Interview with Sona #priyasks

The author whom I interview today is extremely polite, sensitive, and camera shy.  She loves to sing in the kitchen as she brews her coffee. While sipping the aromatic beverage, she enjoys listening to Hindustani classical. She is fascinated by different cultures, hence it is not a surprise that she wants to learn different languages. She is also keen to learn new dance styles like the salsa, provided she finds a good partner. 

Let’s have coffee with Sona…

Sona Grover is an author and blogger, enthusiastic about books, travel, and nature. She loves to experiment with different cuisines. She is fascinated by various folk forms and the stories shaped by different cultures.  She is a second- time author and has written  ‘Through The Mist’ with 4 other authors.

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Q‌. Your first chapter is ‘know your why”. So do you mind sharing with our readers why do you write?

A. I write to experience the sheer joy of creation. It is addictive, you know.

‌Q. You say “I have faced many of these conundrums on the path to being the writer I wanted to be”. Which is the biggest conundrum that you had to face?

A. To write by hand or to type away? To organize my thoughts beforehand or to write spontaneously? To research before writing or to fill in facts after I have written? I realize that what works well for one project may not work well for another. I am still exploring.

Q. You talk about finding your muse. How to do that? Where do you get inspiration to write?

A. I would like to say that inspiration is everywhere but the fact is that we writers have to be in a state of readiness to accept those influences as inspiration.

I need enough time at my disposal and a personal space to be at my creative best. Late nights solve that easily.

Deadlines are another important factor in finishing a WIP. They make me feel energized. I accomplish so much at the last moment then I would otherwise.

‌Q. What have you discovered about yourself and your writing style that you would like to tell your younger self?

Write more and more. Write like you are obsessed. I would want to say this to everyone, not just my younger self.

Incidentally, it was after attempting to write a full-length novel in 30 days, for NaNoWriMo that I considered myself a writer. It was the quantity that did the trick.

Q‌. As an author would you love exploring various genres or do you think one needs to find a niche to become well-known? How does one find the genre that suits one’s style?

A. I can’t imagine being stuck writing only one kind of stories or only a similar type of articles. But before finding a niche, it is imperative to find your ‘writing voice’, which comes from a place of authenticity.

Q. Apart from being a writer, I admire you as a reviewer as well. Can you share some tips on how to write a good review?

A. I started my blog a few years back with a burning desire to share my views on the books that I have read. Initially, I was writing about my feelings when I read the book. Gradually, I got more analytical in terms of the plot, the characterization, and the writing style. I also try to state the premise of the book clearly for the reader to understand what to expect from a book.

Q. Do you have any strange/ quirky writing habits?

A. I like to pretend that I am not writing when in reality I am deep in writing. Often, I can’t dedicate enough time to sit down and write, so I write in bits and pieces, in stolen time slots. As a result, I write a lot of my blog posts on my phone, on a commute, waiting in reception areas, even at bus stops.

At home, fiddling with my phone (for writing) does not raise the suspicion of my children who rush to claim my attention the moment they feel I am seriously engrossed in something. I have dedicated my book to them, by the way.

Q‌. How do you overcome Writer’s Block?

A. Last year, I was trying to finish my novel. I was working on a strict deadline and more than halfway through I realized I was looking at some serious plot holes. To work out the story in my head, I went for a long walk. Over the next few days, those walks became longer and I had to resort to running. All that physical activity fired up my brain neurons sufficiently for me to get working on the story again.

Q. ‌Describe your process for research while writing.

A. I find the research process a little distracting when I am finishing an article or a post. I write my outline of the article, fill up the details and make notes to myself where I need to research the points. The margins of the first drafts are filled with remarks like, ‘think of a suitable name’, ‘is that even a word??’, ‘this sounds stupid but check it up later’, ‘look up the stats for murder by ingesting pesticide’…etc etc

‌Q.  Share some valuable tips for publishing and marketing your e-book.

