I am hopeful that you all are enjoying the festive mood (in India) as Diwali is around. Like the crackers, every single author has a spark within his personality that needs to be ignited and this is my effort to raise the ignition point. Let us put some fire today with Diwakar Pokhriyal
BNI: Tell us something about yourself and your background.
DP: I am a Power Engineer, MBA graduate and worked for 3 years in energy companies. Apart from this I am a sports freak, a music freak and an insane writer. I am from a conservative family where doing a good job is the only motive of life and whosoever challenge that thought is either insane or someone who disrespects his elders. In my family it’s very clear that money comes first and rest follows. But I believe other way round that passion comes first and everything else follows. I am part of musical band GRV as a song writer and a rhythmic guitarist. The songs can be found on the Facebook page or You tube page of GRV Band.
BNI: What all you have written / published till date?
DP: It would be hard to explain in paragraphs so I will write in bullet points
- Books Published till date which are written by me
- Piercing Words…from the heart (English Poetry)
- Zindagi ki Kalam se (Hindi Poetry)
- Fluffy Feathers (Short Stories collection)
- Kavya Kutumb (Hindi Poetry)
- Random Remix (English Poetry)
- Droplets in the…with poetic flow (English Poetry)
- From I to We…a poetic love story (English Poetry)
- Why Me Yaar (English Poetry)
- Solacious Solitude (English Poetry)
- Words of Love (English Poetry)
- Poetry Anthologies of which I am a part as a writer
I am a part of 49 different poetry anthologies/magazines with poets around the world (you can visit my page for details)
- Blogs/Sites where my poems/works are available
- Poetry Soup
- Indi blogger
- Writersassistant blog
- Poem hunter
- Destiny Poets
- The FW cares project
- F.A.C.E – Family of abound creative energies
- E-Blogger (My Own Blog)
- Video on Youtube by Writing knight press
- Video on Dailymotion
- Won three Book Give away competitions and one of my Poem was included in an hindi poetry anthology “Heartstrings” judged by Bollywood lyricist Aseem Ahmad Abbasi
- Written few songs and played guitar in some. You can listen to these songs or watch the song videos on soundcloud.com, youtube, or facebook page of GRV Band
- Is sham ki koi baat hai
- Dekha tujhe dekha
- Lets spread the love
BNI: What a portfolio! What inspired you to write your first book and or this book?
DP: My first book was actually a collection of my old poems. I started writing poetry from 10th class. But I never thought of becoming an established poet or writer. I used to write for fun. And when I attended a lecture during my Post Graduation, I realized that I should move towards something that is more natural to me. That lecture was about passion. Dr B.S.K. Naidu gave that lecture to whole class and from there I started asking questions from self. And after a year I came up with my first poetry book “Words of Love”. I would like to thank him to help me out through his lectures.
BNI: A 30 word tagline for your book
DP: The touching emotions residing inside the heart are penned down into words, to be enjoyed by every single entity, who can understand the language in which the book is written.
BNI: How did you come up with the title?
DP: Based on the theme of the poem I thought about the title.
BNI: Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
DP: For my Short story Book – Fluffy Feathers – Everyone who is between the age group 16 to 35 years should read this book. This book also touches upon the topics which are current. Friendship and love is becoming greedy. Parents are not allowing children to follow their passion. I am sure these stories will make them feel connected to themselves. But as the story ends with a positive note, I am sure this will instil the positivity inside the mind of readers, so that they can pursue their dreams with determination.
For my Hindi poetry Book – Zindagi ki kalam se – It is for everyone. This book is about emotions penned down perfectly by 4 people. Emotions are part of everyone’s life. Love, Social issues, Motivation and Philosophical thought are essential parts of everyone’s life. This book will leave you with something to think upon. I must say you should grab this book as soon as you can and dive deep inside the emotional sea.
BNI: Who is your favourite and least favourite character? What makes them so?
DP: My short story book is full of characters and my best character is “Joy” from the story “A Friend”. He is a school going child. I really love the innocence of a child and when that innocence is mixed with fear the outcome enthrals me.
Least Favourite – none till now
BNI: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
DP: In this book mostly every main character of the story thinks about himself and about the situations around him in positive manner and hence able to find the solution.
I love this aspect in every single person when they don’t make decisions in haste but think about them first.
BNI: What was the hardest and easiest thing about your latest release?
DP: Hardest thing is that I need to do a lot of marketing and the easiest thing is that I can write.
