About Vidisha Chandna Dua:
Ever since she can remember Vidisha has been a daydreamer. She loves to travel, try different cuisines, dance, listen to music and most of all she loves to read.
Vidisha took a break from work when her daughter was born. Her life changed when she took her daughter to her first dance class. She had an hour to spare so she started writing a story and then there was no looking back.With life experiences from the Middle East, Scandinavia, Australia and India, Vidisha weaves an emotional and romantic journey for her characters. She has always believed that if you really want something, the universe will come together and open doors that you never thought existed, all you have to do is listen and look carefully around you.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired everyday by my surroundings. Ever since I can remember I have been day dreaming about 'what if' scenarios in my head for everyday happenings. The idea that every decision that a person makes affects so many other people that are connected to that person has always intrigued me.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
L.M. Montgomery is one of my favorite author. Even though I am a big fan of mystery novels, I made sure I read the entire 'Anne of Green Gables Collection'. I love reading Agatha Christie, John Grisham, Robert Ludlum, Jeffery Archer's books. Ayn Rand's 'Fountainhead' and 'Atlas Shrugged' are two of my favorite books
Tell us about your writing process.
I don't have a clear story idea when I start writing but I do have vague understanding of my characters. In the beginning I write whatever comes to mind. In a week or two I get a clear idea about the story then I put everything together and keep editing. It isn't always easy to write everyday as my life is busier now than when I used to work. There are always distractions. To ensure that I write everyday even if it's just a few lines I write when everyone's gone to sleep. That way I fall asleep dreaming about my story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I write by listening and talking to my characters in my head. Whenever I get an idea about a story line, the first thing that comes to my mind is one of the characters. That character starts a conversation with me and slowly other characters come to life interacting with each other. As the story line grows, it becomes like a movie where I can picture each and every scene. That is when I start writing and, in a week, or two I can clearly see how I want it to end.
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice to authors is that don't worry about the details when you start writing. Write whatever comes to mind. Once you have a clear outline of your story as well as the characters that you want to portray then revisit whatever you have written, edit and bring life to those characters. The readers have to feel the emotions that the characters are going through.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted to get my first book 'Life's Not Over Yet' published but wasn't sure how to go about it. I went online and searched for answers. There were many options but the one that I liked most was to self publish as that meant I could publish immediately.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is bright as more and more writers can self-publish their books with the help of Amazon, Smashwords and other self publishing sites with ease.
What genres do you write?: Romance – Contemporary, Clean, Women's Fiction, Friendship
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
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