Q.1 Define Love in three words.
Unexpected, Unconditional and Unpredictable…
Q.2 Author of Two great books at such age, how has the journey been so far?
‘Eventful’ is the word I should probably use to describe this journey. From the inception of the idea during a conversation with my colleagues to the actual process of penning down the manuscript under my amazing mentor Siobhan Harvey, and then the whole process of finding a reliable publisher in India, signing a two-book deal, learning the importance of marketing and then finally enjoying the overwhelmingly positive response from my readers, it has surely been an epic adventure!
Q.3 To begin the Writeropedia Author Marathon Interview, we would like you to Introduce your book “The Price of Our Silence” to our readers?
“The Price of Our Silence” is a book of aspirations, of hopes and dreams, as well as of rebellion, disappointments, betrayals and the harsh reality faced by the Indian youth today. It is a story of Zuby and her friends as they deal with their emotional and personal upheavals crisscrossing through professional episodes creating lots of drama amid serious observations on the 3D stereoscopy industry.
Q.4 Every writer remembers a book that opens a new world to them; which one is yours?
The book that inspired me to write was ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott. I could relate to Jo March who loves reading, writing and composing plays for her sisters to perform just like I did. And just like her, I too hoped to write a great novel when I grew up. Years later I reread the book and understood why the book impacted me so much since childhood. For me, it is a tale of virtue, true love and family bonding that strikes a chord with people of all ages.
Q.5 “The Price of Our Silence” has been well-accepted by the readers; what made you pen down this brilliant theme in the first place?
Everyone is fascinated by the 3D movies we watch in theatres nowadays. Youngsters often wonder what a glamorous job it would be to work in the Indian production houses that contribute to the conversion of these Hollywood blockbusters from 2D to 3D. Since I have been a part of the 3D stereo conversion industry, I wanted to expose the reality of such a workplace that hadn’t been talked about at all in the Indian literary circle, and also depict the increasing capitalist nature of the contemporary Indian society. Using this as the backdrop, I came up with a tale of few friends who go through the various issues in life as faced by the youngsters today ranging from simple struggles of youthful attraction and jealousy to more serious ones like abortion, marriage and career choices, from the joy of the first kiss to the shock of fatal illness, from silly pranks and antics to serious life-changing steps of life.
Q.6. How does the young author, Hanadi Falki, spend her leisure hours?
When I am not reading or writing stories, I’m probably watching FRIENDS reruns or planning my next trip. Love to travel and form bonds with new people everywhere I go. It’s an enriching experience.
Q.7. How long it took you to complete “The Price of Our Silence” and what has been the major inspiration for you throughout the journey of writing this book?
It took almost a year to pen down the first draft of the manuscript and another one to edit and polish it to my satisfaction before I finally began approaching publishers with the final draft of ‘The Price of Our Silence’. The major inspiration that kept me focus on writing this book was the realization that I had what thousands of my fellow countrymen didn’t, and that’s the opportunity to pursue my dream with the support and encouragement from my family. I wanted to make the most of this opportunity and this kept me inspired all through this eventful journey of publishing my first novel.
Q.8 Tell us about the publishing journey in all two books? What mode did you choose and why?
Soon after completing the final draft of ‘The Price of Our Silence’, I began approaching different publishing houses with my manuscript. Luckily it was a short wait before I got two offers. I chose to go with Prabhat Prakashan Publication House because of their glorious history of fifty years of publishing quality books in almost all streams of literature. Apart from traditionally publishing my novel, they commissioned me to write a few more books for them. That was the inception of the biography of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and the forthcoming one on Chinese business tycoon Jack Ma. For my next venture, I might try self-publishing.
Q.9. If you could walk the red carpet one day, how would you want the world to recognize your effort?
I would like people to associate me with ‘Change’, a change in the set norms of today’s literary circle and a fresh take on impactful stories with social messages. I wish to create a ripple in the minds of my readers, to leave them with thoughtful questions and make them think about possible answers to our society’s problems after closing my books.
Q.10. Most of the student complain that their parents do not allow them to follow their dreams because of the risks involved. What’s your take on it?
Dreams are meant to be chased. If you sincerely want to achieve something, give your heart and soul to it. Wake up every morning with the burning desire to fulfill your dreams. Parents should realize that risks are just a part of the package without which their children cannot rise above the ordinary. It is alright to fall as long as you know you will get up stronger than ever before. Learn from your mistakes and set realistic goals that gradually take you towards your ultimate destination.
Q.11 Love is always a different feeling for writers, they feel so deeply. What’s your take on that? (P.S- Congratulations on your engagement! 😉 )
Thank you for your wishes. And for believing that writers feel love more deeply than others. Although this makes me feel special, I would like to contradict this statement. I feel that writer or not, love is unique for every person. One cannot judge the depth of feelings others have for their loved ones or how deeply they are affected by that love. Besides one should love freely, without limitations or any kind of assessment of one’s feelings. After all it is the most primitive and instinctive thing in the world.
Q.12 What would be the best life per you?
The life I have lead so far, the life I am leading right now is the best. Despite the ups and downs, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The dark patches, the mistakes I make and the decisions I take have made me the person I am today. Every experience, good or bad, teaches us something. Reflect back and you will realize that nothing that happened was meaningless or unnecessary. It was the best thing that could’ve happened to you to get you where you are today. I love the thought of living each day as if it’s your last one. That truly is the secret of living a fulfilling life. Make your life matter. Do good without expectations and be grateful for others who make you happy. Don’t wait for the right time, just do what your heart says. A life with no regrets is always the best one we can live.
Q.13 Which writing field excites you the most and why?
Storytelling in every form is exciting, whether it is in the form of a novel, or a short story collection or even a biography. If I had to choose just one, I would go for a novel because it gives me free reign to create the world I want and enough space to develop the characters into real people that my readers can relate to. Next in line would be short stories as they are easier to write and they convey your message to your audience in a shorter span of time.
Q.14 Today’s modern Authors fails badly at marketing their book to the world but you have made commendable efforts with The Price of Our Silence, any four takeaways for them?
Frankly ‘The Price of Our Silence’ could use a better marketing strategy. I concentrated on the basics. My publisher arranged a great book launch which was covered by the media. I gave interviews, spoke about my book, held contests on various social media platforms, including my FB page which has 5000+ followers. It was more important to build an online presence for myself as an author rather than just concentrate on my book. I generated some great friendships by being an active member of several writer’s groups and helping out in any way I could. Be good, do good and don’t worry too much about people returning the favor. If you are genuine, people step out of their way to help in the promotion of your book. The word of mouth is still the strongest tool.
Q.15 What have you got in store for the readers next? Would you like to tell your fans what they should be looking forward to?
My upcoming book is a collection of short stories that discuss the social evils in India against men and women, such as gender violence, patriarchy and other maladies in the society. I have come up with an idea to depict such serious issues in a more interesting way (I hope 🙂 ). More details will be announced by the mid of this year. Meanwhile my next biography on the inspirational Chinese business tycoon, Jack Ma is in the production stage with my publisher. One can learn a lot about success from his life.
Q.16 Any take on Writeropedia website and platform?
It’s an honor to be interviewed on Writeropedia. Thank you, Nikhil for contacting me. I commend the efforts you are making for the literary community. Writeropedia is an interesting platform for all those looking to ‘give soul to words’ 🙂 My best wishes to you and this wonderful initiative of yours.
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