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Exclusive Interview with Himanshu Rai, author of “My Mute Girlfriend”

Exclusive Interview with Himanshu Rai, author of “My Mute Girlfriend”
Bangalore | Written by: BNN Team | Updated: 07-04-2018 | Views: 191
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1. Please tell us a bit about your childhood and education.


A. I was born and brought up in the quaint and serene town of Sagar in Madhya Pradesh. I did my schooling in St. Joseph’s Convent School in Sagar, and you can read about that in my book “My Mute Girlfriend” as well. I completed my engineering from Jabalpur.


I have some very sweet memories from my childhood, as I used to live in a joint family     and had lots of cousins. I still remember, my cousins and I were very interested in drama and acting, and had our own theater group. We used to formulate our own script and screenplay and impersonate various characters and perform in dramas in front of our elders. We used to be appreciated by my grandfather, who used to give us tokens of     appreciation to encourage us and appreciate us for our efforts.  


2. Please tell us a bit more about your work, and how people have taken to your books?


A. I am indebted to my readers for valuing my work and acknowledging this book, which is my third novel. The book received astounding reception on its release was declared the hot release of the month on Amazon, and went out of stock during pre-orders. 


3.‎ Describe the route to your first novel being published.


A. Like any aspiring author who wants his work to reach out to a wider audience, I too put in a lot of genuine hard work in the first novel that I wrote. I went for self-publishing as I wanted to see my name on the book cover and have one of my life long dreams come true. The success of the book motivated me and stirred me to write further.


My book “Recollecting the End” is a mystery novel which talks about some questions in     life which do not have answes, and some questions for which answers must not be  searched. 


The book revolves around a Police Commissioner named Amar, who finds himself in a complex web of questions which reveal new sets of questions every time a question is answered. The case takes him from Delhi to Kolkata to Malda to Dalhousie, and makes him face his inner demons.


4. Considering the fact that you have a full-time job too, how do you find time to work on your books?


A. I do not follow a specific schedule or routine when it comes to writing, however, I cannot stop myself from putting my thoughts into words when a plot comes to my mind. I usually start writing after 11 PM and continue till 3 AM, and it helps me relax and unwind as it acts as a refreshing break from my full time job. 


5. What’s one advice you would give to aspiring novelist from your experience?


A. Write something which touches your heart, be true to your writing and leave everything to God.


6. Can you tell us about your writing process? What’s a typical writing day for you?


A. I prefer writing at night, as it gives me the opportunity to give my full attention to my writing work. I am a person who needs a calm environment to work on my books. I do not write during the day time. 


7. Why did you decide to make a switch to romance genre from thriller?


A. I was in Jabalpur for a friend’s wedding, and just as I mentioned, I completed my engineering from the same city. Spending time in that wonderful city made me nostalgic and reminisce about old days, which motivated me to make a switch to romance genre and write my novel “My Mute Girlfriend”which is some what influenced from my college days. 


8. ‎Your latest novel, My Mute Girlfriend, has already turned out to be a huge success. You've been ranked as a hot seller on Amazon. Tell us more about the book. Is this a true love story?


A. I am extremely happy with the reception  “My Mute Girlfriend” has earned and would like to thank my readers and Srishti Publishers for being there with me in every step of my journey in bringing out this stories. “My Mute Girlfriend” is the story of a guy named Rohan, who is vehemently in search of the vindication as to why his girlfriend, who was always there for him in thick and thin, turned mute. Most of the story is based on real events and characters, which is why this book is very close to my heart. 


9. Your message to your readers? Incase readers want to get in touch with you, how do they do it?


A. I am exceedingly grateful to all my readers for supporting me and appreciating my work with their heart felt messages. Even one review from my lovely readers on Amazon makes my day. My only request to them would be to keep reading my work which encourages me to write even more. I can be reached out on my e-mail ID himanshurai80@rediffmail.com. 

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