Akhila Saroha: I would like to begin by congratulating you on the publication of “You are the reason I am alive today.” How has the response to the book been so far?
Anshu Priya: Thank you so much Akhila. As of now, I am receiving a good response from readers, they love the way story is being portrayed. Overall, people are loving the story, characters, narration as they feel connected to the characters on personal basis.
Akhila Saroha: What led to the idea of writing “You are the reason I am alive today”? Although seems to be based on real events, what inspired you to put them in the format of a book?
Anshu Priya: This is true. Every story is somewhere inspired from true events. I always wanted to write something in my life that can convey a message to the readers, a message of how every relationship in our life has ups and down but that doesn’t mean we move on and left them in between. Every couple has a fairytale time but when we start knowing each other more, there are anger, fight and trust issues. There are a lot of books available on relationship hacks out there. However, a story can connect us with it and tells us the true meaning of what exactly it takes to make a story, actual fairytale.
Akhila Saroha: How easy or difficult was it for you to set the narrative in the ordinary lives and build characters who had the impressions of the present time in “You are the reason I am alive today”?
Anshu Priya: I am glad you asked this question. Well, we all live in present but there are moments and memories who are part of our life and we all lived them in past. When we come across someone or something today, it reminds us of a moment connected to it or similar to it. It happens with me a lot especially when I have my me time alone. That is how I concluded the narrative style.
Akhila Saroha: What are your views about present-day writing? Do you think it does complete justice in depicting human nature in the light of “You are the reason I am alive today”?
Anshu Priya: Well, I have adapted the first-person narration and I personally love to read stories written in this way because it makes us feel connected to the characters, live the scenes, and keep us intact till the end. And the way I have shown the emotions and thinking pattern of characters. I do feel it does justice in depicting human nature.
Akhila Saroha: “You are the reason I am alive today” shows the uniqueness of your style of writing. Are there any authors that you enjoy reading or any books which are your favorites?
Anshu Priya: Yes, I love to read Ravinder Singh, Ajay K Pandey, and Rohit Dawesar. They have written some enjoyable books and depicted their characters in perfect ways and the story runs flawlessly.
Akhila Saroha: How would you categorize “You are the reason I am alive today” as its appeal seems to be to a broad audience?
Anshu Priya: You are the reason I am alive today is a story containing a lot, one goes through in relationships yet do not let anything come in between and in real terms gives us a message about loyalty, determination, and the basis on which one should always build their relationships. It’s not just a mere story how two people unite but the journey how they come to meet each other is unique.
Akhila Saroha: “You are the reason I am alive today” has given a powerful introduction to your potential as a writer. Can the readers expect more from you in the future? Also, would you please share about your future projects?
Anshu Priya: So, the answer is yes. You are the Reason I am Alive Today is the first part of my book series and the second part is in process. Hope to release it soon. It will be more inclined to the pov of Alisha. However, it is under process, and it might get changed as story moves ahead.
Akhila Saroha: The title “You are the reason I am alive today” seems to be in agreement with the plot yet confusing in the first reading. How did you choose it? What is the story behind the title of your work, “You are the reason I am alive today”?
Anshu Priya: So, when I started writing the story, I had no idea what my book title should look like. While writing I reach a point where Anirudh helped Alisha to come back to her normal life and live it happily and that was the point, I have decided to name my book -You are the Reason I am Alive Today
Akhila Saroha: How easy or difficult was it for you to create the characters and show the story from their eyes and also the eyes of a third-person narrator without hampering the readers’ perception in “You are the reason I am alive today”?
Anshu Priya: It is not easy to live two characters and think from their own perceptions. But as I said earlier, when we know what a person thinks and personally read it, it automatically made a connection. So, initially it was not easy because we have to feel every character to make it more live to the readers for real connection.
Akhila Saroha: In the present time, stories featuring people like your characters in “You are the reason I am alive today” do not find much mention. What, according to you, could be the possible reason for that?
Anshu Priya: As I have noted till now, the one reason that could justify this is it takes a deep thinking when you are the person who live each character depicted in the story. So, it is not often to see in present times.
Akhila Saroha: If you were to describe your book “You are the reason I am alive today” in a few words without giving any spoilers, what would those words be?
Anshu Priya: Love that can’t be killed by distance, circumstances and a third person, it is eternal. Destiny does play a role, but you can control it with your will power.
Akhila Saroha: What advice would you give to budding writers who may be planning to write in the same genre as “You are the reason I am alive today”?
Anshu Priya: I would advise, don’t think about the result first. Simply, start writing, because new ideas come when you put the current thoughts on paper. And after writing, give it a read, two times, three times, whatever it takes. This way, you will get to know where changes can be made and keep learning.
Akhila Saroha: Thank you very much for sparing your time. I look forward to reading more books from you in the future. All the best.
Anshu Priya: Thank you so much Akhila. Thanks for your time. It’s been pleasured to talk to you.