Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I am an author of a heart-wrenching novel called 'Written'. It's about a little girl who has been told her whole life has been planned by her parents and that she has no choice but to honour their plans for her.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My book started from a journal that I wrote into to express the trauma and challenges I was going through in my own life. The book idea came when I pieced together my own life by reflecting on fragments of my journal. It took 16 years to write the book because I was on a road to discovering myself. The book has been like a loyal friend to me and over the years has taught me how to be true myself. I wrote most of my book on the train to work and back, it was the only true time I had. In those precious 30 minutes I brain dumped everything I had in me and then pieced together my story.
What authors have influenced you?
Khaled Hosseini's, Kite Runner. I love this book so much that I have read it three or four times.
Arundhati Roy: The God of All Small Things. She writes so beautifully, it was one of my first literary books that I had read and had inspired me to write more.
Rabrindranath Tagore – My father used to recite his poems and it had an influence on my creative angle.
Maya Angelou: 'I know why the caged bird sings.' I could relate to this book, I have found that Maya's words of courage always helped me overcome my fears of pushing through to the end goals.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Tell as many people about your idea and commit to writing it. It may take years but don't give up, keep chipping away at it, little by little and eventually you will be happy and proud of yourself. It takes a lot of courage and commitment to write, don't be put off by when life gets in the way sometimes, you will succeed.
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