Interview with Daveen Nivedha, author of Burgundy Lipstick.
Book Blurb and Review:
Burgundy Lipstick is a poetry book by Daveen Nivedha a.k.a. a fellow bookstagrammer @daveen8196 .
It’s interesting how the poems were separated into various categories of poems but then subcategorised further, especially under The God of All Things Beautiful, the poems were subcategorised under the different Greek Gods which was deep yet made so much sense as to why.
I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t a fan of all of the poems, just because I personally felt that I’ve read so many poems at this point it just felt repetitive to me, however there are quite a lot of gems in this book and she had definitely put her heart and soul out for the world to see through the means of this book.
If I had to choose a favourite it would probably be Zero Gravity Love.
1. Tell me (and the readers) a little bit about yourself, including a quirk that you have.
A. To readers out there, I’m one among you all. I’m more of a voracious reader than a voracious writer. I was dead opposite during my childhood and that was when I started writing. At the age of 11.
A quirk…well, I had a goal when I started to workout about 2 years ago to hit 500 squats in a session. And I’m at 600 now with 200 in a rep! This is the quirk I’m massively proud of. Every other quirk is a childish cum wicked one.
2. How did the idea for your book, Burgundy Lipstick, come about?
A. It’s a funny story. More of an ego trip. I was reading a few contemporary poetry books. And took the wrong road of comparison and felt I’m good enough to be published too. But when the publishing process neared its end, I regretted the decision big time. Because being an avid reader I owe it to the reading community to not promote a bad or mediocre read. And I did not acknowledge my works to be worth someone’s time and effort. Lesson for all writers, never allow an ego trip to get in the way.
As for the book itself, I compiled my best poems still left with me (I had destroyed many), and when publishers asked me to email 5 sample poems, burgundy lipstick was one among them. I decided to name the book after the poem itself.
3. Are you planning to release another book anytime soon?
A. Oh yes, I’m currently working on my first fiction, a psychological thriller or psychological saga of some sort to give a vague idea. The plan was to have finished it by 2021 and release it in 2021 itself, but work life has taken a toll on me, and so has COVID-19. I’m hoping now to have the forst draft done by the end of 2021. I must confess here that burgundy lipstick was a step to test the waters among readers so I could improve upon criticisms and give them a good fiction with my debut novel.
4. Did you always know you wanted to be a published author/poet?
A. Yes, I always knew. As a child I was loaded with that confidence. Some feeling of having the universe on my side. But, not as an author. I saw myself emerge as a lyricist. I believed in myself even when the world was against me, I was still a child you know! And in 2019 I achieved that by way of a global music collaboration in support of mental illness, and the proceeds went to FEAFES, Spain. Never knew I would try exploring fiction writing. That came as a surprise for me.
5. Did you look up to any author or poet while growing up?
A. Enid Blyton is everyone’s childhood love. That goes without saying. But what pulled me in was the Japanese style of writing. There is a bittersweet, a melancholy that Japanese writers make us submit to. This is where I mention the author I fancied, Kyoko Mori as I read and reread her Shizuko’s Daughter.
Also, Emily Dickinson has been the poet I adored for the way she wrote on Death. It sucked me in.
6. Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?
A. My first lesson to all writers – never allow an ego trip to get in the way. Publish when you actually have good stuff, because readers give the most precious thing in the entire world and that is – their time. It must not be taken for granted. In return as writers, we owe them an experience, not a regret.
It’s a simple rule – it is never enough to assume ourselves or aspire to be a writer. It is more important to aspire to be a better reader. To be a critical reader is going to help writers a long way so they can add on to the beauty of books.
Secondly, the reading community is the most supportive one out there in the world of artists, and there is no malice intended by a reader. So when a criticism is meted out to what we write, let’s embrace it, for we dutifully owe it back to the reading community to work upon the flaws and give them something worth their time and energy. As a writer it is more important to welcome criticisms than appreciations.
Here I have a message for readers and reviewers too – stick to honesty. It’s how you can help other readers date or ditch a book, and this is how you help writers by telling them what you would like to read over what they have written.
Author’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/daveen8196?igshid=1071talc57wmi
Melina L. 🦄