A few days ago, we interviewed our Author Yogita Saini AKA Sorceress. Through this interview, we came to know a lot about this amazing person.
We talked to Yogita and tried to know about her true self and her thoughts via this interview.
Yogita Saini has a beautiful personality and a vibrant aura. She delivered this interview in a very interesting manner.
Through this interview, we came to learn more about her. We hope to explore more about her in our coming interviews.
Here are the excerpts from the interview:
What motivated you to become an author?
I never started writing from the aspect of becoming an author. For me it was always expressing the feelings which I usually found difficult to articulate.
It just came to me one day that I should put all the fragments together and give it an identity.
‘Becoming an author’ was more like icing on the cake.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
I don’t think ‘writing’ and ‘not feelings emotions strongly’ can even co-exist.
Writing I would say is a physical representation of feelings and emotions. The stronger you feel, the prominent the representation would be.
So the answer to this would be a ‘no’.
What else do you like to do other than writing?
I love driving to destinations unknown. With this I mean I love to go on drives without any prior planning and bookings. Something spontaneous.
Empty roads and lanes less traveled attract me every now and then. My playlist, my thoughts and coffee serve as the company I love spending time with when I am not writing.
Apart from this I sing, I dance and I smile.
Like a lot.
Did you come across any specific challenges in writing? What would you do differently the next time?
The outcome of the anthology I was putting together didn’t exactly scare me but left me skeptical at times.
You know the thought of the expressions on my reader’s face while reading my book was very intriguing hence sometimes the focus shifted towards writing something which would add words like ‘bewitched’ and ‘spellbound’ to that list of expressions.
‘Writing to please’ is definitely not my genre so I would practice putting more energy towards not practicing this next time.
How did you come to know about the Blue Hill Publications and how was your experience with it?
I was surfing the internet and going through the websites of a lot of publishers and comparing their services.
I needed more personalized touch towards my book being a debut author and didn’t want it to end up as another product in the book stores. I refined my search and came across a thread on Quora, which upon reading I felt I found exactly what I was looking for.
Working with Blue Hill turned out to be an amazing experience as they understood a book wasn’t just another book for new authors like me.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be an archaeologist before I caught up dust allergy…. (Just kidding)
Coming from a middle class family one isn’t privileged enough to choose the race they want to participate in. We are taught that once we are financially stable we can do whatever we wish for. Hence to get a constant amount in our bank accounts by the end of every month we join the rat race.
I did the same without giving much thought and effort to what my heart really wanted to pursue. Writing always was my compost pit where I poured all my thoughts and emotions in order to produce fuel for the fire in my heart.
What advice do you have for writers?
Never compare your work with other writers. We are indeed made of stardust and we carry galaxies in place of hearts but two galaxies would never have same constellations.
The way you feel and the way you heal is different from others hence what you write is bound to be different. Comparison would usually kill the innocence of your work. Let no one do that.
Write what makes you happy, write what makes you sad but most importantly write what you want to convey and not what others want to read.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I prefer writing during odd hours especially after midnight when the world moves a bit slow.
Hence the places which are secluded and equipped with shimmery lights wrapped around trees trunk as snakes and dimly lit lamps hanging like moon from their branches serve as my workplace.
And yes, music is a necessity. This summaries my type of ambiance.
And I won’t name the cafes as I want them to stay secluded. Ha-ha
Who are your favorite authors? What do you like about their work?
Rupi Kaur, Atticus, Khaled Hosseini and Christopher Poindexter are few of my favorite writers.
What I love the most about their work is the ease with which they touch the deepest human emotions. Simplicity and depth at the same time is difficult to achieve through words. Their work does that magic with a swish and a flick. They just make such a great impact with their master pieces which I consider nothing less than a superpower.
What are you trying to achieve with it?
Everyone feels lonely and ununderstood at so many levels in their lives.
So if someday someone reads my work and feel like ‘Oh I am not alone in this, someone feels the same,’ you know and they feel understood and belonged, that’ll serve my purpose.
It’s my feeble attempt to be a companion to those.
We would like to thank Sorceress AKA Yogita Saini for taking out time for this amazing interview. Blue Hill Publications wishes her all the best for her future endeavors.