6. What pieces of advice can you give aspiring authors? What worked for you?:
Keep writing. If Sir Terry Pratchett could write 500 words every day (if he finished a book, he started a new one but he wrote 500 words every day), so can you
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7. Who are the authors or what are the books that had the greatest influence in your own writing? Why?:
Richard Adams, Sir Terry, Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, Suzanne Collins, Tolkien, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Mahashweta Devi, MT Vasudevan Nair, Judith Mcnaught
Sir Terry, Mahashweta Devi and Richard Adams for their anger and hope. Tolkien and Hobb for world setting and those sudden endings. MT for looking at a known story from another angle. And Gupta, Collins and Mcnaught for storytelling
About the Author:
Ritika Kochhar is the author of three fiction books, "Ghosts of Landour', "Wild Things" and "Weapons of Kalki - Book of Love". She also writes on art and culture and books for leading publications. She uses art, culture, and mythology as her prism to talk about issues like gender and social politics, conservation, sustainability, and history.
8. What are your current or future writing plans? What can readers further expect from you?:
I have two more fiction books almost finished - a sequel to Weapons of Kalki (which went from a triology to 2 books during the lockdown) and Bahadur Sahiba which continues on from Wild Things.
Titles of All Books:
Weapons of Kalki - Book of Love
Ghosts of Landour
1. Did you love reading books when you were little? Why or why not?:
Enid Blyton, Biggles, and then Terry Pratchett, Richard Adams, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Subhadra Sen Gupta Suzanne Collins, Harry Potter, Puzo, Robin Hobb - anything fantasy
2. At what age did you start reading books? What were your best memories of that time?:
I remember being 3 and not being able to sleep before a trip so I put on the light and pulled out my sister's Malory Towers. My mother caught me but since I could only read 'a, and, the' at that time, I wasn't getting very far anyway.
3. What was the first book you loved reading? Why?:
I loved my Enid Blytons - the Magic Faraway Tee, Adventures of the Wishing Chair and Noddy are some of my earliest memories
4. When did you first think about writing your first book? Why?:
In 2013. I had started writing a blog a year earlier. and I knew I wanted to write a book. Someone mentioned Kalki - a lesser-known mythological figure and I started writing. It turned feminist very fast.
5. What was the greatest obstacle you've encountered when you were writing your book? What made you overcome it?:
Proofreading and publishing. Just gritted my teeth and carried on