Book: Magic Square
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Most welcome Dear Author. We heartily congratulate you for being a published author. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers.
Salini Vineeth: Hello, I am Salini Vineeth. I am a fiction and freelance writer based in Bangalore. I am an engineering graduate, and I have worked in the electronics industry until December 2018. I quit my job to become a full-time writer. Since then, I have published three books.
That’s really great; please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author. When you actually started writing and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to write your debut book or was it your childhood hobby of writing?
Salini Vineeth: I used to write from childhood. However, I didn’t think of making it into a full-time career. It’s only after I wrote many articles on my travel blog www.pickpackgo.in, I realized that writing is my thing. My family, especially my mother, is a huge support for me. I used to write stories and publish it on my blog. When I heard about the Amazon Pen2Publish contest in 2018, I decided to participate in it. Hence my first fiction novella ‘Magic Square’ was born.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly? Be descriptive please so that our visitors know about you little more.
Salini Vineeth: I don’t think a person needs to ‘feel’ so much to become a writer. But, a person needs to be very observant. They need to keep a keen eye on what’s happening around them. Sometimes, stories come from tiny things. But, if a person isn’t observing it, then the story is lost. Being emotional is a good quality for a writer. I am a very expressive and emotional person myself. It helps me connect with my characters and readers. However, being feeling emotions strongly is not a necessity for a good writer.
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
Salini Vineeth: Finding a title for a book is more difficult than writing the book itself. I have struggled a lot to find the name for my debut novel. I thought about the themes and tried to find a phrase that conveys the essence of my story. However, it’s not an easy process.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Salini Vineeth: I believe that the most important element of good writing is the ability to connect with the reader. The words should leap out of the page and find a place in the reader’s heart. It should resonate with the reader. The next thing is honesty. One needs to be honest in writing. If you write from your heart, it will reach the reader’s heart for sure. Clarity and correctness are also important elements of good writing.
What comes first, the plot or characters? How do you develop your plot and characters?
Salini Vineeth: It depends. My debut novel ‘Magic Square’ started with the plot. I wanted to tell a story, and I crafted characters to do it. However, the current novel that I am working on, started with two characters. So, I guess it depends.
Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?
Salini Vineeth: Yes, I am very much on social media. My readers get in touch with me through Facebook mostly. I am present on Instagram as well. Usually my readers send me direct message.
Please tell the reader something about your book. What is your message to those readers who have still not read the book. Why they should pick it up for reading?
Salini Vineeth: I think my book ‘Magic Square’ is one of it’s kind of a suspense novel that combines different genres. It has a suspense or thrilling element, a quest, romance, history and philosophy. It’s about the journey of a girl Amudha, trying to find a mysterious person. Amudha lands in unexpected places and unfamiliar territories while trying to solve the mystery. I am sure once you start reading the book, you will only put it down after you finish it.
And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those new writers who have not yet started their journey of becoming an author? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.
Salini Vineeth: I am not sure if I am qualified to give any advice. But my suggestion is to be persistent. Writing is not an easy thing. You might lose track or get dejected. You may have to face many hurdles. But, if you are really passionate, keep writing.
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INTO YOUR INTERVIEW:
Would you rather
Would you rather be in a room full of snakes or a room full of spiders?
Salini Vineeth: A room full of spiders.
Would you rather have an endless summer or an endless winter?
Salini Vineeth: Endless winter, I am introvert. I will sit and read all day and night.
Would you rather have constant nagging pain or a constant itch?
Salini Vineeth: A constant itch. I will try to enjoy it.
Would you rather always be an hour early or be constantly twenty minutes late?
Salini Vineeth: I am by design a late person. No matter what I do, I don’t think I can reach any place one hour early.
Would you rather live in a haunted mansion or live in a un-haunted cottage?
Salini Vineeth: Un-haunted cottage. I am no fan of ghosts.
Tea or coffee
Salini Vineeth: Tea.
Hot or cold
Salini Vineeth: Cold.
Movie or book
Salini Vineeth: Movie.
Coke or Pepsi
Salini Vineeth: None.
Morning person or Night owl
Salini Vineeth: Morning person.
Social Media or book
Salini Vineeth: Book.
Paperback or ebook
Salini Vineeth: Paperback.
All the best for your future and this book too! Thanks for answering my questions.