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Interview with Mridula



Q.1 Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
A. I am an old soul, who feels older than I am, funny, right?

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project you’re working on?
A. At present, I am not on any projects. Sometimes, I may come up with a collection of drabbles.

Q.3 How do you select the names of your characters?
A. It is 100% accidental, the name that comes to my mind in that particular moment, without any prior thought of it.

Q.4 What advice do you have for writers?
A. With my limited experience and knowledge, I would say, write from your core, from the depths of your mind.

Q.5 Does writing energize or exhaust you?
A. Sometimes both. Sometimes I feel good and satisfied, and sometimes emotions overwhelm me.

Q.6 If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
A. Never shy to write.

Q.7 What are the most important magazines or websites for writers to subscribe to?
A. I am sorry, I have no idea. I would say, read, read, and read as many books as possible to make your writing better.

Q.8 What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
A. The first thing I wrote was a poem and the readers interpreted it in so many ways that I never thought of. Then I knew words have the power to change thinking, even I can explore the creative sides of readers.

Q.9 Do you believe in writer’s block?
A. Yes, always.

Q.10 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
A. I read them. They help to know how I can do better.

Q.11 Does your family support your career as a writer?
A. I have a full time stable and secure job, so this issue never turned up. But I won’t take writing as a career, as I think I am not good enough to survive on that.

Q.12 How long does it take to complete one of your books?
A. I have only one book at present, which I completed in 3 months. The book has 14 short stories and a poem with entirely different topics, characters, and contexts. So a different mood was needed for writing each of it.

Q.13 How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
A. One and only one Still Loved Still Missed. That’s my favorite.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. I write within minutes if I feel the urge. Most times without prior thought of writing one, without planning the start, middle or end. It is like my mind knows it all and there is no time spent to think about anything. It is a continuous flow.

Q.15 What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
A.  I was awarded the Most Popular Writer Cash Award from an online website in 2012 and of course my book.

Q.16 What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A. Stealing and not respecting copyrights.

Q.17 Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
A. My publishers did that, I didn’t select anyone in particular.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. RK Narayan, I love his Malgudi Days, the stories always haunt me. I just want to know more about his writing process.

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. Pride and Prejudice, it has deep observations.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A. So far it was a smooth journey. Being a self-published author everything from marketing to promoting is to be done by the author, which will give a rough journey, it seems.

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