Eshan's Special Interview Series: Ojasvi Rikhi
Welcome to Writer's Destination. Today, I am really happy to have a wonderful author Ojasvi Rikhi, with me for our special segment Eshan's Special Interview Series.
Let's get to know more about her, through these questions...
Q1. Please tell us something about yourself?
My name is Ojasvi Rikhi, am from Malerkotla, a very small town in Punjab. By my profession am a dentist, and probably first dentist to write a novel in romance fiction genre. By passion is doing many things along with dentistry, writing is one of the passions, which I recently gave a name by authoring a novel, “Antidoting Chums- a story of heart, brain, life.”
Q2. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Earlier I didn't found anything challenging but after it got published, the most challenging thing I faced was marketing and finding readers. I was introvert and contacting new people was always challenging to me. Now, am a different person than before.
Q3. How long have you been writing?
I started writing when I was 18 but those were just little poems. Because of my professional studies, there was lack of time and one more thing I faced was lack of exposure to the internet as I belong to a small place technology reaches here, slowly. All thanks to Jio.
Q4. How long does it take you to write a book?
This book just took me 2-3 months and some more 4 months for getting it published.
Q5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My curiosity to know about people and learning from their behavioral aspects, which I later add in my story by different means. As I told earlier, I was an introvert but thanks to my profession and my novel which changed my shyness to confidence, in this journey I learned a lot and my learning is my quirk.
Q6. How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
I never thought of becoming an author, and always had a thought that doctors write exams only. I wanted to become a research fellow or a civil servant but we don't know what is next in basket of future, which is very unpredictable. Suddenly, I got this idea, so, I gave shape to my writings and old poems and now the result is in front of you.
Q7. What inspired you to write your first book?
Newspaper! I used to read The Hindu, more I read mishappenings around the world, more I tried to write something which can give a smile to face of my readers, as there are difficulties in each and every person’s life. I can't correct problems everywhere, but my book can inspire youngsters who are so much confused about life, love, friendship etc.
Q8. Please tell us something more about your upcoming book?
My next book will be entirely different from this one and hadn’t started writing it yet. My first one is a story of a girl’s life and believes me it is relatable to everyone’s life at some part or the other, and I will keep this thing in next also.
Q9. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Yet I didn't accomplish much, but yeah, my book tells something I wanted to tell to all. And am not anymore an introvert.
Q10. What’s something you are really good at that few people to know about?
I am really good at doing root canal treatment, restoration, scaling etc. “Painting”, is one thing I am doing from the day when I started holding a pencil, I too want to organize an exhibition of my paintings.
I write songs in Punjabi, Hindi as well as English, so, I hope to become a lyricist also.
Q11. Can you share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books?
The best way is from my Instagram account, where am very active by name @author_dr.ojasvirikhi or by FB page by name Ojasvi Rikhi. You can get book “Antidoting Chums” from Amazon as well as Flipkart.
Q12. What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Writing can never be hard if it drives you, but yes completing a story is difficult and different than writing small poems or one-liners.
Q13. What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
I don't know about future but I can tell it's past in India and all credit goes to Chetan Bhagat. As in my teen days, I never knew What a novel is? And today I wrote a novel.
Q14. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I would love to read more novels than medical books and finding a learned editor to polish my writing.
Q15. Let me now ask something about myself, how was the interview?? Something you want to say about me?
This interview is very interesting to me. It's my first one and I would say your questions are what I always wanted to answer.
I love to watch movies, reading, walking under stars, painting, and of course doing my work as a dentist.
Q17. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
There are many names on my list. Starting with first, I would love to consider J.K Rowling, George R.R Martin, of course, Chetan Bhagat, last but not the least Twinkle Khanna.
Q18. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am planning to write a Sci-fi, fantasy and magical trilogy. But it's tougher than writing romance. So, I will take a long time to complete it.
Q19. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?
The biggest surprise I experienced was in eyes of my friends and family as I didn't tell them about my book until it was in my hands.
Q20. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Yes, a lot many. But this is enough for today.
Q21. Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
If you are an aspiring author be patient and keep writing. Do complete research before getting it published.
Getting published is a dream in every author’s eyes but be careful and think twice what you are doing? and what you wanted to do?
After all, this is still India, everyone is tricky here.
Q22. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would say, please give my book a shot and read it. You will definitely find it worth your 2 hours of reading as it's a simple yet beautiful one.
It was really a privilege interviewing you. Hope you enjoyed the interview. If you have any feedback please let me know. I hope I will get another chance of interviewing you in future.