About Dr. Shalini Radhakrishnan
A doctor by profession, she is passionate about poetry. An avid reader, she loves spending time with family and friends. She loves to travel to new places as well!
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content.
Dr. Shalini: The poetry book is called “Catharsis” and it’s a compilation of poetry I’ve written over several years. It’s a mix of free verse and rhyming poetry.
LiFT: Why you chose this title?
Dr. Shalini: Catharsis is a Greek word that means “to cleanse or to purge.” I chose this title for my book because I believe that writing is a way for me to purge my emotions and to cleanse my soul.
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Dr. Shalini: I’ve been writing poetry since my teenage days and I’ve always loved the way it can express emotions and thoughts that I couldn’t put into words any other way.
LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?
Dr. Shalini: I see myself helping new authors find their voice and share their stories with the world.
LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?
Dr. Shalini: I think both marketing and quality are necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers. Marketing helps to create awareness about a book and encourage people to buy it, while quality makes sure that the book is well-written and enjoyable to read.
LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?
Dr. Shalini: I hope readers will be able to connect with the emotions and thoughts expressed in the poems and that it will help them to understand themselves better. It’s never too late to learn and grow. Also, it’s never too late to find love and happiness!
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Dr. Shalini: I love spending time with family and friends, reading, going to the movies, and exploring new places.
LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?
Dr. Shalini: I usually take a break from writing, explore new places or go to a random cafe when it becomes extremely overwhelming.
LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.
Dr. Shalini: I am not currently working on any new book per se.
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?
Dr. Shalini: 1. Read as much as you can. Reading will help you learn about different styles of writing and will help you develop your own voice.
2. Write as often as you can. The more you write, the better you will become at it.
3. Get feedback from others. Feedback can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses as a writer and can help you improve your work.
4. Use a variety of writing tools. Tools like grammar checkers and spell checkers can help you improve the quality of your writing immensely.