Featured Interview With Shelley Mishra
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh and I live in Shimla. I am currently studying in Loreto Convent, Shimla. My book ‘World of Imagination’ was published in 2017 and reviewed in ‘The Statesman’. I conducted a poetry workshop at ‘Schoolkutti’ in Thiruvananthapuram and the author reading of ‘World of Imagination’ was conducted in ‘The Reading Room’ in Thiruvananthapuram. I have a YouTube channel by the name ‘Shelley Mishra’ where I upload my poems and I express my thoughts and post my poems on Quora.com. My poems are also published in ‘My Corner’ section of ‘The Tribune’ I was born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and I am attached to both Varanasi and Shimla. The atmosphere of Varanasi is like that of the writers, many Indian writers hail from Varansi. Shimla, with its peaceful atmosphere and exotic beauty inspires me to write.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was fascinated by books at the age of six. I initially read fairy tales and as I kept reading them, I too realized that I am capable of writing, since my imagination is vast. I always thought that someday, someone would be reading my book just as I was reading this book. I lived in the world of fantasy where I thought that everything was beautiful, just as the flowers, trees, animals, grass and rivers look beautiful in books. I wrote my first poem ‘Little Raindrops’ at the age of seven. Since, then I have continued writing. My book ‘World of Imagination’ was published in 2017.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My current favorite authors are Robin Sharma, Shiv Khera, Mitch Albom, Joseph Murphy and Deep Trivedi. ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin Sharma opened to me a new world and I started the process of self-improvement. I read self-help books, these books written by different authors define the meaning of life as interpreted by different authors. My writings are inspired by my favorite authors and my teachers. For me, words said by my teachers become like quotes that I can remember for life.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
‘The Fear That Freed Me’ was released in July 2019. It is a self-help book that is inspired from the principles of mathematics. Every problem has a solution. Getting through the audacious rides of fears sometimes feels exhausting but also portends victory at the same time. The book is dedicated to my mathematics teacher or ‘The Extraordinary Teacher’ who constantly motivated a student like me, who was inclined towards History and Languages into becoming a person who wants to know more about mathematics. This book aims at providing a motivational boost to the readers to get rid of their fears ad know that fears are nothing more than limitations we bind ourselves to. The book takes the reader to a world where their motivation is on the high and where they define the definition of life themselves. The Fear That Freed Me’ discusses about the common major and minor fears we have such as fear of failure, fear of losing a loved one, fear of negativity and fear of separation. The concluding chapters are meant to provide a motivational boost to the readers. They discuss about the significance of following one’s passion, these chapters focus on discovering one’s true self, understanding oneself, getting rid of self-doubt and interpreting the perception of beauty. Your greatest fear does not bind your senses, it binds the pages of your proficiencies into the best book. life is the outcome of your creative imagination and the best reality.
‘The Fear That Freed Me’ is available on amazon.in/amazon.com, WFP Store, Flipkart.com, Google Books and Kindle eBook
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