Interview with writer Vishnu

Writer Vishnu, also known as Vishnu’s
Virtues, joins me today to talk about his new non-fiction book, Does True Love Exist? 15 Simple Ideas for
Finding Your Life Partner
is a writer, author, and blogger behind the popular personal development blog Vishnu’s Virtues. He is the author of
10 Sacred Laws of Healing a Broken Heart
and Is God Listening? 

In addition to writing, Vishnu is a life coach
who coaches individuals who are at rock bottom – helping them comeback to find
their purpose and live their best lives. Prior to writing and coaching, Vishnu
was a criminal defense and immigration lawyer.

Vishnu’s writings have been featured on the
Huffington Post, Mind Body Green and the Tiny Buddha blog.

Welcome, Vishnu. Please tell us about
your current release.
My current
book answers the question if true love exists and how to find your life
partner. It’s a question that I started asking after a long-term relationship
ended and I began my search for my own life partner. I figured I’d write about
what worked and what didn’t work to guide others on their own journey.
What inspired you to write this book?
Having been
raised in an eastern culture, I come at this from a different take. My first
marriage was someone from the Indian community and we had many many things in
common. I had grown up with the thinking that I would be with someone from my
own culture and this person would be introduced to me by my family. Once this
type of arrangement failed, I found myself in the deep waters of dating and
meeting people for the first time in my life.
I started
reading some books and articles, magazines and movies only to realize each had
their own agenda. All the pop culture was focused on selling people stuff
including weddings, diamond rings, houses and cars.
Also, in the
world on Instagram, Facebook, reality television and the Bachelorette, people
have totally forgotten what’s important and what matters when it comes to
relationships. All this stuff seemed pretty basic to me but it looked so weird
in popular culture and writing. I wanted to give my own perspective on this
topic from my own experiences and observations.
What exciting story are you working on
If you write
a book on dating, you have to finish with a book on happily ever after. I’m
working on applying all the principles I wrote about in my book to find Ms.
Right. Both in my life and in my writing, I hope my next book will be about
finding love but much more importantly, finding the right kind of love in my
life. I talk about how important it is to declutter your life of people who
don’t belong in it and people who are incompatible for you in my current book.
Only when you clear of your life of the people who don’t belong there, can you
open your life and welcome in true love.
When did you first consider yourself a
I first
considered myself a writer when I started blogging. Blogging at my blog gave me the
confidence to write and keep on writing. I actually enjoy writing in a blog
community. I’ve met so many writers and people around the world through my
writing. Although writing is solitary, blogging is more community-oriented.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I hope to
write full time one day. Today, I work in the social justice movement as a
community organizer. In this job too, I can use my writing and ability to
community to advance human rights and push back against injustices. I’ve seen
how powerful writing and speaking your ideas can be.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
For me,
publishing is most important. So, I may publish more quickly than other people
and do less editing. I am more interested in getting something out in the world
than working on something forever, perfecting it, but never releasing it.
Hitting the publish button quicker than most is my writing quirk. I don’t aim
at perfection. Instead, I focus on continued publication.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
Hmmm, I
wanted to be a teacher and mentioned that to my Indian parents. Their response
was typical and hilarious. Oh, a lawyer then! Lawyers do a lot of writing.
Their hearts were likely in the right place but the effects on my life were
disastrous. I went to law school, practiced law and found out how much I didn’t
like the practice of law. Luckily, I found similar work in the nonprofit world
where I can use similar skills to help people.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I’d encourage
all the writers out there to keep writing. The world needs to hear our stories
and our voices. Don’t just say that you want to write a book some day later in
your life because that day will never come. With all the tools available in the
modern world, we can publish our writing almost instantly and make an impact on
the people who read our work. Even if you don’t write a book, you can always
write a blog post! And several blog posts can be the foundation for your first
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Thank you for being here today, Vishnu.

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