Priyanka Bhuyan is into the field of Corporate Communication in a leading PSU of India. Travel is her passion as she loves to see and explore new places, cuisines and people. She believes every place has a story to tell. However, she felt when she started embarking on solo travel there were a lot of apprehensions and not enough information for female travelers. Hence, she started this blog not only to share my travel stories and learning but also to help other budding travellers who wish to travel solo or in groups. Apart from travelling she loves writing and my debut book-‘Kaleidoscope of Love’- will be soon available on all e-commerce platforms. She is a big foodie, loves listening to music and connecting with people.
In Conversation with the Author
1. What inspired you to start writing?
My basic inspiration is my mother who always encouraged me to take up writing ever since my school days. Moreover writing I believe helps me in putting forward my thoughts and the rumble going inside my head and bring forth my characters alive in front of the world. And this joy of sharing your story with your readers is something which egged me to take up writing.
2. Do you read much and if so, who are your favourite authors?
Yes I do love reading specially when I am travelling. You wont believe it I still love Mills and Boons romances as well as comics like Tinkle. But my all time favourite authors are Sidney Sheldon and the Bronte Sisters. I specially love Victorian romances and Classics.
3. How do you think being a writer has helped you as a person?
Writing has helped me grow as a person. It opened up lot of horizons for me as how to connect with your readers, how to have a better perspective of people and a better understanding of human relationship. Plus it has also taught me the art of patience as writing is a tedious and slow process.
4.What do you think makes a good story?
A good plot, strong characters and an interesting ending are essential for a good story. There should be a proper start, middle and ending. Also we must try to connect with our readers and audience if a story becomes too long or too short it somehow loses its charm in the middle.
5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book “Kaleidoscope of Love”?
Oh this book came with lot of learning. Right from how the entire publishing work happens to know the intricacies about the book marketing I have been blessed to learn quite a few things as takeaways. Also I learnt that it is important to feel the pulse of the readers to tell a good story to them.
6. What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
Well this book is basically my first baby so I was ready for quite a few brickbats. But at the same time I was overwhelmed to receive positive response from the readers. Basically the primary idea was to deal with the varied intricacies about the most overrated emotion of love. It somehow intrigued me that there can be so much shades to it and it is one common element which exists in all relationships. And I always wanted to write something which people can enjoy in a go while being on a bus, train or flight so these ten short stories make up for a short crisp read.
7. Have you ever written a character based on the real you in some part?
Quite a few but I believe Anjali from the story Past and Present is very much like me. She is extremely loyal and in love but at the same time she has got her self-respect and did not compromise on it. At the same time she had such an inherent strength to herself walk out of a deadlock marriage. Often times in life we have to make difficult decisions and sometimes taking correct decisions is the most painful but then that’s where human strength is tested. I am very much like her as I too believe that whatever be the circumstances be we must stand for what we believe for.
8. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I always write what my heart says so basically the story and plot is my calling but the language can be better adjusted to cater to the audience. But I am still learning the ropes I hope I will continue to improve further.
9. How liberal are you in terms of expressing ideas in your books?
Well liberality depends upon the story, if the story requires it can be as expressive and liberal. That depends upon the genre, audience and as I said requirement
10. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I personally read each review as I believe there are lots to take away from it whether it is bad or good. Even if it is a negative review I take it constructively as there are so much scope to improve in my writing and this is the best way to know where are my lacunas so that next time I can work upon it and make myself better.
11. What advice would you like to pass on to young writers of today?
The only thing I can say is believe in yourself, believe in your story and believe in your characters. Also write for the joy of writing and whatever be the outcomes take it positively. I believe it’s an unending journey, the more we write the more we learn and connect. Connection is very important; you must connect with your characters to bring them to life. You must feel what they felt or what you are trying to tell through them.
12. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
Currently yes I am working on my next book but due to some personal setbacks I have not been able to work on it for the last few days. But hopefully it should come out by the end of this year.
13. How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Well, I am an avid traveler andinterested readers can follow me ongirlsliketotravel.com to share my experiences and unending journeys. Also I am available in Instagram by @authorpriyanka and twitter as @Priyankabhuya16 .