About the author:
Souwmiya Dhinesh, an engineer, left her comfy IT job at TCS, to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Her first book, ‘A Too Much Woman’ released in Feb 2020, is an inspirational romance novel, also based on true story is gaining popularity among the readers. The author is pretty focussed on penning words that inspire readers, especially the womenfolks to be inspired to follow their dreams passionately. Her mantra in life is, ‘ We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time’.
Your book ‘A Love Jihad Story’ has a great impact in my mind. What inspired you to specifically write about ‘love Jihad’?
After publishing my first novel, I was completely focused on writing something real and what the women of today need to aware of, that’s how I started my research on Love Jihad. The more I started reading about the murders of my fellow Indian sisters, the more it irked me to voice out for them. I tried to reach some of the victim’s families and friends to know the back story but they were quite hesitant and scared to talk about stuffs. Luckily I could connect with two victims from West Bengal, who were trapped into such toxic relationship and forced for religious conversion. When I spoke with them their revelations were even more appalling. The men had impersonated as Hindus to befriend the girls. When the girls learnt their original identity and decided to walk out of the relationship, they were blackmailed with their morphed pictures. Though after NCW intervention everything is sorted down now, these girls will be stamped as ‘love jihad victims’ for the rest of their lives. Do they have to live like a corpse for no fault of theirs or do they have to come forward and expose the extremism of these males? In this case, the girls boldly chose to voice out. That’s how my book, ‘A Love Jihad Story’ began. My book is completely based on these ‘real life incidents’.
How many months did it take for you to complete the entire manuscript?
It took me 1.5 months to complete the manuscript. It might sound like a pretty short period for a fifty thousand words long novel, but I had pre-planned the entire storyline beforehand, nearly six months prior to writing. Thanks to Nanowrimo.
How did it feel when you got your book into your hands for the first time?
It’s a feeling similar to that of holding your newborn in your arms. Not to mention the irresistible scent of your new book just like your infant’s smell. Divine.
Have you ever thought you will become an author, when you were a child?
I always dreamt of becoming one. As a child, when I discovered people loved my writing, I started focussing on developing my writing skills by writing short plays, journals and stories for magazines. Becoming an author wasn’t an accident, it’s a well planned purpose of my life.
What is your advice for Aspiring authors?
Plan. Write. Read. Repeat. Don’t give up.
What did publishing your first book teach you?
To write and publish a book is just a baby step of becoming an author. But to become an established author, you need to devote a lot of time and effort in book promotions and marketing activities. Nowadays, authors don’t stop with writing alone, they are also authorpreneurs. I’m striving to be one.
The process of writing is many a times tedious and time consuming. What do you think is the toughest of the process?
The toughest part was writing the climax, in my opinion. To end the story that you’ve been working with for months together is quite a hard phase for any author. You need to do it right; you need to provide a sense of satisfaction to your readers. Either you end the book with a happy note or in an anti climactic way, the readers should consent with your decision making. I usually take a break to breathe before I pen down the ending.
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say about your book?
I’m open to criticism. And I don’t take appreciation to my head. Some of my readers have pointed out that the ending was abrupt. Some of them mentioned that they loved the inspirational ending and were completely satisfied with it. Bunch of my friends had called me once after reading the book, their positive response was overwhelming. Few have also mailed me asking if they could connect with the victims. I love responding to each one of them.
Thanks for reading!
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