#Interview on #TheWordBite blog

Here’s an excerpt from my interview with the word bite team.

Let’s Talk: with Summerita Rhayne, The Author of Hidden Passion

We are in conversation with Summerita Rhayne, The Author of Hidden Passion, where she talk about her new book and much more things.                    

Let’s talk!

Team WordBite (TWB): Tell us something about you which very few people know of.

Summerita: Thank you for having me here, Wordbite Team. To answer your question, very few people know that I have been published traditionally by a reputed romance publisher and have two books out under that banner.

TWB: Why should one read your book? Anything that you want to tell a potential reader that the blurb of your book doesn’t tell him?

Summerita: In addition to romance, my book offers an insight into the emotional growth of the characters. For instance, Rukmani is impetuous and slightly spoiled and has a hard time coming to terms with the fact that she cannot have her own way. However, she has strength to realize her shortcomings and takes that growth into her stride. At the same time she’s strong enough to stand by her passion for the Maharaja. The Maharaja, Devesh, is bound by his duties, but must discover that the path of duty must not exclude the path to personal happiness. I feel we Indians need to learn this as we have been brought up to live for others rather than pursue our own passions and dreams. Even in Bollywood, parental happiness is placed above personal happiness. The two things need not be exclusive. How can we take care of ourselves, while also following duty is one of the themes of this novella.

 

TWB: Any issue regarding Indian publishing or readership which you strongly feel about and why?

Summerita: Actually, there is something which has struck me forcibly. I’m closely associated with promotion of budding authors and especially budding Indian authors. I have noticed that people take the plunge into writing without bothering to learn the craft of writing. At a minimum, a good grasp of grammar and language and some knowledge of character building, story structure etc. is desirable. There are many books out there which are so littered with errors that the story is lost even if it may be a good one. It is not the responsibility of the publishing but the author nowadays to proofread as closely as they can. Publishers do offer the services but being so overcrowded by work, these may not be foolproof. Especially when we are talking about character building and story structure, a writer should learn at least the basics or it would be a waste of precious time to pound out the words.

TWB: Why did you choose to write something on this particular genre?

Summerita: History was a favourite subject for me even at school. I was always attracted to the intrigue and the scope to let the imagination loose, that is offered by history. I also wanted to try my hand at different genres of romance to know which is most suited to my writing style. So when a story sprang into mind, I took the plunge. Indian history is vast and varied and composed of myriad cultures. I researched to find the perfect period setting for my story and found it in the Early Medieval period that was just post-Gupta reign.

TWB: Who was your inspiration in this writing journey?

Summerita: All the women authors and author friends, who juggle job, family and writing because for them writing is a passion, have inspired me to take up and continue on this writing journey even when the going got tough.

TWB: Are you a writer by profession or by passion? What do you do other than reading and writing books?

Summerita: I’m a writer by both profession and passion now, though passion came earlier *smile* I’m a professor in my non writing life. I enjoy teaching as much as I enjoy writing.

TWB: Everyone wants to tell a story, but rarely do people start writing. Can you tell us how difficult it is to write the first book?

Summerita: Writing a book is quite tough. Sometimes one is blown away by an idea and can start a writing project with enthusiasm but after a chapter or two, the story grounds to an abrupt halt. This happens because one doesn’t know one’s characters properly. It’s better to do a rough draft for the initial chapters till you get the idea of what you want the characters to be like and what you think the story should be about. Then begin again keeping those things in view.

It’s very tough to keep writing. A rather creative expression I heard somewhere was that a jar of butt glue is essential to finish a writing project and that says it! One does need to be glued to the writing chair. Once a work is complete, it’s much easier to rewrite and revise it. From my experience I can tell you, not just the first book, every book is difficult to finish. It’s far easier to watch a movie or procrastinate on the Internet or chat with your friends. After all, nobody asked to take up writing. But if you want to be a writer, you have to stick to putting the words down. It’s necessary to arm yourself with a healthy dose of persistence.

TWB: Amidst all those positive replies and fan mails all throughout the days when your book was being appreciated, was there any bit of advice that you got from anyone, for your work, which you have emulated thereafter?

Summerita: I always read the reviews very carefully, at least I have till now. After weighing as impartially as I can what criticism can help me get better, I apply it. I used to write in a very terse, clipped manner but when a critic pointed it out, I have made the effort to be more detailed and descriptive while writing. However, it is a thin line to tread as too much description tends to be boring. So I have tried to be moderate about it.

TWB: Can you give us a little sneak peak of your upcoming books? What are you working on?

