INTERVEIW WITH SAUMYA MATHUROctober 30, 2019
Author’s Background:The Author, Saumya Mathur was born on 25th October 2004, being 14 years of age is one of the youngest rising writers of India. He is an aspiring author and determined to take up his passion, writing as a career with Won’t Let You Go, Won’t Let You Down being his debut novel. He is from Firozabad near Agra, which landmarks the seventh wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh the most populous state of India. His family runs a business headed by his father V K Mathur. He currently attends a Christian school in Firozabad, his hometown. He had achievements in subject of Englishand grammar, which had indeed increased his confidence and made his dream stronger. His novel comes from experiences he had seen or heard of. However, some of the episodes are his real ones.
Neel Preet: First of all, Big Congratulations on your latest published book, “Won’t Let You Go, Won’t Let You Down” Saumya! What responses are you getting from this book of yours? Please share your experience about this book.
Saumya Mathur: Thank you, Neel. I’m a newbie author and new in the business here. So, it’ll take time for the book to reach out to the potential readers out there. But, a few of the readers, who are mostly somehow related to me have found the book great work. The few reviews it has are all positive.
Neel Preet: I’ve read your book and I found out that it’s a “Teenage Romantic Novel” so my next question to you is that what inspired you to write this book? What was the impetus behind this work of yours?
Saumya Mathur: I had been into writing as early as grade five. But I started this book in March 2019 and it took five months till the final draft.
The impetus behind this book was my passion, passion for writing. As a writer, you always feel that nobody will like your work. I too faced the same thing. Some people even said that writing cannot be a career and that what I was doing was just wastage of time. This discouragement more step towards my ambition.
Neel Preet: You have written about the fictional character Steffer, a fifteen years old teenage boy and about his experiences in the academy so, what made you choose this character to be the lead in your plot?
Saumya Mathur: Steffer is not any extraordinary character. Somehow, Somewhere We’ve seen a Steffer. A not –so-social guy, a loyal friend, We’ve seen that character, that guy, in our real lives. If you dig deep into his character, you’ll find that he represents a real guy. He faces the same adventure, same problems, same joy that a common teenager of 15 faces. He is ordinary. And that’s what is relatable, which makes him the lead character.
Neel Preet: These days, we are not just getting to read a lot of teenage romantic stories but also getting to watch a lot of teenage romantic movies. So, while writing this book what was your mind-set? Is it based on any particular experience of yours?
Saumya Mathur: The plot and storyline of Won’t Let You Go, Won’t Let You Down is realistic, which many readers search for in a book. Even when they’re reading about any other culture or tradition, they look out for similarities of that culture with their own ones. Keeping this in mind, we can safely say that this book will cover many readers and interest them, which is just as same as my mindset was – to cover a large section of teenagers.
Neel Preet: Reading the narrative, character and the plot of this book, I’m greatly impressed and I want you to explain us, your version of how this book will amuse the readers and stand up to their expectations.
Saumya Mathur: As I said, this book will cover a wide section of people with its realistic storyline, plot, events and characters. Stories in which you can see a bit of yourself or your happenings become your favourite just like this book will.
Neel Preet: Saumya your writing seemed to be really impeccable and you were bold with your writings in your book, which I really appreciate.So next, I want you to tell us about some of those writers, who had inspired you and whom you follow!
Saumya Mathur: Thanks! Some of the writers who had inspired me are first of all, J K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. I loved them. Even my interest in novels began from there. Second is Gillian Flynn. I loved her Gone Girl. Then come Sean Platt and David W Wright. And then I’ve read a few works of some other writers as well.
Neel Preet: Is there any message which you would like to convey to your readers? Or any piece of advice, which you would like to give to the readers out there!
Saumya Mathur: As a writer, I can only convey this one thing: this was my first work and do let me know your views. They can help me get better regardless of whether they’re negative or positive.
Neel Preet: Are there any other books being worked by you? Please let us know about your future projects.
Saumya Mathur: Oh yes! I’m currently working on a crime thriller novel. I’m obviously going to continue writing alongside my academic studies.
Neel Preet: Thank you so much for answering all my questions. All the very best to you for future and your book too!
Saumya Mathur: Thank You! It was wonderful experience for me too.