Author Interview - Amrutha from Chennai, India
I am Amrutha. From Chennai. Pursuing my master’s in Physics. I like to think I am kind and helpful. I like books, music, cricket, and physics.
When were you first bitten by the writer’s bug? Who or what inspired you to take up writing?
During my school days, I was in a literary club. That was the foundation for my interest in writing. And my granny and uncles write a lot in our native language, so they inspired a major. I took up writing as a passion in 2018; ever since then, everything and anything has been my inspiration.
What do you do, and how has it influenced your poetry?
As I said, I am a student. Stress and tension have influenced my poetry a lot. Other than that, reading books has rendered a lot of fiction in my poem.
As an author, where do you see yourself five years from now?
As an author, I hope to continue writing with the same zeal as now and improve a little.
Hopefully, I will release my own book.
How do you face Writers’ Block? What motivates you to keep writing?
I try to indulge in music and books to help me through writer’s block. Sometimes reading others’ work motivates me a lot. Watching my favorite shows helps too. My family and friends inspire me whenever I am down.
How has writing built you?
Writing made me realize many things that I have been oblivious to. It has provided me the joy of living in my own fantastic fantasy world created by my own words.
What are your Achievements? Awards, if any?
My work has been published in Mt Kenya Times and Silence of Style.
Tell us a bit about how much time you spend in a day on writing. Are you a disciplined writer or a spontaneous one?
I am a spontaneous writer who always has deadlines hanging over her neck. I write at the most untimely times, making my family and friends proofread it. I try to be a dedicated writer to regularly write at least a few lines per day, but it doesn’t come around.
Are you a reader yourself? What are some of your favorite books?
I am an avid reader. I like to read a lot which has contributed much to my writing. A few of my favorite books are Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code,’ Sudeep Nagarkar’s ‘You’re the password to my life,’ and Kalki’s ‘Ponniyin Selvan,’ Bharathiyar’s ‘Panchali Sapadam.’ I always have an extensive list of TBR with me.
Reading in the mountains or reading on the beach?
I love beaches, so reading on the beach.
A quote that never fails to motivate you.
‘Whatever tears you apart, Don’t let it break your heart.’
Coffee or tea?
A literary figure you would love to meet.
The list is too long, but always it would be Sirius Black and Remus Lupin.
New projects that you are currently working on?
A Co-author for a few anthologies, nothing as of solo now.
When did you write your first book/poem, and how old were you?
I wrote my proper first poem when I was 18. I have written before, but those weren’t good enough to think about.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to bake sometimes. I am good with crafts. So either of those.
What does your family think of your writing?
My family has been very welcoming of my writing. They encourage me to do more.
Tell us where your fans can get your work?
Everyone can get hold of my Instagram account - Imagesofpen and my miraquill account - Thebubblesplash. I have been a co-author of a few anthologies, which are now available in the stores.
Whatever you do, Never ever give it up. Things happen for a reason. Make that reason to bring a smile on a face.