Hey bloggers and fellow readers. This is my very first author interview and it was a great experience! I love seeing my questions being answered in such a passionate way by the author. I want to express my gratitude to Miss Heena and Citrus Publishers for this opportunity.
How did NaNoWriMo help with your writing? What did you learn during NaNoWriMo?
Since I first participated in WriMo, I have come to realize something fundamental. WriMos are the best way to get the drafts for your novel written within a month.It doesn’t matter how long the draft is, the thing is I keep my focus on finishing the draft rather than concentrating on the word count because drafts are always more than 50K words, so this way I kill 2 birds with one stone; I win the WriMo and I complete my draft.
What motivates you to write?
The main thing that motivates me to write is the fear of not writing.When I don’t write, it makes me feel anxious. If I don’t write for a long time I know that I’m headed towards a very bad place. It’s like, in the last 2 years, I’ve become really dependent on writing emotionally.
What made you want to become a writer?
The fact that I absolutely love stories. Stories have had a huge impact on my life. Due to some unpleasant circumstances in my early childhood and teenage years (my parent’s separation followed by divorce), I was naturally drawn towards the world of make belief and found it utterly comforting. So that’s how I knew that the best thing for me would be to lose myself completely in the world which always made me feel happy.
Do you have any certain thing you do while working on your books like listening to music?
Music distracts me because I love singing, so if I play a music, I get a bit lost either in signing or imagining scenes for my novel, so music is a big no for me while writing. I do light scented candles while writing because they somehow make me feel focused and attached to the work at hand and keeps my mind from wandering.
What was the last book you read and loved?
The Lost City Of The Monkey God by Douglas Preston and Sister Sister by Sue Fortin.
How much do you research for each book?
Depends on the subject. For Deceived, I researched about psychopaths and sociopaths for over 2 months. And right now, for Sinister Town, I’m researching small-small details while getting the initial drafts ready.
Can you give me a surprising random fact about yourself?
I can’t write in cafes or any other public places. I can only write in my pajama shorts and worn-off comfy t-shirts at home.
What was the most astonishing through the whole process of getting your book published?
Becoming a traditionally published author. I have a lot of respect for self-published authors (the good ones), but I always wanted to get published the traditional way, so when I signed the contract I was really happy.
Also, the fact that I got to sign a 5-book contract with my publisher was absolutely astounding.
Can you tell me more about your You Tube podcast? What is it about? Why did you start one? How does it make you feel?
My YouTube Podcast Channel is still in its infancy, but I plan to take it far ahead. My only purpose behind starting this Podcast Channel was there is no one in India who’s doing it right now. So I wanted to start the trend and also wanted to help all those writers who can’t buy expensive creative writing books or courses.
Being an introvert, what advice would you give to fellow introverts?
Never ever change the way you are. It’s okay to be happy while left alone at home. It’s okay to be yourself and it’s okay to be different. In fact, it is quite cool. You are far more intelligent and capable of doing things and winning in general than people give you credit for. So don’t listen to what others say. Do what makes you feel happy.
What is one thing you can’t ever go anywhere without?
My phone. And Kindle.
What are your other ideas for future books?
The second novel (the one I’m currently working on), Sinister Town, is a crime thriller with elements of horror. It is based on the concept of ritual and cult killings.
I’m also planning to write a High Fantasy series with 6 books. At this point, I can’t say a lot, but it’ll be based on a warrior princess known as Princess Nymeria.
Can you choose one quote that you try to live by?
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”― Sylvia Plath
About Heena Rathore P.:
Heena Rathore Pardeshi is a novelist, novel critic, as well as a book reviewer. She is also an ace social media strategist and an acclaimed YouTube Podcaster. An award-winning writer, she has won several NaNoWriMos and JuNoWriMos since 2014. .
Heena also manages her own book club, RMFAO on Goodreads.com.
A fan of crime-thrillers, apocalyptic fiction and slasher movies and series, she draws inspiration from the works of legendary writers such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Sidney Sheldon.
An introvert and free-thinker, Heena prefers neatness over chaos – in her fictional themes as well as in her real life. She has a special place for German Shephards and books in her heart.
Heena is twenty-five years old and lives in Pune, India with her beloved husband, Vishal – a successful entrepreneur, in a house full of books, music, and love. Heena passionately creates vivid fictional worlds; some to read and cherish, and some to live in.
Blurb for Deceived:
How well do you know your loved ones?
A young girl struggling to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.
A journalist chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.
A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughtered her parents.
And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.
After 9 years, a young writer is still coping with the brutal murders of her mother and five-year-old brother, as she moves into a house of horrors, unwittingly to start a new life with her lover. Will friends and family be able to redeem Ally out of the impending doom in time? Will her infallible love become the key to the destruction of her already fragile world? Will madness prevail over love; true love over revenge?
Deceived is a gripping psychological thriller that mazes through the deepest, darkest emotions of human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the mist of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.