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Interview with Karuna Sinh

Q.1 Tell us a little about yourself?
A. I am a content writer. In the past, I worked as a teacher in various schools and also participated in a lot of volunteer welfare activities.

Q.2 Do you have any upcoming books?
A. Yes, we have selected 2-3 themes, but yet not finalized anything.

Q.3 When and why did you begin writing?
A. As a child, I used to write short shorties or poetry, mostly in Hindi. Now I enjoy writing poetry on my blog.

Q.4 What drew you to the historical fiction genre?
A. History is the main foundation of our society. Writing about a compelling and relevant period, which is full of tense situations and struggles is a matter of great pride. A little dash of fiction reaches a broader audience.

Q.5 Which authors do you think creates the most successful historical fiction?
A. I have read William Dalrymple, Rima Hooja, John Man, Ashwin Sanghi, Alex Rutherford all are excellent writers.

Q.6 What role does research play in successful historical fiction?
A. Writing correct facts on paper is very important. Otherwise, history will always look like fantasy and will remain unrelatable.

Q.7 Do you judge historical fiction differently from contemporary fiction?
A. Yes, very much.

Q.8 Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
A. I want to continue my writing as it gives me immense joy.

Q.9 In your opinion, what aspects prevent a novel from being designated successful historical fiction?
A. For me, if you cannot relate to the characters mentioned in the book. One can lose interest in history if it is not well written. Why we remember and enjoy reading about history in novels compared to our textbooks.

Q.10 Outside of your family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author?
A. VP Singh Badnore, the Governor of Punjab was a great source of encouragement.

Q.11 How do you describe your writing experience with Randhir Sinh? If you have different opinions on a particular situation, how did you resolve it?
A. It was a fun experience that includes a lot of arguments, constant verifying of facts, refining of the story with every new input. I read each chapter of this book as a reader and not as an author. So if I couldn't visualize any part of the story, I refused to give the green signal.

Q.12 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
A. No, I don't think so. The story and characters just kept on flowing. We were aware of how the story was taking shape.

Q.13 Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
A. I would read and cook tasty meals.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. I never thought about it. But I don't like to write if the picture is not clear in my head.

Q.15 If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?
A. No. The book looks just fine.

Q.16 What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A. In India, the budding writers don't get a big platform to showcase their talent. Nowadays, thanks to e-editions, at least they can publish their work.

Q.17 What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
A. Never lose hope and continue writing with full conviction.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. I want to meet Anne Frank. I enjoyed the book The Diary of a Young Girl. The remarkable collection of her anecdotes during troublesome times is very inspiring.

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is one book which forced me to look at life through a different prospect.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A. With good and bad experiences, life taught me many lessons. Discovering my self-potential brought significant changes within me and made me a better person.

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