A- I am a freelance devotee of mathematics, serving it in my academy named as INFINITY ACADEMICS.
I live in Ghaziabad with my wife Swati and two kids Arnav and Akshika.
Q2. How a Mathematics Teacher turned into a writer?
A- Writing is a hobby since childhood. I wrote my first poem when I was eight. My father used to give me two lines and would ask to add rhymes. Enigmas of life didn't allow me to pursue it, however I didn't let the spark die. Lately dream of being a published author has come true.
Q3. Love@Air force is a Love story and Rapescars is about rape victims. Two different genres. How did you get the Idea and why sudden Transaction?
A- My intro as a writer always has one line that I yearn to create a stir as a storyteller. Some great author has said that genres are just clothes and the soul of literature is life. Same goes with me. I write about issues that trouble me without binding myself to any genre.
Q4. Tell us something about both your books?
A- If you kindly allow me to make a correction; LOVE @ AIR FORCE is not just a love story. The unrequited love story of Shabd Mishra is just a prop to showcase the rank discrimination prevailing in the armed forces.
The issue of rapes troubles me as a father of a daughter, as a brother and as a husband. I, like many others, have a problem with the rape laws in our country. Imprisonment is no punishment for the crime of rape. It absolves the rapist of his crime, but the victim has to live with the trauma. A rapist doesn't rape a girl alone. He rapes her entire family. Living in jail away from the society without having to worry about earning only helps a rapist. RAPESCARS... is my voice against it.
Q5. How can we control rape in the society?
I think more stringent laws and speedy trial can be helpful. Presently, the law is more for the rapists than it is for the victim.
Q6. What is the source of inspiration?
A- One word is suffice-Life.
Q7. Do you read books. Who is your favorite Author?
A- Yes, I do read books. R.K. Narayanan, Vikram Seth, Sophie Kinsella, Jeffrey Archer, Susan Hill and many more. Among contemporary writers, my favorite is Nandita Bose. Nobody translates emotions into words better than her.
Q8. What are the memories associated with both your books?
A- Writing these two books was a great learning experience. I was naive when I started writing LOVE @ AIR FORCE. I paid for getting the story assessed and the assessment report really helped me. After that I was desperate to get it published.I would ping the publisher after a week and annoyed him. I acted in a more matured manner during the publication of RAPESCARS...I guess. Still learning and best of me is still to come, I hope.
Q9. What does writing mean to you?
A- Writing satiates my soul. I maintain that when somebody has a lot to say but people don't lend their ears to listen to him, he becomes a writer. It's the subtlest way to bring to bring out your thoughts. Writing completes me.
Q10. How does it feel to be a published Author?
A- As I said writing completes me. My life would have been meaningless if I would not be a published author. God bless my Publishers.
Q11. Tell us your experience working with two different publishers?
A- The best thing about both of my publishers was that both the CEOs, Rohit Jadon of Blackbuck Publication and Harpreet Makkar of Petals Publishers are published authors. They understand the brain of a writer and what a book means to his creator. Both of them are very dedicated and enthusiastic about their work. A heartfelt gratitude and best wishes to them.
Q12. Many books are made on Social issues. Do you think writing can help us solve such issues?
A- Certainly, writing can surely help with such issues. In schools, we teach through books, then why can't we learn the lessons of life. However, I feel, writers ought to be responsible for making this happen.
Q13. Do you receive any negative reviews for your books?
A- Yes, in fact many. I do read them more number of times than I read the positive ones. They are more helpful in improving yourself. If the criticism is about writing style and language, I take them in right earnest. Anything about story gives you an insight into the reader's mind and I take it as an individual opinion. As a writer, I don't repent writing something.
Q14. Beside writing what are your hobbies?
I used to play cricket in my school and college days. I wield a brush sometimes. Presently, teaching, reading and writing consume all my time. I love long drives.
Q15. What message you would like to say to the readers?
A- A writer wants to get published only for readers. Readership is like a treasure to a writer. It's the love of my readers that motivates me to keep going. If they love to read me, my duty is to delight them. With all humility, I extend my gratitude to all my readers. Thank you.
Author can be contacted at:
Gaurav Sharma: firstname.lastname@example.org
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