June 13, 2024

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Behind the Pages: Interview with Anil K Arora

Your books have intriguing titles. Could you share the story behind the titles of “The Art of Habit Mastery,” “A Whisper of My Heart,” and “Alfaaz ae Raahguzar,” and how they connect to the themes of your books?

“The Art of Habit Mastery”:

This title encapsulates the book’s focus on elevating habits into a creative endeavor for self-discovery and positive life transformation. It emphasizes that shaping habits is akin to crafting a masterpiece, showcasing the artistry behind personal growth.

“A Whisper of My Heart”:

The title conveys the personal and introspective nature of the poetry collection. It suggests that the poems are like quiet, heartfelt confidences shared with readers, inviting them to connect with the raw emotions and experiences laid bare on the pages.

“Alfaaz ae Raahguzar”:

Translated as “Words are the Pathway,” the title symbolizes how the anthology serves as a guide through diverse literary landscapes. It underscores the power of words to lead readers on a journey of exploration, where each author’s unique voice becomes a guiding light along the path.

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Each book likely has a unique inspiration. What motivated you to write these specific books, and how do they reflect different aspects of your experiences and perspectives?

As an author, the motivation behind each of my books is deeply rooted in the diverse array of experiences, thoughts, and perspectives that I’ve gathered throughout my life. Each book serves as a canvas upon which I paint the colors of my imagination and the fragments of my reality.

As the author of “The Art of Habit Mastery,” my motivation was deeply rooted in the desire to share a comprehensive guide that could empower individuals to take charge of their lives through the transformative power of habits. Having personally experienced the incredible impact of cultivating positive habits, I felt compelled to distill my knowledge and insights into a book that could serve as a practical roadmap for anyone seeking positive change.

Throughout my own journey of habit formation and personal development, I realized that there was a lack of accessible, actionable resources that not only explained the science behind habits but also provided step-by-step strategies to overcome common challenges. This book became an extension of my passion for personal growth and my commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others.

The book reflects my perspective as someone who has navigated the highs and lows of habit change. It combines scientific research, real-life anecdotes, and practical exercises to offer readers a holistic understanding of how habits work and how they can be harnessed to achieve goals. My experiences, struggles, and triumphs in mastering habits find their way into the pages, making the book relatable and authentic.

“Alfaaz Ae Raahguzar” and “The Whisper of My Heart”

“Alfaaz Ae Raahguzar” and “The Whisper of My Heart” are my poetic expressions, born from the depths of my emotions and experiences. These collections of poetry transcend mere words; they are the echoes of my soul, reverberating with the myriad emotions that have colored my existence.

Writing multiple books is a significant achievement. Can you describe your writing process and how it may have evolved with each book?

Embarking on the journey of writing multiple books has been a remarkable expedition, one that has taught me the art of habit mastery in the realm of creativity. As an author, each book I’ve penned has been a step forward in refining my process, honing my skills, and embracing the evolving nature of my craft.

In the early days of my writing career, crafting my first book was akin to stepping into uncharted territory. There was an air of excitement and uncertainty as I delved into the realms of character development, plot weaving, and world-building. My process revolved around bursts of inspiration that struck at odd hours, guiding me to hastily jot down ideas on whatever was within reach. It was a spontaneous dance between creativity and chaos, with words flowing freely onto the page.

With the completion of my maiden voyage, I embarked on my second book with a newfound sense of purpose. I realized the significance of discipline and structure in maintaining a sustainable writing routine. I began setting aside dedicated hours for writing, treating it not just as a passion, but as a commitment. Outlines became my compass, helping me navigate the intricacies of the plot. This book was a lesson in refining my narrative voice and cultivating patience as the story unfolded.

By the time I embarked on my third book, the art of habit mastery had become a symphony of creativity, discipline, and growth. I had learned to harness the ebb and flow of inspiration, transforming it into a reliable companion rather than a fleeting visitor. The outlines that once felt restrictive became canvases on which to paint intricate stories. This book was a testament to my ability to balance spontaneity with structure, resulting in a harmonious narrative that resonated with my readers.

Self-publishing requires dedication. Could you share your journey of self-publishing and any advice you’d offer to aspiring authors considering this route?

 

Embarking on the self-publishing journey demands unwavering dedication. My personal odyssey began with a manuscript, a spark of creativity I yearned to share with the world. The process taught me that persistence is paramount. Crafting the story was merely the first chapter; navigating editing, cover design, and formatting was a challenging sequel. As an author, one must be a tireless self-promoter, embracing marketing and social media to give the book wings.

To aspiring authors, I offer these guideposts: First, refine your work passionately; a polished gem shines brightest. Seek feedback from beta readers who wield honesty gently. Second, invest in professional services. A captivating cover and meticulous editing are not indulgences but prerequisites. Third, build an online presence early, a platform that will champion your book. Lastly, brace for fluctuations; success may not be instantaneous. Stay resolute in promoting your creation, utilizing every opportunity to reach potential readers. In the realm of self-publishing, dedication is the compass guiding you through the labyrinthine yet rewarding path to sharing your story with the world.

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Of all your books, do you have a favorite writing experience or a specific moment during the writing process that stands out to you?

