Xlibris Publishing introduces Shrabonee Paul, author of The Musings of a Wandering Mind.
About Your Book and Yourself:
Please briefly describe your book.
The Musings of a Wandering Mind – a collection of short stories. : Inspired by reality, shaped with imagination, this book is just not a collection of short stories, but a set of introspective journeys that will take the readers into a mindful experience through the various stories.
The stories capture various human emotions and experiences like love, joy, humor, fear, faith, etc, amidst the stories and are narrated in such a lucid way that it seeps into the readers heart. The stories are enjoyable, thoughtful and heart touching. These simple yet beautiful narrations that not only seeps into your heart effortlessly, but gives you a whole new perspective of life.
There are 10 stories and pictures with a thought written on them that give a simple prelude to the stories. Each story is unique and capture a different emotion and feeling, so you will enjoy each story uniquely.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
Creative, intuitive, philosophical person by nature, I enjoy anything that is creative, challenging and innovative. With a blend of both analytical thoughts and philosophical perspective, I like to see through the nuances and perceive the bigger picture and the deeper meaning behind things. My writings reflect this nature of mine. I like to see the beauty and gather enjoyment through those moments or experience which often get overlooked, but bring immense joy when perceived in the right spirit. I like to adorn my writings with a dash of humor and affection, depending upon the storyline, which certainly makes them more enjoyable.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?
I have enjoyed reading the literary works of eminent Indian writers like Rabindranath Tagore, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature and other well-known authors like Ruskin Bond, and R.K. Narayan whose narratives are lucid, beautiful, and has a subtle humor strewn through the writings that make them so enjoyable.
What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?
Life is an inspiration in itself. If we just take moments to look around and live to each moment sincerely, we can find inspiration in a lot of things that’s right here around us. Whether we are going through a tough time or a good time, there’s a lesson in every phase that is teaching us something, if only we are truly mindful to those experiences. I tried to bring out this thought through the different stories, which not only has an interesting tale but has a deeper meaning or realization woven between the lines.
While I had written a couple of stories earlier, it took me about a year and half to complete the stories and compile them, to ensure each one is unique and touches upon all kinds of emotions and experiences , so that each story carries a pristine feeling.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
Look around, enjoy life, enjoy nature and value people and relationships. Life is a gift and it will not come by again. Make the best of now.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
I have a few ideas in mind, thanks to the encouraging words I have received from my readers who appreciated the introspective quality of my stories, which they enjoyed and desire. So hopefully I can publish a few more stories in the near future.
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
I have been suggested media launch and I’m hoping for a proper book launch and social media promos.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with Xlibris?
My agent has been very active in communicating the updates and giving shape to my submissions. I really appreciate the support I received from her.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Write from your heart and soul, you will surely cherish the results.
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