About Mona Sharma
The author is a mother, an avid reader, you Tuber, blogger and now a writer. She is an alumni of the university of Delhi where she pursued bachelor’s in commerce. Her immense experience as a teacher has added flavours to her anecdotes. She had always been regaling her students, family and friends with funny anecdotes. She has penned down some of them for her readers.
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content.
Mona Sharma: Memories everyone has. But they fade away with time. To keep them fresh forever, they need to be captured and penned down. This book captures the essence of innocent childhood, through some funny and some very meaningful conversations I as a mother had with my children. I wanted to share my experiences with others, so I started writing and this book is the outcome of it.
LiFT: Why you chose this title?
Mona Sharma: This book is about the various conversations a mother had with her children.
So what better title than ‘Anecdotes of a mother’.
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Mona Sharma: My love for reading dates back to the time I couldn’t even read. Yes, it is true. When I was very small I would keep on turning pages of comics and would stare at them and giggle as if I could make some sense out of it. My parents would read stories to me and I would have a perpectual smile pasted on my face. I could hear the same story any number of times. This love for reading slowly manifested into love for writing and that is how my journey as a writer began. My parents have been the biggest inspiration behind it.
LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?
Mona Sharma: I love children and I have an enormous corpus of stories for them. I see myself writing stories for children in the near and distant future.
LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?
Mona Sharma: Marketing plays a very important role. It brings the writer and the reader together. The quality of the book should be good so that every time one picks it up to read it should feel and smell like new.
LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?
Mona Sharma: Children are God’s gift to mankind. They have a direct hotline with God. We should try to maintain their childlike curiosity, innocence, pure happiness and simplicity for as long as possible. We should also try to learn these qualities from them and imbibe it in ourselves.
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Mona Sharma: Apart from writing, I love teaching. I have made an educational channel for my students on you tube called ‘Business Studies Made Easy’. I love traveling too and write a vlog also.
LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?
Mona Sharma: I love to travel so I take to the road and start ticking off items from my bucket list. Sometimes I do gardening. It is very therapeutic for me.
LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.
Mona Sharma: Yes. I have a number of ideas which I am likely to incorporate in my next book.
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?
Mona Sharma: Be an avid reader. It is only when you have exposure to a lot many authors, that you can develop your own style of writing.