- First things first: how did you take up writing?
I would call it affinity, whatever I do and wherever I go, I was always noted for my flair for writing. I didn’t take it seriously until I had to take a decision in terms of survival. I wanted solace, and luckily, writing offered and still offers everything that I ever need.
- What was your very first attempt at creative writing?
My first attempt was extremely silly, it was about a stapler. It read “I kissed those divorced papers away and they fell in love, all over again!” that was when I was encouraged by my college hostel roommates and in a matter of 10 years, am here now!
- Where did you get the ideas for your stories?I usually travel alone, and I ensure I pay keen attention to things that happen around me. I try to see things in a different way. I observe things, I write down the lessons that I see, hear or go through. I don’t like writing real-life stories, I don’t find them interesting. So, I pick the lessons-learnt of the year and weave my story. And, it works!
- What in particular gave you the idea for I don’t wear Sunscreen?
As I said earlier, the idea is from one of my life lessons. The pain of betrayal hit me hard and I wove a different story with different characters, holding on to the lesson as the base theme of the novel.
- Do you have particular schedules or writing routines when it comes to your work?
I try to write an hour every day but I don’t force myself. If I don’t feel like writing, I just don’t write. I love writing when nobody’s around, so I usually write post 2:00 A.M
- A lot of authors are taking the indie publishing route. What’s your view about it?
To each their own, each type of publishing has its pros and cons. I am now testing waters with different types of publishing. Am done with vanity, kindle, and the next novel would be traditionally published. I would experiment self-publishing next year. To me, it is after all one life and having chosen writing, I want to experience everything!
- If your story got turned into a movie, who would you like to see star as leads?
I have not thought of it so far, maybe, Kangana Ranaut and Vidya Balan would be fitting choices.
8.What are your future plans for writing? Can you give out a teaser or two for your readers?
My next novel is “Dirty Martini” it is a contemporary romance/erotica. A novel that I am working on for last 1.5 years, I have scraped away and re-written it thrice to ensure it comes out well.
Dirty Martini is a cliché breaker on many levels. Firstly, my lead character is a woman who owns her sexuality and talks out loud that she likes to have sex. Secondly, the characters are practical enough to handle their lives better. It has nothing bitter/cry worthy! Third, the novel doesn’t shadow or demark anyone, they are just human and reason out that things don’t work as expected, and one who is not right to a person can fit in perfectly with another.
- Do have any particular authors who inspire your work?
David Nicholls, Nicholas Sparks and Devika Fernando are my inspiration. I read their books like bible! I love David’s word play, Nicholas’ relationship handling and Devika’s diction that elates a normal story to a different plane altogether.
- What would your advice be to aspiring authors?
1.Read a lot
2.Write and experiment a lot
3.If people ask you to improve, give suggestions, help you with book recommendations – hear them and reciprocate. If people ask you to stop writing – don’t hear them, no one on Earth has rights to say that! You can start anywhere, even if you’re not good with language – you can improve, even if it takes years together. Don’t give up, if you’re passionate about writing
- What would be an ideal gift for you?
A kindle would be an ideal gift for now. If that’s costly, I would ask for good books, pens, book marks, cute little handmade diary/notebooks.
- And finally, if there was a book you could turn into a movie, what would it be and why? I would like to be selfish here. I want “Dirty Martini” to be made into a movie, because, am visualizing it so. Peculiar characters, dual timelines, different point of views of the same incident, and many sensual and interesting scenes are used throughout. I am all the more in love with it!
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