Hey, I'm Kirti Changlani!
I'm an Author of two books : The Search For Belonging and "A Life, Less Ordinary". My books have a theme of self-discovery and are a must read for youth. I'm also a blogger and poetess. I have studied Journalism and I write on contemporary social issues that often don't meet the eye of a normal person. I write quotes and more on self-love, healing, positivity, inspiration and share it via my social media. You can find me on Instagram @kirtichanglani .
1.What inspires you most to write?
- Real life inspires me the most to write. I often draw from reality, real experiences of people, real incidents that could've happened to anyone and not necessarily me. However, I make sure to put the stories in this way that anyone's identity isn't revealed. I find my voice, I get to reflect and pour my emotions while I write inspired from this gift of Life.
2. What is your favorite genre?
- My favorite genre is Romance. I occasionally read thrillers and poetry. Any book about how any characters/humans dealt in the War period also interests me.
3. Who is one author you admire if any and why?
- I think there are many authors I admire. I would count Nicolas Sparks as one. His writing style is unique and emotional. Something I personally connect with, as I also write in that genre. I think no one would miss out on Khaled Hosseini's admirable works.
4. How do you overcome blank writing spells?
- I think any writer faces writer's block when they're going through a lot emotionally or maybe have overcome it and then numbness has taken over. The truth is the stress of a day job and balancing a personal life sometimes gets to you. So my suggestion is to let that spell last. For me, genuinely speaking, after not writing for weeks or months. I come to a point where I write to my soul's content and my words become more emotionally enriched. I let a dry spell happen to me because I know what shall follow. I don't worry about uncertainty or deadlines. I just anticipate the best, and I embrace my identity outside writing.
5. What legal publishing advice can you give?
- Since my next (third) book is supposed to be a poetry collection. I'm learning about how to make use of illustrations. I think any legal aspect depends upon the book's type. My suggestion would be to always discuss the probable royalty even before the book is published. As in self-publishing, payout depends on page no. So always go for a publisher that provides utmost transparency, that would later help you from conflicts or falling for any legal battles.
6. How many books have you written, are any a bestseller yet?
- I have written two books, "A Life, Less Ordinary" And "The Search For Belonging". My second book scaled the bestsellers list; however both my books are popular amongst readers of Inspirational Fiction. I aim to be a Best-read Author with beautiful stories more than a bestseller. Because I want my works to be read, than to just have some tags or sales. Unless a person genuinely relates to a story, what's the use?
7. If you had the opportunity to rewrite one movie script which would it be, why?
- I don't think I'll rewrite any movie script. If given a chance, I'd definitely write scripts for my present and forthcoming books for movie adaptation. To watch the story I created in my head on the silver screen that would be a dream come true for a small town girl like me.
8. What are some difficulties you've experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism?
- I think after writing, publishing and working on the marketing of my books. All I can say is to never argue with people who are sending criticisms. Most of the time, such people are bored with their lives and would find an adrenaline boost to have an Author chat with them. We as writers would want to prove our point, but such people simply love twisting conversations to get attention. I had a bad experience when someone in disguise of being my reader would send me huge emails dissecting the story from books and asking me too personal questions. The best response is No response. With such creeps, silence and ignorance is an answer.
9. What are your best experiences in your writing career?
- While I receive messages that convey how my stories inspire people to forgo the darkness of their mind. And I see how girls watch me and start following their dreams and fight for their voice. Those are some beautiful experiences. I think the fact that I'm able to write and publish is a gift and uplifting experience in itself for me as I have grown all by myself in this field.
10. Do you prefer to write in silence and or have some sort sound in the background?
- I prefer silence. I'm lost in different worlds while writing and already zoned out. With that, I only need my pen and paper or laptop. Anything else creates nuisance unless I am out of that zone.
11. What are some encouraging words you'd give to another author/writer?
- I'd say to always learn and continue learning. If you're struggling today or starting from scratch, it's okay, and you'll always find your way out. Continue to write and share everything beautiful you can offer to the world.
12. How did you decide the pricing of your material; how did you go about promotion/advertising and distribution of your work?
- With my present two books, my publisher and I have tried to keep the price low. Time and again, we put up discounts via Publisher's website or on Amazon. If a reader purchases a direct signed copy, I also used to offer some discount. Both my books "A Life, Less Ordinary" & "The Search For Belonging" are available on leading global eCommerce platforms, like Amazon, Barnes and Noble.
13. Why should anyone read your book?
- As I said in the very first question, my books are based on real-life incidents and reflection of our society. I believe when a reader picks up my book, they'll find themselves in the story and relate to it. There's always something to learn from each book, and my USP is Inspirational stories - so I hope it will leave them as a better person. Besides, I would be honored if you give a chance to a budding writer. :)
14. Did you have a book coach?
- No. I'm a self-taught person. I'm a learner in the school of life and everything I do is by trying, failing or winning all by myself.
15. What was your favorite subject in school?
- It has to be English. Hands down. I, being a creative kid, have also loved learning all languages from Hindi, Marathi to Sindhi (All are Indian regional languages). I used to be curious about Science and Social studies too.
16. Are you self-published or have an established publishing contract elsewhere?
- I'm a self-published Author. I always aim higher and shall be open to opportunities that happen. I believe the mode and methods of publishing don't matter as long as it's a good story that readers connect with. I'm more grateful to have a chance to share and find a platform for my voice more than anything else.
My Book links:-
A Life, Less Ordinary on Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/dp/9390817684
The Search For Belonging on Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/dp/9390817692