Mahtab Narsimhan

Frequently asked Questions

It was hard work and took ingenuity but it was worth the effort.

As a child I loved to read:

  • Eleanor Farjeon: The Little Bookroom
  • S. Lewis: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Gerald Durrell: My Family and Other Animals
  • Roald Dahl: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach
  • Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice
  • Enid Blyton: The Magic Faraway Tree and Famous Five series
  • Amar Chitra Katha : Comics with Indian Mythology and Folk Tales

Any advice for upcoming authors?

Read a lot, Write everyday if possible. Take courses and ask for help to perfect the craft. Enjoy the process to publication and not just the end result of having a published book in hand. Writing is all about re-writing and unless you passionately enjoy shaping words into a story, this profession is not for you.

A few years ago I was invited by the Thorncliffe Branch of the Toronto Public Library to be a Human Book. It was a fabulous experience and, I hope, as rewarding for my “readers” as it was for me. Many asked me what it was like being a writer and I had the same advice to give them; if you do not like the process of writing and re-writing, don’t even think of being a writer. But if you love it; this is one of the most creative ways to express yourself. I mainly write fantasy fiction and it’s such a joy to create something out of a bunch of disparate ideas. I’ve done it many times now and yet, if someone were to ask me how I wrote a novel, I would be at a loss for words to describe it exactly. One has to write it, to know how to do it and no amount of “how-to” books will help.

Can you share some informative links for writers?

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