I’m honoured to be interviewing with us today a very confident and a brilliant
Author, Blogger and Novelist Jyoti Aurora
Jyoti was detected with Thalassemia when she was just three months old. She had to leave school after the seventh grade but her confidence and self believe made her continue self-educating herself and thus pursuing MA in English Literature and Applied Psychology. She authored two novels, and an inspiration for many. While thalassemia stunted her normal growth what did not change for Jyoti was her love for books. And this thalassemia crusader started nurturing a dream, a dream to write her own book.
Her zest to overcome her medical problems and zeal to achieve success kept her confidence levels boosted endeavoring her dreams becoming true and the writing career gave her wings to fly.
Jyoti has also won the Thalassemia Achievers Trophy in the year 2012. Jyoti’s undefeatable self belief and confidence have won her many laurels. She was recently invited to be a speaker at an event on World Thalassemia Day
Jyoti Arora is a Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology. Her writing achievements include two novels, three blogs, several wins in national level blog competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience.
Jyoti’s first novel, Dream’s Sake, was published. It received great much appreciation.
She chose to self publish her second novel – Lemon girl.
Welcome to ‘A living series talk’ it is a great honour for me to have you here today.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a novelist and a blogger. I have Master’s degrees in English Literature and Applied Psychology. I’m currently living in Ghaziabad with my parents. I can safely call myself an obsessive compulsive lover of books! Even when I was a little kid and couldn’t read, I felt tempted by the sight and smell of books. I started reading comics even before I started going to school. And I’m very happy and thankful to God for making me an avid reader. Books have helped me to become a better person, I believe. I sure have met some great people in the books that I’ve read.
I also enjoy listening to old Bollywood songs. I love the idea of travelling and seeing new places too. I seldom get the opportunity to travel, but I surely dream of doing so. I’m a fan of technology as well. That is why one of my blog is a technology blog called technotreats.com.
That’s so wonderful, so what have you written?
I started my journey as a professional writer by sending off some articles to newspapers and magazines. It gave me confidence to see my writing published in magazines like Women’s Era, Alive etc. After that, when my studies were over and I started working as a freelance writer, I developed a series of 24 abridged English classics for a publisher. My job was to abridge the classics to make them suitable for the reading ease of pre-teens. When that project got over, I got a similar job with another publisher and abridged some more old books and developed corresponding exercise kits for them. By that time, I had started working on my novel. My first novel Dream’s Sake was published in 2011 by V&S Publishers.
It is a love story based on the issue of fears and insecurities torturing the people with disabilities and the prejudices they have to face. My second novel Lemon Girl was published in October 2014.
Lemon Girl is based on the issue of victim blaming and stresses that a victim can’t be treated as a culprit just because she’s a woman. The book also stresses the value of respect and self-respect in a relationship.
Other than these, I also have a personal blog at jyotiarora.com and a technology blog at technotreats.com. Several of my blog posts have won prizes in national and international level blogging competitions. In fact, one of my earliest blog posts on my technology blog made me part of the team called Samsung Mobilers that was selected from all over India through a blogging competition. I was the only woman in that team of twenty bloggers. My journey as a blogger was also featured by Jabong on their #SheInspires initiative.
You are so much talented and it is great to know your achievements and success.
Well, what do you think of “trailers” for books?
I don’t think the book trailers make any major difference in the popularity of a book. But they sure are an interesting way to talk about your books. In a book trailer, you can express more than what is possible in a tweet or Facebook post. A book trailer can become the vehicle to showcase the essential aspects of the book. That is why I have made book trailers for Dream’s Sake and Lemon Girl.
Lemon Girl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDYql_cryT8
Dream’s Sake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6eN049hbv4
It is very informative and essential tool when it comes to marketing. Let our readers know
in what formats is your book available?
Both my novels are available in paperback as well as ebooks.
What is your favourite motivational phrase?
Never give up.
Awesome and inspiring as well. How can our readers discover more about you and your work?
I welcome all to visit jyotiarora.com where more information about me and my books is present. Readers can go through my blog as well as check out the free samples of my novels. I’m also giving away a free collection of short stories from my website. Everyone is welcome to download it.
What’s your thought on being solitude. Aren’t writers supposed to be solitary?
I don’t know about other writers, but yes, I prefer being solitary. I like going out, but going out with a group of friends is not my thing. Meeting up with others is fine as a change, but I prefer being in my space with my own thoughts, books and computer.
Here’s the sneak peek of Lemon girl.
‘It’s all your fault.’
Mere words these are.
“But words can possess a shadow invincible enough to rob even a soul of its eternity.”
In a society that finds it easier to mark sins of a victim than the culprit, Nirvi is a young girl punishing herself for the faults she did not do and avenging her hurts by defeating her own truth.
She is scared of her future, and ashamed of her past. She is failing herself, and knows it. She has had a long line of boyfriends, and hated them all. She detests the guy she is living with, runs away from the one she loves , and seduces the one who can never love her.
When Arsh first sees Nirvi, she’s a free and frank girl in whose eyes sparkle the lemony zest of life. The next time he sees her, she is a voiceless doll draped in clothes that cover her body less and shroud her soul more. And Arsh can’t rest till he finds out what made Nirvi give up her own real self.
Nirvi knows she is dragging herself on a path from which there can be no recovery. Can her spirit survive the treacherous downfall? Or is the pull of fear and push of desperation just too strong to withstand for a girl who believes she has “nowhere else to go” but down.
“When it’s time for you to fall in love, even a lemon can become the cause of it,” says Arsh.
But can love survive, when even the self love dies?
Can love survive when respect is no more?
Does true love have the power to revive a dying soul?
Find out in the pages of this brilliantly woven, intense, heart-warming and thought-provoking saga of RISING IN LOVE…
Connect to know more:
Amazon Author Page:
LEMON GIRL: Paperback:
DREAM’S SAKE Paperback:
Happiness Lies Within: http://jyotiarora.com/free-short-stories-collection/
Lemon Girl is available at:
Sample at my website: http://jyotiarora.com/lemon-girl/
Thank you very much Jyoti
for taking the time out of your busy schedule and being a part of A living series talk.
I wish you great success and warm regards.
It’s my pleasure talking to you as well Inderjit.
Thank you for this opportunity.
Keep smiling keep shining.