A concept has been effervescing inside my mind for long now, something which I was sure would see the light of the day sooner or later. The concept which took so long to be delivered finds a form today in this blog of mine as a special corner known as ‘Author Talk‘. ‘Author talk’ is a weekly/fortnightly column on my blog which would host authors in the form of guest posts or even author interviews, however as it suits the author, on a Sunday. With this initiative, I feel that I am taking a leap forward in my blogging journey as I would be associating with a handful of authors along the way. The column would also work as a spot light for the author’s recent/favourite work.
I approached a few authors of sterling talent for the same, whose works I appreciate and I am elated to say that almost all of them responded positively, agreeing to be a part of ‘Author Talk’. I would like to flag this novel session off with a guest post by the prolific writer and artist, Preethi Venugopala, whose debut work ‘Without You’ has been a runaway success for the right reasons. Towards the end of the post, I would provide a short note so that you could know more about the author. The links to her works, which include seven books in addition to ‘Without You’ is also included at the end.
Before further ado, I hand over the stage to Preethi venugopala, who has come up with an evocative post about the power of writing, explaining to us beautifully about why she writes.
The Big Magic of the written word:
By Preethi Venugopala
When I was about four years old, my father gifted me a storybook. The story of the hunter and four friends from the Panchatantra. The colorful illustrations, the cadence of the words, and the atmosphere of excitement created by my father, a master storyteller, unleashed uniquely portable magic. The reading sessions were repeated every night, yet the enchantment never waned. That enduring magic is perhaps the reason why I became a writer.
Stories still come to me in vibrant colours. As voices. As a rush of adrenaline. It transports me into another world where the voices in my head transform into characters. There is an inexplicable joy in writing. Every new story enchants me. Every word I write heals me.
Elizabeth Gilbert in her book the ‘Big Magic’ says that creativity is the relationship between a human being and mysteries of inspiration. It rings true to me every time I pick my pen to write or my pencil to draw. My creativity keeps me happy. A day, which has not given birth to a new idea or even a doodle, seems like a waste.
Stories haunt me at times and at other times, they just vanish. As unceremoniously as they had arrived. My stories are mostly written for the reader in me. If I can’t connect with what I have written, it ends up in the recycle bin. Most of my creations that readers loved are those, which have been written from the heart. While I write, I don’t fret over whether the reader will like what I have written. I write what the story demands.
Stringing together letters to form words, words together to form sentences, sentences together to form passages and passages together to tell a complete story. The process in itself is beautiful. I feel grounded and relaxed when I write. I forget the world around when I wade into the ocean of creativity. It is bliss to be able to live multiple lives through the written word.
I have received many mails, messages, and tweets from my readers after reading my debut novel ‘Without You’, appreciating different things from the book. Some told me, it was their story. Some told me it reaffirmed their faith in love. Some wrote about how the story had changed their life. Some wanted to meet the protagonists. Two readers wrote to me regarding one seemingly esoteric element in the book and explained exactly how they had experienced it. It was reassuring to know that my creative genius was not lame. I blindly follow it now.
I write to be enchanted. I believe the world needs more storytellers and healers. I want my readers to understand the power of love. So I write love stories. I want my stories to heal.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Preethi Venugopala is a Civil Engineer by education and an avid writer, blogger, artist by passion.
She always liked stories. When alone, she would create stories in her mind but never thought about penning them down until a break from her regular job as a Civil Engineer prompted her to take up blogging.
Flash fictions written for various prompts, and winning story writing competitions led to publications of short stories in various anthologies. Her debut novel was ‘Without You’, which became the #1 bestseller in its category on Amazon.1 many times since its release.
She currently lives in Bangalore with her husband, son and an ever-growing collection of books. When not penning down the stories of the voices in her head, she can be found curled up on a couch with her favorite book.
BLURB OF ‘WITHOUT YOU’, THE AUTHOR’S DEBUT NOVEL:
When Ananya, a bubbly twenty-year-old engineering student, reaches her Grandmother’s house in Sreepuram on a month long vacation, romance is the last thing on her mind. However, she meets Dr. Arjun there and falls head over heels in love.
As it often happens, the path of true love never runs smooth. Circumstances force them apart even though they were madly in love. She becomes a victim of depression. When everything fails to return her to normalcy, help arrives from an unexpected source. Will she ever find happiness again? Will time allow her heart to heal and forget Arjun? What indeed is true love? What is that strange secret that locks all the circumstances together?
Travel with Ananya to the picturesque Sreepuram, face the chaos of Bengaluru, and relish the warmth of magical Dubai in this heartwarming tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and miracles.
CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR:
The author’s books could be purchased from her Amazon author page – Amazon author page
Visit the author’s website – Here
Contact the author at her Facebook page – Here
To know more about her books visit her Goodreads author page – Goodreads Author Page
I hope you enjoyed this fresh column on my blog, which should keep going and for that I have the kind authors to thank. Until we see next week with another author to be highlighted on ‘Author Talk‘, it is an adieu from me.
How did you like this new endeavour of mine? Do opine before you leave.