A children book from a child!

Moonlight Books has recently released My Fantasy World by Yuvika Pasricha, who is a 14-year-old budding writer. Here, she shares more about her book and more.

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Q: You are debuting as a children’s author. Tell us something about your new book My Fantasy World?

Yuvika: My book, My Fantasy World, is my message to the world. Writing is the best form of expression, I have tried to share my message of being kind, thoughtful and generous. I will be glad if everyone will read it. This message has the power to change the lives of many people who will change the world.

Q: When did you “know” you wanted to write professionally?

Yuvika: I was always a reader. I fell in love with books at a very young age. And today, I try to encourage as many people as I can to read as much as they can. Due to my ardent love of books, it was a dream for me to write one myself. Then, one day when a story written by me at the end of my notebook was read by my parents, my dad asked me to write more stories. I gave it a try, and I was successful.

Q: In your opinion, what is the hardest part of writing a book? Why?

Yuvika: Writing books is all but fun! But the worst part of writing a book is when you suffer from Writer’s Block. It makes me feel helpless.

Q: What factors are kept in mind while writing for children?

Yuvika: While writing a book for children, some things to keep in mind are: the storyline should be simple, well connected and relatable and the language used should be basic and easy to understand. I also try to add some funny incidents to make the story interesting.

Q: Are your characters inspired from life or are they fictitious?

Yuvika: Some of them are fictitious, while some of them are inspired by people I meet and adore. Also, as I was only 11 when I finished writing the book, I got inspired by the books I used to read at that time.

Q: What writing/publishing advice do you give to aspiring writers of your age?

Yuvika: Reading has laid the foundation for me and if any of you talented young people out there want to write, the only piece of advice I have for you today is to read. Just go crazy reading. Make it the sole purpose of your life.

Q: What was the book that most influenced your life and why?

Yuvika: I loved reading Geronimo Stilton books. I was enthralled by the beautifully crafted words and simple but very interesting storyline. Also, for me, ‘O-Clock Tales’ series by Enid Blyton was very influential. Every story came with a message.

And now, that I’m almost 14, I’ve read books by various authors, my list embellished with the likes of Lemony Snicket (A Series Of Unfortunate Events), Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries) numerous books by Roald Dahl and so much more! I’m also an avid reader of Marvel Comics. I’m lost in the universe of legendary superheroes created by Stan Lee. But I have to admit, J.K. Rowling is the best author for me.

Q: We live in a time when young people have numerous choices for entertainment. What would you like to say to children who may be hesitant about reading a book for “fun”?

Yuvika: True indeed. The children of today, GEN-Z children (including me!), have so much to do in the name of entertainment. Playing X-BOX, watching T.V, socialising through social media, playing online games, etc. With the arrival of E-readers, books have become more portable. To such children, I just wanna say: Try to read. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it. Its one of the best things that has happened to me. I’m sure it will make an impact in your lives too.

Q: Which is the next book that readers can look forward to?

Yuvika: I’ve started working on my next project. Being a young author is a great feeling and I wanna keep it up by doing as much as I can.

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