An Interview with Author Ginny Rana

With her debut book, Joys & Memories: Revisiting Childhood, Ginny Rana endeavours to unravel some natural wonders of the beautiful world that surrounds us. She loves nature and is intrigued by the mysteries and wonders of the ever-growing world that surrounds us. She takes the reader down the happy lanes of childhood and along the paths of nature. In today’s modern world, where people are moving away from the real, natural world, she urges them to embrace and re-connect with nature.
Besides writing, she is an active volunteer with the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). She loves travelling and exploring new places.

Q1. Where are you from?
A. I live in Delhi, India.

Q2. Why do you write?
A. I love to pen my thoughts. Writing gives me a sense of creative satisfaction.

Q3. What do you write about?
A. I write about almost anything that strikes my fancy, just about anything and everything under the sun.

Q4. Do you have a specific writing style?
A. Don’t think so.

Q5. What are the obstacles that come in the way of writing?
A. Regular day to day activities disrupt the flow of thoughts and often hinder the fluency and pace of writing.

Q6. What is the most memorable thing said by a reader about your work?
A. Once a reader complemented after reading a few of my poems saying that they are so happy. She said they seem to have been written straight from the heart.

Q7. How long have you been writing?
A. I’ve been writing since the age of sixteen. But it was more of a leisure activity. Gradually, however, the urge towards concrete and structured writing grew. That’s when I thought of trying to bring together some of my thoughts in the form of a book.

Q8. When did you first realize that you wanted to become a writer?
A. When I used to read works of other authors and poets, I used to marvel at the beauty of their work. I would hope that someday, I could also become a writer and inspire readers. For the last may be 10-12 years, I wanted to become a writer.

Q9. What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
A. While I’m writing, even when I’m involved with other activities, it’s like my mind is elsewhere. I’m trying to create rhymes or structure thoughts into sentences. The minute, something worthwhile crops up; I stop whatever I’m doing and run to pen down the ideas before they get lost.

Q10. What you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A. I love to write about things around me. Even mundane phenomena can take up interesting forms for me or simply be turned into metaphors of life.

Q11. How long does it take to write a book?
A. It took me about 2-3 months to write my first book.

Q12. Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
A. A lot of reading. And when you write, don’t tie your ideas to rules of grammar or spellings, just write freely.

Q13. What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
A. The biggest challenge for me is to think of a worthwhile subject to commence my content. Once I like the idea, then there’s no looking back.

Q14. What do you think makes a good story?
A. Well, I haven’t written a story. But from the ones I read, I think an excellent plot and well-developed characters go a long way in making a great story.

Q15. What does your family think of your writing?
A. My family is very supportive of my creative pursuit. I think they understand how special writing means to me.
Q16. Do you see writing as a career?
A. I enjoy writing. It makes me happy and it’s like attaining a creative salvation. My work is my career. If I can carve a career in writing alongside work, it would be a welcome addition.

Q17. Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?
A. A famous quote by Margaret Fuller comes to mind, “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” I firmly believe it and would like to tell everyone to read, read and read. You can never imagine how many beautiful thoughts and ideas can ignite your imagination and change your world.

Q18. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When saw the first look of my book, Joys and Memories: Revisiting Childhood, that’s when I considered myself a writer.