Kiran Joshi, the author of Beyond Forever… In Love chatted with me about her book, her fears and being an eternal romantic at heart. Read up on!
AB: How did you come up with the idea for the plot of your book?
KJ: I have always been a highly dramatic and imaginative person. I always wanted to write a book and I just knew how the story will start as it is similar to my life story (not entirely). I started writing the book as soon as I finished my studies and was working in Wipro, Pune. I was done with only 20% of it, when I had to move to Melbourne post marriage. Since I was waiting for my visa and was unemployed, I had ample of time to daydream and imagine. I started writing again and completed the story. Oh the frustration that unemployment gave me! But then, I channelised all that energy into Beyond Forever… In Love.
AB: What are the similarities between you and the character Kamna?
KJ: There are a lot of similarities! She is a girl next door and I think most girls will be able to relate to her. She is also a rebel, just like me (there is a rebel in every girl, don’t you think?). She is a lot like me but, I am bit more funny and dramatic than her. She is patient and I am not! She acts patiently when she was estranged by her lover. Me, on the other hand would have gone mad, broken his jaw and leave him (well, I have done something close to that!)
AB: What were you most nervous about while writing the book?
KJ: I was (and still am) nervous because this was my first attempt. I have neither studied literature nor am I perfect in writing. But I always thought that I am good at story telling. I was also nervous because this is a very competitive industry now, and newcomers have to struggle to find their path and readers.
AB: Give me a few words that describe you best.
KJ: I am hyperactive, ambitious, quirky and at times silly too.
AB: While you’re working in a 9-to-5 job, how did you find the time to write?
KJ: Like I said, I wrote this novel when I was unemployed. Fortunately, I am employed here in Melbourne now and working on my second novel. I write on weekends and whenever I get time on weekdays. It’s easy to find time when you love writing and getting immersed in the story. When I write, I forget everything around me, I think like the protagonist… It’s like watching a movie (inside your head!)
AB: What advice would you give to first-time writers?
KJ: Just write! Don’t think too much. Also, read as much as you can. Simply remember that the best selling authors today were newcomers once.
AB: Could you name some of your favourite books/characters? What do you love about each?
KJ: I loved Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. These were the books I read when I was a kid and they struck a chord in my heart.
In Jane Eyre, I loved the character of the protagonist (Jane Eyre) who is fighting for her freedom, is composed and has a passionate disposition.
In Wuthering Heights, I loved the character of Heathcliff. It is a powerful character with negative streaks (who doesn’t like a bad boy!)
AB: Why did you choose this genre (romantic fiction) for your first book?
KJ: Because I am an eternal romantic at heart. I think romance comes naturally to me. But, in the future, I would like to experiment with other genres (mystery maybe).
AB: What next? What are you plans for the near future?
KJ: I am working on my second novel while juggling my full time job. It is a rom-com fiction. Other than that, I don’t have any plans. After all, life doesn’t go according to plans, does it?
AB: If your book were to be turned into a film, whom would you choose to star in it?
KJ: I would choose Hrithik Roshan or Varun Dhawan as the actor and Parineeti Chopra as the actress. As the male lead in my novel is Greek-God handsome as well as filthy rich while the female lead is a simple, girl-next-door character.