Pragna Rao is an author of His Flawless Love
Here is how she answered our questions.
1.How does an idea come for a story come to you?
Writing is something that fascinates me. I always feel my best while writing. In fact I believe I belong here, because I have lived half of my life in my world of fantasies. The writer within me is very attentive, she just grasps anything that is new and interesting. Nothing is an exception. Real life situations I have witnessed and experienced, issues in society, nature, music, quotations, I get ideas from anything or everything. Sometimes I come up with few ideas and see what I can do with them.
2.At what age did you start writing?
I started writing poetry at the age of ten. Initially, it was to impress my teacher, but later I fell in love with my hobby. I used to sit alone for hours and write something on selected topics and feel happy at the end, while my friends used to play. I know I have missed few best moments in my childhood, but I found a best friend for the lifetime. My first inspiration to write a story came from the movie ‘Independence Day’. I was a child and I could hardly understand the movie, but it instilled that seed in my mind that made me restless for the rest of my life. Later I wrote short stories, novellas and by the time I’m fifteen I have written more than 250 poems in my mother tongue Telugu and English together. During my college days I wrote poetry for my college magazine. I have written a few novels too, so that I can publish them in future.
3.Is this your first book?
No. As I said before, I have written a few interesting stories previously. They are safe with me. Looking forward to bring them into light. This is my first book to get published.
4.What is the story in ‘His Flawless Love’ is about?
It is about a young married couple Saurabh and Isha who have their own personal struggles. Marriage ties them together. Saurabh loves his wife and always strives to protect her in every possible way, and to get her out of the everlasting depression that is because of her past. But life is good at challenging your strength, patience and determination. The same thing happens here. How the couple faced the challenges? How they valued their relationship? How successful they are as a husband and wife? How love does magic in their lives? At the same time, how cruel destiny can be? The story is all about these.
I simply describe it as an ordinary story. Yes, I know many of us don’t like ordinary things. But, it is as ordinary as we are and our lives. I believe extraordinary is nothing but a perfect ordinary. If everything is perfect in your day-to-day life that itself is extraordinary. So perfection has to be attained at ordinary stage and every extraordinary thing has to be ordinary at some point. So, this is an ordinary story but you should find out what makes it extraordinary.
5.Why did you name your book as ‘His Flawless Love’ ?
Here ‘His’ indicates the protagonist Saurabh. He is one of the best characters I have ever created. He is strong yet patient, rich yet humble, and his love for his wife is marvellous. It’s his love that makes all the difference. And one can witness how gentle, kind, and affectionate a man can be. He is an ideal partner and hence the title is ‘His Flawless Love’.
6.Which is your favourite character from this book?
It’s very tough to choose between Isha, Rahul, and Saurabh, I love all the three of them. A true definition of friend is Rahul, the best version of a female is Isha and Saurabh is a kind of person every girl will look up to. But to choose one character I say it’s Saurabh. He is amazing.
7.What do you think is more important the words used or the feelings?
Undoubtedly both. I believe heartfelt feelings needs an excellent wording to declare the emotions accurately and elegantly. Nice vocabulary adds the flavour and attracts the reader. So I say powerful feelings and beautiful wording is a dangerous combination. They can smash anything.
8.If a favourite character of your favourite book comes alive in front of you what would you say?
Hey! Nice to meet you. Would you like to grab a coffee?
9.Is there a particular time of the day when you write your ideas? When?
Yes. I love early mornings and I make sure to write every morning. I also write whenever I’m free. I always carry a book with me so that when I get an idea I can pen it down. But I love to write when it rains outside.
10.Just like you are an inspiration to others, who is/are your inspiration?
My parents are my inspiration. They are hardworking and optimistic. I love the way they see at things with hope and faith. I learned it from them.
When it’s about writing, Henry David Thoreau and William Wordsworth are my favourite. I like their poetry and was strongly influenced by them when I was a child.
11.What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
Well, one day someone told me, “ Why all these dreams and all and chasing behind them as though you are going to live for 100 years? You can never became an author and your talent can’t buy you a piece of bread.”
Those words really surprised me.
If someone can be so confident about me not becoming successful, I grew up dreaming about it every single day and how confident should I be? Those words couldn’t impact me. And today people recognise me not only as a doctor, but an author, and I have my first book in my hands. The day you prove you are worthy of something, you are successful. But, I think my biggest accomplishment is yet to come.
12.They say “Nobody can judge you, as much as you yourself can” where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I may be a specialist doctor in a good clinical branch and serve people or I may be a full time novelist or screenwriter. I will be a good wife and a happy mother and a pride to my family.
13.What would you do if you weren’t into writing?
I’m a doctor by profession. So I would have done specialization in Paediatrics or General medicine.
14.How do you react to the reviews that you get about your writings from your readers?
It’s a great pleasure to hear from them. They boost confidence within myself. I cherish those moments again and again. It brings smile on my face and a true joy to my heart. Positive or negative I respect the opinions of my readers and accept them equally. In fact both are necessary for the betterment of my writing.
15.Which is your favourite fictional character?
From books I like Aslan from Narnia. I enjoy movies that are made from books, with my favourite being Maximus from the movie Gladiator and of course captain Jack sparrow.
16.Who is your favourite author?
I enjoy the stories of Nicholas sparks.
17.List any 3 books that you would recommend to our readers?
The best stories I have ever read are from my English non detail books.
- The Trojan war
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
I think many of us have come across these stories, if not I suggest you these.
18.Is there any subject you would not write about? What would that be?
I would like to try every genre but not Erotic fiction.
19.Which is your favourite genre? Why?
Fantasy fiction and Historical fiction. I like fantasy because it’s always a better place to live, and I like to test the boundaries of my imaginative skills. And I admire history as it’s very interesting.
20.Which genre according to you is most difficult to write?
Horror. Not because I can’t, but I don’t like to think much about it.
21.Are you working on your next? What is it about?
Yes. It is a fantasy fiction. It takes place in London. It is endowed with mystery, love and passion to succeed in life.
22.What is your message to other budding poets and writers?
I would like to say this to every one. When you have a dream or ambition, don’t expect everyone will support you. People try to kill your confidence. Many a times it’s just somebody, but some times it may be someone who we believe are important to us. But never give up.
Believe in yourself
Keep persistent efforts.
Never ever stop dreaming.
After all, we are meant to shake the sphere, but not to get trapped in the earthquake. Wishing you all the best.
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