Mahtab Narsimhan

Frequently asked Questions

Frequently asked Questions

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What are you working on now?

I’m working on a couple of projects – one is a middle-grade series set on Mars and the other is an adult novel. Both are progressing very well.

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 continue, I might.

Are any of the books going to be made into movies?

There is interest, but nothing definite at the moment. Any volunteers with deep pockets?

What can we expect to see on the shelves soon?

Mission Mumbai is a story about two boys who travel to India for a holiday. It’s hilarious and poignant, and shows a more fun side of Mumbai than my previous novel, The Tiffin.

I’ve also written my first picture book, Looking for Lord Ganesh – a story which includes Indian Mythology with a contemporary twist.

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 much excitement because I now 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 finally licensed The Tiffin to Dancing Cat Books in the summer of 2010 to be published in 2011.

What is your writing routine?

I have to thank Stephen King for the brilliant advice in his book, ON WRITING, for this.

Wake up every morning (weekends and holidays) at about 5.45 am. At my desk by 6 am with a cup of tea where I write till about 8.00 am. I have a daily quota (approximately 1500 words) which I have to hit. If I am unable to complete the word count in the morning, I work in the evening to make sure I do.

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