Being in a wheelchair doesn’t stop you from achieving your dreams, Nikhila Chalamalasetty, a successful blogger (Nikki’s Talk) turned author is a great example of this. She has now published her first book “The day I started Flying” where she talked about her disability, her journey, and her learnings. Here is my chat with her:
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I never wanted to be a writer. But after college, I’ve seen many bloggers and thought blogging would be fun, so, I started Nikki’s talk. Just to add a fun element to my monotonous life. And later in due course of time, I decided to invest more of my time in this. After some time, I even got the opportunity to write a book.
2. What inspires you to become an author?
As I said, it was never my plan to become a blogger or an author. But when I got these opportunities my way, all I know is just to welcome them and put in all the effort I can.
3. Who are your favorite authors?
I can’t say. I don’t have any favorite authors, if I think the book is good, I’ll read. What’s inside the book is all that matters to me, not what name inscribed on the book.
4. How did you come up with an idea for “The day I started flying”?
When Nikhil Chandwani suggested writing a book, I don’t know what to write. But I know this much, if I can write my own story, it might give hope to at least a few people. And now, when I get a lot of messages from my followers, I think I’ve made the right decision.
5. Tell me something about your book?
‘The day I started flying’ is very close to my heart. And when people read it, I’m glad, they felt the same too. It’s something everybody could relate at some level.
6. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Everything. I consider every single thing I did to date is my best accomplishment. But the top one on the list would be starting a blog. Because that’s what made me what I am today and if I hadn’t started the blog, I wouldn’t get an opportunity to be an author that I am now.
7. Where is your favorite place to write?
Actually, it depends on my mood mostly. But my room is one of my favorite places to write. Also, anywhere where I can see the blue sky and feel closer to nature.
8. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I’ve never written any stories before my first book ‘The day I started flying.’ That’s what made it more special for me.
9. What motivated you to become an author?
As I said, I got the opportunity and I didn’t want to let it go to waste. I wanted to utilize it to prove myself. If I happen to know how to write a book, then fine but I don’t, I’ll learn. This was my initial thought.
10. Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?
Until a few years back, I’m not a great book reader that I am today. I remember my first book being ‘you can win’ by Shiv Khera. And I know it had so much impact on me. It motivated me so much. That’s the first book I re-read.
11. What do your fans mean to you?
of course, they mean a lot to me. After the launch of my book, I’ve got so many emails, Facebook messages, Insta pings that I’m surprised to see such a tremendous response. Frankly, I didn’t expect at all. I’m overwhelmed with their response and good wishes.
12. Lessons you want to give the newbie writers?
Just believe you can do. And don’t take criticism too seriously, it’s a part of life. Turn it into constructive criticism and you’ll do good.
In her own words ” This book is a contribution from her side to make a difference in the lives of a few people“. I wish her all the best.