BNI: Share some interesting story about the book writing/cover development.
DP: The short story collection is based on few experiences and a lot of imagination. I can remember one thing, one of my friends said while reading the story “You don’t drink tea that much then how you could discuss things as written in your story, standing at tea stalls?”
And I told him that I might not have discussed things like these in my life but I have seen people discussing like anything while sipping the tea. And he was surprised listening to that.
And for Hindi Poetry collection – One day I thought why can’t three or four of us co-author a poetry book. If we can have an anthology of poetry with 20 or more writers then why can’t we have a book of poetry with 3 to 4 writers? And to my surprise I got three amazing people and in 2 months we came up with this beautiful book “Zindagi Ki Kalam Se”
BNI: Is there a message in your book/novel that you want readers to grasp?
DP: In fully feathers most stories end with a message. The theme may vary but it will end with a message and I am sure the reader will connect with it very easily.
For poetry book Zindagi ki Kalam se, every one of us have written the poems which will make the reader think about that emotion, for example my poems are on motivation and people will surely get motivated after reading the poems.
BNI: Do you meet your readers at book signings, conventions or similar events? Any plans in relation to this book?
DP: It is very strange to say but I had only a single book launch/ signing. That was last month for Zindagi Ki Kalam se poetry book. But when I meet people in different poetry events they appreciate my poems and suggest me to keep writing.
And for Fluffy feather, short story collection, the publisher is coming up with the launch this month probably. I wish to have another amazing experience. And everyone is invited.
BNI: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
DP: I mostly hear from them in facebook where I post few of my poems or stories. And I get mixed reactions. Few of them call me a genius in poetry, few of them like my poetry and comment on them, few of them have already made a great poet and with few of them I discuss about poetry to keep on improving my skills.
BNI: When and how did you decide to become a writer? Do you write full-time or part-time?
DP: I took poetry seriously during my post graduation days and started working on it. My first book got published when I was in 2nd year of my post graduation, i.e., in year 2011. And till today (in 3 years time) I have written and published 10 books. As of now I am writing full time and I am also pursuing PhD in energy from ISBM. This is a distance learning course. So as of now mostly I am writing.
BNI: Which writers inspire you?
DP: I get inspiration from the will and determination of people around me. My favourite football player is Christiano Ronaldo and I could see the efforts he put on the ground. I could see his determination and ever improving skills on the football ground. Amazing he is in every aspect of football. I love Rahul Dravid and I could see him sweating for his country and for his passion. I love Sachin Tendulkar and could see the efforts and determination he puts. I love such passionate people and want to be like them. My inspiration comes from perfection and skill improvement, not just from any individual.
BNI: What draws you to this genre?
DP: After writing a lot of poetry, I thought of penning down short stories. I had written few stories earlier but never thought of coming up with a short story collection at that point of time. My genre is actually romance. But I shifted towards introspection, which you will find in my short stories. A writes thinks too much and this thinking draws him towards introspection and hence I wrote.
BNI: According to you, What is the hardest thing about writing?
DP: To be a writer is the hard thing but to keep writing is the hardest thing. In midst of chaos where people want to be best seller, most famous and want to find godly publishers. In the midst of the agony of comparison and restlessness of competition, continuing as a writer is the hardest thing. Many people lose faith in writing because they didn’t achieve other things through it and this is the hardest thing. Hardest thing is to clarify to yourself whether you want to be a writer or you want to be a best seller writer or you want to be a writer with highest royalties or you want to be a writer about whom people should discuss. Every single question has a unique answer and you should pin pointedly mark it to work on it accordingly. No wish is wrong but working of 10 wishes simultaneously might turn as a nightmare.
BNI: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
DP: In one line – “I want a place in history as a writer”.
BNI: What has been the toughest criticism and best compliment to you, as an author?
DP: I really don’t remember the critics because whosoever points error in my theme or form of poetry, I take it as a positive step towards the improvement of my writing and works on it.
But for best compliment I must say it is “तुम जिन्न के बच्चे हो” (You are genius) from Shahzia Batool Naqvi Ma’m, I really thank her for having such confidence in my writing.
BNI: What will be your one favourite tip to get through the writer’s block
DP: I believe for a writer there is “No Block”. If no idea is coming to your mind then write on “No Idea” like..
“No Block exist”
I am searching since night,
Where is that man?
