Heart to Heart with Kiran Joshi
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.