About the author:
Rekha is a freelance editor and author. Poetry by authors Edgar Allan Poe, William Wordsworth, and Classics by William Shakespeare and Louisa May Alcott are great inspirations for her to write. Her first work was a poetry book “Musings of a Desert Rose” and her second book is pure fiction and fantasy, “Samyukta-Tale of a Brave Princess”. Her poetry has also appeared in Journal “Active Muse”. When she is not writing, she loves painting. Most of the illustrations in the books are from her journal.
About the book:
The poetry book is called “Off the Beaten Track”. The book is written for the age group, 18 above. It is about love, romance, somberness, and the feelings which everyone goes through in their lifetime. It is more of a journey. The poems take the reader through various life experiences they have gone through and they will be able to connect to it. It might change their perspective toward life. I hope my audience would love reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.
We were fortunate enough to get her interview. Our conversation with her is given below.
AN: How do you do your research?
Rekha: I refer to a lot of books, basically poetry and classics. Some of them are also inspired by day-to-day events. Other than books, I do watch English classics, which gives me a clear picture of the emotions a character goes through in a particular play or movie. It pushes me to write from a different perspective.
AN: Where do you get your ideas?
Rekha: My friends do help me a lot when I am writing something. They pitch in ideas. There’s a lot of brainstorming when it comes to writing a book because it’s not only your point of view, it’s also a reader’s point of view. Everyone would not be able to relate to only text. Some people like to visualize through images. And I include my illustrations with the book so that they should be able to connect while reading the poetry or story.
AN: Do you pick your covers?
Rekha: Yes, I do. By the time I have finished writing the book, there’s already a rough image of what the cover page should look like.
AN: Do you let your children read your books?
Rekha: No, because they are targeted at 18 above. I did write a children’s book, which my daughter inspired me to, “Samyukta-Tale of a Brave Princess”. She does ask a lot of questions when I am writing a new book, like who can read my book, whether it is a story or poetry, what age can she read it, etc.
AN: How long does it take to write a book?
Rekha: It takes about a year or so, depending on the content.
AN: What did you learn when writing the book?
Rekha: It is a different kind of experience or feeling. When you are writing it’s like you are in the character, you are living them, breathing them, etc. It’s like a roller-coaster of emotions.
AN: Was the character inspired by a real person? If so, who?
Rekha: No, it is entirely fiction.
AN: What do you think happened to the characters after the book ended?
Rekha: Since it is a poetry book, there are no specific characters. It is pure fiction.
AN: What inspired you to write this book?
Rekha: When I am drawing or painting the inspiration comes for me to write naturally because I am relating them to each poetry or story. It happens parallelly.
AN: Any messages for your readers?
Rekha: I am sure that everyone would be able to relate to my book. Because it is a mixture of emotions. I am sure the readers would love the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.
So everyone this was Ms. Rekha Balachandran, you can get her book here.