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An Interview With Deepthi Ayyagari | The Author Of Love On The Everest

Hi Friends,

Allow me to introduce Deepthi Ayyagari, an author by passion. Her twitter profile describes her as “Book Anaconda” 🙂 She has 10 books in her kitty as an author, and we are sure a lot more are yet to come.

We are connected with her in regards of her book “Love On The Everest” and when explored we have found that she has an impressive spectrum genres cover by her books ranging from English rendition of “Gajendra-Moksham” to various poetries and a technology related book “The Fourth Wave: Evolutionary Technology to Revolutionize Money Making”…

Reading her book “Love On The Everest” is an interesting experience. You can explore it by following the link below:

It made us curious to know the author better. Fortunately, the things worked out positively and we got a chance to have a communication session with her in the form of an author interview.

Deepthi Ayyagari - Author Of - Love On The Everest

Deepthi Ayyagari – Author Of – Love On The Everest

So, without any further delay let me share it with you all…

Hi Deepthi,
Greetings…!
We are glad to have a conversation with you. Thank you for sparing some time to have a Q/A session with us. Your book “Love On The Everest” is getting positive responses in both commercial and critical aspects. Please accept our congratulations for the same and tell us something about it (the response to the book).

Thank you so much, Jiten. Several people have told me that they love the book right from the title. Readers state that they feel the romance is fresh and mature. Some have even said that they feel like taking a vacation in the mountains after reading the book! I wanted this book to touch a chord with the reader, and I am very glad it does.

It is a kind of cliché question; obviously, you are feeling joyous, accomplished and happy. Of course, neither this is your debut book, nor it is warmly welcomed by the readers for the first time. But, each time we are able to follow our passions the way we want to and getting a positive response on the course, we feel, inching more towards completeness. Do you think so?

Yes, very much so! Every book is like a fresh start. Every one of them is dear to my heart, as I know how much it took to make it happen. So when people appreciate, each time, I feel that sense of gratification.

Please tell us more about yourself, your background, your profession, and your passions.

My love for books starts from my childhood. My father introduced me to the world of books when I was a two-year-old, and that kindled my passion for books. Stories have always been an integral part of my growing-up-years. By profession, I am in the software field, and by passion, I am into literature.

What draws your interest in writing?

I am a compulsive writer. I am addicted to books. Nothing else compares with the high that I get by writing a poem, a story or a novel. I started writing when I was an eight-year-old. When an idea strikes, I can’t explain the frenzy that takes over me until I get it down on paper. It’s my self-actualization.

Can you tell us how the idea of writing “Love On The Everest” was conceived?

My first novel, Brinda, is an inspirational story about a woman who challenges people who get away with being evil because they don the robes of the socio-political elite.

This time, I wanted to write an inspirational story with a male protagonist. I wanted the book to be relatable to people who have a dream to achieve something; who chase it with a passion despite limiting and challenging circumstances in life, and emerge victorious.

It is not easy to explore the psyche of a character belong to the different gender. Of course, we live in a society and our real relations give us all real insights we need, but have you needed to do any research work for the male protagonist’s character?

I generally put myself under the skin of my characters–their minds and hearts. I think of each person’s psychology when I frame them as the characters in my books, and think of how they would feel, or act in the circumstances I am placing them in. That is my strongest guiding factor.

A lot of realistic information about mountaineering is there in the book. They are so convincing that a reader will consider that you yourself are a mountaineer. Can you elaborate it more.

🙂 I am no mountaineer. It’s just that I do a good amount of research. The book needs to connect with the reader at all levels. Only when there are hard facts to match a good plot, an engaging story is born.

You seem to be a nature lover, the way explored the beauty and circumstance of ice-clad mountain range, along with convincing exploration of some tribal traditions followed by the Sherpas, you have researched a lot about the same. Please tell us more about these aspects.

I am a nature lover, yes. Most of my books involve research to add a realistic backdrop to the story. I went through some books on the subject of climbing Everest, including, of course, a bit about Sherpas’ traditions. And well, I googled all I needed to know to make the book be as factually correct as is needed to make a good read.

Can you tell us more about your writing regime? Are you a method writer or an impulsive one?

I am a pretty impulsive writer. I don’t have a set schedule for writing nor rules to adhere to. When an idea strikes, I jot it down, and build on it when I feel inclined to do it. That’s the very reason why my books span various genres.

The book cover plays an important role in book selling, were you involved in the book cover designing process? How much?

Well, I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted the cover to look like.

Love on the Everest: Love Conquers Everything by Deepthi Ayyagari | Book Cover

Love on the Everest: Love Conquers Everything by Deepthi Ayyagari | Book Cover

I wanted the colour scheme to be in blue, silver and white, with the background as Everest, and the lead-pair in the fore-front, or on the summit. The designer got it pretty close to how I wanted it right in the first shot!

Getting your first book published is not an easy job. And, almost every author has to pass through a difficult time for his/her first creation getting published. Can you share your journey to get your first book published?

Well, I have always been a poet first, and a story-teller or novelist next. So, I wanted my first published book to be poetry. If I were to send a manuscript for a novel, I knew I would have quite a few doors to knock, but since I wanted to publish a book of poems first, the choice was easy! To self-publish. That’s because very few publishers, if any, would publish poetry these days. So I had no reluctance to pack the book in a nice cover and shoot it off to Amazon KDP. By far, Amazon is the best place for a self-published author/poet.

Every book affects its author in some way. How do you think writing “Love On The Everest” affected you?

