- Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am an author, entrepreneur, brand ambassador, student, coder, winner of numerous awards in the categories like social work, writer, coding, information technology, marathon runner, etc. I had broken self-esteem, harsh memories, self-doubt and constant criticism. I started believing that I wasn’t good enough and that maybe I am just another average person. I wasn’t happy with that image of myself and I wanted to become independent while creating my own identity with my efforts and contributions. I wanted to make a difference and I chose writing as one of the ways to help me make a difference.
- What inspires you to write?
I am a very anxious human being, I really fear expressing myself to people. I always used to fear what other people may think about me or if they will judge me and for that reason I had my emotions bottled up inside me. When I started writing, I had the freedom to breathe out my worries and feelings. I found out a lot of the people that read my work were telling me how they could relate to my content and how it makes them feel like their voice is heard. Comments like these inspire me to write and work harder.
- What is your take on plagiarism in the writing community? Any suggestions on how writers can safeguard themselves from such practices?
As a writer, we do a lot of research before we write or as we write. In this process, unintentionally we can reproduce some ideas that match the actual content. To avoid this, when you research, take notes in your words and write down how you understand it. Remember to give credit to all the content you have been inspired from. More importantly, write about something which is unique to you, your story or your experiences. These are less likely to be written before and they will have lower chances of matching with other content.
- Which is your favorite genre to write on?
I mostly like thrillers as you can work extensively on twists in the plot. Each character has a unique position in moving the story forward. I like researching for my work and for thrillers you need to research a lot for logical flow of ideas. I like trying out different plot structures in this genre.
- Tell us a bit about your writing journey so far.
I have started writing professionally when I was 12. From there I have written in multiple genres, published many of my works and have grown a large audience base. The journey was not easy of course, a lot of criticism and hate comments but I think no matter what you have to remain true to your ideas and yourself and believe in them when no one does. There’s a rough phase for everyone, I would just say be consistent with your efforts and believe in what you are doing.
- What according to you is your best literary work till date?
Truth in Disguise, a romantic comedy I wrote which is a short story is something I really enjoyed not only writing but even as a reader it was entertaining to read. I like that story a lot from an entertaining perspective.
- Who is your favorite writer? What would you do if you get to spend a day with your favorite writer?
My favourite writer is Anne Frank. I am a huge fan of her book “The diary of a young girl”. If I get to spend a day with her, I would love to take her to a coffee shop for a casual interview. I would love to discover how her thought process is like. I would organize a writing date, where we both look at things around us and come up with few pieces of writing. I would ask her to analyse my work while I analyse hers. I want to have deep conversations with her by a lakeside. I would organize it like a picnic, where I can understand her in her natural element.
- How does it feel to be an award winner for your amazing work?
Every writer craves to be read, understood and appreciated. Awards make us feel like we are doing something of greater value, we are contributing to the literature field. It feels surreal to be Best Author Fiction and Audience Choice winner, I am soaking in the feeling.
- What would be your two-line advice to upcoming writers?
Don’t be afraid of criticism and prepared for lesser reach in the beginning. Be focused on your vision and be true to what you feel.