Shilpa Goel is an author, poet, and editor. From being clueless about life to finding a purpose, poetry has been her greatest asset. Shilpa has compiled and edited five anthologies of poems and short stories about romance and travels. Her work has been published in eight anthologies. Shilpa shares her poetry, prose, and quotes regularly on Instagram and has readers from all over the world. She has been listed among top 10 on the list of 31 Modern Poets You Should Follow by NxtModern.com
Poetic Letters to God is her debut poetry book which reflects her love for both: God and poetry. Besides writing, she loves reading, playing with the crafts, travelling and being surrounded by nature. Shilpa lives in Delhi, India with her parents and brother.
Q1. What inspired you to start writing?
A. My failures and my inability to express myself verbally. I am an introvert and I needed a way to put my emotions into words, so I found it in pen and paper, if not voice.
Q2. What inspired you to write “Poetic Letters to God”?
A. I do not open up to people much. I write letters to God whenever I have something to say or ask. I have been doing it since childhood. And one day, I was writing a letter to God in the form of a poem and that’s when I thought of turning those poetic letters into a poetry book.
Q3. Why did you choose the title as “Poetic letters to God”?
A. It actually came to me on its own. I was looking at that poem and thought it looks like a poetic letter and hence, Poetic Letters To God became my theme for the book. So, I can say that the book is born out of the title and not vice versa. I had considered changing the title at times but my heart and mind approved of nothing else.
Q4. Can you tell us more about “Poetic Letters to God”?
A. Poetic Letters To God is a poetry book that talks about love, life, loss, and everything. The poems in the book are addressed to God seeking answers to the questions that keep going on in our head (I had once even asked my readers on Instagram about such questions. Some of them are also included in the book). The book is divided into 5 parts. I have always had this habit of writing letters to God and those letters are always answered in one way or the other. So, I thought of writing to God in the form of poems because poetry soothes my soul. And thus, the book. Whether you believe in God or The Universe or The Creator, there’s always a higher, divine power we all believe in, we just give them different names.
Q5. How did you come up with the idea of writing a poetry genre book?
A. I feel free and confident while writing poetry, specially free verses. I cannot publish something I am not confident about. Poetry broadly focuses on emotions and wordplay. I am an emotionally driven person and poetry helps me put things better on paper compared to prose.
Q6. What did you do to promote and market your book?
A. If I had completed my book last year or earlier, I don’t think I would have got it published then. My main focus has always been building a reader base on Instagram and that began growing last year only. I also tried to make them a part of my book, like by asking them questions that could be turned into poems for the book. My writer friends on Instagram put the book links on their stories and in their Insta bio. Their support has been incredible. So, yes, Instagram has been a great help in the making, promoting and marketing of my book. And with God’s grace, I have beautiful readers. They have showered so much love on the book and my words.
Q7. Are you writing a new book? Can you give us a hint on what it is about?
A. My next book is also a poetry book. It’s about ‘acceptance’, something that I learned over past few years and helped me become less anxious and a little more confident in life.
Q8. What type of genres did you read as a child?
A. I did not read anything other than textbooks in childhood. I owned a children’s encyclopedia. It was my little treasure. The first fiction book I read was The Secret Seven. I was 18 then. It made me fall in love with reading.
Q9. Who are your favorite authors and poets?
A. My favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Rhonda Byrne, Paulo Coelho, Amish Tripathi. And among poets, I love reading William Blake, Pablo Neruda, and William Wordsworth.
Q10. What would you like to say to the aspiring writers?
A. Make sure writing sets your soul free. When you love doing something with all your heart, it’s never a burden. Sit in front of the blank paper/screen and let ideas come to you instead of forcing them (unless you’re a freelancer with a deadline).
Q11. How much time do you give for writing?
A. It depends. There’s no fix hours. If I am approaching a deadline for a project, be it writing or editing, I keep aside everything else and spend days and nights working on it. Otherwise, I am a procrastinator and can go days without writing a single word. For the same reason, I made a friend of mine give me a deadline to complete Poetic Letters To God in time, else I would have surely dragged it to the end of this year. I try to never ever miss deadlines.
Q12. What do you prefer digital books or print book?
A. Printed books. I am a papyrophile.
Q13. What is your experience with publishing your book?
A. It’s been great. Before Poetic Letters To God, I had worked on five anthologies as a compiler and editor with Raindrops Publishers, so I didn’t face any problem in the publishing of the book. Bernard Sir has mentored me for the past 2 years and helps me whenever I need advice or guidance. He taught me so much about publishing during the anthologies that making of Poetic Letters To God seemed like a cakewalk. Raindrops isn’t just my publisher, it’s my family.
Poetic Letters To God order links:
Amazon India: https://amzn.to/2D9FVSl
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/9388259262
She can be reached at: