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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Author Interview : Vibha Batra, author of 'Glitter and Gloss'

Vibha Batra
Read up, Interview with Vibha Batra, author of ‘Glitter and Gloss’. This howlarious book had me laughing my guts out. And the interview's super short too and just about right.

She tells us, how the entire book came about, how she relates the lives of her characters to lives today, how the lead character, Misha came about, the most challenging part of the book, the next book she has planned and much more. To the point is this author, Folks...

How did ‘Glitter and Gloss’ happen? Could you describe the journey? 

I’d just finished writing my first romance novel and the withdrawal symptoms – shudder - they were severe. 

So like any addict, I decided to get my fix. And Glitter and Gloss came about!

Fashion shows are a relevant part of your story. Gossip and pesky relatives too. How did the life there and its experiences play a part in your novel?

Haha! Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. No relatives were harmed during the making of this work.

How would you relate the lives of characters to the lives today? Any similarities?

I would have loved to say that they have all been culled from real life / they are composites of people, I have come across in real life. But then there’s the small matter of the disclaimer above. Ahem!

What was the most challenging part about writing ‘Glitter and Gloss’?

Weaning self away from the hypnotic pull of social media! And once the writing bit gets done, it’s the marketing. Sigh, it’s always the marketing.

What are the most fulfilling parts in your book?

I may be biased, but I kind of like ‘em all. :)

Which particular character did you feel most close to? Why?

Hmm, let’s just say, if Akshay came to life, I’d sooo be pushing Misha out of the way and be like, “Get in line, babe!”.

When will your next book be out?

End of the year. Fingers and toes crossed.

Which book are you currently reading?

'Big Magic' by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Who are you favourite authors and why?

Guy de Maupassant
My grandfather (the late Shri Vishnukant Shastri), Ruskin Bond, Bill Bryson, Nick Hornby, JK Rowling, Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, Helen Fielding, Saki, Guy De Maupassant and many, many more. 
Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Favourite poets include Rabindranath Tagore, Ogden Nash, Ghalib, Rumi, Jagdish Gupt, Shiv Om Ambar, and Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Why? Because you can read them and reread them and read them some more. 

You can  Read the Review, right here and Buy the Book, too.


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