We have been privileged to publish Anusha's Potpourri, so I've invited her on to my blog in order to get to know her a little better.
What do you write? Why this in particular?
I have an affinity towards flash fiction and short stories as they manage to capture a myriad of themes in very few words. Off-late, I have been trying my hand at poetry as well. As far as genres go, I have no preferences. I write in any genre that strikes my fancy.
What got you started on writing in the first place?
I have always found solace in books. As a child, I remember my aunt reading bed time stories to me. Soon I started making up tiny stories of my own to share with her. She would listen to all my far-fetched stories with the utmost patience. So I credit my entire writing career to her.
Do you have a particular routine?
I don’t have the luxury of sitting down at a designated hour to write because of my hectic work hours. All of my writing happens when I am commuting to work. As far as my “to-read” list goes, I catch up on reading in airports or when I am on vacation.
When did you decide you could call yourself a writer? Do you do that in fact?
On most days, I describe myself as a corporate sellout. I had never really given much thought to getting my work published. I scribbled in notebooks just so that I could put all the thoughts swimming in my head onto paper. But when I was 19 I sent out a short story and to my surprise it got picked up for publication which encouraged me to send more of my work out into the world. Over the past two years I have contributed to around thirty anthologies. Yet, I am not comfortable calling myself a writer as I feel I have a long way to go.
How supportive are your friends and family? Do they understand what you're doing?
I have an incredibly supportive family and for that I am grateful. My mum is the first to read all of my published pieces and the first to give a completely biased and glowing review. My father is extremely proud of me but he has read only couple of my short stories since he prefers political editorials which in turn I loathe. My friends on the other hand always have an undercurrent of bitterness running through their facade of niceties.
What are you most proud of in your writing?
I am never truly content with what I write but there are two pieces of my work I am proud of. One is a short story titled a Bloody Miracle (published in a “Book of Blasphemous Words” by A Murder of Storytellers) and the other one is a spoken word piece called “Closet Feminism” I have performed a couple of times in Kuala Lumpur and Bangalore.
Do you have any goals for the future?
Despite the time constraints I currently face, I have managed to pen two chapbooks this year - Potpourri (Chapeltown Books, 2018) and Rotting Fruit (slated for publication by Writing Knights Press). I hope next year I will be able to carve out time to work on a full length novel.
Which writers have inspired you?
I picked up Rebecca at a school book fair in the 7th grade and ever since then I have been devoted to Daphne du Maurier’s works. Emily Bronte, Margaret Mitchell, Joanne Harris, Ruskin Bond and Khaled Hosseini also rank as my all time favorites.