Mahtab Narsimhan

Frequently asked Questions

Frequently asked Questions

What are you working on now?
I’m working on a couple of projects – a science fiction/fantasy middle-grade series and a picture book.

Will there be a sequel to The Tiffin?
Not at the moment but should Kunal push his way into my imagination and demand that his story continues, I might.

How long did it take you to write The Tiffin?
About three and a half years. I started writing it at the end of 2007 right after The Third Eye was published. I worked on one of the early drafts with Tim Wynne-Jones at the Humber School of Creative Writing from January to June 2008. I finished the course with only an outline but tremendous excitement because I finally knew the direction I was not taking. I continued working on it all the way till 2010 while I completed the other two books in the Tara Trilogy. I licensed The Tiffin to Dancing Cat Books in the summer of 2010 to be published in 2011.

What is your writing routine?
I work best in the mornings and usually try to put in a couple of hours of work before my day job begins.

In the evening I answer emails, do research, critique manuscripts for friends, or catch up on my reading and social media commitments.

If I’m on a deadline, I’ll put in a couple more hours of work in the evening, too.

What aspect of being a writer is hard?
The glacial pace at which things move in this industry.

I’m quite impatient and yet I can spend endless hours, days, months perfecting a manuscript, sending it out, waiting for a response, getting rejections and then going through it all over again.

Even though it is hard, I’m happiest when I’m creating something out of nothing. The journey is the reward, even if the book does not see the light of day.

Where do you get your ideas from?
Everywhere! From real life situations, conversations, unusual faces and emotions that resonate with me, books, and the news.

As a writer you have to keep an open mind and ideas will take root.

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