Interview with Preeti #AuthorChatter #anshuasks

Sharing memories is like sharing an important piece of our life. It doesn’t come easy to everyone because it needs courage.

Today, we are meeting Preeti who didn’t hesitate to bare her soul in a delightful book. By her own admission – “writing and sharing her memories in her book ‘That life lived…’ was not at all an easy task”.

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Preeti loves Disney’s Tinkerbell as she thinks she is the cutest fairy ever!!

Was it easy writing about your life and sharing memories in a book?

No, it wasn’t easy at all. It may sound a little absurd but the truth is that in spite of me being a teacher by profession; in spite of having a small but constant presence in the virtual world for so many years, I am still a very private person. I am unable to reach out to people. Though I am friendly by nature but I can’t make friends. I do not share my opinions and I am at total loss of words when it comes to talking about myself.

So, it did take a lot of courage and conscious efforts from my side to move ahead with the impulsive decision which was taken by me while deciding the theme of A-Z Challenge. Adding to that, my inexperience to share my feelings with others, hindered my progress while writing the chapters.

Which is your most cherished memory?

My most cherished memory is about the moments I spent with my grandparents. I am the first born in my father’s family and first child of my mother who was an apple of her parents’ eyes. So I have always been on the receiving end of unconditional love showered upon me by my grandparents.

What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?

Beautiful question 🙂

The main aim of writing this book was to breakaway my inhibitions of being in my shell and testing the unknown waters. I am glad to achieve it. I have become more open to the world and do not observe it just by standing at the side lines. I also learned to be more grateful with what life provided me during its course. Whether they were happy or sad moments; difficult or hilarious ones… I am fortunate that they happened because they helped me to actually ‘live’ my life.

While writing the book, I also found that I still have a passion to explore and experiment new things. I realised how much my relationships mean to me although I had never acknowledged it. The best thing which I learned after writing this book was ‘to let go’. I was finally able to set free all the negative emotions which were attached with few of my memories. I was more contented.

If you had to be represented by a character in a cartoon/ movie/ book which one you would be and why?

Without a doubt, it will be Disney’s TinkerBell. The reason being her traits. As it so happens in the movie – Tinkerbell refuses to accept her true talent but goes on imitating others; I think I also kept playing deaf and blind to my true calling for too long. Yes, her character definitely resonates with mine.

Adding to that, I also like TinkerBell as she is the cutest fairy ever!!! I could just fly all day long and have many adventures like her in the fairy realm 🙂  Neverland calling (wink* wink*)

Good choice, don’t you think?

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Oh, the Horror!!! Especially the ones with gory details. Yes, that is one subject which I cannot even dream to write. I can’t even read them, let alone writing them.

If you are asked to go back and change only one thing about your life, what it would be?

Seriously!!! Is there a way? Can I do that? I have always wished for it. The only thing I wish to change in my life is the day when I started putting on weight and still ignored it. I want to go back and make myself more conscious about my health. I realised it too late that keeping myself in shape and healthy was not only good for myself but for those who depended on me.

Name 5 books in your book shelf that you would never part with.

Oh No!!! That isn’t fair. Let me be honest with you. I am an author’s person. I do not go by the books but by the authors I like.

So, for your question, why don’t we modify it slightly? Instead of books, I would name five authors whose books I can’t part away with. Cool!

J R R Tolkien, Jeffrey Archer, J K Rowling

(Oh My! There are 3 writers starting with the letter ‘J’ itself. Never saw that coming)

Dan Brown, Ransom Riggs

They are my favourites too!! 🙂

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I have been a victim of writer’s block. As a person who has experienced it, I have come to a few conclusions of my own.

The first time when I had experienced this slump, I had no idea about it. I started fighting against it. I forced myself to write but it just ended up in building more frustration as I didn’t like my own work. After many attempts to come out of it, I realised that the best thing I could do was let it slide by its own.

