Interview: Alice Sharma, Writer, Author and founder of Vastra Aur Zindagiyan Foundation

Alice Sharma

Alice Sharma: Vastra Aur Zindagiyan Foundation Founder

At Sugermint Media, our aim is to bring to our young female entrepreneurs community some of the inspiring and motivational stories from the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

As part of this endeavour, we invited yet another passionate entrepreneur Alice Sharma, Writer, Author and founder of Vastra Aur Zindagiyan Foundation for an exclusive interview with us.

Who is Alice Sharma?

Alice Sharma is an author to 7 books, India’s youngest writer to write 4 books in a day at the age of 21 affiliated with INDIA BOOK OF RECORDS. 

She has also been selected as one of the “100 leading ladies of India” by the INDIAN NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION (INBA) . Alice has also been awarded with a national award “100 Inspiring authors of India” for her book longer than Forever. 

Apart from her journey as a writer, She is also working towards uplifting the unprivileged sections of the society. Alice is the founder & C.E.O. at a social work organization, Vastra Aur Zindagiyan Foundation.

Headquartered in Delhi, VAZ aims to uplift the unprivileged sections, providing them with clothes, sanitation facilities & education. It’s been two years now.

During the last two years of pandemic Vastra Aur Zindagiyan Foundation has worked enormously towards the welfare of the vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of the society.

Vastra Aur Zindagiyan Foundation reached out and provided assistance to over 1,00,000 unprivileged people.

What did you want to do when you grew up

Alice Sharma: This takes me back to the year when life gave me a chance to bounce back and relive. I am one of the uttrakhand flood survivors, the tragedy of 2013 that ruined countless lives.

I was stuck in the uttrakhand floods, I have witnessed life on the ending edge, having seen countless dead bodies and having seen countless families getting ruined in a matter of hours moreover, having seen people starving to death, I took an oath that if I’m fortunate enough to survive I would go back and make all the efforts to work for the unprivileged.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Alice Sharma: After my 12th boards, I was diagnosed with severe typhoid, I was bed ridden for a quarter of year, due to which I had to drop one year, that was when I discovered the passion I had for writing. I started writing blogs at first, which in the due course of time, transformed into books.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Alice Sharma: In 2017 I wrote my debut novel that was a non frictional piece, I got recognition at various platforms for the book.

But it was later in 2018 when I wrote my second book titled Longer Than Forever that I first encountered all the recognition for the book, I got felicitated w/ various awards for the book. That was the first time I first encountered the actual recognition for being a writer.

Where do you get ideas for your books?

Alice Sharma: I’d be honest if I say, my idea for my next book is always in my surroundings and the people I interact with. Everything and everyone around me inspires me w/ a new idea for the book.

How many books have you written?

Alice Sharma: I have authored 7 books till date.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Alice Sharma:My work schedule is hectic on the days I’m writing. I work for a stretch of 10-12 hours in one go. Now for someone who’s a writer, this stretch of time would sound relatable, that’s how writers work and that’s what our schedule looks like.

When did you write your first book?

Alice Sharma: I wrote my first book in 2017.

How do books get published?

Alice Sharma: Books are generally published under two categories – traditional and self publishing. The traditional publishing involves a publisher and a whole agency backing up your dream manuscript, whereas in self publishing you are the sole sailor of your ship.

What advice would you give a new writer?

Alice Sharma:The writers should follow their gut feeling, that’s exactly what I follow. Your gut never lies. It’s the best thing to rely on.

A writer should always be true to their own instinct. If you think a character would work? It would work. If you think a character won’t work? Change it. That’s how it goes. Let your gut feeling guide you.

Where can readers purchase your books?

Alice Sharma: All my books are available on Amazon.

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