Author of two bestselling books, Pratibha Malav has chosen writing as a source of relaxation and meditation. Writing for her is a process of personal change as it connects every individual to the inner world of meaning. Writing is a practice of being fully present in the moment with awareness, allowing the words to flow without judgment and censoring. In the following article, let’s learn more about Pratibha.
Pratibha- The most difficult question! I’m the most careless person you’ll ever come across.
Pratibha- I have pursued my Bachelors of Science from Jaipur. While studying undergrad, I released my first book. Now, I’ve been pursuing MBA from KJSIM, Mumbai, and working on my third book side-by-side.
Q. When did you first consider yourself as a writer?
Pratibha- Everyone is a writer. It’s just a manipulative game of ISBN numbers.
Q. How many books have you authored?
Pratibha- Till now I’ve launched two full-length novels and contributed to an anthology. Both my novels are a part of the series which revolve around a female photographer.
Q. Are you writing a third part or a third book?
Pratibha- I’m not writing the next part in the series, but yes, I’m working on a third book.
Pratibha- My parents weren’t supportive, but they weren’t against my writing as well. They wanted me to finish college, take a nice job, settle in life and then publish as many books as I wanted. I didn’t want a planned life. So, I anyway launched my first book. My parents learned about it after two months. They didn’t say anything, but deep down I knew they were proud of me.
Q. Have you ever been upset when your books don’t perform well or when you receive negative reviews?
Pratibha- Honestly, no! Because I never keep my expectations high. About getting negative reviews, this thing used to bother me a lot, but then as a reader, I realized that my readers invest their time and money in reading my books. They’ve every right to criticize my work. Having said that, their criticism helps me to write a better piece of literature.
Q. Who is your favorite author?
Pratibha- I can’t name one because there have been many. But, I think I have been most influenced by Sophie Kinsella, Arvind Adiga, Kirsty Moseley, Vikram Seth, and Gillian Flynn. These authors not only fascinate me but also introduces me to a world that exists within you as a reader.
Q. As an author, do you feel you’re competing with other authors?
Pratibha- There are just too many books in the market. Readers are free to pick any author they want to read. If you want to sell your book on a greater level, market it that way. If you want to make a permanent place in the heart of your readers, write something exceptional. At the end of the day, an author is known for his/her words, not by his/her name.
Q. Now that books are available on digital platforms, what do you think will happen to these printed books?
Pratibha- Call me old-fashioned, but paperbacks give me kicks. There’s nothing like a paperback in hands, the smell, the feel, reading it while sitting on a bean bag and sipping coffee. I can’t speak of other readers. Ever since the pandemic hit us, readers shifted their focus toward ebooks. Even I myself read half of the books on Kindle, Juggernaut, and Google Books. But, I would love to believe that paperbacks will exist and readers will be excited again to visit crosswords.
Get Pratibha’s books today-
A Kind of Commitment: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B0857GGZFS/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_N4NGWQTFZQ959BSM0BYN
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