Interview with Author Mousumi Roy
Mousumi Roy is an assistant professor in Comparative Religion at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India. She is interested in the study of Religions of the world. She is also personally interested in Spirituality, Meditation and the Art of Manifestation.
- Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Mousumi Roy. I am the author of the book ‘I’ Am The Key: Hinduism meets New Age in the Art of Manifestation. In my professional life, I am an Assistant Professor in Comparative Religion at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India.
- What compelled you to write this book?
I have been teaching in the university for the last fifteen years and have been writing academic papers. But I was longing to write something which is beyond academics, which comes straight from the heart and connects intimately to life itself. This book is an effort in this direction.
- From how long have you been writing this book? What challenges did you face while writing?
Interestingly, this book was conceived in a moment of inspiration. It came to me like a download, all at once. I had a complete idea about how to start, what to write, even chapter divisions, all in one instant. It was as if I could write the full book in one day. But, of course, the actual writing took a longer period of time. I wrote sporadically for two months. Then came a period of writers’ block. Even though I knew what to write, I could not bring myself to write it down. Then again, I wrote for three more months and the book was finally finished.
- What is the most memorable moment for you throughout the journey of the book?
The first moment of inspiration was really magical. That is definitely the most memorable moment. That moment has turned a non-writer into a writer. The author in me was born at that moment. The other memorable milestones in this journey are the day I completed writing, the day the final manuscript was prepared, the day I sent it for publication to 24by7 Publishing, the day the book cover was ready and the day it finally got published in online platforms. From start to finish, it was an arduous but very rewarding journey.
- Is writing your hobby or passion?
I always knew that I can write, that I have an author in me. But I never took up writing as a hobby. When I wrote this book, it was definitely a product of passion.
- Are you planning to write again?
I am not particularly planning right now but, in all probability, I will write again if and when inspiration strikes. Let me put it this way – when another book wants to be born through me and I feel I have something really wonderful and original to share that can bring light and joy in the lives of others – I will definitely write.
- Do you believe that when author dies a reader is born?
I have not thought it that way. I have been an avid reader all my life. In my case, the author was born out of a reader though the reader in me has not died yet and, I hope, will never die in me.
- For you, what is literary success?
My book being read by thousands and millions and bringing positive change in all of them – this is my idea of success.
- Do you have any piece of advice for the budding authors out there?
Writing is an instantly rewarding, therapeutic, extremely creative activity. Being able to write is itself the greatest reward. Everything else that will come out of it are extra goodies. So, write your heart out without being unnecessarily pressurized about the next step forward. When you have something worth sharing, the path ahead will open up by itself.
- What it’s like to be with 24by7 Publishing?
To be honest, to publish a book seemed like a long journey. There were so many steps, so many nitty-gritties to attend to. But now that I have come almost to the finishing line, I can say, choosing to work with 24by7 Publishing was the best decision I took in publishing my book. 24by7 Publishing understands and is patient with first-time authors. They are with you in every step of your publishing journey. They have all sorts of tools ready for you starting from cover design and back cover design to proofreading and inner designing to ascribing ISBN number and going for copyright to publishing to marketing – everything done professionally and efficiently. 24by7 Publishing is always there to guide you and help you in the adventure of book publishing.
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