“Keep It Simple Silly” by Anannya A Shetty

Anannya is a seventeen-year-old girl with a penchant for all things creative. From a very young age, she has dabbled in the various activities that fall under the umbrella of art and seem to have found her passion in the power and joy of writing. Fascinated by the complexities of both, language and the world we live in, she describes herself as a writer with a love for humanities, attempting to portray the kaleidoscope of human emotions through my work. Currently she is attending Sanskriti School, New Delhi where she is a student of Grade 12. She intends pursuing psychology for further studies.

Let’s dive into the interview with the author to know the journey behind “Keep It Simple Silly”.

Can you tell us a little about your book?

My book is a collection of my random musings and thoughts that I enjoy penning down. It is a series of poems exploring the various facets of love, focusing on the emotions and complexities of a subject that we all too often look at only in a stereotypically positive light. It aims to give the matter a more realistic view while keeping it poetic and whimsical.

Is there a specific event that inspired this story or was this an out-of-the-blue idea?

I have wanted to publish a book of my own from a very young age. So, when I finally felt like I was satisfied with my collection, I decided to publish it. This book isn’t based on any real-life experiences but rather an imaginative body of work.

What got you writing in the first place?

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. From the age of six, when my articles first got published in my school magazine, I have worked on innumerable pieces. Writing has always been a getaway for me. It has offered me a sense of security, a refuge from the world when I needed one. Having written, short stories, articles and essays all my life, I decided to attempt something different about a year ago, and there began my journey with poetry.

What was your impression of your first draft when you read it?

I was fairly happy with my first draft. While there were some parts that needed working on, overall, I was quite satisfied with the way it had turned out.

Which part of your story connects the most with you? Why?

I would say that the final poem in this collection, is the closest to my heart. It is one my best pieces of work till date and I like the way the poem explores every stage of the cycle that love follows. I am also fond of it because I believe the last line is something that every writer will resonate with. At the end of the day, it is writing that brings us the most joy.

What makes your book the one to read?

As the title it itself suggests, I am not one for overly cryptic, hidden meanings and my book explores poetry in an elegant yet simplistic manner. I believe that most readers can resonate with my work, the topic being something we have all had our experiences with in our own unique way.

What was the best advice you got while writing?

One of the best pieces of advice I was offered while writing was that it’s not necessary to force yourself to write every-day. A lot of sources swear say that it’s important you write a fixed amount every-day, but I was told that it’s more important you let your creativity flow in the way it’s supposed to. I really think this stands true.

Who’s your all-time favorite author? Which book of his/hers made you fall in love with them?

My all-time favourite author is Mitch Album. By far my favourite piece of work by him is Tuesdays With Morrie. Based on real life events, I believe this book is an absolute must-read for even those who do not enjoy reading.

What is your evergreen tip to the writers out there?

My most important tip would be listened to yourself and continually working on your writing because it truly does improve over time.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I would say that the last poem was the most difficult one to write, but it was definitely worth the effort because it turned out to be my best piece.

Do you have another plot brewing?

I have another novel currently in works. It is a romance-thriller that follows the storyline of two characters Maya and Jonah.

AMAZON LINK: https://www.amazon.in/dp/9395563923

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