Pre-Interview: Adrita Goswami is a self-published author and illustrator of children's books. She began spinning tales of fantasy and adventure when she was six and wrote her first book "A World Beyond the Rainbow" at the age of thirteen. Her other books include "The Magical Garden" and "Little White Angel." When she is not writing, Adrita enjoys reading, painting, and listening to music. As a student, her favorite subjects include Literature, Psychology and Art. She loves to hear from her readers and is presently working on her next books.
1. What inspires you most to write?
My inspiration comes from reading great books, receiving good reviews from happy readers and the desire to create something I can be proud of.
2. What is your favorite genre?
I enjoy reading books of different genres, but fantasy is my all-time favorite genre. I have always been fascinated by the magnificent world building and amazing characters in fantasy books. The beautiful writing and lovely covers add to the charm of this addicting genre.
3. Who is one author you admire if any and why?
There are many authors that I look up to, but if I had to choose one, it would be Antoine de Saint Exupéry. I admire him because of his poetic and lighthearted way of describing complicated real-life issues. I really enjoyed reading The Little Prince.
4. How do you overcome blank writing spells?
Searching for creative writing prompts, listening to music and freewriting help me overcome blank writing spells.
5. How many books have you written, are any a bestseller yet?
I have written eight books so far. Three of them are available on Amazon. My upcoming books include two fairytales, one middle grade fantasy and two picture books. Writing a bestseller is one of my most cherished goals that I have not accomplished yet. I am trying my best to improve my skills so that I can achieve this goal.
6. If you had the opportunity to rewrite one movie script which would it be, why?
I would like to rewrite the script of Peter Pan because I want Peter and Wendy to end up together and live happily ever after in Never Land.
7. What are some difficulties you've experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism?
Insomnia, lack of confidence and juggling between school and writing have been the biggest challenges for me. I'm always open to constructive criticism as it makes me realize my shortcomings and helps me become a better writer. I try to use the criticism as inspiration rather than discouragement. Accepting my own mistakes takes the sting out of any criticism.
8. What are your best experiences in your writing career?
It makes me really happy when a parent tells me their children loved my books. Being able to inspire someone and ignite their imagination through my books are the best experiences in my writing career.
9. Do you prefer to write in silence and or have some sort of sound in the background?
I get easily distracted by sound, so I prefer absolute silence when I'm writing. It helps me focus better.
10. What are some encouraging words you'd give to another author/writer?
Don't give up on your dreams. Keep writing, even if it feels hopeless sometimes. It's never too late to tell your story.
11. How did you decide the pricing of your material; how did you go about promotion/advertising and distribution of your work?
The price mainly depends on the number of pages in a book. My books are also available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited. I promote my books on my social media accounts like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to reach potential readers. I'm also active on Good-reads, where readers can ask me questions about my work.
12. Why should anyone read your book?
Hopefully, my books will bring joy and happiness to children and awaken the inner child in adults.
13. Did you have a book coach?
No, I didn't have a book coach. I am pretty much self-taught. I watch YouTube tutorials about writing and publishing and read a lot of books to learn how good books are written.
14. What was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school was Literature as it's related to my career. It's still my favorite. I really enjoy reading world literature and exploring different cultures through books. I also like poetry.
15. Are you self-published or have an established publishing contract elsewhere?
I have self-published three children's books on Amazon. I would love to publish my new books traditionally.