7 Questions With Author Deepti Sharma
Deepti Sharma is the author of a collection of short stories titled ‘Extremely….’ She is an avid reader and was a closet writer until now. To express an emotion, a thought or an action in words is something of a passion with her. On the personal front, she is an ecologist by training & profession, a full-time entrepreneur, happily married, and a mother of two.
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What’s your own definition of an author / indie author?
Very difficult query! Authors are often associated with high imaginativeness, whereas I lack sorely in that department. Probably because of my training as a science student, I am very factual and not given to fantasies? I tend to think of an author as one who can present real feelings and at least partially real incidents in such a way that the write-ups don’t look like a journalist’s report.
Since ethics would stop me from writing about others without their permission, I have usually taken a deep and hard look inside my own self to come up with truths that can be converted into stories.
As to an indie author, well, it will take me some time to imbibe the characteristics of one, understand one, and define one. It is one query that I am actually yet to comprehend properly, leave aside answering. *Smiles*.
As an author, I find it difficult to be expressive in ways other than writing and for me the capability of embellishing/marketing/publicizing what I write is almost antipodal to my inherent self-consciousness. The day the writer and publisher inside me shake hands, I shall define ‘indie author’ for you!
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a plotter. Most of the times, I can see the story in my head from the start to the end, with words and ideas struggling so bad to get out of the cerebral folds and get printed in black and white that I can’t type fast enough to suit them.
There have been occasions on which I couldn’t sleep because of them words and ideas! With other stories, I have started out on a premise I liked, or a fictional character I built up easily, but didn’t know where they were heading. When hit with such road-blocks, I have waited patiently for the ending to suggest itself to me, no matter how long that takes (in one case it took 5 years 7 months). So yes, definitely a plotter.
Tell us how you’d spend your time if you went on a date/adventure/meeting with your favorite fictional character.
Please, can I have more than just one favorite? (I am sure you’d have heard that one once too often)! Well, one of my favorite fictional characters is Mrs. Ariadne Oliver from the famous Agatha Christie novels. Since Mrs. Oliver is a wonderful authoress, my time with her would definitely be spent discussing the plotting of new tales and her secret to opening the publisher’s door wide open!
Though I do want to ask the second Mrs. de Winter her unusual first name, have tea with the mad hatter, dare to ask Miss Havisham if she would give up her wedding dress, attempt to defeat EM Toohey in a debate, shake hands with Atticus Finch, fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan… (I can go on and on…somebody stop me!).
What are some common stereotypes related to the genre(s) you’re writing in?
Kid-lit: Has to be fantasy-driven, with magic and superpowers and superheroes.
Whatever happened to raising earthy kids? Our children begin to understand and question the various aspects of reality from quite a tender age. The questions in their minds must not be conveniently ignored or smothered by a heavy dose of unrealism.
Crime Thriller: Small town, two investigating officers of the opposite sex, one of them with a checkered past, loads of gore.
What’s an approximate price authors would pay to get their precious out there into the world of eager readers?
My thumb rule would be: An amount that I can regain after the first 100-200 sales.
Does the genre you normally read have a direct influence on your writing?
The balance between the time spent reading versus the time spent in garnering my own set of experiences seems to be the deciding factor in my case. To elaborate a bit, as a younger person I read voraciously and lived vicariously through these books of mine.
Ergo, my writing did get influenced by my reading. However, of late, as I have begun to travel, meet new people, and get novel viewpoints first-hand, I have observed that my own experiences have begun to drive my writing.
How do you deal with negative feedback or negative reviews?
I am possessive of my characters – as possessive as a mother can be of her children. So if I am asked to change how a certain character is or is going to act, do not expect me to take that kindly! I’d be polite but stubborn.
Apart from that, any feedback which is specific and not vague is most welcome. Can’t pretend that something harsh won’t hurt – it will, but I guess with time, we need to learn a lesson or two from the rhino in being pachydermatous.
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