Author Spotlight #15

The Author: Muskan Goyal

Muskan Goyal was born in 2003, India and was specifically interested in Music since an early age. It was in early 2019 that she discovered her passion for writing and started publishing on the online platform – Wattpad by her pen name – Marguerite Gibson. When she isn’t writing, you will mostly find her reading books or playing an instrument. The Beauty of Words, is her first book.

The Book: The Beauty of Words

In this beautiful book, Muskan Goyal reveals the various moments that we fear and the evils faced by us in our day to day lives, that overwhelm us at times. It talks about the peacefulness that friendships and nighttime bring along and how we tend to ignore them in our day to day lives.

The Beauty of Words, not only tells us about the beauty and the gift of words that we are awarded but also the beauty of life and the feelings that we experience in this world.

The Review: 4 stars!

I really enjoyed this little book of poetry – more than I thought I would, if I’m being honest. It was full of passion and shared insights into a way of life that needs to be discussed more. Goyal managed to create pages and pages of thought and emotion invoking magic that sticks with you long after you put the book down. She draws you in with her beautiful words, her mix of love and hope, and keeps you wanting more. I adored the flow the poems took, almost like the words were floating off the page. I loved that each poem had a meaning, a story or lesson behind it, they were more than just pretty, but empty words. Goyal’s work is relatable, tangible, and definitely worth a read!

The Interview:

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?

Generally, there are some feelings that we hide from others but there are some which we even hide from ourselves.           While writing “The Beauty of Words” I came to know myself more, not only as an author but as an individual as well and on this journey I realised some surprising emotions which were within me which I thought never existed. I think one thing that I would say about this book as a reader is that it truly helps you find your emotions as well as yourself.  For this reason, this collection of poem ends on the note of Self-Love and how it helps an individual conquer the daily struggles of life. Besides the fact that it is personally one of my favourites, I had immense fun writing it and just the thought of getting it published, made me excited.

How did you get started as a poet, and have you always written poems? How did you come up with the title of your book?

In truth, I wasn’t into writing poetry much. As an author, I specialise and look forward to writing in the Romance Genre and it was one of those writers’ block, which we all are familiar with, that I started writing this book. Whenever I feel some emotions are driving me crazy, I tend to express it in the form of poetry, thus venting those feelings away and keeping them at bay.  Additionally, I believe that struggles are a part of life but the one who never gives up even after trying is the real hero. As humans, we always tend to interact with our fellow beings but in these challenging times, this interaction was limited, leading to the feelings of isolation, loneliness, lies, change, new beginnings and even love for some. It’s often hard to express how these feelings feel because, in the end, they all overwhelm us. It is that beauty of words that made me express my emotions and experiences in those fields in the form of a poem and thus, I decided to go on with the title “The Beauty of Words”.

What was your biggest source of inspiration as you wrote this book?

My life has greatly influenced my writing style, poems and stories, however, I am mediocre when it comes to covers.

What were the key challenges you faced when writing and publishing this book? What was the highlight of writing/publishing this book?

The only publishing process that I struggled with, was choosing a book cover. I am highly grateful to my friend and an excellent graphic designer, Namerha for helping me out in this regard and giving me options to choose from.

Who is your favorite author, and why?

I absolutely adore Kiera Cass for her Selection Series. It just transports you into this new world of fantasy romance and the feeling of “Nothing is impossible” when you finish reading it. Honestly, after reading her books, I found my passion to write as well and that motivation helped me to be where I am today.

What are you reading now?

I am not reading any books or poetries at the moment but the last book I read was “A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks. I found his way of writing, unique, intriguing and unpredictable. I was so engrossed in that book that I read it in one go after midnight and by the time, I finished, it was already morning but it clearly had me on the verge of tears.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

When I am not writing, which is quite rare, you will mostly find me humming to myself and singing. Unlike, writing, singing has been my passion since I was 6 years of age and I truly love when I spend time practising it.

What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

To all the writers out there, just starting out or are doubtful whether to start, just go for it! It gives you a new experience in a new field and you never know, when it becomes your passion. There will be criticisms, for sure but instead of writing for the audience, write for yourself and everything will be right on its own. There will be writer’s block, I had one, last for 2 months, but don’t fear it because after passing that phase, your mind would just be a pool of marvellous ideas.

How do you handle writer’s block?

When I face, writer’s block, I always engross myself in reading something new or looking at anything from a different angle and tada! The idea is there at the door, awaiting you. In case, that doesn’t help either, I tend to go through my books as a reader and figure out what I would have expected from the story ahead.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

Good writing doesn’t mean pleasing your readers, it means creating another world for anyone, yourself before others, where you are transported into, after reading. Good writing is when the words force you to recall experiences, you might have forgotten and that’s why the feelings and the emotions incorporated in a book, matter more than the language that you have used.  It’s like keeping the best version of yourself forward to find the desired results.

Describe a typical writing day.

A typical writing day for me is a day where all I can see is myself and a laptop to type my manuscript on. There are no other chores that are behind my mind and my whole body is just devoted to writing, giving the best it could.

How do you do research for your books?

Usually, writers tend to research about their books but in my case, I always like to be independent and to figure out the plot myself.

When you’re writing an emotionally draining scene, how do you get in the mood? How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

Even when I am writing an emotionally draining scene, I end up crying at times, but I think it’s very important for a writer to feel that because until and unless they can’t feel the emotions themselves, they can’t make their audience feel it.

How do you handle literary criticism?

I believe that it always enhance that authors’ personality in you and help you to become a better version of yourself. While it’s mostly constructive, one needs to think that they can’t always please everyone and look at the bright side of their supporters and friends.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say? Where can readers find out more about you and your book, and are you on social media? Can your readers interact with you?

The reader’s comments and reviews always keep me moving ahead and wanting to write more. While there will be some, who will be there with you from Day 1, I can’t help but smile at their warm and kind gestures. As a Wattpad writer, I have always heard from my readers but I am new to this field of publishing in real life, so it’s difficult to say what awaits me in the future but I will surely give it my best and make it a dream come true experience. As a person, I have always been friendly, to the people I know as well as to my audience. I always check their Instagram DM’s and make sure to reply back for their heartfelt wishes.

They are always free to contact me on my Instagram or Wattpad – Marguerite Gibson and get a chance to know more about me or my book. Further, I have set up an Amazon Author Central and I’ll make sure to post about the updates and other offers from time to time in the near future as well. I hope that this experience would be a memorable one and it would encourage me to write more, maybe not poetry next time, but still, to grow as a writer and make an ever-lasting impact with my writing.

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