Summerita: Currently I am writing the prequel to Hidden Passion, that is Rukmani’s sister Lakshaya’s story. I meant to fix up another manuscript but having worked on one historical, I have found the setting very fascinating and am riveted with the second book. It is called The Eligible Princess. Lakshaya is quite different from Rukmani in character and this book follows her journey to find someone who can appreciate her for herself and doesn’t care about superficial looks.

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#Writerstipwednesday – Authors share writing advice

Here it is, folks, a new instalment of #writerstipwednesday. Every Wednesday I’m hosting authors to share their valuable experience in form of a writing tip. It can be related to any phase of writing, plotting, grammar, editing, publishing or marketing – well, we all know marketing is part of writing now, so need to include that too.

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So here we are, with some very inspiring and heartfelt quotes. The first tip is from Ruchira Khanna. Author of fiction work, Choices:a novel, Ruchira thinks of herself as just another soul trying to make a difference in this lifetime via her work and actions. “Follow your heart” she says, “the above helps a writer write what actually ails her and eventually through her words can help heal thyself while providing a big picture to the reader.”

Next up is Ashwini, a teacher, a passionate writer, avid reader and a person who believes in “Keep Smiling theory ” for a healthy successful life. “Hi all,Writing is an art. An Art which comes out heart of the person who is passionate about writing, learning new things  and discovering  new things. ABC(Any Body Can ) be a writer if he/she has willingness and determination to become .It’s not necessary that you  will become a successful author like others but you can  achieve it by constant effort.You write, participate in short stories contest if you win the contest it’s a good thing but if you loose don’t loose hope. Keep on Writing until you succeed as a accomplished writer. Best way to keep on writing is blogging. Blogs are best way connect with current generation writers and yester years writers and follow them so that you can improve upon writing skills. Never stop writing as writing gives rise to more thoughts, imagination and other things. So keeping on WRITING WRITING and WRITING. Don’t bother of what the world says about you!”

Harper Impulse author, Wendy Lou Jones has a unique take of her own on improving writing craft. “For writing tips, I’d say you don’t have to read, although it helps, but watching TV and films is good too as you can watch and think that was good. Why was that good? What did the writer do to make me like that? Could I use that trick in my writing? The reverse also helps. That was rubbish. Why? What did the writer do/not do? I need to avoid that. I find it helps when you are having trouble with your writing to read or watch others’. Hope that helps. :-)”

My input today is based on what I learnt from struggling with a writing block last week. “When you get stuck, go back and start editing your earlier chapters. As you fix them, light begins to shine on what the next segment of your work should be about. You get clues that you left behind which can lead to surprises in the next section.”

Did you found something useful in there? If you got inspired, do let me know in the comments. All the authors would love to hear from you.

Want to feature YOUR writing tip on #writerstipwednesday? Send me your one line bio, link and your suggestion through the Contact me page of this site.

Ciao!

#writerstipwednesday

I have been meaning to start a writerstipwednesday section on this blog for a long time. Since the first thing to be done in the New Year should be taking care of old matters, so I’m taking the plunge on this today.

writerstipwednesday is for writers. And especially for aspiring authors. In true sense, an author is always aspiring as long as they are writing but I use the term to mean as yet unpublished writers. But which ever phase of writing you fall in, you must have gleaned some experiences so this section is to put forward the lessons from those mistakes so others may profit from them.

All you have to do is message/email me your writing tip. It can be about any stage in the writing process, grammar, writing craft, writing art, publishing, marketing, reader engagement….anything related to writing. It need not be in a highly polished or formal state though of course it should be understandable. It can be of any length upto 350 words. I’ll post your tip along with your one important link – your site link or book link or anything you like.

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So get ready and sharpen your pencils – or dust of your keyboards – as the case maybe. Pour out the gems the world is waiting to hear from you. Especially that writer who’s stuck staring at the blank screen. Think, what could help that writer do better? One tip per writer per Wednesday. That’s the only rule. It means, don’t bombard me with writing advice. Just give me one very helpful, sparkling, scintillating, earth shaking insight into writing. That will be the sword that magically tears up the giant evil monster to bits. We are all struggling with various monsters during writing, so the wordy swords from you will be very welcome.

You can comment in the box at the ‘About me’ page on this blog to contribute to writerstipwednesday. Thank you. Wish you a rocking year ahead. Wish this year brings us the discovery of a pizza which actually reduces your weight when you eat it. And similar varieties of chocolate, aloo tikki….you get my drift 🙂

Happy New year. Go grab your dreams and help others in theirs.

Remember to use #writerstipwednesday in all Twitter mentions about this.

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