Book interview with Shravya Gunipudi

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Book interview with Shravya Gunipudi

Hello friends, today we have a gifted author Shravya Gunipudi with us on board.

Can you please introduce yourself to the world of literature?

A Chartered Accountant by profession, and an author by passion, I love to taste a bit of everything in life. Well, except dancing, of course! I love DIYs and am obsessed with being organized. I was the college topper in my intermediate (CBSE) and was a district level sports player. Additionally, I am also a public speaker and that has helped me a lot in overcoming my insecurities.

When did you start writing?

The first ‘published’ work of mine was an article about rain in a newspaper called ‘Deccan Chronicle’. I was eight years old and that article also got me my first 100 bucks!

When did you publish first?

At a slightly serious level, my first publication was a poem in IIM-C’s anthology called ‘Persona’. This was almost three years ago. Now, I am a part of 17 anthologies and have my very own novel called ‘Turning Back Time’.

Describe Shravya in day to day life?

In my daily life, my best friend and my worst enemy is TIME. In a single day I travel 40 kms, work 10 hours a day, squeeze in a workout, read books (mostly to review), manage my blog, edit my manuscript (Hint: Second Novel!), make something crafty and do my daily chores. It is hectic, it is tiring, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

I love to make stuff. Decorative items, amateur paintings, crafts and anything of that sort. When I go to any store and see something I really want to have, my mind doesn’t think ‘Can I buy this?’… It wonders, ‘How do I make this?’. Or maybe, I am just cheap! But, yes. That is my hobby.

Tell us more about your book?

Turning back time is a mixture of genres. Its recipe has romance, drama, tragedy, psychology and a hint of mystery in it. It didn’t take me long to write because I knew in my heart how I wanted it to work out. That’s very rare for me. Generally, I go with the flow and see where that takes my writing. But with this one, I was sure. Everyone can relate or connect to it in one way or another.

How do you manage your writing time?

The same way I manage to brush my teeth, bathe or every single day, no matter how late I am. When something becomes a part of your life, you don’t have to ‘make’ time for it. But, I think one gift I am blessed with is the ability to find ten minutes somewhere and just make it work. I don’t need peaceful surroundings and hours of time to write. It just comes to me.

Your favorite writer and why?

Sophie Hannah is amazing. She knows how to play with readers’ minds. Her mysteries are truly mysterious and that inspires me. Her books will be 400 page or more and still won’t fail to impress you. As an author, she is my standard. As a reader, she is my inspiration.

What are your upcoming projects?

I have my second novel coming up soon. I won’t be revealing its title yet. I want to play with that part a bit. I am very excited about this one because it leans towards the genre of mystery and romance. It’s a risky shot, but it wouldn’t be worth the excitement if it wasn’t, right?

Any tips to the upcoming young generation.

I am hardly qualified to answer this question because I’m in my early twenties, myself. But here are a few things I have learnt. Find balance, not excuses. Focus on quality, not quantity. Let the tears out every once in a while. And finally, do what makes your heart happy.

Shravya in one sentence.

Calm on the outside, a storm on the inside.

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Thank you Shravya for your time. I hope you will be an inspiration to the millions soon.

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