Author Pradnya Vernekar – Writing was my way of handling the postpartum depression. It helped me staying sane.
A brief introduction about author Pradnya Vernekar.
Author Pradnya Vernekar is based out of Pune, India. She is a certified holistic life coach from the University of Wellness, West Virginia. Besides this, she is also a certified angel card reader, an energy healer, a spiritual teacher, an avid reader, a natural writer and an amateur poet. Being an ardent believer in God, she tries to dig happiness in the darkest of mines.
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
How long did it take to get your first novel / book published?
I started writing my book ‘Love Infused Pregnancy’ when my son was 3 months old. The process of writing was fairly easy as I was penning down all the rituals, meditations and affirmations I had designed for my healthy pregnancy and baby growth. What was difficult was finding enough time to be baby free. I actually started writing the book on my mobile and later transferred everything to a laptop for the final touches. It took 4 months to publish my book. My son was 7 months when the book hit the market!
What mistakes did you make with the publishing of your first book which you try not to repeat?
I just wanted to write a book. Writing was my way of handling the postpartum depression. It helped me staying sane. At that point, I did not think about how to market my book or how can I reach the masses. My book was for a target audience of pregnant women and hence required a much more sophisticated sales plan. With an infant, it was impossible for me to venture out for long and go for book signings. I underestimated the importance of networking as an author.
But I was happy with the way the book turned out and sales were still good knowing I wasn’t putting much efforts into it.
Can you focus on working on two books or stories at the same time?
A vehement ‘no’. Creative pursuits require that you be there 100%. If you try working on two writing projects you won’t be able to do justice to either of the projects. You go back and forth to birth the perfect book baby and if you have to cater to two babies, imagine the chaos and the tandem. Writing is exhausting too. One cannot sustain writing two books at a time.
Is there a modus operandi you follow and formulate before you actually start writing your next book?
I work on instincts. The moment an idea strikes me, I like to romance it a little. See if it has potential to grow into a book. Once I get a ‘yes’ from within my creative work flows.
Here is what I do:
- Align the chronology of chapters with the message I want to deliver through my writing. This helps me to give a skeleton to the book and a purpose on how to go about it. Index is the first thing I work on while writing a book.
- Once the index is ready, research is the next step. Do I need any more reading to support my content? If yes, I spend time reading and researching on it.
- Focus on my target audience and explore what writing style suits them.
- Write down the message again which I want to put forward like a reaffirmation to myself.
Does the writer’s block actually exist? Any tips you would give to come out of it.
Yes, it definitely does. It is more like a brain fog for me where I am unable to process what next. What helps me is being in nature. Taking a quick trip to a nearby place filled with lakes, trees and humming birds. On other occasions, resting enough does the trick. Keeping the book project aside and working on something else for a while makes a difference too.
What was the book that most influenced your life, and why?
I am voracious reader and it is hard to pick just one. But I will still try to keep it short. The book which I love the most is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. The protagonist of the book Howard Roark taught me integrity is what holds a man true to himself thereby giving courage to fight everything else in the world. It talks about pain and agony one might go through while standing fiercely for one’s values and beliefs and yet you bear that agony and stand tall. It is a longish read but the story is spell binding.
Other favorite of mine is Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell. Rebecca was an advertising and marketing expert before she became a new age light worker. Her work has that creative sparkle. The book talks about inner stirrings and awakenings. I had my own spiritual awakening at that time and the book spoke volumes to me. It felt it was written for me, exclusively me. Such an endearing connect the book creates with the audience.
Wishes Fulfilled by Dr. Wayne Dyer is another beautiful book talking about the ball game of manifestation. The magic of manifestation explained with the back-up of science and spirituality. It is a perfect blend of personal stories, ancient teachings and modern science.
How often do you read other novels? Who are your favourite authors?
Novels is the only thing I read all my life. Novels and classics. Even during my MBA I could never pick up a self-help or a ‘gyan’ giving book. Only after my awakening have I started reading books under those category.
I would like to read more often. But with a toddler and a soul-preneurship, it is a little difficult to get enough time. Nevertheless, I make it a point to read for an hour every day. May be not in one go, but still an hour in the entire day.
My favorite authors include Ayn Rand, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Charles Dickens, Paulo Coehlo, Sudha Murthy and Margaret Mitchell.
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