Exclusive Interview with

Tanishq Sheikh

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When did you start writing?

I started writing in school at the age of 12. By the time I was 18, I had written my first complete manuscript.

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What makes writing your passion?

I have a vivid imagination and love to express my thoughts in writing. The thing I like about writing the most is creating worlds that don’t exist and worlds that do but not the way we know it.

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How long have you been writing?

Almost 29 years but professionally 8 years. I self-published a couple of books under a pseudonym a few years ago.

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

Unreal! It’s something only a writer can relate to. But I had people from across the world reach out to me saying how much they enjoyed my stories and that did wonders for my confidence.

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

My latest book, True Rising, is close to my heart. I’ve based some characters on people who have inspired me with their remarkable personalities. I make it a point to give additional traits to these characters so that they never truly represent a real person but garner a life of their own.

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

Hands down the marketing part. I’m a writer and sales isn’t my strong point.

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

I take a break. I’m part of several writer’s groups on social media and they inspire me with their inputs. I also jot down small bits like quotes or poems to keep me going.

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

Do what you love and believe in yourself. Take criticism in your stride, cry it out if you want to but don’t hold it inside.

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

Why didn’t you write more? You’re so good!

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

I do read them. The bad ones do have me second guessing but the primary reason I write is because I love my stories. I try not to let bad reviews bother me much. I believe every person’s spectrum of imagination is subjective.

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

Over the moon! The thought that someone appreciates my writing makes me happy.

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

Yes I have. In True Rising I have a scene where the main character dreams about her father getting hurt. That has happened to me when I was younger. It wasn’t a dream it was a premonition that actually happened. I just knew someday I’d use it!

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

I do relate a lot to my main character from True Rising, Prisha. But I didn’t base her on me.

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

Absolutely. A cover can tell a hundred thousand worded story at a glance. That’s a super power!

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

Yes, I do connect with my readers via various networking sites. I do love a meaningful chat with anyone who reaches out to me for my books or my insights.

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

I feel honored and grateful.

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

I love F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m in awe of his treatment of romance as an eternal bond and yet out of reach illusion. I love the symbolism he uses in his writing. The Great Gatsby is my all-time favourite book.

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

The dream is to top national and international bestselling lists. J.K.Rowling is a phenomena. I’d love to be as big as her.

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Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?

One of them. It was written before the age of smart phones. I’d love to incorporate their usage into the scenes to make them more relatable to a younger audience.

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If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?

R.L.Stine so that I could get written into the Goosebumps movies.