‘You have not failed until you accept your failure.’….. This is the belief of a person who penned down the novel “A WALK IN THE RAIN”. Yes, we are talking about author Udai Yadla. He joined us in our latest chit chat session. Check out what he said
1) Welcome Udai. It a pleasure to have you on this platform of Indiacafe24.com. Our readers would surely want to have a sneak peak on your background. Kindly share a brief about you, your education and your family.
Thank you for your invitation. It’s nice to have an interaction with you.
Well, I’m a simple man with extraordinary dreams. I’m not modest in my dreams. I dream really big, and I do everything I can to achieve it. I may face failures, but that won’t stop me from trying. ‘You have not failed until you accept your failure.’ – That’s what I believe. Coming to education, I did my engineering graduation merely to fulfill my mother’s goal.
And family is a real asset to me. My mother – who bore all the pain, but wore a smile, just to make me smile. My father – who didn’t have any plans for himself, but to make me successful. My brother – who never compared my privileges with his, but only proud of my accomplishments. My wife – who never made me feel guilty for not paying enough attention to her, owing to my writing commitments. And two sweet kids, a boy and a girl, who are a real stress buster for me. What else do you need, huh?
2) Which Indian authors inspired you the most?
Ashwin Sanghi and Amish Tripati. No, it’s not the genre that inspired me, but their persistence on their goals. They were not a success from the go. They struggled a lot, but never gave up. They believed in themselves.
3) Do you have any connection with the story of ‘A walk in the Rain’ in your personal life?
Well, the story does not have any connection with my personal life, but inspired from a thought that relates to my life. I had a very close friend during my primary schooling, who parted with me abruptly. I wondered how her memories, after decades, remained fresh as a flower. I wanted to explore the depth of friendship and love, which inspired me to write this book.
4) What did you think about romantic Novel and its popularity in market? Which genre is your favorite and why?
Romance novels are really monopolizing the readership in the present book world. The current generation youngsters are stressed up in the relentless race of life; may it be education or career. They form the major chunk of the reading population. The romance novels ease them with some breezy read. My favorite genre is thriller and suspense which tickles the brain.
5) How you got addicted towards writing world?
Maybe that was within me since my birth.
6) Who is the one who for the first time noticed the spark in you to become an author?
All my friends for whom I had helped with love letters for their girlfriends appreciated my imaginative skills and my writing talent. Some even suggested me to write a book. But the first person who suggested me consider writing as a profession was my English teacher – Jaslene.
7) Which character of your Novel ‘A walk in the Rain’ is your favorite and why?
Saloni. No doubt about that. Although the story is based on Sunny, the story is driven by Saloni. She is an embodiment of women power. She is an amalgamation of beauty and intelligence. She is an epitome of resilience and courage. A person who does not lose hope even in hopeless situation.
8) The conflict between the publishers and authors is very common. Have you faced such problem while finding publisher for your books?
Faced a lot. I guess except the lucky few, all the first time authors do face it. Writing the right stuff alone is not enough: finding the right person to represent you is important. My love for writing keeps me going. I had faced many failures. But when you treat your failures as lessons, you can never fail.
9) When did you first realize that you can too be an author?
I don’t remember when I thought I can be an author, but I do remember when I thought I will be an author. It was when I decided to write my first book. I knew that it was very hectic amid my exhausting official and personal commitments. But I decided, it’s now or never.
10) What are your other passions in life?
Apart from writing, it’s movies and cricket. I also like archery and shooting.
11) What are your future plans – ?
My future plan is to make writing my full time career in few years. I do have a desire to write motivational stuff.
12) What next in pipeline and of what genre?
My next novel which is a book of anthology is almost complete. My third book which is in progress is a psychological thriller.
13) Define Udai Yadla the author in one line?
A dreamer who does not hesitate to dream ridiculously big.