Monday 7 December 2015

Interview with Swati Kumari author of "Without a goodbye"

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself ,your blog(s)/website(s),and your aspirations and your hobbies!!
I was born and brought up in Kanpur. I completed my MBA from the National School of Business- Bengaluru and International Management from ESC Pau- France.
I always wanted to be a published author and debuted with the novel, Without a Goodbye. It is a woman fiction inspired by a real story.
I love listening music, travelling to new places, exploring and experiencing the diversity all over the world.

2. How you first got involved in with blogging/writing, are you an imaginative person?
My teacher, Alok Sarkar (HAL Vidyalaya) inspired me to write. I was in class sixth. It all began with writing a ten line small poem as an assignment.
For other students, it was only an assignment. However, for me, it was something that gave me a new vision for my life. My way to express my feelings, my companion when there is no one around. Writing gives me the pleasure and satisfaction.

3. What do you find most challenging about blogging/writing about your topic?
As I say, every phase of writing brings a new challenge. Sometime there are lots of thought running in mind at a time and
Finding a great title.
Completing a story I started

4. Tell me about some of the people you have met while working on your blog?
While working on my book, no one knew what I was doing sitting all alone in my room, late night. Once I finished writing and shared to my friends and family about my work. Few of them were there to encourage me, and many were there to de-motivate at every step.
It depends on us how we handle the positive and negative feedbacks from others.

5. How would (someone) describe your blogging/writing style?
My writing style is simple, easy for readers to connect themselves with the flow and easy to understand the incidents happening in the story.

6. What do you do when you are not working on your blog?
I relax and listen music or watch movies. Sometime I go on a trip and celebrate with my friends.
I also read books on life, travel, motivation.

7 .Where do you see yourself blogging/writing wise in the next 6 months, and 5 years down the road?
In next 6 months, I would be writing the end scene of my next novel.

8. What networking do you do that you feel helps your blogging/writing business?
Connecting with other writers, help in learning a lot about the different genre of writing. Every new person I meet helps me to connect and reach new group of readers.

9. How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blog? Many people struggle with coming up with different articles/posts and they only have one blog.
There are many stories around everyone. Each story is unique in its own way. I meet different people, talk to them and listen their stories. Everyone have a different tale to tell and in a different way. I try to bring the diverse material altogether.

10. Whats your strategy with your blog in general?
I write because I love writing and I have stories to share with others. My focus is to reach as many readers to share my stories with them.
My strategy is to connect with the readers and find new on the different online platforms and let the story do the rest of the work itself.

11. Any specific tips you have for newbie bloggers who want to make it in the blogosphere?
Writing is not an easy job. There is a huge competition in today’s literary world. So be true to yourself, write the unique, fresh content and write for the readers.

12. What would you prioritize? Content? SEO? Traffic? Readers?
My first priority is always content and then the readers.

13. Whats the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
Give readers a solution to their problem, let them relax by your article and make them smile.

14. A lot of people are interested in blogging/writing for the money earning potential. What are some tips for people interesting in making money from blogging/writing? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?
First, understand what the readers looking for in the blogging. Write quality content that helps your readers and connect to them. A large database of the readers/followers is very important. At the same time, a new writer should not expect to make money immediately. Write as much as you can and grow with the time.

15. What motivates you most in life?
Self-satisfaction and self-confidence is the biggest motivator in my life. When we love our work, we work hard regardless of anything.   

16. What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog?
Social media is playing the biggest role in establishing my presence. Apart from internet, traditional print media is a good platform to reach readers on a large scale.
17 What was the most challenging moment in your blog content development process and why?
The most challenging moment in the book development process was to find a great title that do the justice with the work and bring curiosity to the reader’s mind.

18. Everyone has a favorite/least favorite post. Name yours and why?
My each project is my favorite. I do not devote only my time for my work; I devote my heart, mind and my soul.
Even though, Without A Goodbye is close to my heart as I am emotionally attached with it’s story.

19. Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
I read books of authors of different genre. From last few months, I am following Mrs. Twinkle Khanna’s articles in Times of India. I liked the way she describe the sarcasm in the society. 

20. What is the story behind the name of the blog?
To understand the reason behind the title Without A Goodbye of my novel, you have to read it. You will come to know reading the last page of the book that there could not have been a better title for this novel.
21. Your connection with any Blogger Network like Indi blogger or Writeupcafe or any other and the experience?
I am in connection with few online writers group. It helps me to keep myself updated with the new literary works and to handle the different challenges during the writing work. Writers share their experience and learn from each other.

22. Which genre do you feel gets the raw deal?
I don’t think that any genre gets the raw deal. If the story is appealing, no matter which genre it belongs to, people love it and it is accepted widely.

23. Which one plug-in would you suggest all bloggers to have?

 Contact Forms Related and Social Networking plug-ins are the most useful to connect your readers and keep them updated with your latest work.

24. Five adjectives that describe you.
Simple, Reliable, Diplomatic, Talkative, Traveller,

25. What book would you say has made the biggest impact good or bad on you?
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

26. Do you get easily provoked by positive/negative comments??
Whereas positive comments motivates, negative comments make me think what went wrong and how could I improve it in my next work.

27. Do you plan to write a book, as every bloggers dream it is?
I dreamt to be a published author since I was in my high school. However, the tight schedule of studies never allowed me to complete any of the stories.

28. Are you a judgmental person, do you prefer to take sides instead of standing neutral?
I always take side of what is right. Pertaining to some situation, I choose to be neutral.

29. Your collaboration with other bloggers, are you much into social networking, tell us everything about it?
Being a writer, I love to share my stories with others. Social Networking provides me a bigger platform to reach maximum people and to share my thoughts and opinions with them.
I always welcome readers connecting me on social networking sites. You may find me on facebook, instagram, twitter, linkedin etc

30. What genre attracts you the most and which genre you avoid?
When it comes to reading, I like reading mythological stories, realistic fiction and love stories.
I don’t prefer to read sci-fiction much.

31. Your Views on Contests and increasing plagiarism?
Contests are the good approach to find talented writers and outstanding stories. But many a times such contests are used to copy the hard works of others. And this is intolerable.

32. Words for me and my blogs Desire v/s Destiny and Blogger Interviews and my Website
Desire v/s Destiny, Blogger Interviews and provide a great platform to the readers where they get to know about the authors and about their book.
For the writers, these are the podium to connect with their readers.

33. On winning the Award/s , Are they Really necessary.
Winning heart of the readers is more significant.

34. So whats Next in your list?
Currently I am working on my next project, a love story, only one of its kinds.

35.Words for your readers and why they should follow you?
My stories are from the real world stories, with the realistic characters and one could connect and feel it.

Reviewed by : Rahul Miglani , Follow him at Twitter and Facebook

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