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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Author Interview : Paro Anand, author of 'Like Smoke’ (Part 2)

Read up, the second part of Paro Anand's Interview for her book, 'Like Smoke'. In this she tells us, which book  is coming from her next, her advice to newer authors, she also tells us what she's reading currently and also her favourite authors, among others, Folks...

When will you next book be out?

Actually, quite soon, illustrators willing. It’s called ‘Two’ and is co-written with a Swedish writer, Orjan Persson. It is going to be a book like no other I have ever seen.

Two writers, two illustrators, two characters, two countries. ONE
Paro Anand
. Hard to describe, but it’s turning out 'wow'.

Also, have a few other projects in the pipeline, need to settle on one or two of them soon.

What advice do you have for the newer writers of today?

Uma Krishnaswami
Writer, Uma Krishnaswami gave me a secret formula which, I will now share with you. It’s called BIC.

BIC stands for Bottom in Chair – just sit down and write. And write, every day. Even if it is just for 15 mins, steal the time and sit and write. Simple as that.

Life keeps happening, but if you really want to write. Stop looking for the perfect time and place. You don’t need to be Ruskin Bondish up in the mountains. He is so lucky, but he wrote even when he wasn’t king of Ivy Cottage.
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Which book are you currently reading?

One is ‘Horrid High Back to School’ by Payal Kapadia (Puffin) and  another is ‘A Bed of Red Flowers : In Search of My Afghanistan’ by Nelofer Pazira (Free Press).

Who are your favourite authors and why?

Ruskin Bond
One all time favorite is Isabel Allende and other South American writers, who have such heat and passion and magic. 

I loved Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy, love the craft of Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth.

And amongst the kids books, I like authors such as Roald Dahl, Ruskin Bond, Kalpana Swaminathan and Payal Dhar.

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What else do you do on a daily basis? 

I work out, though I don’t look it. I love to garden, spend a lot of time with family and love to vegetate in front of the TV, but my secret passion is listening to Keith Urban and following him like a stalker on the net. 

You can read the First Part of this Interview, right here. You can also catch the Review and also Buy the Book right here.
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