Quickies (One-word answer) Have you ever Googled yourself? Often. Pen or pencil? Pen. Notebook or laptop? Laptop. Foodie or health conscious eater? Neither. Listener or talker? Talker. Get to know your author Writers who have inspired you the most? PD James, Donna Tartt, Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine, Sarah Waters, Richard Adams, Tana French and Ray Bradbury, and so many others. Amongst Indian authors, Vikram Seth stands head and shoulders above everyone. Overall, I have a weakness for dark literary fiction, historical sagas, and classic crime fiction with intelligent murderers. What’s your writing routine like? When trying to get a book done, which I was doing the whole of 2015, I get up at 5 am and write at least 1000-1500 words a day for fiction, double that for non-fiction. I avoid all distractions: movies, social outings, domestic chores like cooking and cleaning… a book is a good excuse to get out of all the boring stuff you don’t want to do anyway! If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? I am already working on one, my first novel. It’s about a woman who loves books more than people and does things she never intended to do, all to save a heritage library in Mumbai. A more extreme version of me, if you will. Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Not really. I am very much a “show up at your desk, write until your word limit is done, then leave” person. I think the most important requirement for a writer is discipline, more than talent. Anyone can start writing a book; not everyone can finish it. The finishing is key. What is your least favourite part of the publishing / writing process? Waiting for an answer from publishers, and then waiting for your book to be published. All else pales before that. I will rewrite a dozen times if I have to, but I find this wait excruciating. What literary character is most like you? Hard to answer this one, but like the doomed Richard Papen in Donna Tartt’s “The Secret History” I am very easily impressed--perhaps too impressed--by people who read widely. It’s a failing.