A candid talk with amazing and bubbly author
Jyoti smiles and says, ‘I am a girl who is positive about many things of life. There are many things that I like to do, I like to see and to experience. I like to read, I like to write; I like to think, I like to dream; I like to talk, I like to listen. I like to see the sunrise in the morning; I like to see the moonlight at night. I like to feel the music flowing on my face; I like to smell the wind coming from the ocean. I like to look at the clouds in the sky with a blank mind, I like to do the thought experiment when I cannot sleep in middle of the night. I like flowers in spring, rain in summer, leaves in autumn, and snow in winter.
I like to be alone rather than being in a group filled with negativity. I like to be surrounded by positive and energetic people. I like country’s peace and metropolis noise; I like the view of beautiful lakes, I like a flat having a beautiful view. I like delicious food and comfortable shoes; I like good books and romantic movies. I like the land and the nature, I like to laugh, giggle and smile. I always wanted to be great and inspire tons of souls
Tell me more about yourself? What kind of person are you?
Well, this question is the hardest part of the interview for me. To begin with, I’m a very simple girl from Hyderabad having not so simple dreams. I’m a jovial person. I don’t identify as an introvert or an extrovert so, I guess, I might be an ambivert. I’m one of those people who fall in the middle of being introverted or extroverted, I could identify with both personality types but I can adapt relatively quickly to every situation. I fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Definitely, there are certain things that bother me frequently; the first and foremost challenging thing is overcoming the Writer’s Block. I try to push myself harder to write when I reach to the condition, where I’m unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.
Surely, there are hundreds of things that motivated me to become an author. I believe every person we meet, every story we hear, everything that happens to me and around me has a deep purpose. Everything I go through in my life, each experience I’ve had until now helped me to write more. I always find something to take from everything. I learn, from the falling of a leaf to death of a person. All the little things happening in this world gives me a new story to write.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I have been a contributed Author & Poet to various anthologies before publishing my first book ‘Sensation of a Soul’ when I was seventeen years old. I feel glad that my first book is still doing great. I can surely say that I changed the style of my writing a little. If I go back to my previous works, my old stories or the poems, I do feel that many things have changed. I was a narrative poet, my poems were always such that tells a story. Now, I’m more into free verse, where I don’t use consistent meter patterns, rhyme, or any other pattern in many of my poems. The only thing that will always remain the same is my love for writing, my love for words. I always did have a good imaginative power and I never use the big words for the sake of using big words. I always feel that using the big and fancy words is not the main thing. I try to keep my writings simple!
What does literary success look like to you?
I think, I view success in two different ways. The actual success for me is the joy of my heart. I feel that I couldn’t live without writing and so, because of that one belief, I actually write more, instead of thinking to do it someday. Success for me is hearing from my readers. I do interact with my readers frequently, all of their lovely reviews, words and everything that they say helps me a lot in the process of writing. I don’t think, just because someone is publicly successful doesn’t make them personally successful. I can’t continue writing if I hate doing it, just because of the talent and have a career out of it. I feel more than happy that I love writing and being well-loved for it.
My latest (4th) book is ‘The Curved Rainbow’ The Curved Rainbow is a poetry book that encompasses growth, heartbreak, hate and finding love. One can easily feel the wild and tender voice from beginning to end. And if there is love in every part of you, you will not get enough of ‘The Curved Rainbow’ this book celebrates human feelings in their unrefined form. In this book, there are poems of despair, overcoming, empowerment, and survival.
My other latest book (5th) is ‘The Forest of Feelings’ this book is having a collection of poems that gives attention to the boundless topics; this book has the poetry about love, women, strength and beauty. Some of the poems are for those who love too deeply, some of them are for those who break too quickly and easily. Through this book, I confront the role of women in relation to subjects including feminism, marriage, violence, sexuality and healing. This book is written with my own, unrepeated & modish style, sealed with a classic twist. This is a must read poetry book with lots of illustrations for all the birds of passage!