What inspired you to start writing?
Reading. I was always a voracious reader, and somewhere along the way, it was clear that I was to be a writer. Although I took my time getting there, start with journalism, advertising, feature writing and content writing before I finally wrote my first book at the age of 40. So, it was the magic of books that very singularly was responsible for getting me to try to write one of my own.
What did you like to read when you were a girl?
As a child, I read anything and everything that came my way. From Enid Blytons to Roahl Dahls and the classics. I especially loved the Amar Chitra Katha series and must say that nothing was so much of an education into mythology, history, culture and the life of iconic persons as the AMC collection I had.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Putting one word after another. Seriously. Sitting down and writing is the greatest challenge. Squashing down that niggling sense of self doubt that says You’re not good enough, you cannot write a book for the life of you, is the greatest challenge.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
That completely depends on the location, the theme and the subject. For my first book I did negligible research because it was all about the life of a suburban housewife, which well, one is well acquainted with. For my latest, All Aboard, I did very detailed research because it was set on a Mediterranean cruise and I needed to be sure I got as much as I could right about every little thing I mention. I think the research took as much time, if not more, as the writing for this one. And everytime someone tells me they don’t believe I haven’t been on a cruise or to the Western Mediterranean I am overjoyed, because it means the research has been on point.
What motivated you to write the book “Karmic Kids: The Story of Parenting Nobody Told You”?
Karmic Kids was actually a very popular parenting blog, based on humorous anecdotes about raising my son, from the time he was born to when he was ten. I shut the blog down when he turned ten and then decided to make it a book.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Karmic Kids: The Story of Parenting Nobody Told You”?
The book isn’t a book only for parents, it is a book for anyone who loves a good, fun read. It is humour told in anecdotes, no advice, no preaching. Just a lot of laughs and some emotional moments.
How did you come up with the idea of writing non fiction genre book focused on parenting?
Well it is non fiction, anecdotal humour, and based completely on my blog.
Who are your favourite authors?
P G Wodehouse and Haruki Murakami. To name just two.
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
As much as I can. But more than time it is the effort of sitting down and writing that is important. One isn’t always working on a book, but one must write something everyday as a form of exercise for the writing muscle, whether a blog post, an essay, exploratory draft chapters, letters, anything to keep the writing muscle limber and in peak form.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Be a reader before you become a writer.
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