Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hi Fiona! I am Namita Bajaj Sonthalia. I published my debut book two years ago at the age of 30.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am from the city of Bangalore, located in South India. The Silicon Valley of India, this city bursts with intellectual energy and technological advancements. For what my country is known for, ‘diversity’, Bangalore or ‘Bengaluru’ (as now renamed) has a rich cultural heritage as well.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
A writer, a dreamer, an achiever… I believe in miracles and I believe in making them happen. Weaving magic with words, I have been into poetry since an early age of 8 years and into the art of being a wordsmith ever since. I wrote my first book almost nine years ago. Publishing it only two years ago, I am glad it has been melting hearts with every breath as my readers read my work – At The Threshold Of Love. A graduate in business management, I am a content writer and have over 500 website contents to my credit. Beginning my career in the field of technical and business writing, I worked as a web journalist for two years before pursuing my career as a content creator and an author.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I am now through with my second manuscript and looking forward towards rekindling the symphony of emotions in the hearts of my readers.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing poetry as an 8 year old girl. Ever since, the possibility of creating magic with words left me amazed and hungry for more such creations. An avid reader, I have read a plethora of titles across varied genres. Fictional romance however is my favourite and the process of reading made me want to create a fictional world of my won in the form of my book. I wrote my first manuscript in the year 2009.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I believed I was a writer when I was acclaimed for my first book – At The Threshold Of Love; I believed it on the day I first laid hands on the published copy of my manuscript!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I am an avid reader and reading books that touched the chords of my heart compelled me to create a work of my own that could leave behind a fragment of me forever.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Everything about a creative work has some semblance with the life of the creator. Likewise, the title or parts of it had semblance with me.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I am a dreamer and thus fiction is a vital part of my work. A romantic heart to top that, is quite an interesting combination to help me create some valuable fictional romance works. That said, I do plan to try my hand into motivational writing as well.
Creating a life in the form of a book in itself is quite challenging. For an author, my characters Ronit and Ahaana from my book live somewhere out there in my imagination for real. If I could believe that, my reader would too.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
As said above, every work has a part of the creator in itself. For me, as an author, my books too have glimpses of the lives I have touched or the lives that have touched mine, they always will.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not yet, I didn’t feel the need for it. Although, some alone time in a scenic location, might just do wonders for the creative mind.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The editorial team at Srishti publications did the magic!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes! Destiny and love go hand in hand, while that is said, I believe that the heart has its own language the soul hums and somehow down the lane, destiny abides by it.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I am a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks and off late I am reading a lot of Indian authors who are creating wonders with their works.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My dream I can say proudly was my own and the universe made it real.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes! It has been since over ten years now. Apart from being an author, I am a web journalist and content creator. I develop website contents, digital marketing solutions and much more.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I might have published the non-edited version that was way longer than the existing one. Somehow, I believe that a story that touches your heart must not just end too soon.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes! I understood that happy endings are what readers want and not a check of reality.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Wow if that happened, fifteen years ago I would say Mr. Shah Rukh Khan. But now that would be doubtful. So maybe ZacAfron or RanbirKapoor might do justice to it.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Read! Reading opens up windows that one never knew of. It helps you live a life apart from what already captures you. It helps you either expand your senses or take you away on a journey when all you want to do is travel!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
To my readers, I want to first say thank you. And then I would like to go on to say that this book or the others that I will write in the future or any other book of any other writer is a lot of dreams penned down in the form of words. Reading is a way to get into the loop of the heartstrings and there is nothing but beauty in it. So when you read, my book or any other, love it for the sheer beauty of the idea to create a new world of imaginations and hope in a catastrophic world that exists.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am working on my second book, and reading just it, over and over again!Although I recently read “One day in December” by Josie Silver and loved it none the less.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not the first book, no, but the book that stood out from my early reading years were Charlie and the Chocolate factory and Sweet Valley University.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Love! Love makes me laugh and cry…
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Thankfully, the people I always want close are here with me. I just hope it always stays this way. But then, who doesn’t?
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Apart from writing, I love music. Singing is my next big thing. If it weren’t for my books, I would probably try becoming a singer.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch much of tv, but I do follow most of Bollywood movies and Hollywood romcoms.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Chinese, cakes, icecreams and coffee… Turquoise blue and soft music… these define my nature.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Once upon a time…She lived! Although in my culture, we don’t burry.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
The amazon link to my book is https://www.amazon.in/At-Threshold-Love-Namita-Sonthalia/dp/9380349742
The goodreads link is https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35680204-at-the-threshold-of-love