Monday November 6, 2017   |   Vibha Batra

‘My writing for all age groups perhaps stems from the fact that I am a compulsive writer. Perhaps it’s my ‘Why spare anyone’ approach’ -Vibha 

Vibha Batra speaks exclusively to Bookaholicanonymous...

Vibha Batra is the author of 11 published books, is an advertising consultant, poet, lyricist, translator, travel writer, playwright, translator and columnist. Her published books include ‘Ludhiana to London’, ‘Glitter and Gloss’, ‘The Activist and The Capitalist’, ‘Sweet Sixteen’ (Yeah, Right!), ‘Seventeen and Done’ (You Bet!), ‘Eighteen and Wiser’ (Not Quite!,) ‘Ishaavaasya Upanishad: Knowledge and Action’, ‘Tongue-in-cheek’, ‘A Twist of Lime’ and ‘Family Crossword’. She has also contributed short stories and poems to several anthologies. Her latest book to release is ‘Euro Trip’ 

You have written for children, tweens, young adults, 20 and 30 something, and senior citizens. How can you think and write for all the different sections?

I have a whole speech prepared that attempts to answer this very question. Short version: My writing for all age groups perhaps stems from the fact that I am a compulsive writer. Perhaps it’s my ‘Why spare anyone’ approach.   

What would you say your genre is?

I wouldn’t! Would like to try my hand at ‘em all. Except maybe horror. *shudders*. Hats off to those who dabble in that genre and make solo trips to the loo. 

What made you decide to write for children finally?

Euro Trip is my first book for children (Target Group: 10 plus). I love travelling, and I think of myself as a young adult. And the hubby likes to say, ‘Acts like one, too!’ So that’s how it came about.

What is 'Euro Trip' about?

The book’s about Rohan, a tween who goes on a trip to Europe, with his folks and a bunch of strangers. It’s a conducted tour, you see. All he wants to do is click as many awesome pix as he can. That’s because he wants to win the Summer Photo Essay Contest back at school. But it is one crazy, rollercoaster of a journey with loads of surprises – some nice, some not so nice – in store for him.

What has been the response to your other books? And this book in particular?

The response to other books has been encouraging enough for me to keep at it. Not that negative reactions would put me off.  As far as response to ‘Euro Trip’ is concerned, it released in late September, it is early days yet.

Which section would you be writing about next?

I am already working on my next. It’s a - wait for it - romcom. #yay

Which book did you enjoy writing the most?

Gasp! Pick one and dish out step motherly treatment to the others? 

What is the best compliment you have received for your writing/books? Which?

Okay, now let me see, how do I answer this question without sounding immodest? May I just say I love them all. So keep those compliments coming, peeps. ‘Cos I for sure intend to keep coming up with books, books, and more books.   

Bookaholicanonymous wishes Vibha success in all her future endeavours!

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