About the Author:
Sapna grew up in the small town of Ujjain around a community that she gives major credit to for her helpful and kind nature. While she spent her days studying, her evenings were spent in regular trips to Mahakal Mandir where she is still fondly remembered by Hindu priests of the area for her devout spiritualism. Later, her house would buzz with laughter and chatter as not a day went by without friendly neighbors and friends, who were treated like family.
Succumbing to her urge to explore new horizons, Sapna left Ujjain to pursue Management studies in Goa, a move which was rather rare for young girls from her town. To this day she has explored professions that make her career a plethora of various experiences. Sapna has done everything from being a professor, social worker, dancer and choreographer to planning events, teaching cooking, being a professional tarot-card reader and now an author. While her career paths reflect her splendid range of hobbies, her love for gardening is evident in the backyard of her home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she currently resides with her family.
After having lived in Ujjain, Goa, Mumbai, Puducherry, Australia, Pune and now Malaysia – Sapna attributes her strong sense of emotions to having made friends with people from various places who are from different ethnicities and age groups. This book is just a small piece of her raw, heartfelt emotions and experiences which she believes have shaped her to be who she is today.
We did have a quick chat with her to understand her more.
1. What are common traps for aspiring writers?
There are no traps but there are miscalculations about what to publish, with whom to publish and how much to shell out. If you know what’s the worth of your writing and have a good manuscript, there are no traps. You write from your heart and make sure you are clear on what you want and no one can trap you
2. How do you select the names of your characters?
Characters choose you to come alive. If anyone says I choose my characters they are lying. It’s the character that leads you to the story and compels you and their characteristics automatically give you a connection with a name.
Though my story is yet to be published I have till date only published poetry
3. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Sometimes you get stuck to express the details of a character or a scene that’s where at least I find getting stuck at because I want it to be so perfect that they take a while to be well written
4. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Not a very avid reader though but yes I think Gandhi with the gun needs more appreciation. Its a recently published book by Divyesh Dutta
5. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
The royalties that are taken up in forms of distribution costs etc an author is left with hardly anything after paying out such a big amount to get a book published.
Also, I feel the publisher should be able to frankly tell the writer whether it’s a book worth publishing or no. Nowadays these self-publishing companies are just there to make money n they assure everyone that their book is very good and after it’s published the author is left in a search to find a place in the market flooded with so many books and it becomes difficult for the new authors to sell their books.
Thanks, Sapna for the quick chat. Wish you a journey full of success.
There have been all praises for her Hindi poetry book “Oas Ki Boondein”