At BookArt101, we are delighted to have Prateek Srivastava, Author of the upcoming novel – ‘Divinity’
We had the good fortune of interviewing him, and we are certain his answers are going to inspire the inner writer in you! 🙂
A big congratulations on your new book. We are certain that it will garner really great reviews throughout. So, what inspired you to write “Divinity”?
Thank you for your kind words.
The central idea of Divinity was inspired by a thought that I had about dreams. Once while I was dreaming I happened to see a familiar face, and I thought to myself – what if that person was really there and we were together in the same dream!
Divinity began from that single thought and was turned into a full-fledged story by pouring in my life’s experiences and creating something beautiful and entertaining.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Through my journey of publishing Divinity, I learnt that there is a lot more to getting a book on a shelf than simply writing it. I learned to plan my creative process a lot better, carving out time for things other than just the writing. It taught me what I needed to keep writing more books in future.
Who is your favorite author and book, is there any particular author you get inspired from?
Brandon Sanderson is my favorite author. He is not only an incredible storyteller, but also a great teacher and all-round pleasant human being. His command on the craft of writing and his work ethic are truly inspiring.
The Mistborn series written by Brandon is my favourite series of all time. If I had to choose a single book, it would have to be the third one in the series – The Hero of Ages.
What is the most difficult part of your writing process? How do you deal with it?
Being consistent is one of the most difficult parts of the writing process. Over time I have learnt to deal with it by not relying on inspiration to sit down and write. Inspiration might not show up to work everyday, but I certainly do. On good days you may write several pages, on other days just a few words, but the key is to keep moving forward.
So, what’s next in the cards for you? What have you planned?
My current focus is to promote Divinity and have it reach the bookshelves of every book lover in India. It is my debut novel which will set the stage for all my future works. I have also been working on my next book, which is also a fantasy novel, and I will soon be reaching out to literary agents and publishers to pitch it to them.
Any message you would like to give to all the aspiring writers?
It is important to write your book in your own unique voice. You need your work to stand out, and what better way to do it than to write it in a way that only you can.
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