A. First and foremost, know your own book, it’s genre and who are the people who would like to read your book. My book is aimed at experienced and aspiring writers so I make sure that I stalk my potential readers both online and offline. Just kidding, there.

Secondly, it helps to have a community or an eager readership before you get the book published. It helps to have a social media presence. A blog contributes immensely to the personal brand building.

Lastly, book promotion is an ongoing process. You as the author are the one most responsible for your book and you may find yourself keeping it in the public eye for a long time.

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Book Blurb Content: Finding Your Writing Flow will inspire you to pick your pen and explore your authentic voice. 

Simple and profound at the same time, the book guides you through self-doubt, offering tips on recognizing your passion for writing, finding inspiration when you feel stuck, staying productive in your writing projects, getting better at your craft and renewing yourself as a writer.

Book-related links- 

The Amazon link of the book.

Sona’s first book can be downloaded here.

Do check out Sona’s GoodReads page.

Praises for Sona’s book- 

Nupur says ”If you’re a beginner author looking for tips from another author, this short diary style book may suit you”.

Romila says “Finding Your Writing Flow by Sona Grover has to be praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing”. 

Rashi says, “I loved the book ‘Finding Your Writing Flow’ for its simplicity and to-the-point tips. The author has kept it short and comprehensive…It is a book which one can refer to time and again to clear self-doubt, get guidance on writing tips and to enhance writing skills”- in 

Huma says,  “It motivates the readers to explore and develop their unique writing voice. While it is easy to read and follow, it is a wonderful resource of writing tips… This book reviews and offers solutions to conquer the common writing issues faced by the writing community in general”.

Aesha says, “The book is very well structured and is a suitable guide for new writers and bloggers…This book puts into perspective various aspects of writing and about what goes on in a writer’s mind.

And Sayan says says, ” …written on such an important subject and having been so candid in her explanations, examples, and descriptions of what goes on inside the writer’s mind and heart. I would recommend Sona’s eBook as a must read to everyone who wishes to write well and dreams of oneself as a writer”.

@Writenlive1 do comment and let us know how this interview experience was for you. And do read, share and comment on your fellow author’s interviews as well. Here’s wishing you all the best for the eBook and all your future endeavors. Wishing you lots of success!!

This interview is a part of a series of interviews conducted jointly by @anshuwrites, @ashwini and me. Read Anupriya’s interview on Anshus blog. And head to  Ashwinis blog to read Amrita’s interview. This interview is a part of a series of interviews conducted jointly by @anshuwrites@ashwini and Yours Truly. You can read my previous interviews with PareshMaheshwaran, SitharaamKathakali, MahakNatasha,LavanyaJayanthi & Sayan , TinaMeghana & Nupur.

14 thoughts on “Interview with Sona #priyasks

  1. Sona, I am taken in by the clarity and maturity of your thoughts. And I can imagine the same qualities in your writing as well. It’s a pity I haven’t read your stories or writing yet. Would seriously like to read some of your work to know you more as a person. I loved your answer on how you overcame the writer’s block. I have in the past gone for walks to clear my head or to get more clarity. Thanks Priya and Sona for such a beautiful interview. And, now going to get my cup of joe. 🙂

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  2. Hope your coffee was good and fulfilling, Anshu 🙂 Thanks so much for the lovely comment.

    As concerns my writing, I have miles (literally and figuratively :D) to go. But I would love to have you read my work; I am in need of some honest analysis.

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  3. Thanks for hosting me for this interview, Priya.

    It has been a very good experience, full of reflection on my own writing process and beliefs. Also, it was fun to talk about the little things and the silly moments in my life.

    I am looking forward to reading your own interview. And I do hope you would do a post on the behind-the-scenes work of the Author Chatter team.

    This is such a good platform for us to talk about our books and ourselves. Kudos to the entire team for making it a grand success.

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  4. What an honest interview… so genuine…Loved the way you answered every question Sona. I am glad that I participated in the BlogchatterEbook carnival unless i would have missed out on knowing so many wonderful souls.
    Special mention: Priya for curating these wonderful questions customised as per each candidate.

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