Interview by Unnati Shahi, Editor of ‘Newsfasto’

In the world of fiction, Soumya Doralli emerges as a storyteller whose words weave tales of human nature’s intricacies. With two books under her belt, ‘Hues of the Sky’ (self-published, 2020) and ‘I Seek You’ (Half Baked Beans Publishing, 2023), Soumya shares her journey from a Software Engineer and banker in India to a writer compelled by the whispers of her creative spirit.

Inspiration Strikes: “I Seek You” Unveiled

“I Seek You,” a poignant coming-of-age story, unfolded in the aftermath of Soumya’s first venture into self-publishing. Amidst the pandemic, she immersed herself in classic literature, letting the ideas for her second book take root. For Soumya, the beauty lay in the simplicity of storytelling, mirroring the essence of childhood thrills nestled in the Western Ghats, echoing her own cherished memories.

Personal Reflections in Prose: Themes and Characters

The characters in “I Seek You” bear the imprints of Soumya’s life. The self-appointed watchman, Dakappa, mirrors the nightly vigil of a watchman in her childhood colony. Pepper, the dog in the story, resonates with Soumya’s love for pets. The protagonist’s stubbornness echoes Soumya’s own childhood traits, while italicized reflections in each chapter mirror her emotional depth.

Life Lessons and Cosmic Connections: Messages from “I Seek You”

“I Seek You” extends beyond its narrative, offering life lessons through the lens of simplicity. Childhood, Soumya believes, molds individuals to defend the weak, become voices for the unspoken, and appreciate the support of nurturing parents. The message, clear as day, emphasizes that sincere desires, even when silent, echo through the cosmos, connecting the dots of life.

Behind the Scenes: Crafting “I Seek You”

Soumya’s writing process unveils a spontaneous journey. Ideas poured in during evening walks, finding a home in her trusty notebook. The manuscript’s structuring preceded the drafting, a methodical dance between creativity and structure. Challenges arose not in the writing but in navigating the post-manuscript world, with initial rejections giving way to a smooth collaboration with Half Baked Beans Publishing.

Literary Roots and Real-life Echoes: Influences on “I Seek You”

Soumya’s literary influences sprouted from her late exposure to foreign authors, with “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte leaving an indelible mark. Real-life experiences, from spooky family stories to teenage emotions, mingled with her observations to birth the characters and events in “I Seek You.”

Challenges and Triumphs: The Writing Journey

Translating thoughts to paper proved the most challenging aspect, a common struggle for many authors. Soumya’s advice to aspiring writers echoes resilience, patience, and the importance of embracing disappointment. The title, “I Seek You,” encapsulates the story’s essence, symbolizing the enigmatic ways in which desires unfold.

Words of Wisdom: A Guiding Light for Aspiring Authors

For those diving into the realm of coming-of-age stories, Soumya suggests reliving childhood as the key. To all aspiring authors, dream big, start small, be patient, and confront disappointment. The journey may get lonely, but holding onto the dream, honing one’s craft, and voraciously reading enriches the writer’s soul.

In Soumya’s words, “Read, write, repeat”—a mantra echoing through the pages of her books, offering a glimpse into the cosmos of stories she crafts with the finesse of a seasoned wordsmith.

By Unnati Shahi

Author of INDRIYANUBHAV by Griffin Publications Co author of books, YES, WE DID! by Griffin Publications and SHADOWS OF THE PAST ARE WINGS OF THE FUTURE by Rosewood Publications. Awarded with Rabindranath Tagore Literature Award and Bhartiya Pratistha Purashkar An aspiring Content Specialist with a demonstrated history of working as a blogger, content writer and anchor. Skilled in Extemporaneous Speaking, Communication, lyrics and script writing, motivational speaking, Singing, and Anchoring. Pursuing BAJMC course focused in Mass Communication/Media Studies from Banasthali Vidyapith.

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