Hmm, well, it has impacted me deeply. While researching for the book, I came to know how hard the Sherpas try to support their clients, at the risk of their own lives. And also, how people become more human when they encounter nature in its extreme. It’s wonderful to see how even ordinary people go out of their way to save someone’s life. It’s such a humbling experience to learn of such great people. Also, I researched into Arunima Sinha’s story, and all of it was very touching, and motivating all the same.

I feel that these sentiments carried over into my words, and probably that’s the reason the book feels touching and motivating for the reader.

Who are your favorite authors whom you love to read?

Oh, there is quite a list! I read several authors across languages, eras and genres. But these are ones I frequent more.

PG Wodehouse, RK Narayan, Ruskin Bond, John Grisham, Lee Child, James Hadley Chase, Ashwin Sanghi, Dan Brown, Arthur Hailey, Irving Wallace, Mary Higgins Clark, Rupert Brooke, Louis Lámour, Vince Flynn, Jeffery Archer, Alistair Maclean, Michelle Moran, Sophie Kinsella/Madeline Wickham, Jack Higgins, Jack London, and William Blake.

Which are the book(s) you are reading currently?

I usually read several in parallel, flipping between the books as per my time or mood right then. Currently, I am actively reading “Money for Nothing” by Wodehouse.

What are your hobbies apart from writing?

Reading is definitely what consumes most of my time, but otherwise, I love listening to music.

What do you think about video trailers of the book(s) which are an almost inevitable part of marketing these days?

Can’t really say much about them as I do not go by video trailers to watch movies, let alone books. I go by gut-feel, mostly. But these days, we need to move mountains to make a best-seller of even a great book! So I guess it’s one good idea to promote books.

What is your opinion about EBook readers and their impact on the generation overall?

What with everyone becoming hooked to digital devices these days, I think it’s a great idea. Ebook readers are a boon to bookaholics. They are easier to carry and you can load as many books as you please. I believe that even more people will get used to the idea of digital books as time goes by.

We had seen authors often explore something related to their jobs, especially when it comes to their debut work. Ravi Subramanian, for example, writes banking thrillers. John Grisham explores legal thrillers and so on. Of course, there are authors who write fantasy fictions or mythology retelling which are far from their area of professin. We just want to know about the reasons behind your choice of genre.

I got used to writing even before I chose a profession. I think that’s what kept me fairly liberated from sticking to one genre or setting.

Love On The Everest - Promo

Love On The Everest – Promo

In college, we used to have creative writing competitions. They were my great favourite, because I used to write a poem or a story based on a painting. Whatever that picture conveyed had to be put into words. There were times people gave me a random tune and challenged me to fill-in the words on the fly, and I used to do that. It has always been fun to make my brain fill words into anything, or about anything.

So I don’t look for an experience to link my writing to. Rather, I look for a feeling, thought or idea to convey, and then research the topic to make it feel like an experience 😉

Do you love to read traditional printed books more or EBooks?

There was a time I thought that the feel of a book cannot be substituted by digital means. But owning a Kindle changed all of that. Now I find it easier to read on my Kindle simply because I can carry all I want everywhere, the battery lasts long, and I can read in the dark without lighting up the whole room…

So I am good with both print and e-books.

What are your opinions about various social networks and the way it can be used to spread awareness about some important cause around the globe?

Oh, social networks are awesome! Something happens in any one place in the world and the news spreads everywhere in no time. The only thing, not all of it that gets popular deserves it, and the most deserving stuff does not get shared about as much as it should.

Did you grow up hearing moral and ethical stories from parents/grandparents? If yes, how has it affected your persona?

I got my first set of books when I was a toddler. My parents have read stories and poems to me from time to time, and that got me hooked to reading. I still remember turning the pages of comics and reading sentences I could barely understand back when I was too young to read. So essentially, I guess it is never too young, nor too old to read. The important part is to cultivate a taste for reading.

I am one of those folks who firmly believes that stories, whether it is through books or through an elder telling us, should be part of every child’s growing-up years. There is nothing more beneficial to the mind than keeping it open to the world from the beginning. And, to the right things!

Do you think that we are gradually losing the tradition of hearing “moral and ethical stories from grandparents”?

Perhaps.

Television, and then the Internet have killed the culture of reading books, communicating with people face-to-face, and attending drama and theatre to a great extent. Many kids don’t get to live with their grandparents now-a-days, unlike kids of previous generations. So for various reasons, they don’t have a treasure trove of stories at home.

I sometimes wonder how kids of the future can ever connect with the world of stories when people are gradually losing the aptitude for story-telling. It’s just sad.

Do you think it affects the social canvas of our culture?

This will be a very long answer, but hey, somebody has to say it!

I think it most certainly would. People who never read, more often than not, become closed-minds. And you can imagine the implications of that.

I hear parents complaining that their grown-up kids just would not read books. They are addicted to mobiles or the Internet. I ask them if they have ever bought them books when their kids were young. 100% of the cases, the answer I hear is a no. I ask them if they ever read books themselves. Again, 100% of the cases, it’s a no (except for some stray cases where some of them have read a few books trending the charts, or those of a particular author only). Most say that all they read is technology books. Worse yet, some have even told me that they feel sleepy the moment they see the cover of a book, never mind the actual reading. I tell them they are greatly inspiring the authors of the world to dish out more literature 😉

So how would you expect kids to read great books when you do not provide a conducive environment in the first place? Reading technology books may be good for corporate survival, but for the survival of the soul, we all need something beyond. Reading, painting, singing, whatever! Let kids think free… and choose some hobby that will aid their happiness and overall growth.

And oh, before I forget. Most people want to read only those books that will change their life, their career, or business. Why do we need to seek some materialistic gain out of every book we read? There is something to the fun and joy of reading, and that’s huge in itself!

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