you want a lot of profit? Or you just want to share it with the world?
Marketing & promotions help the writer & the book a lot. But investing in it really depends on what you are expecting out of it.
10. Do you read much, and if so, who are your favorite authors?
Being someone who writes, I actually don’t read a lot of books. I attend poetry workshops and read the pieces by other new writers. I get to learn a lot & it helps me get better too.
11. Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers.
You won’t know what you’re really capable of until you are out of your comfort zone. So write about different things and share them with people. Write so that others can feel what you’ve written instead of just reading. And all the best!
12. Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
Definitely. The response for Autumn has been really positive, and readers have been really supportive. I would surely start working on something soon.
*We wish Author Vartika Upadhyay all the best for her future endeavors.*
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