‘The more you pay attention to it, the more firm it becomes’. Instead ‘Distraction’ is the key to it. I started indulging in different activities like reading, DIY with my kids, going out, watching movies or some tele-series. Slowly and steadily, the writer within you starts compelling you to lift your pen again and you come back in the game 🙂

Nowadays, I don’t wait for the writer’s block to kick in… instead I take preventive measures in the form of small breaks at regular intervals. I do not know how successful can that be but, till now it is working.

A proactive writer, we love that!

Share tips on publishing and marketing your ebook.

I am an amateur, a newbie when it comes to publishing and marketing area. The only thing which I have observed is that maintaining a presence in the virtual world is necessary. Your social media presence makes a huge difference in marketing. But one also needs to realise that it shouldn’t go Over-the-Top.

Throw some light on how you research while writing.

My first source is always the Internet but, then I further extend my research by having conversations with people. Also, I try reading books related to the research topic.

That Life Lived… is a collection of 26 beloved memories of the author. The varied emotions of happiness, sadness, suffering, and hopefulness experienced by her as a child, a sibling, a friend, a parent and as an Individual, will strike a chord with anyone and everyone.

Download Preeti’s book from here 

Do read What Sona Grover had to say about That Life Lived…

Check out this lovely dramatic reading video by Preeti.

@preetispanorama, do comment and let us know how this interview experience was for you. And do read, share and comment on your fellow author’s interviews as well.

Didn’t you love what Preeti had to say on her book and life? Well, I loved it!!

If you feel like reading some more awesome interviews today, hop onto Ashwini’s blog and Priya’s blog to know Kanika G and Natasha.



About Anshu Bhojnagarwala

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36 Responses to Interview with Preeti #AuthorChatter #anshuasks

  1. Manas Mukul says:

    Great Interview. Kudos to you both. Somehow these interviews are getting better and better, showcasing the real diversity of human mind. Loving it 🙂

  2. geekanika says:

    I am a big fan of anyone who steps out purposefully to conquer a fear. Kudos Preeti and great job Priya. I really enjoyed learning so much about you Preeti from these honest answers. You are definitely overcoming your shyness.

    Oh and tickled to learn that we have that Horror phobia in common. I answered the question in a very similar way 🙂

  3. Aesha says:

    I need to read Preeti’s book after reading this interview. It is difficult to conquer to your inhibitions and put your life across to many people through your work. All the best Preeti for your future.

  4. I relate so much to Preeti – the hesitance to share personal experiences, the voice in my head that says ‘let go’, I loved reading 3 of her favourite authors, the weight issues -it’s like someone interviewed me!! 🙂 Great knowing you Preeti. Glad you overcame your mental obstacles. You inspire me to do the same. 🙂
    Wish you all the success in the world!! 🙂

  5. I love Tinkerbell too. isn’t she adorable? I always dreamt of dressing up like her. One day;)
    super interview, Anshu & Preeti 🙂

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  8. Rashmi says:

    Agree to Preeti that sharing your own personal memories on a public platform isn’t easy. It needs guts to overcome your fears and Preeti, the efforts you have put in and the courage mustered by you is clearly visible now. Isn’t it?
    Enjoyed the interview Anshu and Preeti ☺️

  9. writenlive says:

    Preeti, when I read your book, I just loved it for your candid expression and your warmth which comes through this interview as well. I think you have a lovely way with words. Keep writing, please, I want you to write many, many books.

    When you say that you were able to come out of your shell through your writing, I can identify with it so much. Self expression really is important, especially to us introverts. A lot of writers are sensitive souls, hiding their real selves under layers of socially acceptable behaviours.

    Thanks Anshu, I simply loved this presentation of yours.

    • I am rendered speechless. You have been too kind with your words. I am honored that you have so high expectations from me. Each word of yours related to introverts like us rings true for me. I know this that whenever I will hit a roadblock as an author, these words of yours will always motivate me to go ahead. Thank you so much.

    • I like genuineness of your comments, Sona. They are not random observations, but you take out time to understand the author, the questions and the replies before you comment. Thanks for the encouragement Sona, both to the writers and me.

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