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1. When did you start writing and what inspired you to write?

My father was the book lover in the family and passed this bug to me. He was a voracious and eclectic reader though I find that only fiction holds my interest. I have been reading nonstop for the past 30 years. And have been writing for almost 25 years. From school welcome speech to debates to news presentations at school assembly to poems and prose in my free time during my working years. But it was never a conscious effort and was more like a hobby, that I enjoyed. It is only in the recent past after a lot of urging and motivation from my family and friends that I have given writing a serious thought. So here I am.

2. Which books influenced much of your writing?

I started with Enid Blyton and loved the tales for the feel-good factor and simplicity. Currently my favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Matthew Reilly, Lee Child. I love stories with good word play and strong characters.

3. What do you think about Penmancy?

I was introduced to Penmancy by my sister Sonal Singh. I have to say I have been hooked ever since. I like the easy and open format and the wide variety of challenges. The wonderful prompts vary from dialogues to 100 words to 500 and 2000 word stories and different kinds of poetry, keeping it varied and interesting. I also love the honest feedback. I want to congratulate Rham and Kajal for their exceptional work in making this platform so engaging.

4. Which Penmancy writers you like and why?

There are so many writers whose work I enjoy reading that it will not be possible for me to name them all but a few are Berly Zephr, Rham Dhel, Kajal Kapur, Sonal Singh, Sheetal Ashpalia because of their taut and compact narrative style. They keep the readers hooked.

5. What advice you can give to fellow beginning writers in the community?

I think it is important to keep reading and writing every day; to see if an incident or word or an expression can be expanded into a story. Another thing to keep in mind is to look out for things you enjoyed or that inspired you in another author’s work and to see how these pointers can help you improve your own writing. I know I have benefitted from other’s work.

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