Author Q & A with Miss Anusha Devi Harish
Quote from your Book | Favorite Quote I saw in the news that stretching away for acres and miles, Schedoty was a paradise now turned into a battlefield between the oppressors and the oppressed. The city that was once a land of florets and everything worthwhile, now revealed only abhorrence and bloodshed. Hundreds and thousands of wild cavalrymen were racing on the spot of bomb blasts towards the nemesis they didn’t see coming. Crying for help in selfish interests and greed for triumph, hearts of thousands of humans quickly pacing, it was a sight of carnage and galumph. The news reporter was giving a detailed report about those dead and the injured in the hospitals. Many lives lost never to return back to the planet, whilst the rest lying in this burnt city with wounds and scars that were either heroic or mere cowardly marks. Pity. Some were a gannet for conquest and the rest were wiped out stars. In the city of Schedoty, the sun had set to never rise and the brink of dawn would never be seen again.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to become a writer and a photographer with a lot of opportunities to travel the world.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was twenty-two years old when I wrote my first book.
How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
I always wanted to become an author. It was my dream. But I had other reasons to write my first novel. It was supposed to be a graduation present for a dear friend.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I think I blend in a poetic language into my writings even if what I write is fiction. I enjoy poetry so I try to incorporate that style into my writings.
Do you like to create books for adults, youth and/or children? and Why?
I write for myself, to be honest. But I think they are targeted at adults and youth. I don’t think children would remotely understand my writings.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written two books so far. My debut novel titled A Bizarre Captive’s Diary is already published. My second book is in the process of getting published. I love both my books dearly since both are quite personal to me. However, I like my second book a little more than my first.
How long does it take you to write a book?
That depends on what kind of book I am writing. My first novel took me around 3 months to write while I finished the draft of my 2nd novel in just a week. I think the duration to finish a book depends on my state of mind.
Could you describe the mundane details of writing: How many hours a day to you devote to writing? Do you write a draft on paper or at a keyboard (typewriter or computer)?
I devote around two to three hours a day to write. The draft goes into a paper first and then I type it on a keyboard.
What does your family think of your writing?
My family doesn’t read that much but they took the effort to read my book. They had a lot of positive things to say which was very encouraging. My uncle had some comments too which have helped me improve as a writer. I can’t thank him enough for introducing me to literature.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I go on runs, listen to music for long hours, read books or photograph.
What do you think makes a good story?
Interesting characters, a good plot line, command over language, well-written settings, quality writing style and anything which the reader can connect with makes a good story
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating/writing your books?
Nothing in particular. I always end up surprising myself with something or the other when I write.
What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
I like to read, rather love authors like Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Albert Camus, Jean Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche and Ayn Rand. Books like but not limited to, The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and punishment, Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories and poems, Kafka’s letter and The Stranger by Albert Camus have had a strong influence on me.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I hear from my readers. Yes. They had good things to say about my story, my writing style and the characters of my first book. Some also had suggestions on where I could improve. My second novel, however, has received far more positive response when people read the excerpts. It was nice when they told me they could connect with my writings.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I am a silent observer and I spend a lot of time in my room in isolation. That’s where I get the ideas for my books.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they
Read a lot. When you read, you grow and in effect, you become a better writer. Be dedicated, work hard, be honest to your writings rather than being phony and don’t give up. Believe in yourself.
Do you meet your readers at book signings, conventions, or similar events?
Yes. I meet my readers at book signings and other occasions. It’s always great and encouraging to meet people who show interest in my book.
Tell us about your most recent book?
My most recent book which is my second book deals with love, friendship, relationship, fear of commitment, polyamory, monogamy, unrequited love, getting cheated, second chances and 21st century hook up culture.
My third novel which I am currently working on revolves around the Syrian refugee crisis.
What’s more important: characters or plot?
I think both are equally important. A good story has to have both. One compliments the other.
How do books get published?
After putting in hard work, dedication, and a lot of attention to the story a book is written. Publishing is done either through traditional publishing houses or self-publishing mode. The former takes a lot more time than the latter.
Do you write every single day?
Well, almost every single day. Yes. But I also go through writer’s block sometimes from which I try to recover as quickly I can, mostly by reading books.
Ballpoint, uniball or fountain pen?
Any writing rituals?
Nothing in particular
What’s the worst job you’ve had?
I don’t recall anything as my worst job. I have always enjoyed what I have done.
Tell us some more about your book/s.
My debut novel A Bizarre Captive’s Diary leaned towards a darker writing style. The book dealt with existentialism, nihilism, religious fundamentalism, schizophrenia, sanity, insanity and finding real in the unreal.
My second book, however, is a light read as it is a romantic fiction. It deals with love, fear of commitment, relationships, polyamory, monogamy, second chances and how experiences shape a person’s perspectives towards love.
Are you planning to adapt any of your stories to the screen?
If I got a chance then I would totally adapt my second novel to the screen. Absolutely, with no second thoughts.
How hard is it to establish and maintain a career in writing?
I think it’s quite hard since a lot of people take up writing and seek their entry into the market. Everyone is quite competitive and it takes a great deal of energy and time to establish and maintain a career in writing. The money is also not enough most of the time.
Any last thoughts for our readers?
Please judge a book independently and not in relation to who the author is or what the author has written before. And this is applicable to all art form and not just to books anyway