Our 7th interview is with a young teen author, Adrita Goswami, who has already self-published three books! She wrote her very first book at the age of thirteen! I'm so inspired by this young author, and I am sure you will be too, when you read about her self-publishing journey.
Hi, Adrita! Can you introduce a bit about yourself?
A: I was born three months premature. My birth was a miracle as there were many complications. I am thankful for the life God has given me. I started writing from a very early age, but I didn't realize I wanted to be a writer until I was twelve. It marked a turning point in my life and gave me new dreams to strive for. I appreciate beauty in all forms and my surroundings also influence my writing.
Wow! That's amazing - a true miracle! And what an inspiration you are, to have found your passion at such a young age and just went for it!
So, what inspired and motivated you to write your first book and how long did it take from the initial idea to publishing?
A: I was inspired by the books I have read in my childhood. I wanted to create stories of my own and share them with others. I wanted to turn my dreams into books. It took me around six months to publish my first children’s book A World Beyond The Rainbow.
Have you encountered any challenges on your author and self-publishing journey? And if so, how did you overcome them?
A: I grew up reading traditional fairy tales so I didn't know much about contemporary children's literature and self-publishing. After connecting with other authors on social media, I learned many new things about writing contemporary children's books which helped me a lot on my self-publishing journey. I am a very picky person when it comes to choosing my book covers so I had to change the covers of my books many times.
What has been the most rewarding experience since publishing your first book?
A: It makes me really happy when parents tell me that their children loved reading my books. I think the best part of being a children’s book author is seeing children holding my books with genuine, radiant smiles on their faces.
What’s the best thing someone has said about your book?
A: A parent once told me that their child really loved my book and wanted to read it over and over again. It meant so much to me and warmed my heart. Lovely reviews like this motivate me to keep writing.
That really is the best thing!
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned from self-publishing?
A: The most valuable lesson that I have learned from self-publishing is that where there is a will, there is a way. I realised there is no easy path to success. Every dream requires efforts and persistence.
Very true! You really need to put in a lot of time and effort in self-publishing.
So, what advice would you give to other aspiring writers or authors?
A: Being open to constructive criticism is really important but don't lose faith in yourself. Follow your dreams and keep writing.
Yes, constructive criticism is super important and helpful if we want to get better.
What are you working on now? What’s your next book about?
A: I am currently working on a picture book. It's about a special tiger cub who goes after her dreams against all odds. It also shows how we can achieve our dreams while also being there for our loved ones.
That sounds like a great story! Can't wait to read it!
Ok, let's play a quick game. Can you finish the following sentences?
If I had never published my book(s), I would... A: I would have missed out on the joy of holding my own books in my hands and sharing my stories with people from different parts of the world. If I could only read one book for the rest of my life, it would be…
A: Anne of Green Gables I would love it if _________ (someone famous) could read my book.
A: Albert Einstein.
If I could only write one more book, it would be called:
A: The Art of Creating Magic In The Mundane World
What does ‘a day in the life of an author’ look like? Describe your typical day.
A: As I am a student, I don't get time to write in the daytime. I usually write in the evening. I’m more of a night owl anyway. I like to write while sipping a cup of green tea. It improves my concentration and productivity. My writing schedule also includes internet breaks for research and marketing. Hobbies play an important role in my life as they help me manage stress and stay inspired.
That's amazing that you are able to write and publish as a student. I don't think I could have done it when I was your age!
Finally, can you tell us more about your books and where we can find them?
A: I have self-published three children’s books so far. My first book A World Beyond The Rainbow takes the reader on a journey through Fairyland where the fairies live happily and lovingly. The main character, Iris, represents the reader in the story who is entranced by the wonders of the magical land. The book shows the magic of kindness, friendship and open mindedness.
My second book The Magical Garden follows the adventures of Eva and her pet squirrel, Chestnut, in the magical land called Vanessia. As Eva explores the land of Vanessia, she finds herself caught up in a battle to save her new friends.
My book Little White Angel is about the special bond between a dove named Angel and a princess. When the little dove gets blown away in a storm, Princess Olivia saves his life and keeps him in a golden cage. They soon become best friends. But Angel harbors a secret longing for freedom.
I am really delighted to share my books with everyone. I hope these stories bring joy and happiness to children and awaken the inner child in adults.
They sound like really wonderful books!
Thank you so much for sharing your journey and books with us. I look forward to more books from you in the future.
Check out the short clip below for some sneak peeks!