Ask The Author: Akanksha Shukla, Author of tinted Tales
Q. Do you choose character names before, during or after the writing process?
A: Though I make a note when I come across some interesting name, and I assign name as I begin the character, but many a times during the process of writing, the names have been changed also… according to the need of the character !
Q. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
A: The blue umbrella has been very close to me apart from copies of Chandamama, Champak, Nandan, Pinky, Chacha Chaudhari etc.
Q. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
A: From the feedback I received, I realized that people expect simple vocabulary in books… they are there to enjoy a smooth read… no flipping through dictionary! I am also motivated by the response to keep writing about trivial things which leave non-trivial impact on our lives. I feel enthusiastic and energized to write more and more.
Q. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
A: In my head there are plenty :)
Q. Give us an interesting fun fact about your book.
A: Since it's a book based on my childhood memoirs, because of it most of the things which I would have perhaps hidden from my children, are now known to them. (Though I keep reminding- "there is added element of fiction to the incidents" )
Q. what's the most surprising thing you learned writing this book?
A: There is no pure fiction or non-fiction. They keep overlapping each other's niche !.
Q. Most writers have some other thing they're passionate about, what's yours?
Ans: Gardening, Music, Stationery !
Q. Do you use a pen and paper or a laptop for writing your drafts?
A: The feel of pen running over paper with the rhythm of thoughts over pouring is very romantic for me. I like to scribble first on paper and then elaborate on laptop.
Q. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
A: Books and stationery.
A teacher by profession, Akanksha has a passion for writing, seeds of which had been sown almost two decades back... right in high school. Everything she comes across seems to be
speaking to her and she has a strong urge to pen down it's story. A strong believer that the otherwise trivial things in life can have a non-trivial impact, she likes to bring it out as an unforgettable tale.