Today I have author Tarang Sinha with me. And she isn’t just an author; Tarang writes all kinds of wonderful things. Here’s more about her.
Sue: Thanks so much for joining us today.
So you’re a freelance writer, book reviewer, and a short story writer. That spans various kinds of writing. How did your novel, We Will Meet Again, take birth? Tell us a bit about the book.
Tarang: We Will Meet Again was a short story, initially. Then I realised that it was too long for a short story. Back then, I had no idea that even a 7500 words story can be considered as a short story so I left it unfinished. But the idea didn’t leave me.
‘Can I write a novel?’ I thought. ‘Why not?’ I decided.
Is Abhigyan’s life really that perfect as it seems? Can Paridhi trust Abhigyan? Will a blissful breeze of love ever kiss her heart?
Sue: You blog regularly too. Would you call yourself a blogger? How hard is it to balance being a writer of so many kinds? Any tips for those aspiring to be in your shoes?Tarang: Of course, I would call myself a blogger. I began writing for magazines before I started blogging but it’s my blog that helped me to stay creatively active. It helped me connect with many lovely bloggers/writers.
Not that difficult if you really want to do it. It’s your personal space. You don’t need to pressurise yourself to blog everyday. Write when you feel like saying something. When your thoughts/imagination refuse to leave you alone. You ARE a regular blogger if you post 5-6 posts a month.
Sue: What are the non-writing activities that help you write more and write better?
Tarang: Reading, of course. I believe you cannot be a good writer if you are not a good reader. I don’t read just for entertainment (Sometimes I do though). I read to learn, to understand the craft. That’s why I’m trying different genres these days. Also, watching movies helps you as a writer, I believe. And, I walk. Walk alone, and then my thoughts/imagination flow like a stream. I detest when anyone interrupts me at that time.
Sue: Ah, I take walks for the same reason. It really gets my mind working.
So tell me; what is the recipe for the perfect romance novel?
Tarang: Honestly, I do not know. I’m not that experienced to comment on this. You can’t be sure what actually clicks. However, if I try to think as a reader, for an engaging romance, characters (charming & relatable, not flawless) and their conversations / dialogues (witty) are really important. I do not like mushy romance.
Yes, I have certainly learned a lot while writing a romance. I’ve shared the pointers in this article. FOUR THINGS TO AVOID WHEN WRITING ROMANCE
Sue: Time for a quick fire round
Your favourite author…
Tarang: Just one? Then, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I really like Sophie Kinsella, Jojo Moyes and Debbie Macomber too.
Sue: Your current read…
Tarang: Chanakya by Ashok Banker
Sue: Your favourite fictional heroine…
Tarang: Can I choose my own heroine, Paridhi from We Will Meet Again?
Sue: Your favourite book…
Tarang: Now this is really tough and unfair. Still, The Palace Of Illusions, Love Virtually & Every Seventh Wave (the sequel).
Sue: That’s an eclectic list!
Tarang: When you write, you learn and grow. So I hope what I am writing currently would be better than my first book. And, it’s definitely different from my first book. It’s too early to say anything but it’s about challenging the concept of ‘Log Kya Sochenge?’ or ‘What will people think?’