Interview with Mehak Varun, author of “I Am Me”

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Mehak Varun, a writer, a poet, and an artist, is the author of three books – THE HUMANE QUEST(volume-1,2 &3).
She is born and brought up in Jammu and settled in Chandigarh, India. She has been bestowed with the ‘100 Inspiring Authors of India’ award in Kolkata. She has also been honored with the ‘Women Of Influence 2019’ award presented on women’s day in New Delhi. Recently, she has been awarded the Gitesh-Biwa Memorial Award of excellence for her article on Woman Power “I Just Need A Chance”. Along with her books, her work has been published in various international anthologies.

 

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A 1- My book can define me well as my book is titled – I Am Me. To be honest, even I am exploring myself and trying to understand myself in a better way. But, yes, I am someone who loves to live in her own little world that’s inside her thoughts and that world is only open to her and her imagination alone. I am a mother of 2 beautiful daughters who are an inspiration to my writings.

2)A compilation of motivating poetry can be found in the book- I am “Me”. How did the inspiration for poems occur to you?

A 2- Writing is something that makes me feel alive. I am sure there are many people who have a lot inside them and everyone has their own style of expressing things. I am somebody who will write them down. My parents have always motivated us to be ourselves. When I read stories about women suffering and specially the Taliban horror, I feel ashamed and helpless. This book is for every girl to realize her worth and to believe in herself. I wish every girl to be proud of herself.

3)Why did you decide to publish with Invincible Publishers?

A 3- Well, I mailed them my blurb and idea. They liked it and were ready to publish my work. I really feel honored to have my book published with them. Every segment of my book has been taken care of so well and every person is doing his/her job so well. I feel as if I am a part of their family and my book is as special to them as it is for me.

4)When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?

A 4- Well, I am a writer today and all the credit goes to my father. He made me realize that I have the capability and I can achieve what I want. I still remember writing my first article ‘Humane or Inhuman’. It got published in the newspaper and that really boosted my confidence. This was the start of my journey as a writer and I am glad that my parents supported me and pushed me to believe in my dreams.

5)What was the length of time it took you to complete the book?

A 5- Well, this book is really special to me. It’s a poetry book along with my pen arts. I have divided the book into 3 segments. How there is a killing instinct. And there is hurt and loss and cry, still, nobody tries to understand or even listen. Then comes hope, which she tries to build within her and tries to believe in herself and her capabilities despite all the negativities. Finally, she has the power, the power to know who she is, and the power to build herself more strong and realize that she is more than enough.
So, it took me around 1 year to complete this book.

6)What have you taken away from your writing experience so far?

A 6- As I started writing, I realized that what you think is who you are and you can really bring your thoughts to life. As the quote says- ‘Pen is the greatest weapon. I truly believe in it. If you write what you believe in, the pen is surely the greatest weapon.

7)Have you encountered any difficulties as an author? Please share with us.

A 7- I feel I have been lucky in this field. The day I started writing, I became more confident. The only thing which I do is write what I believe. When you write what you believe, it comes from your heart. And that can never go wrong.

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