Q1. Tell us something about yourself?
Well, this is the hardest question for which I always struggle for words, but I googled myself this morning and here's what I found- Akansh Malik, an upcoming author, a young age entrepreneur & a humanitarian. Besides, I am one of those who work unprofessionally yet from the heart.
Q2. When did you start writing?
To be precise, I started writing at the age of 11. I use to rhyme, and when I was in class seventh my one of the poem on friendship was caught by my teacher who then appreciated me, that was a significant boost.
Q3. What does your writing process look?
Writing for me is not about perfect grammar or words that will let you hold dictionary. Writing for me is something that comes from the heart and instantly connects with another heart.
Q4. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I was passionate about writing but was clueless to what to write, I had a one-sided crush story to start with, it was totally immature, but eagerness and support of my classmates are something I want to give credit for me being a writer.
Q4. Do you have any strange writing habit? Like thinking in the shower? :D
I am a big time daydreamer, and I use to write down words anywhere or you can say everywhere at any time of the day. I use to wake up at 2 in the morning to fetch my laptop and write.
Q5. "Love Heals Everything"… A love story Tell us something about it to our readers..?
Love for me is something that makes a perfect combination of Trust/Commitments, Care and Romance and so do my story was combined. In our generation, we quickly found ourselves in love. Besides, we never understand this feeling that is all "Love Heals Everything" tells about you all. It is a wonderful feeling that is slightly different.
Q6. What is a different thing in your book that will attract our readers to buy your book?
I won't say my story is something very different or extraordinary; it is a story of an ordinary guy, Aarush, and a simple girl Aarohi and I feel there are an Aarush and Aarohi in every boy and a girl respectively. Aarush is a guy every girl dream of and so do a guy can relate about Aarohi.
Q7. How was it working with Petals Publisher?
It is going well with Petals Publishers. I found Mr. Harpreet and Mr. Vinit very supportive throughout the journey, they guided me as a Mentor, and I am very much thankful to them. Besides I would like to thank Mr. Suhail Mathur who as a literary agent has chosen the best publisher for me..
Q8. How important is the characterization of the book? How had you chosen the names and character of your book? Which is your favorite character?
For me it's not a story that completes a book, the story is just a vacant plot that characters fill with their emotions and belief to make it a home.
Since I started writing, I always use the name "Aarush" as the name is similar to my name and it helps me to live in the character. "Aarohi" is the name that brings a smile on my face. (There is no one in my life, namely, "Aarohi")
Though each and every character plays a vital role, Men in me will always want to date a girl like Aarohi, so I would say Aarohi is my favorite character.
Q9. Tell us some of the interesting facts associated with your book?
One fact I don't how interesting is this, is the book to get selected with three major publishers of Industry. One of them was the one with whom I always wanted to get published, but then sometimes your terms or terms kept by publishers are not viable.
Q10. Do you read books? Tell us from your reading list what book you wished you could have written?
Yes, I do read books, and I wish I could have written "Love, Life and Dream On" By Mr. Animesh Verma. That was the first book on my shelf.
Q11. Any source of inspiration?
My friends inspire me a lot, I need to take care of first 2-3 chapters that I would send it to them, and the rest of the book will be completed only by a compel by them. Isha Bhatia, Priyanka Di, thanks for forcing me to complete "Love Heals Everything."
Q12. What marketing strategies you are undertaking for promoting your book?
As such there are no marketing strategies. I believe in my work, and people trust me more than me. Though there is only one thing in my mind that it reaches million hearts, it might be either way they purchase the book or someone's gift them or they hear the story by some of their friends. I would request my friends or anyone who is going to read this story to recommend it to at least 3 of their friends.
Q13. Will you read reviews of your book? How will you consider negative reviews?
Personally, I hate the rating system or reviews that divided into story line- 4 stars, Cover- 5 stars, and overall-4.5. I believe a review is something your heart speaks in one shot to your mind when you finish a story. As I said earlier, I am the most unprofessional person, so I like unprofessional things more. Talking about negative reviews, I would admire those reviews as they will help me to bring a better writer in me. I would work on my weaknesses.
Q14. Apart from love genre which other genre is your favorite to write a book?
It is totally a different genre. I like to write motivational things that will keep motivating others, as well as me.
Q15. How will you rate yourself as a writer?
As a writer, I stand nowhere; there are a lot of things to learn. But I consider myself as good story-teller. While writing a story I think from my heart, that thought has directed the mind to come up with words, and my mind redirects that to my heart that would feel the same and approve me to move.
Q16. Any future projects?
Yes, I am working on a real life story.
Q17. How did you get the idea of your book? Any research conducted for the book?
I started writing my story, but then there was nothing much in my life, and I lost myself totally in my dreams and completed this story.
It was like, yeh agar yha hote to kya hota, yeh agar milenge to kese. I raise a question at night and next day in the morning I would come up with an answer… It was a pleasant experience it helped to explore inner me; that is entirely different to what I am.
The only research I did was to know about location and distance.
Q18. What does your family think of your writing?
My family always supported me. Though sometimes my mother would get angry at me for my late routines.
Q19. Do you learn anything while writing your book?
Yes, I learned a lot. I found a side of me that I was totally unaware.
Q20. What message would you like to share with aspiring writers?
For Aspiring writers I would say just write from your heart, don't care much about the language, it is second priority. The priority should be your heart should speak.
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Thank you Akansh for an excellent session. It was nice talking to you. All the best for your book.
Thanks, Himani, It was an unusual session for me too.