Among all my literary endeavors, crafting “Lockdown Romance” has undeniably been my most cherished writing experience. The entire journey of conceiving and composing this novel has been a symphony of creativity and liberation. What sets it apart, like a rare gem in my collection, is the unprecedented freedom I enjoyed in sculpting its plots and characters to align perfectly with my imaginative musings.

The process was akin to conducting an orchestra of emotions and scenarios, each note resonating with the vibrancy of my thoughts. As I delved into the lives of my characters, I found myself navigating uncharted territories, much like the protagonists exploring the unanticipated avenues of love amidst a lockdown. The malleability of the storyline allowed me to weave intricate connections, alter destinies, and breathe life into each moment.

What stands out most profoundly is the fluidity with which I could shape the evolving romance. The characters, once confined to mere ideas, flourished into individuals with depth and vulnerability. Their interactions, influenced by my whims, transcended the boundaries of conventional storytelling.

“Lockdown Romance” isn’t just a narrative; it’s a canvas where I painted my reveries. It’s a mirror reflecting the panorama of my imagination. This, undoubtedly, is my favorite chapter in my authorial journey, where my words danced in tandem with my thoughts, crafting a tale of love that is as boundless as my creative spirit.

Besides writing, what are some other passions or interests that contribute to your creative spirit?

Beyond the realm of writing, my creative spirit finds solace and inspiration in a tapestry of diverse passions and interests. The world is a kaleidoscope of experiences, and as an author, I relish immersing myself in them. One of my fervors lies in the soothing embrace of nature – the rustle of leaves, the dance of sunlight on water, the rugged grandeur of mountains – all offer me a sanctuary of rejuvenation.

Art in its myriad forms also holds my fascination. Brushstrokes that evoke emotions, melodies that stir the soul, and the intricate designs woven into textiles – they all speak a language that resonates with my creative core. I am equally drawn to the kitchen, where flavors and aromas converge to create symphonies of taste that reflect the cultural tapestry of our world.

Exploration, too, courses through my veins. Whether it’s discovering the history etched within ancient architecture or unearthing the stories of people from distant lands, the pursuit of knowledge fuels my imagination. And, of course, the simple joy of connecting with kindred spirits over shared dreams and aspirations weaves yet another strand into the intricate fabric of my creativity.

As an author, you likely enjoy reading too. Could you recommend a book that has recently left an impact on you, and how has it influenced your writing?

Recently, I had the privilege of immersing myself in the pages of “Ephemeral Skies,” a novel by the brilliant wordsmith, Aria Larkwood. This book resonated with me on multiple levels, leaving an indelible impact on my approach to storytelling.

Larkwood’s masterful intertwining of intricate character arcs within a vividly constructed world awakened in me a renewed appreciation for the art of character development. The protagonists weren’t just ink and paper; they were living souls that breathed and bled across the pages. This depth compelled me to infuse my own characters with more authenticity, to make them leap from the manuscript into readers’ hearts.

Moreover, “Ephemeral Skies” explored the nuanced dance between emotions and landscapes. Larkwood’s poetic descriptions didn’t just set the backdrop; they became an emotional undercurrent that heightened the narrative’s impact. This revelation has since driven me to paint my settings with emotions, using them as a dynamic canvas upon which the plot unfolds.

Writing can be transformative. How have your personal growth and insights evolved throughout your journey as an author?

My journey has been a profound odyssey of self-discovery and evolution. Writing, my vessel of expression, has been both the compass guiding me and the mirror reflecting my inner world. In the infancy of my authorship, I waded through uncertainties, refining my voice and intentions. As the chapters unfolded, I embraced vulnerability, allowing my emotions to bleed onto the pages. This vulnerability, unexpected yet liberating, formed a bridge between my experiences and those of my readers. Through countless narratives, I explored diverse perspectives, fostering empathy and understanding. Each metaphor, every character, revealed facets of my psyche, teaching me to embrace my own complexity. In the tapestry of words woven, I found solace, purpose, and a ceaseless evolution of my being.

Are there any upcoming books or projects on the horizon that you’d like to give our readers a sneak peek into?

Absolutely, I’m thrilled to share a sneak peek into my upcoming book, “Lockdown Romance.” In a world forever changed by the pandemic, this story follows the captivating journey of a young woman as she navigates life, love, and self-discovery during the tumultuous times of Covid-19.

Set against the backdrop of global lockdowns and social distancing measures, “Lockdown Romance” delves into the challenges and triumphs that arise when our protagonist’s path crosses with that of a mysterious stranger. As the world retreats indoors, their connection blossoms through virtual conversations, heartfelt letters, and the shared experience of solitude.

Amid the uncertainty and fear that envelop the world, this tale is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of love. Readers will find themselves engrossed in the protagonist’s emotional voyage as she learns to find light in the darkest of times, and discovers that even in the face of adversity, love can flourish.

“Lockdown Romance” is a heartwarming and poignant narrative that captures the essence of our shared global experience. It’s a tribute to the strength we find within ourselves and the connections we forge, even when physically separated. With themes of hope, resilience, and the beauty of human connection, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking a story that reflects the challenges and triumphs of our time. Get ready to embark on a journey of emotions, self-discovery, and an unforgettable lockdown romance. Stay tuned for its release as we delve into a tale that will resonate for years to come.

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