In celebration of Author spotlight – A living series: I’m featuring yet another interview this weekend.
I love interviewing Authors about their books, their thoughts and stories, because their advice and path of publications and writing books is a road map for others who seek to get published –
Today we have the pleasure of interviewing – Vipanchi Nayak.
Student of Grade 5 also the Head girl of the primary block at
India. She is just 10 year old and her debut book release ‘The Mysterious Virus’- makes her one of the youngest authors today.
She is unlike any other child. Her presence in a crowd never goes unnoticed. With her leadership qualities and a creative mind she usually manages to stand out among her peer group. She started to read short words and eventually short stories from the age of 4, Her love for animals and passion for science makes her want to become a palaeontologist in the future. Vipanchi is a compulsive reader and with more than 200 books in her personal library she became a natural thinker and writer and started writing poems and short stories at the age of six.
As an animal lover she hopes to contribute towards animal welfare by educating people on how to be kind to them and is also willing to share the royalties from her book to help animals in distress. Her curious mind, always strives to understand things from its roots and this quality of her’s makes her teachers run around for answers. This paves way for her to look at things holistically. Her hobbies include: Swimming, playing chess, playing keyboard, reading and writing short poems and stories and trying her hand at small science experiments. She also wants to personally gift this book to our Hon.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and actor Salman Khan whom she is a huge fan of.
She is also featured in Dr.KM Cherian’s medical magazine December edition.
I’m glad Vipanchi to have you with us today: Welcome to A living series talk.
Thank you! Madam for your kind welcome, and I’m very pleased to be here as well.
Pleasure! Vipanchi, let’s begin as I’ve already mentioned few words in our introductory segment about you but our readers would be profound and are always curious to know more about their authors, so please tell about yourself?
How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
Thank you Ma’am for this wonderful opportunity. Furthermore I’m deeply grateful for your help and support.
I remember . I was just as little as 4 years of age and I was watching an educational video on my iPad and I learnt about dinosaurs and they looked very interesting . I also learnt from that video that I need to be a Paleontologist to learn more about dinosaurs and for that I need to be good at science. That day I made a note to myself “ I will read more about science and become a paleontologist one day and that’s how I developed liking towards science. Hence I chose sci-fic as my genre of writing.
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
My mom used to read me lots of stories when I was little and I also used to watch story videos like Panchatantra, and other stories with a moral. At a very early age I could read short words and I slowly started to memorize the entire story book so that I could pick the book myself and read . Eventually I developed the habit of reading and I could read short sentences by myself . This is how I started to read books and my love for books is only growing each day. I also remember the day I told my mom, that one day I will write a book of my own which others will read.
What your writing/ work/genre are about? Would you kindly share with our readers, I am sure they are curious to know more about you.
My debut book “The Mysterious Virus “ is a science-fiction, I want to continue writing science related books under fictional category. I’ve written many short poems and a couple of short comics. But I also want to try writing other genres. Let’s see how I go about doing that.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The hardest part? OMG! I wrote this book during school days and since my laptop wasn’t working, I had to use my dad’s and that was only possible after 6 or 7 in the evening and sometimes if he came home very late, I would sit and write till late in the night. I also had to give time for my academics and I also actively take part in school assemblies for which I would need prior preparation. So I was basically multitasking between all of this. So it took me around 4-5 months to finish the book …. that’s a lot of time. I thought once I start I would finish it in a week or two but it so happened that everyday I would come back from school and I would tell my mum that I need change this I need to change that and this sequencing is not okay and I need to add some humor and blah blah blah. Because of this constant changes that I made I could never settle with one plot easily. But today if I look back at it, I feel it was a lot of fun.
What is the most important thing that people do not know about your subject/genre, that they need to?
All my friends, teachers and relatives who have read the book have told me that my book although it’s meant for kids, even they as adults really loved reading, as the suspense in the story kept them glued to it and they were quite eager to know how the story ends. So my book is not just for kids but also adults (Smiles)
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?
Although I haven’t read too many books of Sherlock Holmes , I must admit that this series did influence me for the suspense part of it. And one other author would be J K Rowling for the way she elaborates her stories .
What do you like to read in your free time?
I am a biggest fan of Dork and Wimpy kid. So I read them as much as I can and of course I also enjoy reading books by Madeleine L’Engle and our Indian author Sudha Murthy’s books. I pretty much read any piece of paper lying in front of me and I also love solving puzzles and crosswords from Hindu Young world paper. This paper also carries some short interesting stories which I love.
What do your plans for future projects include?
It’s a little weird but I still don’t know what my future plans are for writing. But I will be writing for sure!
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Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule and be a part of:
-A living series talk.
Thank you once again for joining us today, Vipanchi.
Finally, I want to thank you, Ma’am, for this marvelous interview. The questions were thought provoking and fun to answer and, as always, Best Wishes from Vipanchi Nayak!
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