The young author, Anamika Mishra, was born and raised in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (known as the Manchester of North India). She is presently working as a writer for several communities and websites. Her debut novel, Too Hard to Handle, was released in July this year.
Hi Anamika, please tell everyone a little about yourself.
Anamika: My name is Anamika Mishra. Writing is my first love, second is travelling and photography. I have done Bachelors in Computer Applications and Masters in Journalism & Mass Communication. Too Hard to Handle is my debut novel. I am highly spiritual and believe in miracles. I am an animal-lover too, especially dogs. I am an active member of ‘People For Animals’ NGO, in India. I love interacting with people from all across the world and inspire them to live with a positive perception.
When did the writing bug bite, and in what genre(s)?
Anamika: Well, I remember when I was in class six while reading Heide by Johanna Spyri, I went near my mom and said that I want to write a novel just like this one. I think that was the time when I was being bitten by a writing bug. General fiction and fantasy are my kind of genres.
When you started writing, what goals did you want to accomplish? Is there a message you want readers to grasp?
Anamika: I have a dream to write at least one novel of each genre. Readers, please keep on supporting my goal and I promise I won’t let anyone’s expectations down.
Briefly tell us about your latest book. Is it part of a series or stand-alone?
Anamika: Too Hard to Handle is a stand-alone novel. It is about a girl named Anushree, who is happy-go-lucky in nature. It is about what a common girl faces during her college and school life, series of misunderstandings, betrayal from friends, innocent crushes, stupid decisions etc. till she finds the love of her life. It is also about how fate turns up out of the blue and changes one’s life forever.
How do you develop characters? Setting?
Anamika: I first try to decide how the lead character would be and then I create the plot and other characters accordingly.
Who’s the most unusual/most likeable character?
Anamika: Vivaan. He is a ‘Mr. Perfect’ kind of a guy. People, especially girls, would love him for his small, lovely and romantic surprises, his behavior and his personality.
Do you have specific techniques to help you maintain the course of the plot?
Anamika: No. I don’t have any specific technique to maintain the course of the plot. I like keeping it simple and try to maintain the interest by adding some ‘wow’ and ‘aww’ moments in it.
Share the best review that you’ve ever had.
Anamika: Best review was given to me by my mother, she said “this story is really inspiring and she never thought that I would be able to write such a deep and intriguing story. I am really proud of you.” And she hugged me tightly.
What are your current projects?
Anamika: I am presently working on my second novel.
Where can folks learn more about your books and events?
Anamika: All folks can directly connect with me on twitter ( www.twitter.com/anamikawrites ) which I think is the easiest way or on facebook ( www.facebook.com/anamika.mishraa ) or they can get in touch by sending an e-mail to me on firstname.lastname@example.org . I shall be highly obliged in hearing something from all the readers.
Thank you for joining us today, Anamika.
Anamika: Thanks for the questions.