Swapna Rajput is the author of book In search of a Soulmate.
Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about your books?
I am a versatile writer; I write blogs, shayaries and romance, also composed a book on Indian history. I have published 4 books till now and they are-
A. The Beautiful Roses 1 & 2- (First edition published in 2011 and second in 2015)- It’s a romance/fiction, has 6 wonderful, heart touching love stories which are largely admired by its readers for its uniqueness of Hinglish script (it’s India’s first Hinglish book scripted Hindi language into English).
B. Amazing Legends of India- It’s also a unique book of mine, briefing about almost all the Indian legendary people from the time of mythology till 18th century. It has lots of extraordinary information about India and its culture.
C. In search of a Soulmate- It’s a romantic fiction but many of the events are experienced in real life, and all the characters are inspired from reality, thus the readers imagine their own story in it. Story of Sandy, his friends and family showcase all the human emotions like- love & affection, humour and fighting for the morality and self-respect. Every character in the novel has an exceptional story and they all back-up one-another in various situations, these are the special features of the novel admired by its readers. It has special love stories which are rare to find in any other Indian romance novels or movies.
Why do you write?
I am a passionate writer, I write to express my zeal, feelings and imagination.
Describe the route to your first novel being published?
I have started writing since my school days. I wrote many shayaries and short stories, which were published in magazines. I took a long gap of No-writing due to my academics, career and marriage. My passion was banging my head over and over again by pushing me towards writing. I discussed with my husband on giving up my job and become a full time writer and he supported me.
Although, I could write in English but many of my friends who read my stuffs are not fluent in this language. I had options to write in Kannada or Hindi other than English. I opted Hindi, since its our national language and it was easy to express the feelings in native language. Again problem arrived, as many of my friends are south Indians, who understand Hindi but can’t read the script. Thinking about more such people, I felt to reach all of them, who are not so good in reading Hindi or English. I thought for long time and came to a conclusion; if we can compose sms in Hinglish (Hindi language in English script) why not write a book in Hinglish? Bingo!! I found my answer and wrote all the love stories and self-published my first book ‘The Beautiful Roses’ in 2011. This book also holds the title of India’s first Hinglish book.
Which novelists do you admire?
4. I admire all the novelists or authors. Writing is not an easy task, it requires creativity, day-dreaming, dedication and hard work, every author puts same amount of efforts to compose his/her piece of work. However, I read romance, mythology and ancient history. I like many books of various authors in these genres.
What inspires you to write?
5. I always give different funny answers to this question; nothing inspires me to write as it is inbuilt. I am a day dreamer, I have to find some platform to play with my imaginary characters and feelings, and writing is the best medium to express it
Describe your route to being published?
It is a tough journey. Writing, editing, proof-reading and finding a publisher is one side story and once the book is published, marketing it and finding its appropriate readers is another tough story. No-matter how good is your book, success depends on the destiny.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
As I said above, I write blogs and books on various subjects and it is my strength. I am a story teller and love my job.
Can you tell us about your writing process? What’s a typical writing day for you?
I am partly insomniac, I usually write in the mid-night or early in the morning, as my kid sleeps this time and I get the entire peaceful atmosphere both at home and in my mind to get hold of the ideas and pen them all.
Finally, do you have any advice for writers hoping to get their books published?
My advice for the writers – Keep on writing and do not give up for anything. Publish your work since that is your creation, and going to live forever.