I call him as idea,
I seriously need to plan,
I am getting bored now,
Need to write something fast,
How come my thoughts are empty?
When the universe is vast,
So let me write about nothing,
To get something to enjoy,
If I will sit clueless now,
I will feel like decoy,
On this lone theme,
Now I can really write,
It’s time to dive into passion,
Forgetting the reasons to fight
(Copyright – Diwakar Pokhriyal)
BNI: What are your thoughts on book series? Would you like to have one for your latest book?
DP: I love the concept of Book series. Even in my short story book “Fluffy Feathers” you will find series of stories like Possibility 1 & 2 and A lovers Diary 1,2 and 3.
I will surely write at least one book series in future. I am already planning for one in poetry let’s see how it will unfold.
BNI: Any advice for writers budding or established?
DP: Keep writing till you love to and everything else will fall into its place.
BNI: Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
DP: I searched about publishers. I had no idea about publishing industry and until now I am trying to understand different aspects of it. I think we should continue writing even while searching for a publisher because we will hardly know a publisher when we will be coming up with our first book.
But do a research to find the possible publisher near or far.
BNI: What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
DP: Every story and every poem which I write appeals to me in some way and I love reading them again and again. They take me back to that thought process which I left after finishing that story. So all stories are my favourite because I loved the situations they faced and how they came out of them.
BNI: Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?
DP: I learned the meaning of passion. As of now I have written close to 800 poems and until now I haven’t felt boring about it. It is a real magic, something that doesn’t gives you a feel of boredom, something that makes you feel light and something that gives you a smile is worth going for. While writing stories and poems I learned to think and to see things through different perspectives. I think writing books have helped me a lot in making me a better person as compared to my past.
BNI: Any amusing story about marketing this book, so far
DP: Zindagi Ki Kalam Se Book launch was done by Neelam Saxena Chandra Ma’m (one of the four author). And this was my first ever book launch as an author. I never felt like doing a book launch of my books and nor did any publisher suggested me to do one.
But when I attended the book launch at Book fair in Lucknow, I realized I need to do it more often for all of my books.
BNI: What do you think about – What does your protagonist think about you?
DP: When I will make one in my upcoming novel (still not sure when it will come) I am sure my protagonist will love me for whatever I will give him or her to face.
BNI: How about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us?
DP: An excerpt from the story “My Lost Angel”, a story from Fluffy Feathers.
As I sat with her, my shoulders were touching her shoulders. She was constantly smiling. The worst position to sit is just adjacent to someone you love to see every second. From there I can’t look at her face as it would be so embarrassing looking straight into someone’s eyes that you don’t know. But on the contrary when you sit just adjacent to one you like you don’t really care to look at her face because with the touch of shoulders it’s confirmed that she is still present. Those 15 minutes were just awesome. With help of slight diagonal sight, I could see her smiling continuously, covering her face. As she stood to get down at her place she used two words to communicate vocally and those were “Excuse me”. She was smiling looking at my eyes and waiting for me to make way for her. That one second was the heaviest. It’s like letting go an angel without taking a promise of returning back. That was the first time when my weight increased so much that my brain denied my body to make way for her. But letting go is always the right decision and that’s what I did. As she get down the bus, we again looked at each other. Our eyes might understand what our lips weren’t able to communicate. She smiled and for the first time waved her hands to say “Bye”. I also waved my hand with a smile to acknowledge her. I was so excited and so happy that for the next 8 hours I was constantly thinking so many questions – “Will she also like me? Will she become my friend?
BNI: What are your expectations for the book?
DP: I wish people will feel the connection and will enjoy the stories and poems. Hoping for the best #Finger crossed#
BNI: Do you think book cover an important role in sales?
DP: Yes Book cover always plays an important part because once people will hold the book in their hands, they will flip the pages otherwise they will not even see it again.
BNI: According to you, what is the top most advantage / disadvantage of self publishing?
DP: Advantage – You have the freedom to do it your own way.
Disadvantage – You need to have a great fan base or deep contacts in the industry
BNI: ebook, pdf, mobi, kindle or printed hardcover book, what’s your pick?
DP: I will go with all because in today’s world we have numerous ways of communication and different part of the world use different ways of communication. So we should know where to use which medium and hence all forms will do. For example my mother or grandmother will not like e-book or pdf because they are not comfortable with laptop or mobile but my younger sister might. This thing goes with every family. So every form of book is acceptable to me, not just any one.