ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF – INTERVIEW WITH NIVEDITHA SHETTY
- A short and crispy introduction about yourself. *
I am a reader before being a writer.
I’m from Bangalore. Kannadiga.
Even though I’m a reader, I don’t fantasize life. I take it as it comes as I believe in “life is not a wish granting factory”.
My love for literature defines me.
I find happiness in small things.
I’ve worked in the Under25 summit- India’s biggest youth festival under social media as a content writer.
I’m also the President of Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian College- a reputed and well known college in Bangalore.
I am a writer on wattpad.
And I go by the name Niveditha_Shetty on all social media.
I’m a big extrovert.
- How did you feel when you received your selection mail? *
I was at my friend’s place trying to learn skating and she said I had a mail. I told her to read it out and when she did, I almost fell down losing balance. It was a pure blissful moment.
- What is the first piece of work you wrote and when was it? *
It was when I was 16. It was a poem about my friends. I read it as a goodbye note during my 10th grade farewell.
- Where do you get your ideas or inspirations from for your poems or stories? *
Like any other writer, I do have a lot of writers block. I need something very motivational to be writing. It may be a video, a movie, a song, or an other book I’ve read myself
- Do you prefer writing down or typing your works? And why? *
2 reasons. One is the auto correct and the other is the words suggestions. Makes it faster to pen down as the thoughts can’t wait.
- What or who has inspired you to write? *
There are three important people who have been the reason of my writing.
My mom, my best friend and my Secret Keeper (if you wanna know who that is, stay tuned and I’ll soon be writing about him)
- Who is a poet/author according to you? *
Someone who’s work a reader can connect to.
I don’t believe in using fancy words.
‘Cos when you read it should flow. And you shouldn’t feel the requirement of using a dictionary more than reading itself.
So somebody who’s work you can connect and is simple and understandable.
- Who is your favourite author and poet? *
Nicholas Sparks, John Green, Agatha Christie, Anne Frank(one inspirational young girl), Robert Frost, Rainbow Rowell and the list goes on. I spend most of my time reading so that explains.
- Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks? And why? *
PAPERBACKS. You need to smell and feel the touch of paper while reading. Well, that’s a reader’s bliss isn’t it?
- What are the 3 books you would pick to have with you all the time and why? *
The fault in our stars
The perks of being a wallflower
Because I can relate to all the three and I feel these are so well written, each time I read I’m just mesmerised and get emotional like it’s my first time reading them.
- According to you, how should a poem or story be? *
Simple and understandable.
What’s the point in writing huge words when the reader can’t follow? So any work for that matter in order to hold importance should always be simple and connectable.
- What is your preferred genre? *
As a reader, I read all genres except for fan fictions.
As a writer, I prefer non fiction mainly. Or otherwise, romance and teen fiction.
- What are your other contributing works? *
This is my debut anthology.
I’m a writer on wattpad
- In what position do you see yourself in writing field after 10 years? *
I can see my bookshelf being dominated by my own books.
I can picture myself signing autographs on the first edition during my book launch.
I can see the lines from my books used as quotes on instagram, Facebook, Twitter,…
God, okay don’t get me started please. I fantasise a lot about my writing!
- Finally, a few words to your readers and fellow poets/authors. *
Always believe in yourself. Write, because you never know when you’ll receive your mail about being published.
And for readers, just know that every time you read a story, you become a different person. And consider yourself to be lucky as you get to be a wizard, a warrior, a joker, a soldier, a kid, a parent, a ghost and almost everything in just ONE lifetime. Yes, that’s the power of reading