This week’s author interview features Balroop Singh, a poet, non-fiction writer and blogger. She lives and writes in California
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Now, let’s meet Balroop Singh.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Poetry is always original as it emanates from the deepest crevices of a poet’s heart and I write from my observation of people. My pen bleeds the most precious emotions and who is connected with them is difficult to fathom, as most of my themes are universal.
When I write non-fiction, I try to delve into the psyche of human beings and my intuition and astute observation assists me to study why some people are insensitive, arrogant, prone to anger or are emotionally absent. I have written about all these topics, which are the most popular post at my blog.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Write more, read more. Take care of all those pieces of paper that you stuff in the drawers and organize them. Mothers who are too ambitious and self-sacrificing forget their own self and I was one of those who devoted all her time to her children. I never had any time for my writing.
I am only telling this to my younger writing self. I know if I were given another opportunity, my priorities again would be the same.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Recently I have read Where We Belong by Emily Giffin and really liked it. But some reviewers have called it “the most appalling book”. This book has such varied reviews…from one star to five stars! I am astounded by the uncivilized language some of the readers have used while reviewing this book, which deals with emotions and relationships brilliantly.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Reviews need to be read as they acquaint us with our imperfections, if they are honest and provide a learning opportunity. I like a bad review too if it is constructive and offers an in-depth analysis of a poem. Good review is like a fragrant breeze that wafts around me for many days, boosting my creative juices.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
There are many secrets hidden in my books, some of them so astutely that no one can find them. Some of my poems describe the people around me, they might get a message if they read and introspect. One of my friends remarked that I could have written about her life too and I showed her the poem that I had written about her many years ago.
Do you Google yourself?
Sometimes, when I am too tired and want a kick. It is nice to know that readers have picked up my quotes from Goodreads and shared them in so many different ways.
What is your favorite childhood book?
As a child, I didn’t have any storybooks and rediscovered my childhood as a mother. Gulliver’s Travels really fascinated me. The Canterville Ghost was our favorite ghost story, which we would read everyday.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
A child would never understand that something different has to be done to be a writer. My grand daughter believes that all grown ups can read and write well and she would be able to do so when she grows up and therefore doesn’t like to be pushed when we tell her to write a few letters.
As a teenager I would have scoffed at the advice of becoming a writer or a poet! So I would have never done much.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I write a book within six to eight months.
Balroop Singh, a former teacher and an educationalist always had a passion for writing. She is a poet, a creative non-fiction writer and a relaxed blogger. She writes about people, emotions and relationships. A self-published author, she has written five books. She always had a passion for poetry which evoked images before her eyes and carried her far beyond the horizon. She could see the visions of her own poetry while teaching the poems. Her dreams saw the light of the day when she published her first poetry book ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life.’
Balroop Singh has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling leaves and the sound of waterfalls. The moonlight streaming through her garden, the flowers, the meadows, the butterflies cast a spell on her. She lives in San Ramon, California.
You can purchase her books at: goo.gl/X1NEFf
Poetry: Sublime Shadows Of Life
Sublime Shadows Of Life is a book, which comments on life, its turbulent curves and relationships. It envisions people through the prism of poetry.
Poetry: Emerging From Shadows
From darkness into light, from despair onto the wider ways of hope…life oscillates between sunshine and shadows. Emerging from shadows is a choice, which lies dormant, which can be gently inspired by self-talk.
Link to buy: goo.gl/T5yM45
When Success Eludes Us…
Success!! The magic word that defines our dreams! The potion that intoxicates! The path that seems so tempting, so inspiring, yet so challenging! The chase that is ceaseless, exasperating at times, enlivens our lives…
Emotional Truths Of Relationships
This book will guide you how you can keep pace with embellishing your thoughts and channelize your emotions, which can be trained to veer into a positive direction.
Link to buy: goo.gl/1t3u2B
Allow Yourself To Be A Better Person
Do you think you are a good person? Would you like to meet your better self? Welcome to the vast vistas that this book unravels before you by highlighting the shaded areas that could never get your attention.
Connect with Balroop:
You can visit her blog at: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com
You can connect with her: https://twitter.com/BalroopShado