This article contains the interview I had with Khyati Gautam- who was listed under top 34 Indian Bookstagrammers on @buzzfeedbooks
Interviewed by Khyati Gautam
The Bookish fame
An Aspiring poet in Dubai- UAE
Nocturnal Hours by Ruqayya Shaheed is a beautiful poetry collection that speaks for a woman and her remotest emotions. This poetry collection makes an honest attempt at gauging the depth of a woman’s life. It effortlessly chronicles her journey from self-inflicted bitterness towards finding healing within herself.
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
To the world, I’m a copywriter; to my friends, I’m a gold medalist, and to myself, I’m a nocturnal poet with the soul of a hermit, dwelling in the sands of the Arabian desert.
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
The overwhelming power of words and literary text always enticed and beckoned me. So, as far as my memory takes me, I have always been fond of writing. Poetry stirs me, and fantasy awakens my creative spirit.
- What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
I needed an outlet to release the imprisoned thoughts and sought refuge in writing poetry. Impeccable language, abstract art, verdant nature, and sentimental narrations catch my attention and inspire me to write.
- Tell something in brief about your latest book?
Nocturnal Hours is unapologetically human and intensely personal, which unravels the muffled words and distilled voice of a girl raised in a patriarchal society. I didn’t shy away from voicing my thoughts and in documenting the journey of my life.
My little black book, i.e. Nocturnal Hours deals with myriad topics from heartaches to sorrows and from love to hope. It chronicles the personal milestones from the gullible times of adolescence to sensible days of adulthood. It would solely resonate with celebrated artists and unseeable poets in the microcosm of the literary world.
- How do you organize yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?
I don’t follow a fixed routine to write. I write when I’m inspired and sometimes days go by without an inspiration.
- When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or a full-time profession?
I’m still young and would always be I’m a copywriter and brand manager by profession. My work revolves around writing. Words are ingrained in me.
- How did you approach the writing process this time around? Do you have a set routine or does it vary? And how do you manage it with your full-time work?
With a busy work schedule and tight timelines, nocturnal hours become a blessing. And that’s when I let the thoughts flow.
- How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world?
The way a wanderer wanders in search of God, a reader would walk in the realm of books. Contemporary Writing and reading are evolving and becoming more beautiful.
- How crucial are marketing and promotions when it comes to selling a book?
Marketing can make or break your book. The success of a book hinges on marketing and promotion.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I love to read and write. I love books by Elif Shafak, Khaled Hosseini, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Maya Angelou, and Nikita Gill.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers.
Never give up. Never stop trying.
- Are we going to hear more from you in the future?