Interview with Sasirekha Sivalenka, The Author of PHOBIA: And, I know how to cope with it
Ravi: Tell me About Yourself?
Sasirekha Sivalenka : Born and brought up in Hyderabad I come from Orthodox and Traditional family with lot of human values imbibed. By experience am a management professional which always keep me highly disciplined and oriented towards meeting goals in structured approaches. Did my masters in Psychology and Literature which is a blend of my passion to become an author.
Ravi: What’s your favourite short story?
Rekha: Cow and the lion. The moral which comes along with us as humans all the time. Stick to truth and keep up the promise.
Ravi: The Best piece of writing advice?
Rekha: Ideas and thoughts come to many people. Penning them down only few does. As a person I feel more value driven publications should come into society
Ravi: Where do you write?
Rekha: I admire the nature a lot. I value the mythology to the best. Whenever I am happy looking at any picture or natures beauty, I list my thoughts and park them for shaping them into concepts.
Ravi: Where do you get your ideas?
Rekha: Mostly when I see people suffering and abandoned, I feel more about acting to the situations and make people think of others. That keeps me more occupied in generating ideas for sending message to the society
Ravi: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Rekha: It energizes me and make me proud when I accomplish my task, ( hearing from the readers they they got the message).
Ravi: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Rekha: I just started my journey 2 years back, Working on major topic from couple of months but it has taken back seat, (to be launched soon), whilst that took me into deviated topics which are already published.
Ravi: If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
Rekha: I prefer to also be child where we really do not have any stress and diplomacy required in life.
Ravi: What is your favourite childhood book?
Ravi: What are your favourite literary journals?
Ravi: What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
Rekha: I prefer to dedicate my retired life completely to author more message-oriented books to society
Ravi: What was your hardest scene to write?
Rekha: Emotions and suffering by Women , old people who are abandoned. The reality of life is always not known until one reach that age and suffer. One should have some learnings seeing the people around them and try to minimize the harsh treatments towards people around them
Ravi: Do you Google yourself?
Rekha: Yes, at times
Ravi: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Rekha: May take some more time to let this come out As am a budding writer.
Ravi: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Rekha: I am person who always feel that good feedback gives feeling of happiness, bad gives scope to improvement. As an author I prefer to accept anything and get along on continuously improving my publications
Ravi: How many hours a day do you write?
Rekha: Trying to make time out of my regular professional life
Ravi: What’s the best way to market your books?
Rekha: I am more towards giving a message to society rather than heading towards any commercial thoughts
Ravi: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Rekha: Two Books in progress
Ravi: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Rekha: More inspirational and motivated that how people perceive us when we bring our thoughts on paper.
Ravi: Tell me about your recent book to our Ravi Reads Blog Readers?
Rekha: This book is a compilation of various phobias, causes, coping strategies and interventions. Phobia is an extreme and irrational fear which leads to Anxiety. It is characterized by persistent and excessive fear of an object or situation. The affected person avoids the situation or object, to a degree greater than the actual danger that is being posed by the object or situation. If the trigger cannot be avoided, the affected individual experiences significant distress.
Thanks to Sasirekha for agreeing to this interview! If you know of an author who’d like to be featured in an interview (or you are an author who would like to be featured), feel free to email me at the address on my contact page.