CJ:Howdid you publish your books?
Mehta: Well, I didn?t have anybody to tell me from doing theright thing from the wrong. So, I just read a number of books onwriting and browsed endless websites that gave advices andsuggestions. The internet is a gold mine for beginners. It has allthe information about getting your book published. But the first stepto actually getting a book published is to pen down a book in rightaway.
CJ: Is there a message inyour novels that you want readers to grasp?
Mehta: Yes, definitely. I always want readers to leave happy whenthey finish my books. And the message is usually about love andhappiness.
CJ: How much of your booksare realistic?
Mehta: Most of it and nothing at all. I mean, all the books that Iwrite are based on real life incidents that I hear or experienceabout. But they are fabricated with a layer of fiction. Most authorspick up the skeletons of their scripts based on real life.
CJ: If you had to choose,which writer would you consider a mentor?
Mehta: Nicholas Sparks. I grew up reading his books to a largeextent.
CJ: Do you see writing as acareer?
Mehta: Definitely. As a writer, I want to see my living throughbooks. But it?s hard to reach a stand in writing where you canactually make a living as a writer. Yet, it?s not impossible. Itjust takes its own time.
CJ: Did you learn anythingfrom writing your books and what was it?
Mehta: Yes, I learn a lot from writing and reading books. I wouldsay that books have helped me grow in many ways than I can imagine.They are like my guide lights.
CJ:Do you have any advice for other writers?
Mehta: Ha ha, I don't have any advice. But I have suggestions forwriters who are beginning to write. Have a lot of faith in yourself,write what you like the most, pay attention to what happens insideyou, don't take life too seriously and lastly, read a lot, really, ALOT.
(Author Chital Mehta can be reached email@example.com)