A mother by day & a reader-writer by night, our today’s writer believes in the magical power of stories and story-telling. Her blog ‘mommytincture’ is an account of her experiences as a mother/daughter/woman/human being, all churned together.
Today, I am introducing Anupriya…
In a span of 15 years , Anupriya has stayed in at least 5 different cities and thus traversed the length and breadth of the country. She considers it a privilege to be able to observe and understand distinct cultures.
Let’s know more about Anupriya
Any particular reason for choosing parenting as the subject of your ebook.
Well! I derive confidence from what I do. At this point of time in my life, I am focusing on parenting. So obviously, I couldn’t have thought about anything else as the central theme for my book and be equally confident about it. But I didn’t want to give plain ‘Gyaan’ in the form of parenting advice. Thus I decided to explore the emotional turmoil of a parent in various stages of their life-cycle through an ensemble of stories.
Have you experienced any of the parenting issues that the characters in your book went through in your real life?
Oh! Most of them! This book is a reflection of what I have experienced myself as a mother and those around me.
What should be the major takeaways for a reader from your book?
A mother has a very difficult task of raising kids and shaping their personality. It is even more challenging emotionally in the face of the fact that one day these kids will grow their own wings and will want to fly independently. Yet, it’s a job that you can’t resign from. You have to learn as you tread the path. The key to succeeding is to have an open mind and a large heart.
Which character from your book do you most relate to and why?
When I sketched Amrita, I put my heart in her heart and my mind in her mind. She is almost a reflection of me.
Name 3 e-books written by fellow BlogChatter authors that you liked reading the most.
Deal of Death by Sonai Chatterjee
IPL-ology by Paresh Godhwani
How I wrote my Comic Book – The Journey by Priyanka Vermani
Which words or phrases do you tend to overuse in your writing?
I feel the most over used word in my fiction writings is ‘sigh’. I have failed to find synonyms for this word that convey the same message. Need to research more.
The other phrase is ‘even though’. I guess I just like the sound of these two words together.
Which book-to-movie adaptation did you love and which did you hate?
The Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar – I watched the movie first and then read the book. I must say that it was one book that altered my view of this world and the way I looked at other people (specially the specially gifted ones).
What a reply!
Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat – I really have no words to defend this choice.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I open my laptop and type away words without thinking too much about their coherence and do not stop until I have a word count of 500. Editing can wait for a later time when I am more composed.
I believe that any kind of mental block has to be dealt with head-on. So whenever I am in a tussle within my mind, I stop thinking and get my butt moving and do what needs to be done.
One of the best I have read so far!
Share tips on publishing and marketing your ebook.
For me, the Blogchatter community has played a significant role in helping me publish my book. I haven’t ventured on my own yet, so can’t tell if going the individual way would be any easier.
About marketing too, I haven’t gone beyond the guide book by #Blogchatter. This wonderful community had my back covered. You will have to wait for my next book, for a more knowledgeable answer from me on this one. I hope it happens soon!
Throw some light on how you research while writing.
The primary source of research is the internet. But talking to people is also significant. Especially if you want to understand incidents that you did not witness first hand. Or in case you need to understand how a particular person’s heart and mind worked in a situation that you are writing on.
More on Anupriya’s book
Why is a mother having sleepless nights just because her daughter doesn’t want to have kids even after years of marriage? What kind of gender predicaments does an expecting mother find herself in as she nurtures her unborn child? How a 5 year old infers matters about his inheritance? How pained is the life of aging grandparents who live miles away from their grandchildren? Why is a mother-in-law, daughter-in-law relationship doomed forever? Can anyone ever justify the extravagance of marriage ceremonies in India? And last but not the least how are people doomed when relationships go ugly and there are tiny lives involved?
Parenting & A Slice Of Everything is a collection of 26 stories that bring forth a galore of characters, incidents and emotions directly or remotely related to the parenting life-cycle and its tyranny on life and relationships.
Parenting & A Slice Of Everything is available on Amazon.
Check out this cute little video by Anupriya.
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Check out other interviews in the series conducted jointly by @Ashwini_Menon, @priyreflects and Yours Truly –of Aesha, Ruchi, Medha, Manas, Mayuri, Preeti, Pragun, Ravish, Balaka, Huma, Shipra, Sonia.