Author’s Background: For the Author, Lakshita Bhargava language seemed to come easy and very naturally, English was her favourite subject in the school. She picked up Spanish as a young girl playing with children of other first generation immigrant parents in the courtyard of the apartment building; she had lived in off Biscayne Blvd in Miami, Fl.
Lakshita always loved to write. She was a dreamer with a vivid imagination and she has written countless poems among which a few of them got published in the local newspaper too. She decided to write stories for children. This book, Mixed Emotions is one of the children’s story collection, which she has written.
Neel Preet: First of all, Big Congratulations to you on your book, “Mixed Emotions” you have achieved something remarkably huge! What kinds of responses are you receiving from the readers, for this book of yours?
Lakshita Bhargava: Thank you so much, Neel Preet. Well it just went live this week. I’ve shared it in my network, and people are excited. Looking forward to the publisher’s marketing campaign for the community at large.
Neel Preet: We can understand that completing a book requires a lot of hard work and getting it published requires some more efforts. Therefore, could you please share your experience about this book with us!
Lakshita Bhargava: Sure. It’s been an interesting journey. A lot of thought has been put into small things like, since it’s a children’s book, what size would be easy for them to hold, what kind of colors to use in the illustrations, what kind of paper would have more wear and tear. Very interesting, and a lot of learning.
Neel Preet: You have given a very interesting title to your Children’s Story Book, which is undoubtedly, is very catchy too. So, what made you go for this title for your book?
Lakshita Bhargava: Well, it’s a cornucopia of emotions, hence the title, Mixed Emotions.
Neel Preet: The illustrations in this book had made it look even more beautiful. Therefore, what was your in your mind that made you go for such rich and beautiful illustrations in your book?
Lakshita Bhargava: Children are attracted to colors. I also wanted the characters to look real, so they’re imperfect.
Neel Preet: Apart from the ‘Juvenile Fictional’ category, from which other genre would you like to contribute towards the field of literature!
Lakshita Bhargava: Well, I’m working in an adult fiction novel…stay tuned.
Neel Preet: Could you please explain the overall theme of your book to our readers!
Lakshita Bhargava: The theme is childhood, and how children view things such as a trip, and how important it is as we aspire and experience new things to cherish what we have.
Neel Preet: Well, your writing is truly amazing! Therefore, I want you to tell us about some of those writers, whom you follow!
Lakshita Bhargava: I loved Judy Blume as a child. Daphne duMaurier, too. I love crime fiction, so I’m a big James Patterson fan.
Neel Preet: Is there any message which you would like to convey to your readers? Or any piece of advice, which you would like to give to the readers out there!
Lakshita Bhargava: If you can dream it, you can achieve it. Never lose hope.
Neel Preet: Are there any other books being worked by you? Please let us know about your future projects.
Lakshita Bhargava: Yes the adult fiction. And I have a collection of other children’s books coming up. Stay tuned.
Neel Preet: Thank you so much for answering all my questions. All the very best to you for future and your book too!
Lakshita Bhargava: Thank you!