Author Interview – Ishieta Chopra

The Author, Ishieta belongs to a Lineage of healers. She is a Poet, Published writer and a Numerologist who has played with words in verse to dig into the visceral and disturbing area of Darkness within in her poetry book called ‘ Dark Poetry’ and she in the A to Z Challenge in 2017, took up the theme of A to Z of Healing. In her other book she shares her notes and experiences on 26 Alternative forms of Healing – Beyond the ‘what’ they are, to what we can do with them & what the experience is like. She writes over at www.isheeriashealingcircles.com and her books are available in Amazon to buy. Interviews are a great way for authors to communicate directly with readers and promote their books, plus they’re a great opportunity for you to connect with authors one-on-one and add amazing content to your blog.

Today I have Ishieta with me for a chat over her books and much more.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

When my dogs wander in, wanting a cuddle or wanting to play. Work has to come to a pause! & then I lose track of time!

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Many authors and writers, and aspiring writers are my friends (It would be a grand big list indeed if I were to mention them all here). We keep doing writing collaborations and continuing our discussions and conversations online – you can check them on my blog (www.isheeriashealingcircles.com) and twitter handles (@isheeria1 & @ishieta). Each one in their own way has helped me become a better writer and their energy and focus on creativity and writing itself, has been a great boost and motivation to my own writing too & these writer friends of mine have helped me to justify my coffee addiction!

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

Being a Gemini, I have varied interests and dreams of sharing my writings in different genres with the world. So far, my 3 published works, are each standalone books, but they have a common link, which is their creator & author, that is ME.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I would tell my younger self, to STOP STARING at the blank paper/screen – and just WRITE! Have confidence and faith in yourself.  I have spent so much time in second guessing myself, and not completing the stories in my mind.
I would also encourage my younger self, to write that piece of fiction which lives on in my mind. While I started my first blog way back in the early 2000s, and wrote creative pieces in school, it wasn’t until a few years ago, when I was contacted by my Publisher (of the book: Numerology – The Power of Numbers) that I began writing in earnest, and the feedback and response so far has been quite positive and encouraged me to keep on writing.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Once the Publisher contacted and contracted me to write the book, my writing became quite a structured & schedule driven thing. I realized that there is much more to writing a book than the romance of it (I used to think: Writing would involve, me, sitting under a tree, sipping on a cool drink, while my eyes roam over the horizon, being inspired and writing (preferably on a typewriter!).  Reality: On my laptop, on a desk, with my notes spread out – writing and re-writing to make it into a reference book worthy of my reader – & Yes, there was a cool drink, usually the coffee/tea gone cold!). I also learnt my own style of writing and working on a manuscript – I adapted the modern tools to compliment my natural style of writing and love for the papyrus & other pretty stationary. I also learnt the ‘process’ of taking an idea and bringing it to life as a complete book.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Beyond the Earth & Sky  – A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa and The Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

What does literary success look like to you?

When I am introduced as an author! & when my writing resonates with my reader.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

This is very dependent on the topic of the book. So far, my books have all been bringing together knowledge and my own experiences into a concise format which would be reader friendly. With my future project, I see months of research lined up as the story is wanting to go into new territories. I am currently in discussion with my characters!

How many hours a day do you write?

I don’t have a fixed schedule, I am a creature of inspiration & following my own drumbeat. There are days when I write for hours, and others when only for an hour, and some when none at all.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

As a Life long learner, I am always in student mode. Reviews are a great input on my work as they share an opinion, an insight, a perspective beyond my own, and it helps me to grow & expand my own understanding and writing skills. I actually find it very interesting to read reviews of my works. I adore the positive feedback and also value the constructive feedback in all reviews.

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