- Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.
Army School was the basic foundation of my personality. It helped me in developing an all-around personality as I had a healthy balance of academics and co-curricular activities.
- How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?
I was a deep observer and used to daydream and keep scribbling lines in my notebook. I wrote my first poem 'For Those At Kargil' as a part of the school's feature in Hindustan Times, Jaipur.
- What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work?
Finding the right publisher and spreading the message to the audience takes time. I am patiently trying to build my audience organically.
- What is your view about the present day literary work?
With self-publishing and online portals such as StoryMirror, writers have a platform to showcase their literary work with ease. However, it also gives rise to plagiarism. I still believe that good quality content will attract the right audience.
- Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers?
Yes, definitely. Writers get instant feedback about their writing style.
- Please tell us something about your literary work.
I have 5 publications under my name. My first novella, '7 Vows of Marriage' is a personal take on the institution of marriage. Reminiscence, published by Blue Rose Publishers is a poetry collection. The recent title 'The Mind Game' is a self-improvement book that helps readers understand the importance of emotional intelligence.
- What was your first literary work and how was it published?
7 Vows of Marriage is self-published through Amazon Kindle.
- How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?
Literature can help in understanding different perspectives about a topic. Reading literature helps people expand their horizon and broadens their thought process.
- Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?
Through literature, I want to address several social issues that have cropped up in the modern era. I hope to make a difference in the lives of my readers through my books.
- What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?
Recitals, open mics, contests, and online journals/newsletters are good methods of building a poetry community.
- What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers?
Be honest with what you write. Try to adopt a new writing style and be unique. Keep reading to improve your vocabulary and take formal education if necessary. Self-learning is the best method for a writer.
- How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?
StoryMirror has given me a platform to voice my opinion. The experience has been good so far.
- Would you like to say something about StoryMirror?
Can you organize a quarterly meetup of contributors from the same city? e.g. A Writers' Meetup or something similar.
Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/ojm7qq5g/author-devika/followers