ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Monisha K Gumber is the new ‘Teen Sensation’ who has entered, rather created the space for New-age Motivational fiction for teenagers, particularly Indian girls. She believes in writing entertaining books that are profound and can teach today’s generation a thing or two about life. Getting popular by the day, she has about 75 k online followers and her latest video on beating Exam stress is touching half a million views already on Facebook. Her bestselling books are lucid, simple, relatable and have pictures (what more could you ask for?)
Q. Characterize yourself in one word? Real as in opposite to ‘Fake’.
Q. Please describe what the stories/books are about in one sentence. The first one Sick of being Healthy is about a young plump girl who fights her self-esteem and confidence issues to emerge a winner in the end. The second one in the series, Dying to Live is an attempt to talk about the burning issue of ‘youth suicide’ but is not preachy or technical. Here the protagonist gives a tough fight to reclaim all that she thinks she has lost.
Q. Briefly, what led up to these books? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with these books?
My husband forced me to write a book simply because he thought I was excellent in making PowerPoint presentations and corporate proposals. I was reluctant for the longest time possible as I did not believe that I have what it takes so I started with a book for teens thinking that I could get away with mediocre language skills. Obviously, it was much later in the process that I realized what a tough job writing is- whether it’s for adults or children.
Q. What has been your biggest achievement?
I can’t say for sure but I am getting there hopefully. Over the years, the meaning of ‘achievement’ and ‘success’ has been evolving for me but I still haven’t reached a conclusion.
Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?
Though I have always been a ‘righteous’ person, I believe that one can never pinpoint what exactly works. So, I never judge a decision by its outcome. All we can do is work hard and hope for the best. (there is a lot of stuff I did right but that would be another book😉)
Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?
I am quite active on Facebook and connect with thousands of my readers on a daily basis. I have also started a free Helpline along with my generous friends that has been a humbling experience for me and has given me first-hand experience of what the teens today are really distressed about. I am not motivated by increasing readership or sales but want to make a difference. And I say this with full conviction and responsibility.
Q. Favorite novels?
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and The Wimpy Kids series (yeah, it's possible)
Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
That I am in love with myself (is it surprising enough?)
Q. What’s next?
I am working on three projects simultaneously and I hope and pray that everything materializes. One is a fiction for adults for which I am looking for a top-notch publisher, another Anthology cum high-level activity book for teens; which should be ready before year-end. And of course - part 3 of the teen series.
Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?
I love it when young people come together to create something magical. I love your vibes, energy, and professionalism. My advice - stay grounded, no matter how high you go. All the best guys.